I am planning on getting a dog in a few months (not my first, but first since becoming an adult so it's been awhile) and was wondering if you had any recommendations for dog/puppy training books or other resources for beginners? Like a good 101 crash course type to get started. I'm tentative to just Google it because I know there's so much misinformation out there. I want to start doing research and learning now so I have a game plan and I'm not scrambling for info once I already have the pup.
I like the Focused Puppy by Deb Jones and Judy Keller. It’s aimed at sports prospects, but the skills are great for any dog. It covers all the basics and includes how to deal with normal puppy behaviours you may find problematic.
Control Unleashed Puppy has fantastic exercises but can be difficult to read and make sense of. Fortunately, there are several DVDs based on the book that cover the same exercises. These are all based on impulse control and building value in working with you.
If you really want lots of hand holding to ensure you get everything just how the trainer intended, Sue Ailsby’s Training Levels are the most detailed training instructions I’ve ever seen. They cover all the obedience and focus skills your dog will need through their life all broken down into small bits for easy training.
ETA: There’s a Training Levels Yahoo group jic anyone is interested in joining up.