Must Read: Best Books for Dog Lovers
Books endure the change of time. It outdoes the obscenity of the world’s ever-shifting perspective towards acquiring knowledge. Undeniably, books are still the best word that comes to the term reading.
This comical illustration below reminds me of how life changed upon having access to the source of knowledge like books and the internet. The point here is, if we want to know anything about something, we read. When I say anything, it means everything that is relatively important to our existence as human beings.
We seek answers and explanations to understand facts and existing ideas. Here in Animalplex, we sorted out some of the best resources of additional knowledge about dogs. Ask around, I bet, most dog lovers own these books.
By Alexandra Horowitz
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know is a book written by a cognitive scientist, Alexandra Horowitz. Horowitz walks the reader through the cognitive process of dogs in relation to how they perceive their day-to-day activities. The author explains the animal’s cognitive abilities and allows the reader insight into what it might be like to be a dog. The book also contains a brief interview with the author.
What’s it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? How does a tiny dog manage to play successfully with a Great Dane? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What’s it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees?
Inside of a Dog explains these things and much more. The answers can be surprising—once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. Inside of a Dog also contains up-to-the-minute research—on dogs’ detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attention—that Horowitz puts into useful context.
Although not a formal training guide, Inside of a Dog has practical application for dog lovers interested in understanding why their dogs do what they do. With a light touch and the weight of science behind her, Alexandra Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.
By Kyra Sundance and Chalcy
101 Dog Tricks is the largest trick book on the market and the only one presenting full-color photos of each trick and its training steps. The step-by-step approach, difficulty rating, and prerequisites allow readers to start training immediately. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while “build-on” ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill. No special tools (such as clickers) or knowledge of specific training methods are required. Trick training is a great way to bond with your dog and help him integrate into your family. It keeps him mentally and physically challenged and helps to establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills needed for common dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work. It’s every dog lover’s privilege that Kyra and Chalcy took time from their performing schedule to share their secrets in 101 Dog Tricks.
International bestseller with over a half-million copies in print in 18 languages! This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy to follow color photos of each step. Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while “build-on” ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill.
By: Julie Summers
Every dog owner’s home needs these 100 easy and safe essential oil recipes at home. Essential oils have been scientifically proven to help aid, sooth, and cure mental, emotional, and physical health issues in both humans and dogs. Enjoy peace of mind by getting this book and know you always have access to the most useful essential oil recipes for your dog.
What you will get from this book:
- Recipes for pest control
- Recipes for bites and rashes
- Recipes for itchy and dry skin
- Recipes for joints and muscle aches
- Recipes for odor control
- Recipes for anxiety and nervousness
- And many many more that’ll treat common problems every dog gets!
All recipes are completely safe for dogs by it’s ingredient composition, however dogs come in all shapes and sizes and essential oils, like any remedy needs to be tailored to the dog itself. We suggest you purchase Julie Summers’ Essential Oils for Dogs guide book to better understand the methods used to apply these remedies to your dog. You can find Julie Summers’ guide book on her author’s page.
By: Elias Weiss Friedman
New York Times bestseller
The Dogist is a beautiful, funny, and inspiring tribute to the beloved dogs in our lives. Every page presents dog portraits that command our attention. Whether because of the look in a dog’s eyes, its innate beauty, or even the clothes its owner has dressed it in, the photos will make you ooh and aah, laugh, and fall in love. Photographed by Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, every portrait in the book tells a story and explores the dog’s distinct character and spirit. Themed sections include Puppies, Cones of Shame, Working Dogs, and Dogs in Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over.
Friedman’s style and location (many of the photos are shot in N.Y.C., where the author resides) beg a comparison to Humans of New York, but Friedman’s subject is a little lighter. Readers will admire his talent for capturing the personality of his canine companions.
By: W. Bruce Cameron
A Dog’s Purpose ―which spent a year on the New York Times Best Seller list―is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures.
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
Bailey’s story continues in A Dog’s Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today bestselling direct sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.
We are truly blessed for all the knowledge within our reach. Handy and practical approaches make our way of living easier. We learn to maximize our resources with the help of tips shared by others. We hope that with these books we featured for dog lovers, the wisdom of the people who patiently and dedicatedly put their thoughts into inspiring words will infiltrate. It may serve its very purpose to educate our pet owners and create more dog lovers among us.