Books for Dog People

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If you consider yourself a dog person, then these books will be perfect for you. Celebrate and investigate the unbreakable bond between humans and their canine companions by picking up one of these titles from your local library:

The Dog Decoder by David Alderton – Helps you interpret the different messages your dog sends out, and in no time, you and your pooch will be speaking the same language.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver, and the dog’s own efforts to preserve the Swift family.

Cesar Millan’s Lessons From the Pack by Cesar Millan, with Melissa Jo Peltier – Looks at the positive effects that having and training dogs has on their owners, and shares personal stories of how different dogs have given the “Dog Whisperer” important lessons in respect, confidence, resilience, and authenticity.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron – Searching for his purpose over the course of multiple canine lives, Bailey is reborn as a golden-haired puppy after a tragic death as a stray and shares a loving bond with young Ethan before he again dies and starts over.

Being a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz – Explains how dogs perceive the world through their acute sense of smell and how humans can reconnect with their own underused senses to further human-canine bonds and gain insights into dog cognition.

The Education of Will by Patricia B. McConnell – An animal behaviorist describes how a young border collie with frequent outbreaks of fear and fury forced her to confront her own long-buried emotional pain.

Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis – A moody Labrador and his insecure human share a whimsical, cross-country RV trip into the heart of America’s relationship with dogs, relating the stories of Appalachian wolf-dogs, a dedicated stray rescuer, a K9 cop and more.

My Dog: The Paradox by Michael Inman – A comic book by “The Oatmeal” that explores the canine penchant for rolling in horse droppings, chasing large animals four times their size, and acting recklessly enthusiastic through the entirety of their impulsive, lovable lives.