Yesterday, a client asked about books to help improve her relationship with her dog. Sitting here, looking at two bookcases filled with fantastic reads, I can’t help but be drawn to:
The Loved Dog, The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior by Tamar Geller, with Andrea Cagan
This book came highly recommended by my first trainer and is definitely worth passing on, especially for the first time dog owner. Her life experiences are fascinating.
It’s a Dog’s Life…but It’s Your Carpet, Everything you ever wanted to know about your four-legged friend by Justine A. Lee, DVM
This is an easy, fantastic read for dog enthusiasts and professionals alike. Just when you thought you’ve heard every question, this book candidly provides answers. Examples, “Would my dog recognize his siblings?” “Are shock collars cruel?” “Do I really need puppy class?” (SPOILER ALERT – YES YOU DO!) “Can dogs donate blood?” “Why are dogs taught to heel on the left?” and “Why do dogs like to sniff butts?”
How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, by Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
This book delves into the world of behavioral modification and provides the science behind it.
As for monthly subscriptions,
The Whole Dog Journal, A monthly guide to natural dog care and training
Your Dog, The newsletter for caring dog owners
Reading is most enjoyable with a dog sleeping next to you.