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Dogs: Care and Feeding

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Introduction

The dog was the first animal to be domesticated and for centuries people have depended on their canine friends for company, protection, hunting, herding, and tracking. Historically these animals have also been part of human households. Their fossilized remains were found with humans at an archaeological site in Germany dating back 14,000 years.

Early ancestors of the dog probably gravitated toward human settlements seeking food and people came to tolerate them. A mutual dependence developed and people began to breed dogs for specific characteristics that eventually led to the variety of breeds we now know.

Although modern canines are kept mainly as pets, some dogs, such as guide dogs and signal dogs, assist people who have a variety of disabling conditions. Therapy dogs help to raise the spirits of people who are hospitalized or housebound, watchdogs protect homes and businesses, and detection dogs sniff out drugs or explosives.

Numerous issues are associated with the care of all dogs, whether they are house pets or highly trained breeds providing a professional service. This minibibliography lists the adult and juvenile materials in the NLS collection that offer general information about the care, feeding, and training of dogs.

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Juvenile

General Information

The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dogs
by Jon Franklin
Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist and author of Molecules of the Mind (RC 26116) explores the bond between dogs and people. Franklin uses his poodle Charlie as his guide through the research, science, history, and psychological evolution of the human-canine relationship. 2009.
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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
by Alexandra Horowitz
Cognitive animal scientist, ethologist, and dogophile offers insight into a canine's world gleaned through research on its senses of smell, sight, and hearing, and its brain. Discusses the natural history of dogs as the descendants of wolves and presents life from a dog's point of view. 2009.
Download Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
BR 18844

The Portable Pet: How to Travel Anywhere with Your Dog or Cat
by Barbara Nicholas
A travel administrator with experience in taking her own pets along, offers some sensible advice on how and when to travel with pets. She emphasizes the need for thorough planning and alerts the reader to some federal and local restrictions on animal travel. 1983.
Download The Portable Pet: How to Travel Anywhere with Your Dog or Cat
RC 21391

Dogs: A Natural History
by Jake Page
Traces sixty million years of canine evolution. Discusses wild relatives such as wolves and the process of domestication. Describes dog behavior, communication, and intelligence and ponders the relationship between dogs and humans. 2007.
Download Dogs: A Natural History
RC 66357

Solutions: For Your Dog-and You
by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis
Authors describe the proper care and attention owners should give their dogs and include information on nutrition, training, and first aid. They also offer advice on boarding a pet or traveling with it and tips on buying toys. 2001.
Download Solutions: For Your Dog-and You
RC 55990

Your Dog: The Newsletter for Caring Dog Owners
by the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
A monthly newsletter presenting canine medical and behavioral information. The May 2005 issue and subsequent issues are available through Web-Braille as contracted digital braille files.
BR MAGAZINE

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Behavior

A Dog Is Listening: The Way Some of Our Closest Friends View Us
by Roger A. Caras
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' eighteenth president, Roger Caras, and his family have raised many animals including more than fifty dogs. Using illustrative anecdotes, Caras describes canines' often amazing capabilities-such as one dog's ability to sense her owner's oncoming seizures in time to warn her and other family members. 1992.
Download A Dog Is Listening: The Way Some of Our Closest Friends View Us
RC 35055

The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions
by Stanley Coren
The author draws on his experience as a psychologist and a dog trainer for a brief account of the natural history of dogs and a detailed study of canine intelligence. He examines various breeds for an evaluation of their instinctive and adaptive intelligence and their potential for obedience. 1995.
RC 40503
BR 10262

The Dog Who Loved Too Much: Tales, Treatments, and the Psychology of Dogs
by Nicholas H. Dodman
Veterinarian-director of a clinic for problem dogs discusses their aggression, fear, and compulsive behavior. Describes treatments that include changes in diet, exercise, and environment; obedience training and behavior modification; and drug therapy. 1996.
RC 42680

The New Work of Dogs: Tending to Life, Love, and Family
by Jon Katz
Journalist explores the changing role of dogs in the lives of their human owners, who increasingly view the animals as family members and depend on them for emotional support. Katz suggests there may be a downside to this trend, despite psychological benefits for both people and pets. 2003.
BR 14833

Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond between People and Dogs
by Caroline Knapp
Author draws on her own experience with Lucille, a young Shepherd-mix, to ponder emotional bonds between dogs and people. Explores sentiments and expectations about canines by noting animal behavior and their past history with humans. Discusses the use of dogs as companions and agents of healing. 1998.
BR 12217

Dogs Never Lie about Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs
by J. Moussaieff Masson
Psychoanalyst attempts to explore the mind and heart of the dog. Delves into questions about emotions in dogs, offering evidence of canine love, loyalty, dignity, fear, and loneliness. Recounts true stories that support the author's beliefs about the affective lives of dogs. Bestseller. 1997.
Download Dogs Never Lie about Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs
RC 44856

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do around Dogs
by Patricia B. McConnell
Animal behaviorist and family dog trainer uses anecdotes and research to advise owners about interacting with their pets. Explains that human behavior differs from canine behavior and may therefore be misinterpreted by the dog. Suggests modifying human signals to gain a dog's trust and cooperation. 2002.
RC 55416

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
by Patricia B. McConnell
Animal behaviorist offers a guide to recognizing canine expressions of fear, anger, joy, and love to prevent bad behavior, facilitate training, and help improve relationships between owners and pets. Discusses the ways dogs perceive and react to their environment and to humans. Includes case studies and practical training advice. 2005.
Download For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
RC 64302

Dogwatching
by Desmond Morris
English zoologist provides brief answers to questions he has been asked over the years regarding the history and domestication of canines. Looks to the wolf pack for explanations of various aspects of dog behavior, including dogs barking to warn their packs of danger, putting their tails between their legs when frightened to express submission, and chewing slippers because they view them as offerings from "big dogs" (their human owners). 1986.
RC 26195

Grrr! The Complete Guide to Understanding and Preventing Aggressive Behavior in Dogs
by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis
Defines ten types of aggressive behavior in dogs and explains their causes and solutions. Describes ways of teaching children to interact with dogs and offers tips for choosing a basic obedience-training program. 2000.
RC 53609

The Hidden Life of Dogs
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Thomas has observed and chronicled the lives of a group of eleven dogs in her household, beginning with Misha, the ever-escaping husky she would follow on his remarkably wide-ranging jaunts, which she concluded were undertaken solely to meet other dogs. The following years of hierarchy and love affairs within the dog group confirmed her belief that what dogs want are one another. Bestseller. 1993.
RC 37305
BR 9410

The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
In this sequel to the bestselling The Hidden Life of Dogs, the anthropologist-owner of a multitude of pets continues her observations of their behavior. Theorizes that if canines cannot live only with their own kind, they will establish family relationships with humans and other household pets. 2000.
RC 51229
BR 13273

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Training

Dog Obedience Training: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
by Ross Allan
Presents a practical training program for the beginner. Covers the six obedience commands: heel, sit, stand, drop, stay, and recall (come when called). Discusses basic training principles and a dog's best age for training. Provides specific exercises. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.
Download Dog Obedience Training: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
RC 51643

The Dog Listener: A Noted Expert Tells You How to Communicate with Your Dog for Willing Cooperation
by Jan Fennell
British "dog whisperer" explains her technique of obedience training, which relies on emulating canine behaviors and using positive reinforcement. Offers solutions to common problems. 2000.
Download The Dog Listener: A Noted Expert Tells You How to Communicate with Your Dog for Willing Cooperation
RC 56418

The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior
by Tamar Geller
Humane Society advisor and owner of a cage-free boarding facility offers a training manual based on positive reinforcement, not punishment. Discusses effective communication techniques and nonviolent ways to attain good behavior, such as sitting and walking on a leash; and to correct bad behavior, such as jumping and begging. 2007.
Download The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior
RC 64854
BR 17359

Don't Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems
by Randy Grim and Melinda Roth
Founder of a Missouri stray-dog rescue organization offers practical solutions for changing canine behaviors like hyperactivity, running away, barking, aggressiveness, and separation anxiety. Voices frustration over pet owners who want to relinquish animals for bad habits that are easily corrected. Includes correspondences from such owners—and Grim's unsympathetic responses. 2009.
Download Don't Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems

