APDT Recommended Reading List

The following is a list of resources for anyone who aspires to be a dog training and behavior professional. There is much one needs to know about not only dogs, but people, business and more in order to be successful in this profession. These resources have been thoughtfully selected by the APDT Education Advisory Group and the APDT Education Committee. They are recommended as the base foundation for a well-rounded professional based upon the APDT’s Body of Knowledge.

This list of resources is intended to:

  • Help you identify quality resources you can trust, so you don’t have to spend time vetting them yourself.
  • Help you identify which topics you are well versed in, and which may need more attention.
  • Help you create a well-rounded resource “bookshelf.”

We invite you to utilize the handy checklist provided above to help you identify which resources you already possess, have read, or are familiar with. We challenge you to work toward checking off ALL resources on this list, to help ensure your education and knowledge are truly well-rounded.

DOWNLOAD: Recommended Reading Checklist PDF

Learning: Animal

Learning: Human

Canine Behavior


  • So You Want to Be a Dog Trainer – Nicole Wilde
  • How to Run a Dog Business – Veronica Boutelle
  • Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals – Veronica Boutelle & Rikki Jorgensen
  • One on One: A Dog Trainer’s Guide to Private Training – Nicole Wilde
  • Six Steps to Creating Profit:  A Guide for Small and Mid-sized Service Based Businesses – Patricia Sigmon
  • The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market – Michael Treacy & Fred Wiersema
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michel E. Gerber
  • NxLeveL Guide For Business Start-Ups: Helping Entrepreneurs Reach the Next Level of Success – Brandan Kearney & David P. Wold
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – David Allen
  • Inside the Magic Kingdom – Tom Connellan
  • The 8 Dimensions of Leadership: DiSC Strategies for Becoming a Better Leader – Jeffrey Sugarmen
  • Whale Done! – Ken Blanchard

Laws and Legislation

  • Dog Law – Mary Randolph
  • The Ethical Dog Trainer – Jim Barry, Dogwise, 2008
  • Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, 13th Edition – Fred S. Steingold

Health and Nutrition

See Also: So You Want To Be A Dog Trainer