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Our Experts, Trainers, Vets, Friends and Blog Hop Pals share their research, tips, stories and photographs in these must read books! We thought it would be fun to aggregate a list for Wordless Wednesday. Please add your book if we have missed it, as we will update regularly.

Train Your Dog Positively

Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behaviour Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling and More!

By: Victoria Stilwell


Victoria Stilwell, a positive reinforcement dog trainer and star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog, explains how to use her force-free, scientifically-backed training methods to solve common canine behaviour problems. We love her and her book. See HERE for our Interview. Buy it HERE

Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog

By: Stanley Coren


Dr. Coren shares the amusing and instructive stories of life with Flint; an oversized Cairn terrier. We interviewed Dr Coren and he is featured in our upcoming episodes. Really interesting insights. Buy HERE

Dog: The Definitive Guide for Dog Owners

By: Bruce Fogle


A great book that celebrates the close and complex relationship between humans and dogs in the context of behaviour, anthropology, history, literature, and genetics. We love our interview with Dr Fogle featured in our series. Buy HERE

The Best Dog Tricks on the Planet: 106 Amazing Things Your Dog Can Do on Command 

We loved meeting Babette in NYC. Great tips in her book.

By: Babette Haggerty


Learn more than 100 of Babette’s best dog tricks. Many of these were featured by Babette’s famous father, Captain Haggerty, on David Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks! Buy HERE

Dieting With My Dog: One Busy Life; Two Full Figures and Unconditional Love

By: Peggy Frezon  our fellow Fit Dog Friday Blogger

Dieting with My Dog is an honest and heartfelt story of losing weight, getting fit, and becoming healthy with a pet.


Buy HERE Stay on track with Peggy’s second book

The Dieting with My Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance


More tips to help you and your dog get fit and healthy…by doing it together! We feature Peggy in our upcoming Fit Dogs Rock episode. Very inspiring books and story. Buy HERE

Chasing Bocker’s Tale – Softcover


Bocker’s story: “Even as a very young pup, Bocker the Labradoodle pondered on where his life would lead, what was his purpose in life. Follow Bocker’s own tale of his amazing journey and how he has touched the lives of so many throughout the world. We absolutely love Bocker and Marie. This is a very special Labradoodle who spreads smiles and happiness.  Buy HERE 

Dog Heaven

By: Cynthia Rylant


Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant comforts readers young and old who have lost a dog. Recommended highly by pet lovers around the world! Buy HERE

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

By: Alexandra Horowitz


The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think! Buy HERE

A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me

By: Jon Katz 


This story shows how a man discovered himself through one dog (and then another). It is a story of trust and understanding, of life and death, and of continuity and change.  Buy HERE

Gone to the Dogs: Life with My Canine Companions

By: Robert F. Jones


In Robert F. Jones’ last book, he pays tribute to the incredible love that companions share, both human and canine, and delivers a poignant memoir of love, loss, and life. Buy HERE


By: Lewis Blackwell


Author Lewis Blackwell teams up with the multi-award-winning photographer Tim Flach to give us a stunning look into the enduring bond between man and his best friend. We love this book! Buy HERE

The Returns

By: M.K. Clinton


What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time? F.B.I Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way when he realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns. Laugh along as a delightful Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and flamboyant Westie join Bentley to form an unlikely brotherhood of crime-fighting heroes. Buy HERE

The Healthy Hound Cookbook

By: Paris Permenter &  John Bigley of DogTipper 


Over 125 Easy Recipes for Healthy, Homemade Dog Food–Including Grain-Free, Paleo, and Raw Recipes! Buy HERE

Chandi: The Rescue Dog Who Stole A Nation’s Heart

By: Tina Humphrey


Tina and Chandi the dancing dog won viewers’ hearts on “Britain’s Got Talent,” now prepare to fall in love with Chandi all over again! In Tina’s memoir, we follow Chandi’s journey from a frightened, abandoned puppy in a local pound who needs to be rescued, to an amazingly intuitive dog who saves Tina’s life and gives her a reason to live again after her parents die. This book proves that adopting a rescue dog not only saves the dog’s life, but can save yours as well. Buy HERE

The Adventures of Flapjack: The Collar of Courage

By: Dan Cohen


The Adventures of Flapjack: The Collar of Courage is the second in the Adventures of Flapjack series. The series consists of narrative poems about an Australian Shepherd facing the daily struggles most children go through, addressing fear related to bullying, inner strength, and self-esteem.  Buy HERE