The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know
by Tracie Hotchner
Comprehensive approach to raising and training canines. Covers selecting a dog, providing proper nutrition, grooming, encouraging socialization, crating, and dealing with travel issues. Discusses emergency care. Explains dog psychology, genetic tendencies, and natural instincts including wolf-pack and alpha-leader behaviors. Describes warning signs of aggression. 2005.
Download The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know
RC 68198

Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs
by Jon Katz
Proposing that the majority of owners do a poor job of training dogs, author describes the techniques he has found to work best. Discusses dog selection and multidog households. 2005.
BR 17621

Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring for Your Dog
by Larry Lachman
Animal behaviorist applies techniques of family-systems therapy-focusing on the entire family unit-to canine obedience training for humane control of nuisance barking, destructiveness, separation anxiety, aggression, and other habits. Provides step-by-step instructions and advice for choosing a compatible breed, adopting from shelters, and coping with a pet's death. 1999.
Download Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring for Your Dog
RC 63908

Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog-And Your Life
by Cesar Millan
Dog trainer and author gives tips and techniques for disciplining and training canines. Discusses different breeds and dog psychology. Explains the importance of owners developing the behavior of a leader. Makes suggestions for managing owner and pet stress. 2007.
Download Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog-And Your Life
RC 65205
BR 18089

Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
by Cesar Millan
Mexican-born dog rehabilitator and star of television's Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan explains how to use psychology to train one's pet. Includes anecdotes from his clients and his own pack of dogs. Describes ways he teaches owners to "speak" their dog's language and encourages exercise, discipline, and affection. Bestseller. 2006.

How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond
by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
The National Geographic channel's “dog whisperer” offers advice on raising a puppy. Millan draws on his own experience with four different canines—a pit bull, Labrador retriever, English bulldog, and miniature schnauzer—to provide real-life examples with various breeds. Explains dog nature, socialization, and communication. Discusses training methods. Bestseller. 2009.
Download How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond

A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog
by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
Dog-psychology expert and bestselling author Millan encourages the whole family to become involved in integrating a new dog into their “pack.” He outlines methods for selecting the right animal, reviews training basics, and discusses canine health care, aging, and death. Millan's wife and sons contribute chapters from their perspectives. 2008.
Download A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan's Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog
RC 68485

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners
by Monks of New Skete
Step-by-step guide details practical training techniques, emphasizing the importance of honest and effective communication. The monks of New Skete, New York, renowned breeders and trainers, offer a spiritually based approach to dog training. "Good relationships demand activity and patience . . . [T]his is when training transcends the mundane to become spiritual and inspiring." 2002.
Download How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners
RC 55986

Dog Training My Way
by Barbara Woodhouse
Britain's renowned dog trainer instructs the one-dog owner on training his or her pet to fit into the life of the household. Encourages firm, immediate correction and posits that dog owners need more training than dogs. 1970.
RC 18473

No Bad Dogs: The Woodhouse Way
by Barbara Woodhouse
A veteran trainer of both dogs and owners shares the simple, effective techniques and attitude that have enabled her to tame even the most unruly dogs. Woodhouse, who has been introduced to Americans through her public television series, posits that there are truly no bad dogs, only inexperienced owners. Bestseller. 1982.
Download No Bad Dogs: The Woodhouse Way
RC 17718

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Puppies

Housebreaking and Training Puppies: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
by J.R. Gardner
Discusses the process of bonding with a new puppy and suggests appropriate equipment-collars, leashes, bowls, and toys. Also provides instructions on discipline and training, including the use of commands such as "sit," "stay," "down," and "heel." For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.
RC 52465

Puppy Preschool: Raising Your Puppy Right-Right from the Start
by John Ross and Barbara McKinney
Describes steps in obedience training for puppies and recommends beginning as early as eight weeks of age. The authors also discuss many other aspects of dog-owning, from choosing the right breed to "bonding" with your new pet. 1996.
Download Puppy Preschool: Raising Your Puppy Right-Right from the Start
RC 45901

Two Puppies
by Jane Stern and Michael Stern
Husband and wife compare a hellish two years with a puppy very unlike the other Bullmastiffs they had previously owned to the early years of a well-behaved puppy that was bred and trained to be a guide dog. They provide tips on selecting, training, and caring for puppies. Some strong language. 1998.
BR 12546

