Yes I hear that Kyras book is not a bad one. Its however one of the few ones I haven't bought...The more I see her stuff the more I just see marketing and $$ tho. Doesn't seem as genunine to me. But she does use All positive techniques.
The best all around book training/philosophy for a beginner is "The Power of Positive Dog Training" by Pat Miller IMO
the following is a list of recommended books from bestfriends.com.
best friends is an animal sanctuary in utah.they are featured on "dogtown" on the national geographic channel. they're the ones who took most of the michael vick dogs and are trying to rehab them...pretty cool stuff, in my opinion. i haven't read any of these books but, they advocate positive training so i'm going on the assumption that they would be good resources
Before You Get Your Puppy
by Dr. Ian Dunbar
After You Get Your Puppy
by Dr. Ian Dunbar
Dunbar, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, covers what he calls the
“developmental deadlines” to meet before and after you get your puppy.
Don’t Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training
by Karen Pryor
Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and uses
numerous examples to show how to achieve your training objectives through positive
reinforcement. She also has a website on clicker training:
The Culture Clash
by Jean Donaldson
Donaldson presents a revolutionary new way of understanding the relationship
between humans and dogs.
Outwitting Dogs: Revolutionary Techniques for Dog Training That Work
by Terry Ryan
Ryan draws on her 25 years of hands-on experience to help people understand
dogs, train dogs, and solve dog behavior problems using kinder, gentler methods.
I can personally vouch for Culture clash(awesome!!) and Don't shoot the dog....DSTD is kinda wordy for beginners I had to put it away and come back to it after i had learned more. It was the first training book I ever bought.
A few of my favorites... The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks by Ian Dunbar The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson Outwitting Dogs by Terry Ryan Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt