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Helpful Books for Pet People

By Robin Tierney

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Following are some highly recommended books about dog behavior, training, communication, adoption, daily pet care, health and nutrition, plus several about animal welfare topics. You'll find books on this list that will engage and enlighten all the dog people you know...including yourself.

By helping people who have pets and those thinking about getting a companion, you'll be helping the animals as well. After all, education is key to success - and often makes the difference between a pet keeping and losing his home. Reading about behavior issues will help people solve problems - and better yet, avoid problems.

Books make ideal gifts for experienced as well as new dog adopters. In addition to the value they offer, books are affordable and easy to wrap and mail.

Several nonprofit humane organizations such as Pit Bull Rescue Central at www.PBRC.org and Hugs for Homeless Animals at www.h4ha.org have arrangements with merchants including Amazon.com and Dogwise.com that allow a percentage of the book purchase to be donated to the organization, so you may want to check the nonprofits' websites for such arrangements before ordering books.

The book descriptions below are loosely grouped in categories. However, be sure to read through the whole list since many of the selections cover a broad range of topics.

Training and Teaching
Behavior Problems and Behavior Therapy
Managing Life with Pets
Getting a Dog...Adopting a Pet
Aging and Special Needs
Kids, Babies and Dogs
Pet Health and Medicine
Healing Massage and TTouch Training
Animal Welfare
Kids - Books for Children and Teenagers
Humane Treatment of Animals

Training and Teaching

Positive Perspectives by Pat Miller. Learn how dogs think and learn ... keys to housetraining, basic training, preventing problems and managing your dog's behavior ... and how to use positive, fun techniques to make the behaviors you want more rewarding than the behaviors you don't want.

The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller. As one of the leading practitioners of positive dog training, Miller demonstrates how you can train your dog, have fun and build a lasting relationship at the same time. Learn how to reward your dog to obtain and reinforce the behaviors you want to achieve through this unique six-week training program that teaches your dog how to actually choose proper behavior.

The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior by Tamar Geller with Andrea Cagan. Emphasis is on the goal of a well-mannered rather than obedient dog. The smart, well-described play-training techniques leverage what Geller categories as the 7 basic needs: security, companionship, hierarchy, surprise/excitement, food and exercise, mental stimulation, and love and connection.

Adoptable Dog: Teaching Your Adopted Pet to Obey, Trust and Love You by John Ross and Barbara McKinney. Honest information about adopting instead of buying a dog...finding and using reputable breed associations, rescue organizations and shelters...important questions to ask the shelter and yourself...making sure you're prepared to add a dog to your household...tips to help your pre-owned dog get along with children and older adults and other pets...retraining approaches to stop excessive barking, separation anxiety, housebreaking problems and fear biting...and stories like Missy's about overcoming the scars of previous abuse. Missy became a certified therapy dog after new owner helped her overcome a terrible past. A reliable guide for every kind of adoptable dog - the older puppy, the overactive or unhousebroken adult dog, the shelter pooch, or the mature canine in need of one last, loving home.

The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell. Tapping into the instinctive language of canines, Fennell has developed simple, gentle techniques to help guide even delinquent dogs - from biters and barkers to chasers- to good behavior. Try her more compassionate alternative to standard obedience training techniques and learn how to communicate with your dog.

Parenting Your Dog by Trish King. Drawing parallels between child-rearing and dog-raising, the author makes complex dog issues easier to understand, leading to logical solutions. She discuses realistic expectations, reasonable consequences, managing the environment, the importance of consistency and establishing clear boundaries for preventing problems. Also clarified: the influence of age on behavior and training approaches (as with human adolescence).

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell. This enlightening book reveals how our behaviors often confuse our canines and how we can more effectively communicate with our dogs. Keeping in mind that our dogs watch us very carefully, McConnell helps us understand how to make our own behavior work for instead of against us.

The Body Language and Emotion of Dogs by Myrna Milani, DVM. Fascinating exploration of the range of the human-animal interactions. Today, it is known that animals possess the same receptors for the same neurochemicals associated with certain emotions in the same areas of the brain that humans. What emotion we think animals convey via their behaviors will affect their behavior and that, in turn, will affect our relationship with them for good or ill. To support improved communication, Dr. Milani helps dog people view the world from the dog's perspective, explaining what certain behaviors indicate in canine terms so we don't attribute the wrong meaning.

Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin. An approach to training designed to turn the family dog into an obedient, reliable companion in the home and in public. Based on the natural way a mother dog trains her puppies, this training method is humane and effective. Covers the basics of puppy training and good house manners on through all the levels of structured obedience exercises.

Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence by Carol Lea Benjamin. Positive training and behavior modification, portraying insights through the eyes of a dog. Valuable information on why puppy training does not work on the older dog,...how to get and keep a dog's attention...which equipment to use and which to avoid...and how to teach basic commands and correct obnoxious behavior using positive-based approaches. Includes illustrative cartoons, real-life case studies, and good advice to make that challenging age easier to handle.

Leader of the Pack by Nancy Baer and Steve Duno. Effective, sensible, non-confrontational techniques for becoming "alpha" and gaining the respect and trust of your dog. Experienced animal behaviorists explain how to take charge...why hitting a canine is futile...the right ways to walk a dog...how to feed a food-aggressive dog...and other helpful guidance for canine owners.

How To Be The Leader of Your Pack...and Have Your Dog Love You For It by Patricia McConnell. This brief, inexpensive gem is part of the booklet series Dog's Best Friend. Learn how to love your dog without spoiling him, and discover how to set boundaries without intimidation. Clarifies how to be a benevolent leader of the pack and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. Reveals how to teach good manners in a peaceful, kind and fun way, employing exercises based on the way dogs communicate with each other.

Dog-Friendly Dog Training by Andrea Arden. With good humor and clear advice, this book shares methods that everyone in the family can use, resulting in a happy, well-behaved canine.

The New Better Behavior in Dogs by William Campbell. Based on the observation that there are more problem owners than problem dogs, this book helps readers develop a lifetime relationship with their dog. Using gentle, positive methods, the author teaches owners everything from proper socialization to humane training techniques to solving behavior problems such as excessive barking and separation anxiety. Examines how a dog perceives and responds to the world...essential information about pack and social order...training ourselves before we attempt to train a dog.

Good Dogs, Great Owners by Brian Kilcommons. Reveals the secrets of lifetime behavioral dog training techniques and provides information on everything from canine dietary needs to temperament testing.

Think Dog! An Owner's Guide to Canine Psychology by John Fisher. Explains the canine mind and offers sound strategies to enlighten even experienced trainers. Fisher deftly shows how to communicate with dogs instead of imposing one's will over an animal. Helpful, detailed sections include teaching puppies not to bite and preventing dog fights.

DogSpeak by Bash Dibra. Keen insight into effectively communicating with and understanding your dog, with practical guidance for choosing the right match, housetraining, teaching good behavior, developing pack leadership skills, and solving common problems.

Toolbox for Remodeling Your Problem Dog by Terry Ryan. A terrific collection of intelligent, effective approaches to improving the behavior of any dog. The author helps you think through how you want your dog to act and then build a tool kit of exercises to teach your dog how to get there. Vital information about the importance of being leader, insight into canine psychology, and excellent, practical application of reward-based training. Includes Ryan's HELM approach employing Health, Environmental enrichment, Leadership and Management.

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. This award-winning book depicts dogs as they really are...why they behave as they do...and how to teach them the ways of the human world. The author redefines the state of the art in dog behavior and training and depicts dogs as they really are, with their lovable "can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me" philosophy. Engaging and ready-to-apply approaches to educating your canine.

The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training by Paul Owens. This respected therapy dog authority shares an enlightened way to train and care for dogs, including insight on how to effectively use affection, attention, play and praise as powerful rewards. Adapts the gentle training methods of "horse whisperers" to nurturing desired behavior in canine companions. Good behavior is rewarded, undesired behavior ignored. Learn "dog speak," the body language and vocalizations needed to communicate with your dog...how to train without jerking, hitting, kicking, or shaking...five ways to establish a leadership role so your dog will happily follow your lead...new step-by-step instructions for teaching vital commands such as sit, stay, come and drop it.

Purely Positive Training by Sheila Booth. This excellent book that walks you step-by-step through purely positive obedience training methods. You'll learn obedience exercises that take advantage of natural canine motivations and training approaches that strengthen the bond with your dog.

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin. For a well-behaved dog, you must modify your own behavior first. This positive approach to correcting and training will help you see the world from your dog's perspective and learn how to achieve substantial behavioral changes.

How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks by Dr. Ian Dunbar. Easy, effective and fun techniques for teaching dogs by using toys, treats, lures and rewards. Also addresses proper health care and what you need to know to help your puppy develop great temperament. You'll learn how to teach the pup to inhibit its bite, prefer playing over fighting with other dogs, become confident and friendly in interacting with humans and other dogs...plus tips for housetraining, channeling chewing and digging in appropriate ways, substituting sitting for jumping up on people, and curtailing barking.