Older Dogs

Old Dogs, Old Friends: Enjoying Your Older Dog
by Bonnie Wilcox and Chris Walkowicz
A veterinarian and a dog breeder use experiences of those who own older dogs to discuss the needs and personalities of aging canines, many of which are retired show dogs, while others have taken on careers as "therapists." Outlines possible afflictions and physical and emotional changes during this stage of life. 1991.
RC 37532

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Health and Nutrition

The ASPCA Complete Guide to Pet Care
by David Carroll
Information on all aspects of domestic animal maintenance, including choosing, finding, bringing home, housebreaking, caring for, and traveling with a pet. Discusses common and uncommon house pets-cats, dogs, birds, snakes, lizards, turtles, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, and guinea pigs. 2001.
BR 14365

The Pet Lover's Guide to First Aid and Emergencies
by Thomas K. Day
Veterinarian explains ways to recognize and treat dogs' and cats' common medical emergencies, including heatstroke; broken bones; lacerations; poisoning; allergic reactions; and skin, ear, and eye conditions. Provides instructions for performing CPR and preparing a first-aid kit. Organized by symptom and severity level, not clinical diagnosis. 2006.
Download The Pet Lover's Guide to First Aid and Emergencies
RC 61875
BR 16493

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer: What Every Caretaker Should Know about Canine Cancer: Featuring Bullet's Survival Story
by Laurie Kaplan
Medical animal writer discusses cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options and their side effects for canines. Kaplan describes her Siberian husky's bout with the disease and from this experience suggests medical interventions, diet, and supplements. Offers guidance on home care and ways to advocate for your pet. 2008.
Download Help Your Dog Fight Cancer: What Every Caretaker Should Know about Canine Cancer: Featuring Bullet's Survival Story

Earl Mindell's Nutrition and Health for Dogs: Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy with Natural Preventative Care and Remedies
by Earl Mindell
Explains a dog's nutritional needs. Details ways an owner can affordably feed a dog healthful foods to keep it fit. Includes flea control and breed-specific health problems. 1998.
BR 11773

Real Food for Dogs: 50 Vet-Approved Recipes to Please the Canine Gastronome
by Arden Moore
Nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals to make as a tasty substitute for commercial dog food. Includes recipes for Bow-Wow Brownies, Doggie Delights, Fruity Pup-sicles, Mutt Meatballs, Canine Casserole, Pawsitively Pleasing Pasta, Pooch Pancakes, and more. Includes sections on treats, vegetarian dishes, and diets for pets with special needs. 2001.
BR 17417

Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat
by Marion Nestle and Malden C. Nesheim
Nutrition experts offer guide to selecting healthy foods for your cat or dog. Analyzes pet-food products, their ingredients, and the manufacturing industry. Also provides basic principles for preparing home-cooked alternatives to commercial food. 2010.
Download Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat

The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs: 50 Home-Cooked Recipes for the Health and Happiness of Your Canine Companion
by Donna Twichell Roberts
Wholesome human recipes adapted for dogs, including suggestions for stews, casseroles, treats, gravies and sauces, ethnic specialties, party and holiday food, and dishes for dogs with special needs such as kidney and heart disease or allergies. Provides basic nutrition information, feeding guidelines, and time-saving tips on food storage. 2004.
Download The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs: 50 Home-Cooked Recipes for the Health and Happiness of Your Canine Companion
RC 65785

Dog-Friendly Gardens: Garden-Friendly Dogs
by Cheryl S. Smith
Tips on harmoniously keeping both a garden and a dog. Provides recommendations for bed design and vegetation, including groundcovers and grass, and warns against harmful plants and products. Covers mulches, composts, vegetables, paths, fencing, and some aspects of dog play. Discusses designating pet-digging areas. 2004.
Download Dog-Friendly Gardens: Garden-Friendly Dogs
RC 66349

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Coping with Problems

Pet Clean-up Made Easy
by Don Aslett
Practical guide for cleaning up after cats and dogs-and preventing a mess from happening in the first place. Discusses basic tools and cleansers and devotes separate chapters to housebreaking and accidents. Includes lists of health problems that cause accidents. 1988.
RC 28504

