Favorite Dog Books?

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  1. crazedACD

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    Didn't see any recent threads about this.

    What are your favorite dog books??

    I'm about to download "When Pigs Fly"...I've been meaning to forever, I'm really excited to read it. I liked Jean Donaldson's Culture Clash. I read The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell...meh. Read some Cesar Milan book years ago, wasn't really a training book..I don't think I finished it.
     
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    The Other End of the Leash and For Love of a Dog by Patricia McConnell. Very readable, tons of great info. Not really "training" books I guess, but my favorite dog books.
     
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    ^ another here who loves Patricia McConnell - especially those titles. I love her style. She comes across as understanding toward both human and canine perspectives. Very insightful. The Other End of the Leash is the first book I recommend for people who are preparing for a new dog/wanting to know more.

    I also loved Suzanne Clothier's Bones Would Fall from the Sky. It's really nicely written. I love books that explore our relationships with dogs.

    From the perspective of someone with an aggressive dog, I love Brenda Aloff's Aggression in Dogs. I am always revisiting that book. It's so dog-eared now - very much loved.

    I'm sure there's a few more that I really enjoyed. I liked Control Unleashed - lots of good practical applications in that one. I am interested in the puppy program as well, but haven't got around to checking it out.
     
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    Training my #1 favorite book is Click to Calm

    Non-training sappy dog story: Cowboy and Wills <3
     
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    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    I love Control Unleashed!

    Fiction: Merle's Door.
     
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    Probably 'For The Love of a Dog' by Patricia McConnell, I could read that over and over (and over). The Culture Clash is classic and amazing. 'Inside of a Dog' was fun (if you're a dork), can't remember the author, Alex something? 'Reaching the Animal Mind' by Karen Pryor isn't only dogs at all, but it was one of (if not the first) clicker training book I read, and I love it, I really need to buy it (got it from the library 5 years ago). I also really enjoyed 'Shaping Success' by Susan Garrett, it's kind of both training and a story.

    Walking Ollie is the only casual dog owner perspective I've read and liked, but I really like it and the second book, Fetching Dylan.

    There are probably more that I can't think of right now.

    I'm getting Control Unleashed (Puppy Program), On Talking Terms With Dogs, and a couple others I'm betting I'll love.
     
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    I really liked "The Art of Racing in the Rain" can't remember off hand who it's by but I quite enjoyed it.
     
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    Fiction, I adored The Art Of Racing In The Rain.
     
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    Fiction - nothing beats Where the Red Fern Grows.

    I read it once a year at least, and bawl like a baby every time.
     
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    Ohh man I loved that book, haven't read it in like forever. I love Jim Kjelgaard's books with Big Red and some of the others. The original Lassie Come Home and 101 Dalmatians..I read those once a year. "A Dog's Purpose" by Bruce Cameron was great...very much fiction but good.

    I don't like a lot of the non-fiction casual dog owner books. Marley & Me was alright. Rescuing Sprite and Oogy were both...meh. Cute but a lot about their families and kids and stuff. I read Best Friends, that was fine.
     
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    You should try Merle's Door, I'd be really curious to see what you think! I guarantee that with your interest in training there are some parts that will make you shake your head, and some parts you will thoughtfully consider but respectfully disagree- but I'd be surprised if you didn't really enjoy it!
     
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    Merle’s Door - totally agree. Very thought-provoking read and just a great story.
     
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    I swear I've picked that book up 10 times and chosen something else :p. I will look for it next time I'm at the store.
     
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    Has anyone read Edgar Sawtelle? by David Wroblewski. I thought it was a good read.
     
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    Oh yes I read Edgar Sawtelle. Fantastic book.
     
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    my favorite dog books

    'The Art of Racing in the Rain' by Garth Stein is my favorite dog book, ever. I also love the Chet and Bernie mystery series by Spencer Quinn, and I thought "Lost Dogs" by Jim Gorant was brilliant.
     
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    Fiction: The Call of the Wild, The Journey of Natty Gan, Never Cry Wolf, Julie of the Wolves... erm yeah see why I own what I own here? LOL.
    Loved Where the Red Fern Grows too. I was obsessed with that movie as a kid, but never read the book until college.

    I read Inside of a Dog by Alexdandra Horowitz and I'm sorry to those who liked it, but I very strongly disliked it. To each their own!

    Other end of the leash, Control Unleashed, and Shaping Success are probably my fav "training"/relationship with dogs books.
     
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    Definitely. It was one of the first real "dog books" I read, I enjoyed it a lot. I like the mixture of science/domestication history and story.
     
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    - Don't shoot the dog.
    Just kind of changed my approach to people..behavior..training.. life lol

    - A dog's purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
    Cried.
    Cried harder.
    Clutched the book to my chest and cried some more

    - The art of racing in the rain
    repeat same emotional process as above.

    - Marley & Me.
    Same as above..perhaps more crying. and more laughing to! I loved that it was more well rounded and not JUST about the dog.

    Oh and of course
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    I'm finishing control unleashed now and while some of the things were quite interesting! I can't help but think A. Why the heck was the darn thing $30 and B. It's a bit too performance based for my taste. It's well written and personable but there isn't a single page that doesn't scream AGILITY
     

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