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Training is one of the most enjoyable, and critical, aspects to Tamaskan ownership. They are extremely observant, clever animals, and will quickly learn whatever you are teaching them, even if you aren't MEANING to be teach them. The best way to prevent your puppy from learning the wrong lessons is by having a plan for training before it even arrives. There are many great resources out there for training. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

Puppy-Specific Books

 
 

The Perfect Puppy in 7 Days
By: Dr. Sophia Yin

While the title may over-promise a bit (impulse control will be a challenge until the puppy grows to adulthood), this book is an excellent resource for specific training processes and techniques for a newly-arrived puppy. The tricks covered in the book are very basic, as is appropriate for a young puppy: potty training, socialization, and a few foundational skills (coming when called, focusing on you instead of the treat you're holding, etc). This book is a fantastic component of a training program. The contents are definitely restricted to young-puppy-level work. Tamaskan are capable of MUCH higher levels of training than what is covered in this book, and other resources should be used in combination with this one.

It's author, Sophia Yin (DVM & MS Animal Behaviorist), has a few other books that are excellent resources as well.

 
 
 

The Puppy Primer
By: Patricia McConnell and Brenda Scidmore

This is one of many excellent targeted training books by Dr. Patricia McConnell. It is designed to give you a good foundation and understanding of training, particularly geared towards training young puppies. It is very streamlined and concise, while still delivering key concepts and techniques.

This author has several training mini-books (40-60 pages) targeted to specific training challenges, including separation anxiety and loose leash walking.

 
 
 

The Art of Raising a Puppy
By: The Monks of New Skete

This is one of two great books from a monastery in upstate NY. While their experience is geared towards German Shepherd dogs, there are many parallels between training GSDs and training Tamaskan. Their specific training methods can be a bit heavy handed, and are designed based on GSDs, so it's best to take them with a grain of salt. However, this book is a great high-level resource for how to view having a dog in your household and how to be successful in raising a puppy into a well behaved, large, dog.