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Best Books for Dog Lovers

Best Books for Dog Lovers

Like books? Love dogs? Cuddle up with your pet then and get ready for some entertaining and informative reading. There are so many amazing books out there that will reinforce your belief about dogs being vital for human happiness, and also books that will give you a better understanding of your canine companion. Given the abundance of books for dog lovers, you should have no trouble finding the ones that interest you and expand your horizons.

Must-Read Books for Dog Lovers

Many pet parents, if they are also avid readers, love books that highlight relationships between humans and dogs. These can be fiction and  non-fiction books. Choose the ones that interest you, but don’t limit yourself to particular genres. Read as often and as widely as possible.

The Best Books About Life With Dogs



Travels with Charley in Search of America: (Centennial Edition)


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Steinbeck and Charley, his French poodle, journey across the USA to rediscover the country and its people. Along with getting an interesting portrait of the author and his dog, we get a firsthand account of how tumultous the sixties were in Southern USA.



Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog


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What if you dog could make their own decisions about how to live their life? The author explores this concept in this account about Merle, an independent-minded dog that he befriended in the wild and brought home to stay with him.



Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber (Volume 1)


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For over 32 years, the author and her husband lived and relocated with their nine rescued dogs. It was an eventful, entertaining existence, with much mutual give and take between humans and canines.



James Herriot’s Dog Stories


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James Herriot recounts his experiences as a vet in Yorkshire in these heartwarming, humorous stories. The author has a great talent for capturing the individual character quirks of his canine patients and their owners.



Until One Has Loved an Animal: How Pets Affected One Vet’s Soul


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Mildred Drost encountered many fascinating canine and feline patients in the course of her veterinary career.  Like humans, they had their own individual interests and emotions. Drost writes about these with humor and compassion.



Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship


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Dogs play an influential role in our lives, transforming our lives and affecting our personalities. This anthology examines to what extent with a number of dog-related articles, essays, and stories by some leading US writers.

Children’s Books For Dog Lovers



The Incredible Journey


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Set in northwest Ontario, Canada,  ‘The Incredible Journey’ chronicles the long journey undertaken by three animals – Luath, a young Labrador Retriever, Bodger, an elderly English Bull Terrier, and Tao, a Siamese cat – through the Canadian wilderness to find their family. A great tale of friendship and loyalty.

Scout’s Pick



Old Yeller (Perennial Classics)


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Fourteen year old Travis Coates is annoyed when an ugly, yellow stray dog turns up at his family farm in Texas and proceeds to steal their meat and wallow in their drinking water. He is determined to get rid of the creature, but Old Yeller is there to stay and win himself some hearts.



Big Red


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Hired by the rich Mr. Haggin to look after his prized Irish Setter, Big Red,  Danny Pickett develops a close bond with the dog.  The boy and the dog soon become inseparable, and spend much of their time in the Wintapi forest. Here, they have a terrifying encounter with a ferocious grizzly bear called Old Majesty.



Lassie Come-Home


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Joe and Lassie, the collie, are inseparable, but Joe’s father has lost his job and must sell Lassie to keep his family going. Lassie, however, is not willing to be parted from Joe and escapes from her new owners four times to return home, making a very long journey back from Scotland in the last instance.





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Set in Southern USA in the 19th century, this is the story of an African-American sharecropper family and their loyal dog, Sounder. Times are difficult and, along with trying to make ends meet and put food on the table, the family must also cope with the prevalent racism of that era.

Fiction For Dog Lovers Of All Ages



The Call of the Wild & White Fang


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‘The Call of the Wild’ and ‘White Fang’ are both set in the 1890s during the Klondike Gold Rush in Yukon, Canada. In ‘The Call of the Wild’, a pet dog is kidnapped to become a sled dog and, after many hardships, manages to escape to freedom into the wilderness. ‘White Fang’, on the other hand, is a savage wolf-dog who comes to trust humans and finds a contented life in their midst.