Crate Training Your Dog by Pat Storer. Make crate training a simpler, better experience with this wise advice on choosing the right crate, step-by-step instructions for using crates, dealing with crate-related behavior problems, and how to keep a positive, loving attitude while being firm and consistent with your dog.

So Your Dog's Not Lassie by Betty Fisher and Suzanne Delzio. This well-written, easy-to-follow training manual conveys smart advice for training "hard to train" dogs. Discover specific motivational techniques for a variety of breeds, including those originally bred to display traits of independence and dominance. Indeed, the traits that made dogs excellent hunters, trackers and fighters can make day-to-day living with your pet a real challenge. Includes simple instructions to help you employ or overcome the traits that make your dog hard to train...use body language, food, voice, training structure and style instead of force to convince your stubborn dog to do what you ask...plus clear examples, humorous anecdotes and even easy recipes for making training treats. Here's real help for dog owners frustrated by previous training attempts.

Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor Whatever the task, whether keeping a four-year-old quiet in public, housebreaking a puppy, coaching a team, or memorizing a poem, Pryor demonstrates it will go faster, better, and be more fun if you know how to use reinforcement. Learn the underlying principles of behavioral training and how to apply them to virtually any situation.

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas. Excellent insight on canine body language and communication with and between dogs. Dog language consists of a variety of signals using body, face, ears, tail, sounds, movement and expression. If we study the signals dogs use with each other and use them ourselves, we increase our ability to communicate with our dogs. Perhaps the most important cues are the calming signals, which are used to maintain a healthy social hierarchy and resolve conflict within the pack. By observing and adapting these skills in our own interactions with dogs, we can improve our relationships and their behavior.

Eight Weeks to a Healthy Dog by Shawn Messonier, DVM. Reliable guidance about preventive care and alternative health techniques for a robust, hearty canine.

Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening Our Relationship with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier. This emotional and sometimes humorous book elevates the art of training to a means of building a relationship with your best friend.

The Heart of the Matter: Breaking Codes and Making Connections Between You and Your Dog or Cat by Paul Loeb and Suzanne Hlavacek. A refreshing alternative to conventional training based on feeding healthier whole foods and what the authors call "the Magic Touch," a path to immediate, positive behavior change with use of traditional training tools or force. The book addresses behavioral problems and nutritional needs, including explanations of the benefits of fresh food and case studies illustrating the health and behavioral problems that can be caused or aggravated by some commercial pet foods.

Smarter Than You Think: A Revolutionary Approach to Teaching & Understanding Your Dog in Just a Few Hours by Paul Loeb and Suzanne Hvlacek. Proposes a novel teaching approach based on the principle that a dog can learn more - and more quickly - if information is delivered properly. This book presents humane, holistic, step-by-step methods to teach housebreaking and basic commands in just a few hours. Contends that one-word commands such as "no" are ineffective...that food rewards and choke chains fall short as training tools.

Jellybean Versus Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by C.W. Meisterfeld with Darlene Perez. Insight on training as well as a dog's personality, instinct, dominance and more. Offers a psychological training system for dogs based on positive reinforcement. Through the story of Jellybean, shows how a good dog can become schizophrenic from the use of traditional training methods.

Everyday Dog: Training Your Dog To Be the Companion You Want by Nancy E. Johnson. Smart obedience lessons, activities and ways to improve table and house manners; preparing your dog for obedience and conformation trials.

It's Not the Dogs, It's the People! A Dog Trainer's Guide to Training Humans by Nicole Wilde. Humorous, practical and helpful advice for anyone who trains people to train dogs. Powerful, practical techniques trainers can apply immediately; dealing with difficult personality types; handling sticky situations; unrealistic expectations; training hordes of wild humans. Written in a down-to-earth, humorous style and packed with invaluable tips.

Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others by Kathy Diamond Davis. This recently updated edition reveals how to socialize and train your dog for therapy visits, and how to prepare yourself, along with enlightening details about therapy dog work.

DVD: Your Guide to an Obedient, Confident, Happy Dog by Kathy Santo. See and learn with real-time footage; also demonstrates solutions to a number of problem behaviors.

It's Not the Dog...Training You to Train Your Dog.
VIDEO. Learn to be the alpha dog! Simply view this tape and you'll have all the tools you need to teach Rover to come,sit,stay, stop jumping up and stop chewing. It's amazingly simply to tame your savage beast! Dogs understand hierarchy and order. This tape will teach you how to be the leader. You and your dog will be much happier when you establish yourself as master.

My Smart Puppy DVD. Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson demo proven techniques. www.mysmartpuppy.com

Behavior Problems and Behavior Therapy

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin, DVM. The San Francisco Chronicle columnist focuses on the science of learning and communication, addresses human mistakes, and multiple training approaches since not all dogs learn the same way.

Stress in Dogs: Learn How Dogs Show Stress and What You Can Do to Help by Martina Scholz and Clarissa von Reinhardt. Instead of jerking the leash, here are effective ways to reduce stress and nurture calm, better behavior.

Help For Your Fearful Dog by Nicole Wilde. A comprehensive guide covering causes, signs, management, behavior modification, alternative health techniques and much more.

Your Outta Control Adopted Dog by Eve Adamson. Clear, step-by-step instructions on how to deal with common problems that make living with your adopted dog a challenge, such as housetraining, separation anxiety, hyperactivity, shyness and fearful behaviors, aggression, barking, chewing and digging. Gives you the tools to turn your pet into a trusted friend.

Fight! A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-Dog Aggression by Jean Donaldson. In an age when so many people misunderstand what aggression is and what it is not, this down-to-earth manual shows how to use behavior modification to retrain a dog who bullies other dogs, or becomes fearful when approached by other dogs. Describes types of aggression, remedial socialization, on-leash manners training, proximity sensitivity, play style and skills, resource guarding, aggression prevention and practical exercises.

Aggression in Dogs by Brenda Aloff. Much negative behavior in dogs comes from mistakes made by the owners due to a lack of education and knowledge. This book provides professional, practical help. By knowing what to watch for, you can intervene at the beginning of a potentially aggressive episode. Includes how you can respond using effective means based on positive reinforcement and behavior modification techniques instead of older-school force-based methods such as choke chains. Guidance includes how to retrain aggressive dogs in more appropriate behaviors so they have new ways to respond to trigger events. Also, how to stop others from encouraging or prompting your dog to engage in undesired behaviors: Tell the person very firmly that you are training the dog and the person is only confusing him. If a visitor/person won't cooperate, keep your dog from interacting with this person. Also includes illustrations of dogs in various emotional states and what the signals mean.

The Cautious Canine by Patricia McConnell. Brief but powerful blueprint for helping a shy or fearful dog with gradual desensitization and counter classical conditioning. So much aggression in dogs results from fear, but fear-based problems can become worse if treated incorrectly. This booklet can help you solve minor behavioral problems and prevent serious ones, whether your dog's fears include the vacuum cleaner, people with hats or the stranger at the door. Learn how to pinpoint what triggers your dog, create a step-by-step treatment plan and monitor your progress. You'll discover how to help your dog gain confidence...and why you need to treat the fear and not just your dog's reaction to the fear. This little gem has changed the lives of countless dogs with shyness, fear and reactivity problems.

I'll Be Home Soon! by Patricia McConnell. If you worry about leaving your dog home alone, here's step-by-step guidance to prevent and treat Separation Anxiety, a condition in which dogs panic at your departure and while you're away. Called a tremendous resource, this book can help you raise a dog with good house manners. It will take some work, but you can transform your dog's behavior.

Help for Your Shy Dog by Deborah Wood. This book does a great job addressing ways to work with dogs who are shy or fearful dogs due to temperament or personal experience. Packed with practical, sound advice that can be integrated into day-to-day interaction with your dog.

Scaredy Dog! Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown. The appropriate term for dogs who growl at other dogs, lunge at people, and bark at everything is "reactive". Learn how to understand what a reactive dog is doing, why he's doing it, and positive, effective methods to help him change for the better.

Breaking Bad Habits in Dogs by Colin Tennant. This respected animal behaviorist outlines step-by-step remedies for problem behaviors while putting them in the context of canine psychology.

Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring for Your Dog by Larry Lachman. Compels the reader to examine the relationship between the dog and every member of the household - with the goal of implementing safe, loving methods for training. Lachman's approach to dog training based on the theories of "family systems therapy" and behavior modification. He debunks some widely held myths about the dog training process presents entertaining case studies and outlines training plans for specific behavior problems such as barking to managing fear.

