Dog Training Basics: All in One Startup Guide Review

Posted on Oct 24 2013 - 11:20am by Susan Bewley


As the owner of an Alaskan Malamute, I can tell you I have looked through quite a few training books. The breed is known for their sweetness and intelligence, but also their stubbornness. If a malamute doesn’t want to do something, you better prepare yourself for the battle of wills between you and them. While I have read a handful of great books, I am always on the lookout for great dog training books. When I was asked to review Dog Training Basics: All in One Startup Guide, I was excited to give it a try. After it arrived on my Kindle, I immediately got started!

Dog Training Basics: Usefulness

I have to admit, when I first started Dog Training Basics: All in One Startup Guide, I was very excited. As a general rule of thumb, I always seem to learn something new when I pick up a dog training book. The book itself does a pretty good job going over the different training styles. While I think this section could likely be shorter (they seem to lose focus a few times), it seems very useful for the novice dog trainer. The tips for training different commands are also helpful, but rather generalized. As the book says, it is a starter guide for people who are looking into training their new pup.

Dog Training Basics: Style

I’ll admit, this book has some issues. Probably the largest problem I had while reading is that it is riddled with spelling and grammar issues. It may be the teacher in me, but about halfway into my reading it was driving me nuts that I couldn’t correct the issues with a red pen. I know many people don’t care as much as me, but poor grammar is one of those things that I feel lessens the authority of a book. If these issues were taken away and some of the sentences were re-written, it would have been a fantastic beginner’s book. The only other issue is that I think a bit too much time was spent talking about the psychological theory behind all the behavior practices and methods. As someone who specialized in psychology, I found it interesting, but it felt like they went into a bit too much detail for the common reader.

Dog Training Basics: Overall

Overall, judging the book by the information (and not the presentation) of it, I think it’s decent. Not the best book I’ve ever read on dog training, but not a bad starter either. What really makes it appealing is the low price. Most training books I have read or purchased start at about $15, making them pricy for someone who just wants to teach their dog the most basic of commands. So, for $2.99, it really isn’t a bad book for the beginner. Just go into it understanding that it is not the perfect book for training all dogs, and you should be fine. Based on my own experience, I would give the Dog Training Basics book a C+ rating.

Dog Training Basics: Where to Purchase

Want to give this book a try? You can purchase Dog Training Basics: All in One Startup Guide on for $2.99.


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

18 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sarah Elyce October 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I may have to check this book out.  We recently adopted a rescue dog- he's a sweetie but needs some light training.  

  2. md kennedy November 1, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I sometimes rescue puppies form the street in the neighborhood around our second home in Europe and have always been put off by the price of dog training books.  This sounds like a great deal for me!

  3. Maria Iemma November 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I once took our puppy to obedience school and he did really well.  Unfortunately we no longer have him (cancer) but if we ever get another one I will check the book out.

  4. Anna Johnson November 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    We can sure use this with our 2 dogs-thanks for the review!

  5. Sarah Marshall November 2, 2013 at 4:09 am - Reply

    I think the grammar issues would bother me as well!  But, for $2.99, I would be willing to try to overlook them because I do have both a need and desire to be a better owner to my fur babies.  I have two chihuahuas who have self-designated themselves as the neighborhood watch/listen team and they bark at every sound or movement.  I would love to learn how to control their barking.  I know that they believe they are doing their duty and protecting me, so I hate to yell at them.  Yelling does not solve the problem anyway!  Since this book is budget friendly, I may pursue a purchase.   

  6. Pam Livingston November 2, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I have a 7 month old basset hound and she is really hard to train. I work with her everyday, some things she picks up quickly, other she forgets quickly. I might have to check this book out, thanks.

  7. Mandy Earles November 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I have a pug, and when he was little, he was a handful. Super hyper. I read lots of books and realized I didn't do the research on the breed. To me, that's basic error 101, but I just fell in love with their smushed in faces 🙂 I think a lot of people are like that. They fall in love with a certain breed but don't research and don't realize how many behavioral and health problems they'll have. For me, I watched Ceasar, The Dog Whisperer, religiously, which really helped me understand dogs in general. If I ever get another dog, I'll be sure to buy this book 😉

  8. Tammy Woodall November 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I'm going to have to get this book.  This would help me in so many categories with my dog.

  9. Jody Cowan November 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this review. I got a puppy a couple months ago and I've actually been thinking about getting a book for her. I don't think I could stand all the grammar issues. That really bugs me when I'm reading just a little post and there's a lot in that. I don't understand how that hapens. I mean, don't they proofread? 

  10. Mary Mosier November 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Will def. check this book out. Thanks so much for the info ! We have a new puppy!!

  11. amy November 14, 2013 at 2:26 am - Reply

    low price is certainly good.  You said it wasn't the best – what books would you recomend then?  strongly i mean.

  12. Charlene November 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I'm not a teacher or a professional but there is nothing that is more annoying then improper english. I'm not perfect but if I was publishing a book I would make sure everthing in it was perfect. I'm always interested in other peoples training methods so I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks for the review.

  13. michelle oakley warner November 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    i so need this book, i have four min pins and two are females and two are males, the females listen better than the males, and the thing about min pins, if they hear something they go crazy barking and dont hear anything i say so i have to get this book to try to get them to focus a little more, thanks for the great post im going to check out this book

  14. Paula Ball March 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    As a long time animal advocate & rescuer I’ve seen it time & time again. Dogs literally thrown away due to behavior problems. If obedience is important to you as a pet owner please do your homework. Some breeds are easy to train, others are almost untrainable. There’s a comment earlier about a Basset being difficult. I’ve had one for 6+ years & he will mind , sorta. These are scent hounds & guided ny their nose. They get a scent in their head & they get tunnel vision & don’t seem to hear or see anything. I love him to death but I do have to protect him from his nose.
    Anyway, thanks for promoting this book because, to me, anything that helps the animal & person live easier together is a good thing.

    • Susan Bewley March 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      That is very very true! We have an Alaskan Malamute & the breed is known for listening when they ‘decide’ to listen. Training takes quite a bit of time, making them not the perfect dog for everyone!

  15. Paula Ball March 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Btw, please excuse my grammar & spelling errors in last post, wasn’t an english major(obviously).

  16. Sandra Beeman March 14, 2014 at 5:15 am - Reply

    I’m glad there’s a dog training book at such a low-cost. I wouldn’t be able to get past the error in grammar easily either. A good starter-book is what this one sounds like to me. Since we all have to learn how to train our pets, it is a good place to start.

  17. Shannon April 13, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

    The price is certainly good. Thank you for your review.

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