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How To Train Your Pet: The 7 Best Books To Read For New Pet Owners

* These seven books offer simple and straightforward ways to train your pet
* Try different approaches, from the Navy SEAL method to quick seven-day coaching
* Options for both dogs and cats

Whether you’ve just got a new kitten or pup, the initial excitement can wear off pretty quick when you realize what a huge responsibility you’ve undertaken. Ease your panic with these seven great books that feature easy-to-follow training advice from seasoned experts.

1. Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days

Star of the CBS show Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan boasts the rare ability to transform any misbehaving pooch in just seven days. He shares his tips and tricks in this book, which covers a variety of behavioral problems and the best tactics for tackling them.

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2. 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

This New York Times bestseller has been printed in over 18 languages and features simple step-by-step instructions for everything from “Sit” to “Get a Soda from the Fridge.” Easy to implement, author Kyra Sundance has even given her dog, Chalcy, a writing credit.

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3. How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days

While getting a new puppy can induce feelings to excitement and elation at how adorable they are and what Instagram caption to give your latest pic, it can also induce feelings of dread when it cmes to everyone’s least favorite task: potty training. This book by Shirlee Kalstone gives you simple instructions on how to do it in only seven days.

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4. Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog–the Navy SEAL Way

If you’re looking for a more intensive dog training method, this book is for you. Written by Mike Ritland, a Navy SEAL with more than fifteen years of experience, this book goes deeper into what training a dog means, including gaining their trust, and making a new best friend.

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5. ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems In Your Multi-Cat Household

For more of a cat-leaning book, this covers the common problem of cats relationships with each other, as well as within your family. It examines many different problems, including food challenges, loud meowing and counter top invasion.

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6. You CAN Train Your Cat: Secrets of a Master Cat Trainer

Many believe cats are highly intelligent creatures — with minds of their own. This book by Gregory Popovich, a professional cat trainer, covers everything from behavioral tricks to getting your cats to complete amazing, circus-level feats.

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7. The Cat Owner’s Manual

Designed for those who are new to cat ownership, this book by veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and writer Sam Stall helps you navigate through the tricky twists and turns of raising a cat.

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