Training a Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be a very stressful and complicated experience. However, it can also be one of life's most rewarding experiences. The outcome all depends on how you approach the training.
And one vastly underrated resource dog owners tend to overlook is the information found in books. I know, these days books are looked at as playing second fiddle to information articles found online but for large, nuanced topics, a good book can act as a organised guide to follow.
When it comes to dog training books, the options are plentiful. In this article, I’m going to point you toward eight different books that I believe to be almost essential reading for staffy owners.
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Best Basic Dog Training Books
The books in this section are great for getting to grips with the basic aspects about dog training: how to effectively communicate, teaching basic commands such as “sit” and “stay,” acceptable training methods, correcting human behavior around dogs, etc.
Our first book is an in-depth account discussing why we act the way we do around dogs. In doing so, the author, Patricia McConnell, goes out of her to describe the way owners should be acting in dog training sessions.
Within this book, Zak George covers all the basics of dog training from potty training to leash aggression. Besides covering all the training basics, it also has helpful tips about being a dog owner.
For example, it discuss things like indicators that your staffy needs a vet visit or how to choose the right kind of food. All in all, George does an excellent job touching on every topic you could possible want information about to ensure your prepare for any situation.
Plus, it’s a relatively short read with a total of 240 pages. Sometimes these books can get dry and very mechanical; thankfully, George manages to add some of his personality into writing that results in a fun read.
Victoria Stilwell helps you understand everything you need to know about your dog. In doing so, she guides you through the complicated aspects of being a dog owner such as understanding your dog's nutritional needs, what kind of exercise they need, and how to better communicate with them.
Overall, she teaches her readers the right way to raise their pet by properly demonstrating things like the correct way of tackling bad behaviors. Honestly, this book could help any dog owner find their way to becoming the best owner possible.
Best Puppy Training Books
Now, that we’ve covered the basic dog training books, it’s time we dive into one of the hardest fields in dog training: puppy training. House training, greeting new dogs, controlling chewing and many more things all need to be taught to a young pup.
Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a book on hand that expertly detailed the correct ways of successfully training your brand new puppy? Well, if you think this a good idea, here are some options for you to peruse.
Written by the Monks of New Skete, this book is full of fascinating information about how to properly build the relationship between you and your puppy: including discussions about proper training methods, how to choose the right breed, and obedience exercises.
And if you need further proof these monks know what they’re talking about, they’re world-renowned breeders of German shepherds. With these qualifications, I think it’s safe to say these guys understand how a puppy’s mind works.
In comparison to the other books in this article, this one is relatively simple. But regardless of its simplicity, it has a lot of useful information about how to properly raise your puppy.
And it’s an enjoyable, engaging read with lots of pictures and “how-to” exercises that helps keep the information from becoming too bland. In doing so, it provides you with some excellent details on those trying first days.
Perhaps the biggest downside of getting a new puppy is what it can do to your sleep schedule. Thankfully, this book exists to help you survive those long nights during the puppy phase.
Author, Rebecca Setler, offers tricks and tips about how to coax that little ball of energy into sleeping through the night. This book is a lifesaver for any puppy owner with a rambunctious pup who keeps them up at night.
Best Staffy Training Books
Given the main audience of this website, I thought it would make sense that the final two books are specifically geared towards owners of the dog breed we all love: the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Breed specialist, Alec Waters, writes the first staffy centric book on our list. In his writing, he details the necessary information that you need to know about topics like effective training methods, behavior, socialization, and other essential training elements.
Overall, this book covers every aspect of your staffy’s life in a very detailed, engaging way. If you’re looking for a book on staffies, this would be the one I’d recommend you get.
This book is another worthwhile read for any staffy owner. In being so, it offers in-depth information about training methods, grooming instructions, healthcare information, etc.
All in all, the author does a good job covering all the relevant information a staffy owner would need without coming off too formal. As someone who never wants to read a textbook again, this author’s engaging style of writing is refreshing.