Competability: A Practical Guide to Building a Peaceable Kingdom between Cats and Dogs
by Amy Shojai
Veterinary technician explains ways to create harmony between the family cat and dog. Describes the different social structures of the two species and their health needs. For senior high and older readers. 1998.
BR 11783

Loss and Death

Goodbye Dear Friend: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Pet
by Virginia Ironside
British journalist uses letters, anecdotes, excerpts, and poems to discuss relationships people have with their pets and the grief they suffer when a much-loved animal dies. Covers euthanasia, memorials, spiritual beliefs, and long-missing pets. 1994.
BR 12607

Sherlock Bones: Tracer of Missing Pets
by John Keane
The first and only professional pet detective in the United States tells about his most spectacular cases. Includes his ten-step method for recovering lost pets. For junior and senior high and adult readers. 1979.
RC 17102

Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring for Your Dog
by Larry Lachman
Animal behaviorist applies techniques of family-systems therapy-focusing on the entire family unit-to canine obedience training for humane control of nuisance barking, destructiveness, separation anxiety, aggression, and other habits. Provides step-by-step instructions and advice for choosing a compatible breed, adopting from shelters, and coping with a pet's death. 1999.
Download Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring for Your Dog
RC 63908

The Loss of a Pet
by Wallace Sife
Psychotherapist and founder of the Association for Pet Bereavement provides handbook about the effects of a pet's death on its owners. Discusses such topics as the human-pet bond, the grieving process, euthanasia, children and the death of pets, getting another pet, and the different types of counseling available. 1993.
RC 44007

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Breeds and Selection

The Complete Dog Book: The Photograph, History, and Official Standard of Every Breed Admitted to AKC Registration; and the Selection, Training, Breeding, Care, and Feeding of Pure-Bred Dogs
by the American Kennel Club
Revised edition of the American Kennel Club's registrations. Addresses such factors as the dog's general appearance, coat, color, gait, and temperament. Breeds include sporting and nonsporting dogs, hounds, working and herding dogs, terriers, and toys. Covers selection, breeding, training, and care of purebreds. 1992.
Download The Complete Dog Book: The Photograph, History, and Official Standard of Every Breed Admitted to AKC Registration; and the Selection, Training, Breeding, Care, and Feeding of Pure-Bred Dogs
RC 40205

The New Complete German Shepherd Dog
by Jane G. Bennett
Author chronicles the history of the German Shepherd, a herding breed that originated in 1800s Germany. Discusses the tasks at which the shepherd excels, including work as a service dog for blind people. Provides breed standards, tips on care, and English and German glossaries of terms. 1982.
RC 39956

Dogs: Best Breeds for Young People
by Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson
A guide for young owners on dog selection and care. Offers advice on play and play toys, nutrition, exercise, and discipline. For grades 3-6. 1969.
BR 1263

Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs
by Jon Katz
Believing that the majority of owners do a poor job of training dogs, author describes the techniques he has found to work best. Discusses dog selection and multidog households. 2005.
BR 17621

Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring for Your Dog
by Larry Lachman
Animal behaviorist applies techniques of family-systems therapy-focusing on the entire family unit-to canine obedience training for humane control of nuisance barking, destructiveness, separation anxiety, aggression, and other habits. Provides step-by-step instructions and advice for choosing a compatible breed, adopting from shelters, and coping with a pet's death. 1999.
Download Dogs on the Couch: Behavior Therapy for Training and Caring for Your Dog
RC 63908

Dogs: Selecting the Best Dog for You; a Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
by Chris Nelson
Offers points to consider when purchasing a purebred dog, such as finding reliable sellers and choosing a healthy puppy. Presents brief descriptions, including temperament and size, of about 150 breeds. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.
Download Dogs: Selecting the Best Dog for You; a Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
RC 52477

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Dog Scouts of America
by Shelley Bueche and Chris Puls
Explains the goals of  Dog Scouts of America, an organization founded in 1995 to help owners teach their canine pets good behavior. Describes the badges Dog Scouts can earn, and the ways dog-and-owner teams play and work together to help their communities. For grades K-3. 2008.
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RC 68528

