This page contains the links to information related to dog books. Most of the book reviews are also listed under whatever topics the book's content relates to.
All opinions expressed in the mini-reviews and reviews are my own.
a note about checking copyright date
(added in August , 2020)
It's always a good idea to take notice of when the book was written, and one can judge this by the copyright date, which is located on one of the very first pages. That page will also list earlier and later editions and may indicate that some later editions are "revised" and thus might contain later information than earlier editions.
For medical books, human or veterinary, the time era in which the book was written is really important. In many areas of medicine, things can change a lot in a very short time, mostly because research continues. So some of the information in a book only a few years old may not be up-to-date.
Likewise for every technical book. That includes DIY home repair books, computer books.
Dog training books are likewise time sensitive because training methods change and evolve, go in and out of style. Books on living with a dog, raising a dog, etc include training and some medical information.
Even in fiction, the era in which the book was written may affect the story. This is especially true in mystery stories (also mystery movies and TV series) because technology changes. For all novels, the social / cultural background portrayed is limited by the era in which it was written. One can of course write about long ago eras : that is the historical novel mode. One can try to envision and write about a possible future era : that is common in science fiction. One can write about a past that never happened but might have : that's the alternate history mode of science fiction.
Similarly please take note of the date that my own site pages were written and revised. Because in addition to technical issues, my own experiences and opinions continue to evolve.
- Beginner's Basic Bibliography (books worth reading and my ratings of value, organized by category of topic)
- My TOP TEN (TWELVE) Books just my own not so humble opinion on the books that every dog person should read. Plus a few alternative or supplementary choices. Actually at least two or three dozen books. Read at least one from each of the categories.
- Annotated Bibliography of over 300 dog books (almost all of which I have read) with mini-reviews for most of the more useful books. These books are sorted by categories and the more valuable ones are clearly marked.
- Veterinary textbooks plus related choices for the layperson (dog owner, etc).
- Dog Mystery Books , a listing of books by my favorite dog mystery authors.
- Going to the Dogs at the Movies , brief descriptions of my favorite dog-centered films. (Yes, I know films are not really books, though most of these films are based on books or stories of some noteworthyness.)
- shows about dogs on television, because this is how many people get their information and misinformation.
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BOOK REVIEWS : alphabetized list of book reviews
- Breed Rescue : how to start and run a successful program by Sheila Boneham, PhD (excellent book giving practical strategies for running a rescue program.) This book has been updated and re-titled "Rescue Matters"
- The Culture Clash & Dogs Are From Neptune by Jean Donaldson (reviews of 2 books on dog behavior and training, behavior problem solving.)
- DOGS, A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, & Evolution by Ray & Lorna Coppinger ( review of thought-provoking book about canine behavior , physical qualities, and upbringing, especially as related to working dogs. )
- Dogs and Children ( reviews of 3 books about dog-child safety and relationship issues, parental responsibilities.) UPDATE: now it is 4 books, because an excellent new one has come out.
- Dogs Bite but Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous, by Janis Bradley. An outstanding ground-breaking MUST READ for ALL dog people book about the rarity of serious dog bite injuries and the media whipped social hysteria about the non-existant "dog bite crisis".
- Dog Language by Roger Abrantes review of book about canine communication and behavior ; superb illustrations.)
- Dogs Living with Cancer ( review about cancer treatment and the good quality of life that can be enjoyed by dogs with cancer.)
- DogSmart (book on issues you have to think through before taking a dog into your life)
- Don't Dump the Dog by Randy Grim , book review by Pam Green. I love this book !
- Excel-erated Learning ( review book on principles of training, with illustrations from various dog sports.)
- The Feel Better Book For Cats and Dogs, by Randi E Golub, CVT. very highly recommended : a MUST READ for owners
- Guilt-Free Dog Ownership, by Diana Delmar (about being responsible when no one is home 9 to 5)
- "Help for Your Fearful Dog", by Nicole Wilde, reviewed byPam Green
- "Help for Your Shy Dog" , a good book on building confidence in timid or shy dogs, thus enabling the dog to become a rewarding pet.
- Herding Dogs by Vergil Holland (book review of a book about training herding dogs step by step; applies to all breeds.)
- Two Books on Housetraining (book review)
- How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks ( review of outstanding book on puppy rearing.) see also My Smart Puppy . read them both !
- The Last Walk, by Jessica Pierce,a very thoughtful and thorough book about the againg and progress towards death of your dog
- "Leader of the Pack" by Baer and Duno, which advises humans on how to ensure that their dogs regard them as pack leader. Some of the advice is good, but some is debatable, and I am always ready to debate. Updated this page in 2019
- My Smart Puppy (book with DVD) by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson.. This is a terrific book on puppy training (also applicable to an adult dog). I finally wrote the review. This is a MUST read book for everyone ! This book and Dunbar's How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks complement one another : you MUST read both of them. And you should also read Perfect Puppy in 7 Days, by Dr Sophia Yin, DVM, MS.
- The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia McConnell, PhD (review of superb book on how our natural human behaviors can cause us to mis-communicate with our dogs; how the 2 species are alike and how they are different). (added 6/09/03). Also read her "For the Love of a Dog" which is about dog's emotional life.
- Perfect Puppy in 7 Days, by Dr Sophia Yin, DVM, MS. A great book, outlining everything you should do. But unless you devote all your waking hours to working with your puppy, you won't get it all in in 7 days. 7 weeks maybe. Profusely illustrated.
- Pet First Aid, by Dr Bobbie Mammoto, DVM, MPH (book on first aid for dogs and cats.) Available from the Red Cross. excellent.
- Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet, by Dr Myrna Milani DVM (book helping you to think about the unthinkable long before the crisis occurs)
- Responsible Dog Ownership by Kathy Diamond Davis (review of book about responsibilities of dog guardianship.) Excelent.
- Speaking for Spot, by Dr Nancy Kay, DVM : book review of a book that teaches you to be an articulate medical advocate for your dog and a capable partner to your vet in caring for your dog. Will also help you deal with your MD.
- "Taking Care of Your Dog" (book about when to go to the vet ; how to distinguish an emergency or urgent situation from less urgent situations.)
- Train Your Dog the Lazy Wayby Andrea Arden (book on puppy raising for busy people)
- Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs : review of an excellent book on exactly the topic indicated in the title. An absolutely essential MUST READ if you think you are dealing with a dog who may have this problem
- Two Books on Veterinary Medications (a laypersons book and a veterinary reference book with details about medications commonly used in vet med)
- Two books on Tracking that provide a very brief introduction.
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