Books About Dogs

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The relationship between dogs and people is universal, and goes back to pre historic times. At present, it is inconceivable to imagine our lives without dogs. For millions of people, dogs are a part of their family. As dogs play such an important role in our lives, there are innumerable books about them. They may be broadly categorised as:

Books regarding breeding, training and care of dogs
Books relating stories with dog themes, either true of fictitious
Dog books for children

Breeding, Training and Care of Dogs
The books in this category are written by experienced, qualified people. As they cater to a large variety of readers, they are written in an easy to understand format, often with illustrations.
Two books published by the American Kennel Club are popular best-sellers:
The Complete Dog Book
New Complete Dog Book: Official Breed Standards and All New Profiles for 200 Breeds
The first title has been in print for more than 75 years, and the second has sold over 2 million copies.

Some other popular titles:
1. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz
2. The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell
3. Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier
4. Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals by Karen Pryor
5. The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
6. Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behaviour Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw
7. Cesar’s Way by Cesar Millan
8. Through a Dog’s Eyes by Jennifer Arnold
9. On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

Dog stories

This type of book exemplifies the strong emotional ties that people have with dogs. Some popular titles belong to the realm of fiction, while others are based on real life.
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
2. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
3. Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog by Emma Pearse
4. Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family- and a Whole Town- About Hope and Happy Endings by Janet Elder
5. Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin
6. Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog by Stanley Coren
7. Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Neighbours Into a Family by Glenn Plaskin
8. What a Difference a Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing from a Small Pooch by Dana Jennings
9. You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught me the Secret of Happiness by Julie Klam
10. Nose Down, Eyes Up by Merrill Markoe

Children’s books about dogs
Dog stories for children have been written since the late 19th century. Even today, most young readers love stories, and an increasing number of children are involved in the care of the family pet. Many children’s books aim to educate children about rearing happy, healthy pets.
1. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
2. Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
3. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Bunford
4. Shadow the Sheep Dog by Enid Blyton
5. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
6. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
7. Marley and Me by John Grogan
8. Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
9. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
10. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

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