Don’t Let Your Human Give You a Second Rate Education.
by Ginger, The African Princess
The first time I saw a dog training book in my human’s house I set to chewing it to pieces. True story. But as I am maturing into an adult, I have found that training from your human has its place and you want to make sure you are getting the best training possible. Don’t let your humans get away with giving you a second rate education—you deserve only the best. And let’s be honest, training will add to the quality of your life; when I behaved, I got more attention, love and treats from my humans. So, if you are at the library with your human or your human is shopping online, try encourage them to buy one of these titles
I will add the disclaimer that I haven’t read any of these titles but I have seen them laying around my human’s house. So, purely based off the cover and the titles, this is my assessment. Here we go!
1. Cesar’s Way.
Authors: Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier, 2007
Okay, okay fellow pups, the cover is little cheesy, I will admit. But I have heard Cesar is some kind of dog whisperer. I am not exactly sure what that means but probably worth giving the whisperer a shot. Cesar has another title called Raising the Perfect Dog. I am already pretty perfect, but why not be more perfect?
Not that we could ever be decoded or fully understood, but I appreciate the effort of this human author to help other humans understand our race more fully. If your human understands you better, then you will interact on a deeper level.
Author: Monks of New Skete, 2002
Most humans would agree that the Monks of New Skete are some sort of dog experts. I am not sure who they are, but they have two books that I know of on dog training. The other is called The Art of Raising a Puppy. What I like about this book is the title— I like the idea of being my human’s best friend. After all, that is the goal of our race, to be a human’s best, most reliable friend. So give this book a shot and get closer with your human.
Author: Pat Miller, 2008
We all like positive reinforcement for good behavior— treats and lots of petting so the title has to be a good one. Help your human use more positive dog training to improve your skills.
Author: Jean Donaldson, 2012
I almost passed this one by because the cover is so annoying and I hate the idea of there being a clash between dogs and humans. But I actually think this book will help your human understand why you do what you do. Let’s be honest, we don’t just mark our territory for fun and humans need to understand the why.
I hope these titles help you become a more well-rounded dog with better people skills. Let me know if any of these titles work for you or if you have any other books to recommend! Happy reading!
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