May I Pet Your Dog? The How-To Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)
by Stephanie Calmenson
A long-haired dachshund named Harry explains to a young boy the safe way to approach dogs on a leash that are with their owners. Includes advice about behavior around dogs and ways to treat them considerately. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.
RC 65462

How Smart Is Your Dog? 30 Fun Science Activities with Your Pet
by D. Caroline Coile
Discusses the way a dog's body works, and the ways in which a dog perceives the world and communicates. Includes information about canine health and activities to test a pet's abilities. For grades 4-7. 2003.
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RC 58330

Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know about Dogs
by Marty Crisp
Addresses more than thirty questions collected by the author from kids concerning dogs. Includes "Do dogs ever fall in love?" "Do dogs cry?" "Why aren't dogs supposed to eat chocolate?" and more. Companion to Everything Cat (BR 15834). For grades 3-6. 2003.
BR 15833

How to Talk to Your Dog
by Jean Craighead George
The author explains the ways dogs convey meanings to their owners through touch, smell, body language, and sounds. Suggests that kids who understand what their dogs are indicating can also communicate ideas back to them. For grades 2-4. 2000.
Download How to Talk to Your Dog
RC 50303

The Original Dogs for Kids! Everything You Need to Know about Dogs
by Kristin Mehus-Roe
Guide to choosing the right dog for your personality and family living style. Discusses the history of dogs, their general characteristics-hearing and smelling-and specific breeds. Features practical advice on caring for a puppy and training, playing, and vacationing with your dog. Suggests careers working with dogs. For grades 4-7. 2007.
Download The Original Dogs for Kids! Everything You Need to Know about Dogs
RC 66624

Dogs: Selecting the Best Dog for You; a Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
by Chris Nelson
Offers points to be considered when purchasing a purebred dog, such as finding reliable sellers and choosing a healthy puppy. Presents brief descriptions, including temperament and size, of about 150 breeds. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.
Download Dogs: Selecting the Best Dog for You; a Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
RC 52477

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Care and Training

Dog Obedience Training: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
by Ross Allan
Presents a practical training program for the beginner. Covers the six obedience commands: heel, sit, stand, drop, stay, and recall (come when called). Discusses basic training principles, the best age to train a dog, and provides specific exercises. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.
Download Dog Obedience Training: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
RC 51643

Dogs: Best Breeds for Young People
by Wilfrid Swancourt Bronson
A guide for young owners on dog selection and care. Offers advice on play and play toys, nutrition, exercise, and discipline. For grades 3-6. 1969.
BR 1263

Housebreaking and Training Puppies: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide
by J.R. Gardner
Discusses the process of bonding with a new puppy and suggests appropriate equipment-collars, leashes, bowls, and toys. Also provides instructions on discipline and training, including the use of commands such as "sit," "stay," "down,and "heel." For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1997.
Download Housebreaking and Training Puppies: A Complete and Up-to-Date Guide

Fetch this Book: Train Your Dog to do Almost Anything
by Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz
Guide to training your pet dog using positive methods. Provides tips on  building a bond of trust, correcting unwanted behaviors, housetraining, preparing for dog shows, and teaching your dog tricks and games. Recommends rules, practice times, and rewards. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2010.
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Taking My Dog to the Vet
by Susan Kuklin
Minal takes her dog, Silver, to the vet for his annual checkup. Minal watches the step-by-step examination and talks with the veterinarian about keeping Silver healthy. For preschool-grade 2. 1988.
RC 30824

Okay, Good Dog
by Ursula Landshoff
Encourages young dog owners to train their own pets. Covers housebreaking, training for cooperative behavior, teaching tricks, and general advice. For grades K-3. 1978.
BR 5321

Death

A Special Place for Charlee
by Debby Morehead
A boy comes to terms with the death of his dog, Charlee. At first Mark is sad and depressed, so his parents help him by remembering Charlee in special ways. But a friend whose cat died helps Mark the most. For grades 2-4. 1996.
RC 49330

When a Pet Dies
by Fred Rogers and Jim Judkis
Mr. Rogers helps parents and children talk about their grief over the loss of a pet, and to remember the good times that they shared with their pet. For preschool-grade 2. 1988.
BR 7142

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