Second-Hand Dog: How To Turn Yours Into A first Rate Pet by Carol Lea Benjamin. Invaluable, straight-forward guide to rehabilitating those unfortunate dogs who have either never had a home or have been shuttled from one owner to another, losing confidence, trust and self-esteem every step of the way. A must read for every owner who wants his second-hand dog to regain the ability to become the warm, loving companion every dog should be. Describes the care, training, and rehabilitation of abandoned dogs, focusing on their special problems and needs. A quick read with vivid pictures that give preteens, teenagers and adults a better understanding about appropriate training techniques.

Behavior Problems in Dogs by William Campbell. This classic continues to be a source of excellent insight and problem-solving. Going beyond the common approach of teaching sit, stay, the author compares the problem of bad behavior from the owner's and the dog's perspective. Emphasizes a holistic approach that avoids harsh punishment. Encourages owners to first adjust their own attitudes, then learn the nature and propensities of dogs.

Bad Dog: A Quick-Fix A-Z Problem Solver for Your Dog's Bad Behavior - by Steve Duno. Better than its title, the content of this handy little book contains easy-to-implement solutions to the most common and disruptive canine behaviors. Discover how to discourage unwanted behaviors and replace them with desirable ones...effectively break bad habits and prevent new ones from developing.

Dogs Are From Neptune by Jean Donaldson. Candid answers to questions about aggression and other aspects of dog behavior. Includes case histories and guidelines for dealing with aggression toward strangers...resource guarding...dog-dog aggression...behavior problems such as counter surfing, barking, mouthiness during play, mounting, stool eating...obedience problems such as pulling and breaking the stay...using training tools including harnesses and head collars...and anxiety problems. The focus is on positive reinforcement methods, including clickers, food treats and praise.

People, Pooches, and Problems by Job Michael Evans. Wise suggestions for dealing with common problems between dogs and their owners. Evans outlines methods to reform a rogue's gallery of aggressive, unresponsive, non-housetrained animals. Employing a flexible, good-humored approach, Evans teaches you how to develop proper leadership attitudes as well as how to prevent or stamp out problems. Includes the 20-step Radical Regimen for Recalcitrant Rovers and clear directions for using set-ups to correct very specific infractions.

The Dog Who Loved Too Much by Dr. Nicholas Dodman. The revered veterinary behaviorist explains how dogs are similar to people in many ways, yet at the same time so different. He makes a unique connection between the biology of the brain and the dog's behavior while providing practical, easy-to-understand advice for everybody who cares for or trains dogs. Includes amazing real-life stories about correcting unwanted behaviors.

Dogs Behaving Badly by Dr. Nicholas Dodman. Discover the roots of and solutions to common problems such as nipping, excessive barking, garbage scavenging, compulsive behavior and zoonosis (the transmission of disease from dogs to humans). Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Dodman's pioneering work in animal psychology has spawned alternative treatments for undesirable pet behavior. This reference offers practical treatment plans based on understanding what your dog is trying to communicate through his behavior - which is the key to effectively treating companion animals. Also discusses behavioral modification techniques, drug therapies and how to recognize when your dog requires professional help.

The Dog Who Would Be King: Tales and Surprising Lessons from a Pet Psychologist by John C. Wright. This respected behaviorist shows how he helps beleaguered dog-lovers come to terms with their misbehaving pets...including a family that couldn't eat at home because their German shepherd would take their food. Wright shares cases of doggy phobias, separation anxieties and aggression. Other topics covered include merging pet households and reading your dog's body language (hint: not every wagging tail is friendly).

Help! I'm Barking and I Can't Be Quiet: A Pet Parenting Guide by Drs. Daniel Q. Estep and Suzanne Hetts. Helps identify the causes of barking and suggests strategies to solve the underlying problems, with flow charts, correction options and beneficial resources.

Understanding Dogs That Eat Poop: Coprophagia by Drs. Suzanne Hetts and Daniel Q. Estep. Feces eating is a common but poorly understood behavior. This CD explains why dogs do this, when it may be a health hazard, and ways to prevent and manage the behavior.

Also see Massage and TTouch section.

Managing Life with Pets

Hiking With Dogs: Becoming a Wilderness-Wise Dog Owner by Linda B. Mullally

Allergic to Pets? The Breakthrough Guide to Living With the Animals You Love by Shirlee Kalstone. An estimated 1 in 10 of pet owners is allergic to the animals they love. Kalstone offers a sensible, smart array of ways to reduce and prevent allergic symptoms.

Creating a Peaceable Kingdom by Cynthia D. Miller. Delightful, down-to-earth presentation of advice for people who have more than one pet, whether multiple dogs or pets of different species. Learn how to solve many problems before they happen. Focusing on cats, dogs, birds and rabbits, the author discusses various combinations and explains how harmony among different kinds of pets can be maintained in the home. She details their introduction into the home, care and feeding, health considerations, socialization, hazards to avoid and how to be considerate of neighbors. Also includes advice about moving to a new home and what to do when leaving pets alone for extended periods. Includes helpful lists of resources and publications.

MetroDog: The Essential Guide to Raising Your Dog in the City by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. Since urban life presents unique challenges to both humans and the dogs they love, these dog experts have adapted proven dog-rearing techniques to city living. Get the scoop on: how to choose the right breed to share your metro life, and which ones to avoid...how to keep a puppy and neighbors happy while you're away from your apartment or condo...how to teach your dog good city manners in stores, restaurants, taxis, and on crowded streets...the do's and don'ts of using parks and dog runs for exercise area...and how to read body language - in your own dog and dogs you meet - to help your dog make friends and avoid fights

Happy Dog: How Busy People Care For Their Dogs...A Stress-Free Guide for All Dog Owners by Arden Moore and Lowell Ackerman, DVM. Most dog misbehaviors stem from boredom and lack of supervision or attention, so here are practical, effective techniques to keep your dog happy and out of trouble while you're not home. Discover how to keep pets happy and healthy while maintaining an active work or social life. Provides examples of people who have made their dog an essential part of their busy lives along with specific, practical ways for busy people to spend quality time with their dogs.

The Weekend Dog by Myrna Milani, DVM. Packed with intelligent, practical solutions for working folks, covering adequate exercise, training and housebreaking. Terrific insight on dog behavior.

Way to Go! How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age by Karen London and Patricia McConnell. A clear, concise and economical booklet to use with dogs of any age and breed. www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com

Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household by Karen London and Patricia McConnell. Want to create order out of the canine chaos in your home? Relieve the tension between the dogs in your pack? Determine whether that growling during play means trouble? Find the answers in this booklet, written to help you improve life in your multi-dog household. Learn how to use positive reinforcement to teach dogs to be polite and patient instead of demanding and pushy.

The Guilt-Free Dog Owners Guide: Caring for a Dog When You're Short on Time and Space by Diana Delmar. Succinct yet comprehensive guide with easy-to-follow advice for safeguarding your pup, exercising and grooming, housetraining and choosing a pet sitter or kennel.

The KISS Guide to Living with a Dog by Bruce Fogle, DVM. Learn how to forge a great friendship with man's best friend...the basics such as essential equipment for dog care, healthy eating, and good grooming...how to be a leader of the pack and establish good house rules and canine etiquette. Helps readers build confidence, and learn gradually.

Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy and Well-Behaved Dog by Ian Dunbar. This useful new volume include sections that tie 6 training deadlines to stages of canine development and how to positively influence temperament.

Fifty Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog by Arden Moore. Breezy, enjoyable and practical compendium of tips for new as well as experienced owners. Contains concise advice for winning the attention and trust of your dog...shaping good behavior...vitamins and herbs for better health and where to get them. Plus interesting tidbits such as colors to which dogs respond best...patio potty systems that work...using vinegar to make dog-bathing easier...using a stocking to make vacuuming easier...and using peanut butter to make grooming easier.

Dogs for Dummies by Gina Spadafori. A handy guide to selecting and caring for the puppy or dog that's right for you. Covers the do's and don'ts...the responsibilities of dog ownership...and fun things to do with your canine companion. Covers a wide range of topics, including: choosing a veterinarian...learning about breeders and breed rescue groups...identifying health problems...choosing collars, harnesses, halters and leashes...caring for an aging dog...and feeding, grooming and traveling with a dog.

Bringing Your New Dog Home - the PAW Dog Care Guide by Robin Tierney ($5 to PAW, PO Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768). Handy reference for new dog adopters. Spans a variety of topics from preparing your household for a smooth transition to preventing common problems.

137 Citipets Tips for Finding and Relocating to a New Home by Charlotte Reed. This member of National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Hall of Fame covers how to determine local pet regulations, find pet-friendly housing, temporary housing, vets, groomers and other resources helpful to relocating pet owners. Available from www.citipets.com; 212-213-6979.