The Plague Dogs: A Novel


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This is not an easy read, dealing as it does with the very disturbing topic of animal experimentation. The author does not shirk from detailing the horrendous experiments that are carried out on the two canine protagonists, Snitter and Rowf, at a scientific lab in England. The dogs do manage to escape, but the humans have no intention of letting them live in peace.



Rose in a Storm: A Novel


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A tremendous blizzard has isolated Bedlam Farm and the farmer is in the hospital, recovering from an accident. Can his resourceful border collie, Rose, manage the farm by herself and save all the farm animals?



Jock of the Bushveld


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Life in the Transvaal in the 1880s is exciting for Jock, the Staffordshire bull terrier. He accompanies his owner, FitzPatrick, across the Bushveldt, transporting goods in ox-drawn wagons, and participates wholeheartedly in his hunting expeditions. The author has an observant eye and a talent for bringing the Bushveldt before you, and he paints a moving picture of the dog he loved so much.





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Hachi-ko has become synonymous with loyalty. For seven years after his owner’s death, this Akita dog kept a daily vigil for him at the Shibuya Train Station. Such steadfastness won him worldwide fame and a commemorative statue.

Books About Dog Evolution And Behavior



Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History


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Ever wondered how your canine companion came to be the way they are?  This well-researched, richly illustrated work offers an in-depth look at how dogs and their canid relatives evolved over a period of several million years. The authors examine fossil remains, and climate and geological change patterns, and compare how the Canidae family differed from other carnivores.



Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog


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The authors studied several generations of five dog breeds for over a period of years and discovered to what a large extent heredity shapes canine psychology and behavior. This is a must-read for anyone interested in learning how to rear and train dogs.



The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People


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The long association between humans and dogs has majorly impacted canine evolution and behavior. The author looks at how dogs first came to be domesticated, how different breeds developed, how dog populations affect human societies, and how training can modify canine behavior.





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In the contrast to the commonly held assumption that dogs evolved from wolves, the authors present the argument that canine evolution occurred from opportunistic dogs gathering around human communities to feed from garbage dumps, and from opportunistic humans finding appropriate breeding and training methods to put these dogs to working use. Briefly, it is not just nature, but nurture also.



Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition


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The author ties together research from diverse fields to analyze why and how dogs evolved from their ancestors and came to have such a long association with human communities. If you want an in-depth understanding of dog behavior and the complexities of the human-canine relationship, this is a good book to have.

Books About Dog Training



Culture Clash: A New Way Of Understanding The Relationship Between Humans And Domestic Dogs


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Like most living beings, dogs have their own agenda about things and this can clash with yours, leading you to think that the dog is difficult or untrainable. The Culture Clash takes a look at why dogs behave the way they do and offers some great insights into how you can shape their behavior and your own to have a more mutually satisfying relationship.

Does your dog refuse to listen to you? Think about it from the dog’s perspective. Would you come to heel when you could instead continue having the time of your life rolling about in a muddy ditch? Dogs are intelligent animals and, when training them, pet parents need to understand how their individual dog thinks and work with their particular foibles.



The Power of Positive Dog Training (Howell reference books)

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This book explains why positive dog training works so well, and what you can do to reinforce your relationship with your dogs. Also included is a step-by-step dog training program that you can follow with your own pet.


It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet

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If you’ve ever been at your wit’s end with an ornery dog, you will be pleased to have this book. Victoria Stilwell offers sensible advice on how to deal with recalcitrant dogs, and how dog owners can change the way they interact with their dogs and prevent or stop bad behaviors from occurring.


Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals

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Karen Pryor pioneered the clicker training method of shaping animal behavior without stress and with positive reinforcement. The book offers effective instruction in understanding and communicating with your pet. Both new and vintage pet parents will benefit from the information here.


Books for dog lovers come in a range of fiction and non-fiction genres, so there is bound to be something entertaining, heart-warming, and informative for all reading levels and interests. Make a list of books you want to read and set aside some reading time every day. Reading is a wonderful way to expand your mind, and reading about dogs will give you a fresher insight into your canine companions and make you appreciate them even more.

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