51 Puppy Tricks: Step-by-Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Puppy

By: Kyra Sundance


101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog


Also by Kyra: Kyra gives owners the tools they need to teach behaviors and tricks to their puppy in 51 Puppy Tricks through step-by-step instructions and photographs. Buy HERE As your dog ages keep them entertained with 101 Dog Tricks which has become an international bestseller with over a half-million copies in print in 18 languages! Buy HERE

Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires Millions

By: Judy Fridono


Ride the wave of hope with Surf Dog Ricochet the SURFice dog. She surfs with special needs children, people with disabilities, wounded warriors, and veterans with PTSD as an assistive therapy dog. She’s truly a special dog. We feature her in our upcoming episodes. The Pet Network and Fido & Wine have done a beautiful episode HERE   Buy the book HERE

Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?

By: Julie Freyermuth  and Virginia K. Freyermuth


Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? is an exquisitely illustrated children’s picture book inspired by the real 3-pound registered therapy dog Norbert. Buy HERE

The Power of Pets – 7 Effective Tools to Heal From Pet Loss

By:  Marybeth Haines  & Dr. Marty Becker


Our pets are our family and friends and when they pass we feel the loss so strongly because of the emotional connection and unconditional love we received from them. The Power of Pets empowers people to take the necessary steps to transform grief into healing by offering 7 Effective Tools that can be used successfully in your healing journey. Buy HERE

Rescue Me, Maybe

By: Jackie Bouchard


A love story inspired by both of Jackie’s angels, Bailey and Abby. Rescue Me, Maybe is a story of loss, love and self-discovery, while dealing with loss. Buy HERE

If you are looking for another good read that offers drama and laughter check out Jackies’ other novel:

What the Dog Ate

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Meet Maggie and her the-world-is-my-smorgasbord chocolate Lab, Kona. After a life change, Maggie decides to be more like Kona. Heartwarming hilarity ensues.

In Dogs We Trust: Tales of Unconditional Love, Inspiration and Sacrifice.

By: Stephanie Weaver Gander SD Lonnie Hodge ,Geoff Lason 

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The hard cover edition of In Dogs We Trust is an autographed special edition: includes more than 10 new stories from celebrated authors. 

All proceeds going to service dog and veteran concerns. Buy HERE

Bark and Lunge : Saving My Dog From Training Mistakes

By: Kari Neumeyer 


How do you make sure the dog you love never bites anyone (again)? Kari and Rob are as devoted to their German shepherd puppy, Isis, as two dog parents can be. But as she grows, Isis’s behavior escalates from frustrating to dangerous when she bites someone. Turns out, some of the old-fashioned dog training advice they followed may have contributed to Isis’s fearfulness and aggression. Described as a “heart-squeezing tale … You’ll learn a lot, and you’ll cry at least a little, over this well-told story of setbacks and perseverance and frustration and love.” Buy HERE 

Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends

By: Val Silver


Rescue Me shares inspirational accounts of ten dog lovers who rescued the dogs who ultimately rescued them. They true tales of extraordinary commitment, physical and emotional healing, second chances, and the magical bond between humans and their dogs. 


On Toby’s Terms ( A Dog Book With A Surprise Happy Ending)

By: Charmaine Hammond

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Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever.  Soon after he entered their lives and home, Toby proved to be a holy terror. Little did they know what they would discover about this dog. On Toby’s Terms is an endearing story of a beguiling creature who teaches his owners that, despite their trying to teach him how to be the dog they want, he is the one to lay out the terms of being the dog he needs to be. Buy HERE

Unleashed (Love To The Rescue)

By: Rachel Lacey’s


What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?
Cara has a serious case of animal attraction. And it’s not because of all the foster dogs she’s rescued. Her one rule: Don’t get attached. It’s served her well with the dogs she’s given to good homes and the children she’s nannied, but the temptation of Matt’s sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken. Buy HERE

Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn

By: Dean Koontz and his dog Anna


Anna Koontz debuts her talent as an advice columnist in  Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn. Some of her best advice: take time daily for ball-chasing and belly rubs – the keys (along with sausages) to true canine joy. Learn more about the problems that plague Anna’s clients and be inspired by how she counsels them.

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