When Your Pet Outlives You by David Congalton and Charlotte Alexander. Easy-to-use, up to date resource guide designed to help pet owners deal with one of their major, overriding fears: if something happens to them, what will happen to their companion animals? Covers planning for the chance if you are no longer there for your pet, choosing a caregiver and setting aside money for the pet's care. Combines personal stories with step-by-step information on how to prepare today, along with examples of legal documents, pet law specialists, pet retirement homes across the country and other resources.

PerPETual Care by Lisa Rogak. A concise yet thorough resource for making plans in case you ever become incapacitated or otherwise unable to take care of your pets.

Dog Friendly Gardens--Garden Friendly Dogs by Cheryl Smith. Practical new book.

Getting a Dog...Adopting a Pet

Are You The Pet For Me? by Mary Jane Checchi. Handy, thorough, easy-to-read handbook designed to help individuals and families choose the right pet. Chapters include determining if your household is truly ready for the time, financial and daily exercise and care commitment...what children are capable of being responsible for at various ages...weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each species.

Dogsmart: The Ultimate Guide for Finding the Dog You Want and Keeping the Dog You Find by Myrna Milani, DVM. Prompts prospective pet owners to do a self-analysis and to apply personal insights to choosing, caring for and training a dog. Provides an understanding of the leadership skills necessary to resolve many canine behavioral problems, shifting the emphasis from dominance-based approaches to relationship-building.

Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. Candid breed information geared specifically to people considering bringing a dog into their families. Are you thinking of adopting a dog? Do you know which breeds tend to adore kids and cats? Which ones grow into loyal "one man" dogs? Which courageous canines challenge intruders ... and friends ... dropping by? Which cute breeds can turn into demanding pests? Which popular breeds are prone to hyper behavior? Which lesser known breeds are highly social or good travelers? What genetic problems may be common for certain breeds? How much daily exercise different breeds need? This intelligent guide to selecting a dog looks at your lifestyle, takes your needs into consideration and helps you learn to make the right choice.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog by Sheila Webster Boneham. The author of "Breed Rescue" suggests the best breeds for individual lifestyles, essential supplies and steps for raising a well-socialized dog in this award-winning book. Get the book before you get a dog. Addresses vaccinations and feeding methods sensibly and objectively. Good advice on training and reinforcement, choosing the right obedience instructor and living with more than one dog. "If you try to apply human ideas about equality and fairness to your family of dogs, you create confusion. For instance, if you try to treat the dogs equally and you alternate who gets a treat first 'to be fair', you undermine the dominant or alpha dog's position. In a pack, the alpha eats first, gets the best bed and controls the resources. If your alpha dog is hogging the chewy toys and you take them from him and divvy them up, you again undermine his position."

Second Start: Creative Rehoming by Jacqueline F. O'Neil. Honest while positive overview for both volunteers in animal welfare organizations and potential dog adopters. This thoughtful book covers individual motivations for getting a dog...finding a good match for the adopter's home and lifestyle...testing the temperament of dogs...health considerations...and training options. An easy read, down to earth and brimming with good sense.

Choosing and Caring for a Shelter Dog: A Complete Guide by Bob Christiansen. Prepares the reader for dog ownership and dispels myths about shelter dogs. Covers choosing a dog, preparing your home, acclimating the new addition to other pets, proper handling especially in the early days in your home, health, training and more.

Mutts, America's Dogs: A Guide to Choosing, Loving, and Living with Our Most Popular Canine by Brian Kilcommons, Michael Capuzzo, Matthew J. Costello. Delves into the temperaments and traits of mixed-breed dogs, trainability and helping dogs fit into human families. Provides an introduction to mixes, purebred concerns such as overbreeding, grouping mutts by type, insight into the behavioral characteristics of the breeds that make up the individual dog, commonsense recommendations for training. A very worthwhile book to read before getting a dog.

Save That Dog: Everything You Need to Know About Adopting a Purebred Rescue Dog by Liz Palika. Specifically dealing with purebred rescue, the dogs and people involved in purebred dog rescue, and how purebred rescues differ from shelters. Moving profiles of abused, abandoned dogs who have been placed in caring, responsible homes and insight into the adoption process.


Raising a Behaviorally Healthy Puppy: A Pet Parenting Guide by Drs. Suzanne Hetts and Daniel Q. Estep. What you do during your puppy's first four months of life will have a lasting impact on your dog's adult behavior. This unique 5 Step Positive Proaction Plan will help you deal with major issues from housetraining to getting along with other pets. The book covers alternatives to discipline and saying NO over and over...what's important and what's not when it comes to 'dominance'...and a step by step guide to crate training.

The KISS Guide to Raising a Puppy by Liz Palika. Before and after you get a puppy...5 tests that breeders use to discern a dog's personality...why not to get a puppy under 9 weeks old...socialization advice...how to create a safe environment in your home and yard...5 minute training sessions. Tips such as: a puppy who scrambles to you when called is likely to be easily trained, while one who ignores you shows independence. Outlines the decisions to make with family members before bringing a pup home, such as where the dog will be allowed to wander in the house, whether he will be allowed on furniture, where he will sleep.

The Chosen Puppy: How To Select and Raise a Great Puppy from an Animal Shelter by Carol Lea Benjamin. What to look for in a pup and how to start basic training - plus special advice to help shelter dogs adjust to a new home...how to talk to a puppy...understanding body language...teaching puppies how to learn...encouraging good manners. Highly readable with solid content and helpful illustrations.

The Urban Puppy Toolkit by Sydney Bleicher and Peggy van Dam. Includes poster detailing your puppy's development, booklets on training during the first 4 months, pocket-sized take-along booklets. Available through www.urbanpuppy.com

Please Oh Please Can We Get a Dog? Parents' Guide to Dog Ownership by Cheryl Peterson. Determine whether or not you should bring a dog into the family, and when.

Puppy Owner's Survival Manual by Julia Barnes, Matthew Brash. This unique guide will help you raise a happy, healthy, well-behaved companion. Coverage includes the terrible twos of doggie adolescence and information on obedience training, exercise and diet geared to first-timers.

Aging and Special Needs

Your Older Dog by Jean Callahan. As a pet ages, joints start creaking, tempers get short and the playfulness of the puppy you brought home years ago may disappear. The author explains the aging process...age-related conditions such as urinary tract difficulties, periodontal disease and arthritis...and keys to maximizing active years, nutrition, exercise, preventive care, natural remedies and alternative healing to help ease your dog's transition into middle age and beyond. Death and grieving are discussed with sensitivity, with advice for easing the process for all surviving family members. Includes a healthy pet checklist and how-to's such as making a safe flea-repelling collar from fabric and fresh mint.

Living With Blind Dogs: A Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low Vision Dogs by Caroline D. Levin. This comprehensive and highly praised book shares helpful hints from dozens of blind-dog owners, as well as years of ophthalmic nursing, veterinary, and dog training experiences. Provides the educational tools to help owners and their dogs adapt quickly to vision problems with minimal stress. Excellent insight on how to train blind dogs.

Living with a Deaf Dog: A Book of Advice, Facts and Experience by Susan Cope Becker. A very helpful book for anyone with a deaf dog. Covers the basics and offers keys to helping your dog can live a normal life. Also includes a nationwide directory of locations that provide BAER, or Brainstem Auditory Evoked-Potential, assessment. This medical test determines if a dog's neurological pathway is intact through use of electrical impulses generated by the ear upon receiving sound waves.

Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet: Saying Good-bye With Love, Dignity, and Peace of Mind by Myrna Milani, DVM. A holistic approach to preparing for the loss of a beloved companion before the onset of illness, injury and death. This book explores what happens when an animal dies, is euthanized, becomes lost or is given up. Many pets become lost and remain so because owners neglect to take a few simple precautions to ensure this won't happen or to help guarantee that they'll find their pets quickly if it does. Countless animals wind up abandoned because of behavioral problems that could be avoided or resolved if owners considered how those problems arise in the first place. Includes chapters on the effects of pet loss on children and those with special needs, and writing living wills/advanced directives for pets in the case of terminally illness so that such major decisions aren't left until the owner and pet are in the throes of despair. Working through such issues will help some folks get past fears about end-of-life decision-making.

Kids, Babies and Dogs

Childproofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. Making training both easy and fun, two of today's leading family dog trainers describe step by step how to get remarkable results in both younger and older dogs. By teaching your pet to accept predictable child/dog interactions before they happen, you can have a dog who is loving, loyal, trustworthy and great with kids. Read before you bring the dog or baby home.

Dogs and Kids: Parenting Tips by Bardi McLennan. Compares puppy and child parenting techniques and advises how to successfully maintain a household containing both children and canines. Conveys sensible suggestions on training and discipline in simple terms, using routines, praise, timeouts and ignoring plays for attention to shape the dog's behavior. Guides parents on how to introduce a new baby to the dog and a new puppy to the kids. Interactions between the dog and babies, toddlers, preschoolers and older children are thoroughly examined, as are the causes of biting, suitability of different types of dog for young children, and dealing with disruptive and painful situations such as divorce and coping with a dog's death.

