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Book Review: Ask Bob
Published by Henry Holt
Ask Bob
Before there were dog “love” stories, there was the irresistible The Cat Who Went to Paris. Peter Gethers is back with a charming novel about Bob, the type of vet we’d all love to have. There is also a cast of lovable and amusing characters, including a romantic interest who was a little too unyielding for my liking. The animals, both patients and those who are part of Bob’s family, are well...
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Book Review: How Dogs Love Us
Exploring Smart Dogs
Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University who uses functional MRIs to measure activity in the human brain, had long been a dog-lover, so when his family adopted Callie, a hyperactive Terrier mix, he naturally started to wonder what she might be thinking. This led him to consider how he might apply techniques used in his studies of the human brain to dogs. In the fascinating book How...
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Book Review: What The Dog Knows
Exploring Smart Dogs
What Dog Knows
In What the Dog Knows, Cat Warren explores the science and wonder of working dogs, guided by Solo, her German Shepherd. A “singleton” puppy (the only one in a litter), Solo was a challenge to train, even for someone as experienced as Warren. To harness his energies, she decided to try him at scent work—specifically, cadaver scenting. Her own training for this field was also a challenge, one that...
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Dog Songs
Lyrical Poetry
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver is arguably one of the most beloved living poets in the English language. She is certainly, according to the New York Times, “America’s best-selling poet,” and the reasons for that are numerable. Renowned for her love of nature, Ms. Oliver writes exquisite, lyrical poems that not only capture the beauty of, say, a rushing waterfall or a blade of grass...
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Book Review: Chaser
Exploring Smart Dogs
Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words
Chaser, by John Pilley, is the story of how a man and a very smart, committed Border Collie won what amounts to the canine world’s grand “spelling bee.” Chaser learned to differentiate at least 1,022 words—more than any other animal—most of which were related to toys. Throw in some basic grammar, her ability to categorize her toys by function and shape, and the start of imitative behavior and you...
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Herding Sheep with a Border Collie and Your Stetson Hat
A fine memoir of a road trip with dogs to the World Sheepdog Trials
Not far into Mr. and Mrs. Dog, Donald McCaig says of himself and his talented “Blockhead” of a Border Collie, Luke, the male of the title: “I’ve never done as well with Luke as a better handler might have, but Luke adores me. When I go out at 2 a.m. to check lambing ewes, Luke comes too. When I wake with the night sweats, Luke wakes. He thinks I am a better man than I am.  If I sold him, his...
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You Tell Your Dog First
Published by Berkley Trade
You Tell Your Dog First - Pace
Happy is the dog person who finally gets a dog. Alison Pace, author of If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, Pug Hill and more, had grown up in a dog-filled home, but as an adult, lived in New York City sans canine for nearly a decade. Once she found a dog-friendly apartment building, she set out to remedy that situation, finally settling on a fluffy Westie, whom she named Carlie. This essay...
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Train Your Dog Positively
Published by Ten Speed Press
 train your dog positively
Positive-reinforcement dog training has become so prevalent that it’s hard to recall a time when collar jerks and ear pinches were popular. In Victoria Stilwell’s new book, she gives an easy-to-read overview of why and how PR training works, then shows how it can be applied to canine issues, from addressing common behavior problems to tackling separation anxiety, stress and aggression.
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Reaching the Animal Mind
Published by Sunshine Books
Curious about clicker training? Get your information from the woman whose name has become synonymous with this positivereinforcement method. Pryor has spent more than three decades refining clicker-training techniques with animals large and small, including, of course, dogs. In this important and enjoyable book, she shares her observations and interactions, giving the reader new appreciation for...
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Review: Hounded
Published by Center Street
Hounded Matt Ziselman
This memoir, which expands the “what my dog has taught me” genre to a whole trio of idiosyncratic Dachshunds, recalls each dog’s special way of challenging the author and adding spice to his and his family’s life. A delightful and fun romp. It never fails to amuse all of us when all 12 pounds of Molly intimidates all 25 pounds of Baxter. And it is often. If Baxter even looks at Molly’s rawhide...

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