5 Must Read Books For Dog Parents

Five of the best Dog Books to Bury your not so wet-nose in

Today is National Read A Book Day. To celebrate, we thought we would share our absolute must-reads. If you don’t have time to sit down and read a wooftastic page-turner, (we know being a dog Mum is hectic at times) many of these books can also be found as an audiobook. So you can listen to an audiobook whilst you walk the dog or snuggle up together on the sofa and read away.

The Forever dog

Rodney Habib & Dr Karen Shaw Becker

The authors of this book gathered wisdom from top geneticists, microbiologists and longevity researchers across the globe to answer the question: How can I make my dog live longer?

An educational read which provides all of the practical and proven methods to protect our loyal four-legged friends. The book also features interviews with some incredible humans who have had their dogs live into their twenties – and even their thirties!

The Forever Dog focuses on the latest scientific and up-to-date research surrounding food and nutrition, movement, environmental exposure and even stress reduction in our dog’s daily lives. All factoring into a longer happier and more fulfilled life. An incredible eye opener and shocking read. I’ve learned things I had never thought to consider before.

The Culture Clash

Jean Donaldson

This book is one of the most thought-provoking books ever written on dog behaviour and training.

An incredible read that dives into the HOW and the WHY dogs develop the behaviours they do. This book is an absolute must-read and a true wake up call. The author writes in a way that really allows you to understand the real black and white of how dogs think and how their brains work. It’s not how you would expect. This book will help you understand so much about how dogs learn and how you may not always be teaching them what you think. Dogs have lemon brains – read this book and you’ll absolutely understand what that means.

B A T 2.0: New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs

Grisha Stuart 

Do you have an anxious or reactive dog? If so, this one is a MUST READ and talks you through how to successfully apply reward-based behaviour modification and set up training sessions for your dog. Learn how to reduce your dogs fear and anxiety and change their emotional response over time. A little more on the science side of behaviour which will set you and your dog up for success. Discover and learn excellent life skills with dogs who have ‘ big feelings ‘ about the world.

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Alexandra Horowitz

From an animal behaviourist and dog enthusiast comes an adorable and informative guide to understanding how our canine friends see the world. There is also a version of this book adapted for a younger audience called Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know.

Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they’re feeling? Now you finally know. The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog-owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive the world, each other, other quirky animals and their humans too. A very well written and touching insight into our dogs. Everyone who loves dogs and (even those who do not) should read this book!

Doggie Language: A Dog Lover’s Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend

Lili Chin

Misreading our dogs body language makes life challenging for dogs and their humans. This small but mighty book is your perfect beautifully illustrated guide to seeing and understanding the subtle visual cues and interpreting the behaviours used by your beloved pup to express how they’re feeling.

The more we notice and listen to what our dogs are trying to tell us, the more we can improve our relationship with our best friends, helping them to feel safe and happy.

Absolutely everyone in the world should own this book. If more people could read their dogs and others better the world would be like Utopia. Most dog bites are usually result of miscommunication between humans and dogs. This book will teach you so much about your dog that you didn’t know and will help you communicate with them better.

Lili chins beautiful Original illustrations will help you compare similar facial expressions, body language and gestures to interpret your dog’s cues. Learn how your dog uses its ears, eyes, mouth, tail and posture to communicate with you, this is so much more to a wagging tail (which very often doesn’t indicate a happy dog) an absolute must read!

Well that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoy these incredible books and if you have any other page turners to share please drop them below. Looking for more? Check out our 10 books for dog lovers of all ages.


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