Your Dog and Your Baby: A Practical Guide by Silvia Hartmann-Kent This book has been embraced by many parents for its insight about positive interactions between parents, babies and dogs. Contains specific, doable solutions for common and vexing problems. Smoothes the transition for pet owners into parenthood, and helps parents learn how to divide their attention to make sure the dog does not feel displaced as well as to help the dog develop a positive association with the new baby. Even good parents and owners make mistakes, so this book is important reading even for those who have not encountered problems with their dogs.

Pet Health and Medicine

How to Afford Veterinary Care Without Mortgaging the Kids by James. L Busby. The Minnesota veterinarian addresses the contemporary veterinary med culture of over-vaccinating, overtreating and neglecting less invasive options that, while not being as simple as dispensing meds or as radical as performing surgery may be more effective in the long run and far less expensive in terms of money and the animal’s overall health. He gives readers the knowledge to say ‘no’ to their veterinarians." His website is http://www.oldcountryvet.com

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KNOW, your source of conventional wisdom:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen Keller

Dog Body, Dog Mind by Dr. Michael Fox. This 2007 book from the excellent columnist covers vaccination schedules and more. And to receive Dr. Fox's newsletter, send a long, self-addressed stamped envelope and $2 to The Animal Doctor Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH, 44092

The Complete Holistic Dog Book by Jan Allegretti and Katy Sommers, DVM. Diet, bodywork (such as acupressure and T-Touch), energy medicine, treatments for injury and illness, conventional and drug treatments, and nutritional, homeopathic and herbal therapies.

The Holistic Animal Handbook by Kate Solisti-Mattelon and Patrice Mattelon. Addresses how to relate physically and emotionally to dogs, cats and horses, and basic nutrition.

Emerging Therapies: Using Herbs and Nutraceutical Supplements for Small Animals by Dr. Susan G. Wynn. Practical guide for improving pet health and immunity with natural products that are typically less costly and have fewer side effects than conventional synthesized medicines.

The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. This new edition of a classic covers Natural Rearing, herbal medicine and disease prevention.

The UC Davis Book of Dogs: A Complete Medical Reference Guide for Dogs and Puppies edited by Mordecai Siegal. By providing a full understanding of animal health, this book will enable owners to act quickly and properly when a dog becomes sick or injured. A team of 32 veterinary teachers, clinicians, specialists and researchers describe various systems of the dog's body, symptoms of disorders, preventive strategies and various medical treatments. Color anatomical illustrations and a glossary of terms commonly used in veterinary medicine are included. Royalties support the mission of the Center for Canine Companion Health.

Prevention's Symptom Solver for Dogs and Cats: From Arfs and Arthritis to Whimpers and Worms edited by Matthew Hoffman. Comprehensive guide to recognizing, understanding and treating hundreds of common pet symptoms and conditions.

The Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat by Martin Goldstein, DVM. By treating the root of the problem instead of its symptoms, holistic medicine enables our pets to regain and maintain their own health. This excellent, well-organized reference discusses the origins of diseases in pets, then moves on to taking action against specific ailments such as cancer, leukemia, allergies and arthritis through use of holistic medicines. Also addresses controversies regarding vaccines, environmental toxins and commercial pet foods...the spiritual realm...and harnessing the power of the animal-human bond to fight disease. Dr. Goldstein combines expert advice, inspiring real-life cases and the wisdom from scores of holistic books, newsletters, veterinarians and other sources to convey practical, healing guidance.

How to Say It To Your Dog by Janine Adams. Communicate through actions and gestures.

The Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century by Denise Flaim, Michael W. Fox. Addresses the health of the whole dog and all the ways to bring a more natural approach to dog care. Discusses the use of essential oils, homeopathy, natural diets, herbal remedies, acupuncture, and massage. Also includes training techniques for dogs.

Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs: Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians by Martin Zucker. People are realizing that if alternative medicine is better for them, it's better for their pets too. Dogs are visiting acupuncturists, chiropractic doctors and homeopaths. Still, many owners are unaware that simple measures as changing their pet's diet and using vitamins, herbs, other nutritional supplements, massage therapy and natural cures can help prevent or heal ailments ranging from excessive scratching to depression to diseases. This guide reveals natural healing methods, treatments, whole foods, advice from holistic practitioners and veterinarians, who share their recipes, insights and "prescriptions." You'll also learn how holistic approaches can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional medications and surgery.

Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog by Wendy Volhard, Kerry Brown. Good reference even for folks who are not into holistic approaches. Presents clear explanations of how a dog's system works, the functions of the organs and the function of various nutrients. Discusses medical tests and what the results mean. Contrasts traditional and holistic points of view in causes and treatments; plenty of well-researched dietary solutions for healthy and ailing pets. For those who really want to get more involved in their dog's care.

Vaccine Guide for Dogs and Cats by Catherine J.M. Diodati, MA. Available from www.thinktwice.com, this book supports the idea that the less you put in the body, the fewer chances you have for reactions. Routine vaccination has been found to create short term and long term symptoms.

The First Aid Companion For Dogs and Cats. It's every pet owner's nightmare: suddenly your four-legged friend isn't breathing. Do you know what to do? This straightforward reference covers emergency care procedures for CPR, heat stroke treatment, strangulation and other life-threatening emergencies. It also addresses less pressing problems such as swollen tails, ingrown nails and flea allergies. Beginning with simple tests and explanations of general care issues like dehydration examinations and triage, this guide moves on to an alphabetical listing of every possible health threat, from arrow wounds to worms. You'll learn the actions to take...the items needed for your pet medicine chest...follow up care...quick tips such as fashioning an instant muzzle from nylon stockings and how to stabilize an ear-flap injury. Plus essential tips for preventing accidents. FYI: a First Aid Kit is another great gift idea for the pet owners on your list.

First Aid for the Active Dog by Sid Gustafson. Take this guide when you hike, camp or travel with your dog.


K9 Kitchen: Your Dogs' Diet, The Truth Behind the Hype by Monica Segal. Reviews the pros and cons of feeding a home-prepared diet to our companion dogs. Written in a user-friendly way that emphasizes the individual dog, not a one-recipe-fits-all cookbook. Matches alternative diets to an individual dog's needs. Reflecting immense research, this book is equally helpful for the beginner and experienced animal caregiver alike.

Throw Me a Bone: 50 Healthy, Canine-Tested Recipes for Snacks, Meals and Treats by Cooper Gillespie. A light-hearted but also helpful volume of nutritious feeding ideas for folks who prepare home diets for their dogs due to food allergies, colitis, illness, other health conditions or simply for good nutrition. Many of the recipes in the book are good for pets and humans alike.

Better Food for Dogs: A Complete Cookbook and Nutrition Guide by David Bastin, Jennifer Ashton and Grant Nixon. Providing good nutrition is one of the most important steps you can take to help your pet live a happy, healthy and long life. This reference will guide you through this nutritional puzzle, arming you with tasty, tested recipes for natural home-prepared diets and treats. Helpful sections include myths about dog and people food, problems associated with low-quality diets and how to identify good-quality processed foods.

Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Pet Diet by Kymythy R. Schultze. An easy to read and use reference about raw diets; especially useful for those new to the idea of raw food.

Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative by Donald R. Strombeck. Nutrition and dietetics book includes 200 recipes, complete nutritional content data, special diets, and food quality and safety information.

Give Your Dog a Bone by Ian Billinghurst, DVM. The book that helped launch the BARF, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods, diet movement for pets. It concentrates on practical feeding of natural foods such as fruits, vegetable and raw meaty bones as based on canine needs. Packed with practical, researched dog feeding advice that has been claimed to improve health and immunity and thus reduce vet bills. Also explains why many believe that processed foods are a major cause of growth, reproductive, dental and degenerative diseases from cancer and diabetes to auto-immune diseases.

Also see Health and Medicine section.

Healing Massage and TTouch for Pets

Getting in TTouch with Your Dog by Linda Tellington-Jones. How to use specific calming touches to open new neurological pathways and break old behavioral patterns. This gives you a gentle approach to influencing behavior, health and performance. TTouch is being used by dog owners, trainers, breeders, vets, vet techs and even some shelter staff and volunteers to improve and maintain the quality of an animal companion's life, instilling self-confidence so that a mutual relationship can be developed with the owner. Combinations of specific TTouches can be used to strengthen health, remedy physical ailments and solve common behavior issues.

Healing Touch for Dogs: The Proven Massage Program for Dogs by Michael W. Fox, DVM. Newly updated. Dr. Fox shares his pioneering 6-step massage technique through detailed illustrations, photos and easy-to-read instructions. Learn to understand your dog's's anatomy as well as basic dog psychology...customize a massage routine...use massage to diagnose illness...and integrate massage as part of overall care to keep your dog healthy and fit.

Healing Touch for Cats: The Proven Massage Program for Cats by Michael W. Fox. Newly updated. Shares Dr. Fox's pioneering 6-step massage technique through detailed illustrations, photos and easy-to-read instructions. Learn to understand your cat's anatomy as well as body language...customize a massage routine...use massage to diagnose illness...and integrate massage as part of overall care for your cat.

Other Books for Dog Lovers

The Little Big Book of Dogs, edited by Alice Wong and Lena Tabori. Lovely, fun gift book featuring essays, stories, poetry, games and recipes inspired by canines. Most appealing are the vintage illustruations. Published May 9, 2006 Welcome Books. Angela Graziano, angela@welcomebooks.com


The Simple Guide to Cats by Sandra Toney and Kelli Wilkins. Choosing a healthy cat or kitten, litter box training, cat safety, nutrition and traveling with cats.

Cat Training in 10 Minutes by Miriam Fields Babineau. Helps you train your cat to come, roll over and sit in minutes.

Cat Culture by Janet M. Alger and Stephen F. Alger. Study on interactions between cats and caregivers at a shelter.

The Little Big Book of Cats edited by Alice Wong and Lena Tabori. A lovely new treasury of stories, poetry, care and training tips, recipes, games and humor.

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat, Not a Sour-Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Better understand your pet by getting a cat's eye view from this book, chock full of effective tips for stopping destructive chewing, aggression, furniture scratching and litter-box problems. Insight on grooming, pests, travel with cats, toys, food and more.

The Indoor Cat: How to Understand, Enjoy, and Care for House Cats by Patricia Curtis andAudrey Hayes. Diet, grooming, behavioral problems, multiple cat households, safety and more.

Housecat: How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Sane and Sound by Christine Church. This guide will help you create a safe, healthy, stimulating world for your cats...plus get cat hair off your couch.

Catwatching by Desmond Morris. Reveals everything from why cats purr to why we say it's raining cats and dogs.

Catlore by Desmond Morris. Intriguing questions ranging from cats' powers of ESP to their historical use in warfare.

A Cat Is Watching: A Look at the Way Cats See Us by Roger A. Caras. Insights into the secret of catnip, the wonder of iridescent eyes, and the true meaning of a purr.

The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier. A new health encyclopedia, choosing a vet, dealing with litter box problems, selecting a scratching post, grooming, diet, caring for sick cats and more.

The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats by Dr.Nicholas Dodman. Examines aggravating cat habits and shows how modifications in such areas as diet, exercise, and environment cause remarkable improvements in most cats.

The Body Language and Emotion of Cats by Dr. Myrna Milani. Explores how body language displays can enhance or undermine relationships between cats and people.

Good Owners, Great Cats by Brian Kilcommons, Sarah Wilson. This easy-to-read guidebook prepares you for caring for a new kitten, raising a healthy cat, and understanding cat behavior.

The Heart of the Matter: Breaking Codes and Making Connections Between You and Your Dog or Cat by Paul Loeb and Suzanne Hlavacek. See description in Training and Teaching section.

You and Your Cat by David Taylor. This complete guide to cat care is packed with detailed practical information.

What Your Cat Is Trying to Tell You by Dr. John M. Simon, Stephanie Pederson. A head-to-tail guide to a cat's health symptoms and solutions to a variety of problems.

The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory. A delightful tale of the bedraggled stray white feline who entered the writer's home and heart

Are You The Pet For Me? by Mary Jane Checchi. See description in Getting a Pet section.

PAW Cat Care Guide by Ginnie Maurer ($5 donation; PAW, P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768)

Also see other sections of this booklist, such as Health and Medicine, Nutrition, and Healing Massage and TTouch.


Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden Wold of Animal Intelligence and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process. By Irene M. Pepperberg

Birds off the Perch by Larry Lachman. You love your pet bird, even when he misbehaves, but there are ways you train him with compassion. This book proves that rewarding good behavior is kinder and more effective than traditional techniques.

Are You The Pet For Me? by Mary Jane Checchi. See description in Getting a Pet section.

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden Wold of Animal Intelligence – and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process. By Irene M. Pepperberg

Animal Welfare

Animals Make Us Human: Creating The Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin with Catherine Johnson. Autism has given the equivalent of a sixth sense to Temple Grandin, an expert in designing humane systems for handling animals at farms and slaughterhouses. She has developed a gift for getting into the minds of nonhuman animals, for understanding their sensibilities, sensitivities and fears, and shares insights in this 2009 book.

One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter. From www.NoVoiceUnheard.org, this compelling collection of photos and vignettes brings the homeless animal plight vividly to life.

The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter by Marc Bekoff, professor of biology at the University of Colorado/Boulder. A convention among scientists is to not name lab animals, since many for so long regarded the animal as merely an object, a resource, to use. Bekoff broke tradition and named a test rat, who was discarded at the end of the study. This sad incident was an awakening for the doctor, who switched his focus to ethology – the study of animal minds.

Ethics and emotion have shaped Bekofff’s career. He knew from hard research, not just experiential evidence, that animals were sentient beings and deserved to be treated with kindess and respect. He studied the behavior of coyotes, dogs and wolves, observed the body language of penguins and elephants. He saw that emotions were experienced by the animals; the difference between humans and nonhuman animals’ emotions not in kind but in degree.

Elephants mourn. Monkeys do not eat if they see that others suffer and/or are subjected to pain if they eat (the empathy response). Rats laugh. He observed instances of prey and predator animals bonding at zoos and other environments. Unlike most animal welfare advocates and people who have pets, Bekoff came to his awareness and ethical stance through science. Science and emotion are not mutually exclusive. It’s a fascinating and important book.

Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster by Linda and Allen Anderson. An estimated 44 percent of people who stayed behind when Hurricane Katrina hit noted that they decided not to abandon their pets. At the time of that disaster, few government emergency shelter plans included companion animal provisions, but increasingly, decision-makers are realizing the importance of pets. Rescued offers glimpses of animal rescue operations and interviews with volunteers, survivors and government officials. They address such issues as changes that area need to ensure that animal rescue is not a last-minute thought for emergency planning personnel and for families with pets. New World Library.

Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster by Linda and Allen Anderson. An estimated 44 percent of people who stayed behind when Hurricane Katrina hit noted that they decided not to abandon their pets. At the time of that disaster, few government emergency shelter plans included companion animal provisions, but increasingly, decision-makers are realizing the importance of pets. Rescued offers glimpses of animal rescue operations and interviews with volunteers, survivors and government officials. They address such issues as changes that area need to ensure that animal rescue is not a last-minute thought for emergency planning personnel and for families with pets. New World Library.

Miracle Dog: How Quentin Survived the Gas Chamber to Speak for Animals on Death Row by Randy Grim. An important, moving true story. The reddish Basenji was found standing atop 6 dead dogs in a St. Louis pound’s gas chamber having survived 15 minutes of gassing. The book also looks at the work of Stray Rescue in St. Louis - and efforts that resulted in shutting down the "Gasconade" in January 2005.

Rescue Rover! 101 Ways You Can Help Abandoned Dogs by Marie K. Whelan. Practical and imaginative ways for people of all ages, including those with super-busy schedules, to make a difference for homeless pets. Suggestions include raising money by setting up a honor-system snack bar at your workplace or club.

Recycled Love: Every Puppy Has a Tale by Sallyann Jennings. This fine collection of 25 tales about dogs saved from the street will raise awareness of abuse and neglect. Benefits Friends of the Baltimore Animal Shelter.

The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family by Jon Katz. So many dogs are abandoned or given up because of people's unrealistic expectations of dogs, failing to train dogs properly, and not understanding that a dog is not a possession for amusement. Explores how the role of dogs in our life has changed over the years - why we get dogs, what we expect of our dogs, how we treat and mistreat them. Addresses the dedication of rescue league volunteers and the sometimes difficult working relationship between rescue leagues and government animal shelters.

The Pet Surplus: What Every Dog and Cat Owner Can Do to Help Reduce It by Susan M. Seidman. www.xlibris.com or 1-888-795-4274. Excellent information for the new animal welfare volunteer, shelter staff member and pet owners. Details the history of pet overpopulation, its causes and attempted solutions, and why responsible behavior by pet owners is critical to reducing euthanasia and finding more homes for animals. Encouraging private citizens to become effective armchair activists for the sake of their own pets and the animals in shelters, the book is an eye-opener about the problem of animal homelessness. "If you ever wondered what you could do to help animals, this book provides a clear and concise path towards making a difference." - American Humane Association.

All for Animals: Tips and Inspiration for Living a More Compassionate Life by Karen Lee Stevens. Without preaching, the author explains how to get along better with our animal companions and how to fine-tune the way we think about our fellow earthlings, how to curb pet overpopulation, how to coexist with wildlife and how to avoid products that were made with cruel methods.

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy by Matthew Scully. In support of animal welfare, Scully, a journalist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, contends that the important thing is not insisting upon equal rights for animals but in treating them with basic respect and dignity. His book represents animal rights goals while not proclaiming animals to be equal in status to humans. Having investigated several major animal industries, including hunting, whaling, and factory farming, he reveals the logical and political inconsistencies used to defend cruel industries.

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. Masson's bestseller, When Elephants Weep, explored emotions in the animal kingdom. Now he focuses on the contained world of the farm animal, revealing startling, irrefutable evidence that barnyard creatures have feelings and even consciousness.

Speaking Out for Animals: True Stories about Real People Who Rescue Animals. Edited by Kim W. Stallwoo. Hails the heroes of animal protection who work to rescue animals from neglect, torture and deprivation. This intriguing read focuses on people at all areas of animal advocacy , from folks working at the national level and those in the trenches working to save farm animals and pets from abuse. A moving tribute to people working to change the values of our society.

The Dog Who Spoke With Gods by Diane Jessup. A poignant, unforgettable page-turner about the bond between a woman and the dog she befriended at an animal research facility. Elizabeth is a pre-med student whose eyes are opened to the cruelty of mistreatment and the cruelty of being denied companionship endured by Damien, a very special and doomed dog. Heartachingly moving and suspenseful. Beautifully written by Jessup, who has spent a career working with dogs.

Disposable Animals: Ending the Tragedy of Throwaway Pets by Craig Brestrup. Called powerful and provocative by the Seattle Times, this examination of the destruction of homeless animals as a solution to overpopulation challenges conventional practices and offers alternative strategies toward ending the killing of healthy, adoptable animals.

Personal Care For People Who Care. From the National Vivisection Society. Detailed guide to choosing cruelty-free cosmetics, household, personal care and companion animal products. www.navs.org or 800-888-6287.

Flawed Dogs: The Year End Leftovers at the Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound by Berkeley Breathed. Wonderfully illustrated, each character has his or her own funny and touching story to tell. Breathed encourages readers to visit their local animal shelters.


Kids and Dogs: Teaching Them to Livve, Play and Learn Together by Ruth Weston and Dr. Catriona Ross. Discusses what levels of responsibility and understanding are associated with each stage of child development, and avoiding dog bites.

Here are some highly recommended companion animal books for Young people. For more information on any of these books, do a web search using the book's title.


Animal Companions: Your Friends, Teachers and Guides by Diane Pomerance Beautifully written and illustrated to share with children to help develop understanding and compassion. Animal companionship teaches children many important lessons concerning compassion and the responsibility people have to provide for and protect animals. Pomerance affirms the importance of people-animal relationships while helping children to identify and express the feelings and values they learn from those relationships - such as companionship, trust, acceptance, compassion, loyalty, mutual respect and devotion. Readers also learn how to cope with the fact that a beloved pet will eventually pass on by emphasizing time spent together should be cherished as a gift and a privilege.

Cherry Hill's Horse Care Book for Kids by Cherry Hill. Ages 9 to 12. Ideal book for kids who are eager to learn the essentials of equine care. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Non-Fiction Companion Animals.

The Elephant Hospital by Kathy Darling. Ages 9 to 12. Learn about the world's first elephant hospital and the plight of Thailand's endangered Asian elephants. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Non-Fiction Humane Heroes.

Animal Talk: How Animals Communicate Through Sight, Sound and Smell by Etta Kaner. Ages 4 to 8. Large size picture book packed with interesting facts about how mammals, birds, fish and insects communicate. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Non-Fiction Environment and Ecology.

A Kid's Best Friend by Maya Ajmera and Alex Fisher. Ages 4 to 8. Simple text and pictures portray the bond between children and their dogs from around the world. How children around the world care for and enjoy their dogs; basic facts about canines. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Non-Fiction Companion Animals.

A Dog's Best Friend: An Activity Book for Kids and Their Dogs by Lisa Rosenthal. Ages 7 to 14. A fun and educational book for kids who love to have fun with dogs. Filled with games, activities, interesting dog facts and important safety tips for your dog.

Dog Training for Kids by Carol Lea Benjamin. Easy-to-follow training guide.

SuperPuppy: How to Raise the Best Dog You'll Ever Have! by Peter J. Vollmer. Choosing a puppy, discipline, chewing, digging, jumping, housetraining, barking, and nipping.

The Animal Shelter by Patricia Curtis. A factual, powerful account of a real animal shelter, including information about dogfighting, animals used in laboratories.

The Kid's World Almanac of Animals and Pets by Deborah G. Feider and John Lane. Full of fun and important facts from health to spaying/neutering.

Lost and Found by Jean Little. This short book beautifully illustrates the concepts of responsibility and helping animals.

Go Home: The True Story of James the Cat by Libby Phillips Meggs. In this award-winner for all ages, James is cold, hungry and lonely living outdoors. Will he ever find a real home?

Totally Fun Things to Do With Your Cat by Ed Shems and Maxine A. Rock. How to choose and care for a cat; fun activities to share with and toys to make for your cat.

The Kids' Cat Book by the Editors of Owl Magazine. Did you know cats sweat through their paws? Cats can hear six times better than we can? Fascinating facts and pet care advice.

Pets Without Homes by Caroline Arnold and Richard Hewett. This well-photographed book chronicles the work of animal control workers and the homeless animals hoping to be adopted.

Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays by Peg Kehret. Ages 9 to 12; true stories of amazing dogs adopted from animal shelters.

The Orphan Seal by Fran Hodgkins. Ages 4 to 8. Just a few days old, a terrible storm separates a baby harbor seal from his mother and he washes up on the beach. This is the true story of Howler, a lucky seal who is rescued and rehabilitated by the New England Aquarium. The Aquarium staff fattens Howler up with baby seal formula, teaches him to hunt fish so he can survive in the wild and eventually releases him back to the sea. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Environment and Ecology.

Interrupted Journey by Kathryn Lasky. When a young turtle washes up on a Cape Cod beach, 10-year-old Max finds him. The turtle appears to be dead. But maybe not. This award-winning photo-essay follows a team of veterinarians, marine biologists and volunteers who work hard to save the life of an injured Kemp's ridley sea turtle. Informative photographs and text describe the international effort to protect this endangered species and other sea turtles.

The Everything Kids' Nature Book by Kathiann M. Kowalski . Ages 9 to 12. A fantastic reference tool for teachers and parents that will help students understand the material in their science classes and inspire animal-friendly school projects and outdoor activities. Filled with animal facts, hands-on craft projects and other fun activities, this book will satisfy the curiosity of junior scientists.


StrayDog by Kathe Koja. Ages 12 through adult. Through teaching a feral collie to trust, high school outcast Rachel breaks out of her own cage. She volunteers at an animal shelter, where she finds herself identifying with a troubled dog named Grrl. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Companion Animals Fiction.

Flynn by Shannon Fox. This adventure-bound dog escapes from a puppy mill, an abusive owner, brutal trainers, near-death at a dog pound...and winds up saving the lives of others along the way. Told from the dog's point of view, this fast-paced novel offers insight into rescue groups, shelters and training. In addition to telling a good story about values, this book can also be used to help educate new dog owners.

Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders. All ages. Storytellers Ink, P.O. Box 33398, Seattle WA 98133. Joe tells his moving story from puppyhood, when his ears were chopped and his body beaten, to old age when he has the fortune of a caring human.

Jasper's Day by Marjorie Blain Parker. Ages 4 to 8. Knowing that their beloved dog Jasper is nearing death from cancer, a family celebrates their pet's life and what he has meant to them. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Companion Animals Fiction.

Goose's Story by Cari Best. Ages 4 to 8. This book tells the story of a girl and her dog who befriend a one-legged goose and worry if she will survive the winter migration. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Environment and Ecology Fiction.

Little Flower by Gloria Rand. Ages 4 to 8. Based on a true story, Little Flower, a potbellied pig, becomes a hero when she plays dead to get help for her injured caretaker. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Humane Heroes Fiction.

A Day, a Dog by Gabrielle Vincent. A story of a dog dumped from a car.

Ben Has Something to Say by Laurie Lears. Ben is shy - until a dog needs his help.

Strider by Beverly Cleary. Explore humane attitudes through the eyes of an abandoned dog.

The Dog Who Spoke With Gods by Diane Jessup. For mature readers and adults, a suspenseful tale about a pre-med student and the very special but doomed dog she befriended at an animal research facility.

One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox. A young man sneaks off with an uncle's rifle, and later spots a feral cat with only one eye in this compelling story.

Dog Donovan by Diana Hendry and Margaret Chamberlain. A delightful account that explores fear, anxieties and problem-solving - with people and animal problems.

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. All ages. When 11-year-old Marty finds a mistreated beagle, he struggles with questions: should he return the pup to the abusive owner? Should he steal food to feed him? Marty's efforts are the moral backbone for this award-winning story.

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen. Stories of special animals, such as Electric Fred and Josh, the world's smartest dog.

Cat Walk by Mary Stolz. A touching story for anyone who has befriended a stray cat.

Socks by Beverly Cleary. Socks is a happy cat until the baby comes along...a good story that enlightens at the same time.

The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. A feral cat is adopted from the vet, and we learn along with the animals and people in the tale.

A Dog on Barkham Street by Mary Stolz. Explores responsibility, homelessness and bullying.

J.T. by Jane Wagner and Gordon Parks, Jr. In this moving tale, Gamble, a 10-year-old inner city kid, shows compassion when he takes on the care of a one-eyed, badly injured alley cat.

Stray by A.N.Wilson. The autobiography of a tired tomcat who had been sold, abandoned, abused and used in a research lab.

One Unhappy Horse by C.S. Adler. Since the death of her father, things have been difficult for 12-year-old Jan and her mother. The girls at school tease her about "going steady" with her beloved horse, Dove. When Dove needs an operation on his leg and there is no money to pay for it, the situation seems hopeless. But Mattie, a resident of the assisted-living facility next door, may have a solution. Can a lonely woman and an insecure girl to change each other's lives? This award-winner tells of the power of love and friendship.

Saving Lilly by Peg Kehret. Can one girl and a class of sixth graders make a difference in the lives of animals? After completing a school report on the mistreatment of circus animals, Erin and her friend David try to put a stop to a field trip to the circus planned by their homeroom teacher. They discover that the circus manager is planning to sell Lilly the elephant to a hunting preserve. Erin and David rally classmates to raise enough money to purchase Lilly and send her to an elephant sanctuary. This book will appeal to animal lovers who want to know how they can make a difference. ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award for Humane Heroes Fiction.

Tabby by Aliki. Delightful picture book about a girl and the cat she adopts from a shelter.

My Cat Maisie by Pamela Allen. What does it feel like to be pulled, tugged, tossed? Children learn as a little boy discovers how to treat all creatures with kindness.

Socrates by Rascal and Gert Bogaerts. This lonely stray puppy's only wish is to have a friend and a home. Then a magical discovery changes his life.

I Really Want A Dog by Susan Breslow, Sally Blakemore and True Kelley. In this fun picture book, a determined child chooses the right companion with the help of a wise canine friend.

Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Tolon Brown. Arthur the aardvark's new puppy chews up things, digs, howls...until Arthur takes the time to teach his puppy proper manners.

Our Cat Flossie by Ruth Brown. Beautifully chronicles a day in the life of a beloved cat.

My Cat Buster by Donna Bryant and Jakki Wood. A first animal book about the special friendship between a young boy and his buddy. The narrator is African American.

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting and David Diaz. This Caldecott Medal winner deals with the Los Angeles riots while conveying Daniel's commitment to his cat Jasmine.

Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story by Stephanie Calmenson. Photographs and lively text tell the true story of Rosie, a therapy dog trained to cheer up people who are elderly, sick or lonely.

William's Story by Deborah Duel. This scarred street cat sees his life go from bad to worse as he scrounges in garbage bins and is pelted with stones...then his life changes.

Mustard by Charlotte Graeber and Donna Diamond. This book eloquently deals with the loss of a companion animal. A source of comfort to children facing the loss of an animal.

Rosalie by Joan Hewett and Donald Carrick. This aging golden retriever doesn't hear anymore and doesn't move as fast as she once did, but shows the meaning of devotion.

The Christmas Cat by Efner Tudor Holmes. An abandoned cat is rescued by a mystical man.

Speak! by Michael Rosen. A fabulous collection of humane stories, poems and drawings.

Stay! Keepers Story by Lois Lowry. Separated from his family, this unusual dog learns about living on the dangerous streets and even makes up poetry.

The Loyal Cat by Lensey Namioka. An elegant retelling of a legend from ancient Japan, in which a cat with magical powers finds an unusual way to help his poor, humble master.

A Place for Grace by Jean Davies Okimoto. Intermediate level. Grace dreams of becoming a seeing-eye dog. She is discovered by Charlie, a hearing-disabled man seeking a courageous dog to train as a hearing-aid dog. Invaluable lessons on overcoming obstacles.

Scruffy by Peggy Parish and Kelly Oechsli. Young readers accompany Todd on a trip to the animal shelter to learn about pet overpopulation and abandonment.

The Howling Dog by Tracey Campbell Pearson. Chained in the yard for the night, she doesn't accept the abuse of life at the end of a chain. A picture book with a powerful message.

Pole Dog by Tres Seymour. A dog is left by a telephone pole. A kind family rescues Pole Dog, but readers learn that most abandoned dogs aren't so lucky - and what to do if they see a stray animal.

I'm The Best by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Will Hillenbrand. "My name is Dudley, but once I was named Sparky. Before that, I was Fluffy..." begins this heartwarming story about shelter dog #172 cast off in our throw-away society.

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst and Erik Blegvad. A classic, must-read for anyone who has ever lost a pet.

Where's Molly? by Uli Wass. A nicely illustrated story of a little dog who leaves her home on New Year's Eve after being frightened by fireworks. Intermediate or read-aloud.

The Very Best of Friends by Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas. A good read-aloud book to spark discussion about death, hurt, abandonment and friendship.

Hunter and His Dog by Brian Wildsmith. When a hunter follows his dog one night, he changes his ways and helps the dog rehabilitate injured ducks to release back into the wild.

I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm. The profound loss felt by a child when a pet dies.

Schnitzel Is Lost by Hans Wilhelm. This terrier pup wanders away and encounters frightening experiences. Lessons about keeping pets indoors, securing gates and using ID tags.

Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All by Cynthia Rylant. Ages 4 to 8. These best buddies enjoy a special breakfast, a party, cake, then a nap in the yard. Colorful, whimsical tale about love and friendship.

Monkey for Sale by Sanna Stanley. Ages 4 to 8. Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, two friends devise a series of trades in order to free a captured monkey. ASPCA Henry Bergh Book Award for Humane Heroes Fiction.

Beegu by Alexis Deacon. Ages 4 to 7. Poor Beegu...this extraterrestrial is stranded far from home when her spaceship crashes. Hoping to find her mother, she wanders into a big city, finds a box of friendly puppies and curls up to sleep with them. Later, she happens upon a playground where she plays with children until a grown-up sends her along her way. With her long floppy ears and three eyes, Beegu's story encourages attitudes of acceptance toward beings who are different.


Turtle Saver by Laurie Parker. Readers of all ages will enjoy this delightful account of the far-reaching effects of one good deed.

It's About Dogs by Tony Johnson. Hound dogs, pound dogs, husky dogs, and lap dogs...this award-winning poetry collection will bring tears and laughter to dog lovers of all ages.

Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder. Ages 4 to 8. If you see a beautiful spider web or an unusual flower, what should you do? Leave it alone! This beautifully illustrated book teaches respect and appreciation for all aspects of our natural world, and conveys the message: "Be aware of them. Take care of them. Be watchful. Let them be." ASPCA Henry Bergh Book Award for Poetry.

Swan Song: Poems of Extinction by J. Patrick Lewis. Memorializes the species exterminated by man and sends the message to save vs. harm the earth.

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Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life (Oct. 08) by Allen and Linda Anderson. Do nonhuman animals have ethics? Do they respond to reason and conscience? A moving collection of profiles of canines who made deliberate and compassionate choices in protecting, healing, serving and teaching their guardians. Among the real-life canine heroes: Marvin, a dog who paints with his tail to raise money for rescue operations ... Angel Eyes, a severely injure puppy who became a seeing-eye dog for a fellow canine ... Anna, a rescue dog at 9/11’s Ground Zero who suffered lung damaged while searching the wreckage ... Scooby Doo, the great dane who saved a family from a fire. New World Library.

Dog Blessings:Poems, Prose, and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs. "Congratulations on the new addition to your family" ... "I’m so sorry for your loss" ... whether the words come easily or don’t flow at all, you can turn to this book for uplifting thoughts, comforting verses, a special gift or a treat for your own bedside. The selections in this anthology were chosen by June Cotner. New World Library.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. By David Wroblewski. Fiction brimming with transcendent truth. Imagine a line of dogs breed for not looks or work or sport, but for deep intelligence and mental/emotional affinity to humans.

Peaceable Kingdom. DVD documentary from Tribe of Heart. Can we reach a tipping point against institutionalized cruelty to farm animals?

Humane Treatment of Animals

For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement. By Kathrun Shevelow

Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals. By Karen Dawn.

Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good. By Jonathan Balcombe.

No Way Home: The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations. By David S. Wilcove.

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