I know that Christmas of 2015 is already over, and you’ve probably used some of those Christmas gift ideas for dogs of your own, and after New Years resolutions have been set, I’m sure some of you decided to read more books in 2015. So how about more of the best dog books out there?
I hope that this ultimate list of best dog books for dog owners I have here will serve as a reference guide of sorts for you to know which dog books deserve to be on a responsible and loving pet owner’s bookshelf.
So why buy these best dog books in the first place?
I realized today that I’ve reviewed a few great dog training books, and we even had a short post covering the best dog movies to watch with your family. But the reality is that there are so many best dog books for dog owners out there – photography, tips, advice, cookbooks, training ideas, career related dog books and many many more – that I decided it’s time to filter through the poor stuff and pick out some of the best dog books that every pet owner should at least get their hands on to read, if not own.
Personally, I love reading about dogs, and learning as much as I can. Now granted, I have to maintain this blog and provide you with the best, most accurate information possible; however, even if I wouldn’t have this “burden” (I love the blog!) over my shoulders, I’d still be reading a lot and learning as much as I can about my pooch. And the thing is… I did: my shelves are collapsing from the amount of dog books I own.
Anyway. Here’s the ultimate list of top best dogs books, and I ranked them close to the order I would start reading them myself if I haven’t already done so. I will include photography books, and cookbooks, and advice books all in the same list simply to provide variety. Therefore, assuming that you will start your reading list exactly as I have outlined it below, you’ll have a great time enjoying the information, and it won’t get tedious, boring, and one-noted.
25 Best Dog Books Every Dog Owner Must Read
This is one of my favorite books about dogs of all time. It’s general information that is packed with tips and advice for novice pet owners; however, even experienced dog lovers will find great tidbits and interesting ideas on how to care for, train and live with their animal friends. 101 Dog Tricks is by far one of the most recommended dog books you’ll hear from experienced dog owners who also love to read a lot. It’s a decent resource without too much unnecessary fluff.
Dog photography book comes out pretty soon on the list, but it’s so worth it! Such a simple idea, yet it can easily be labeled genius – dogs jumping into the pool and the skillful photographer Seth Casteel manages to capture that first “in the water” moment, which is nothing short of hilarious. Funny photographs of random dog breeds are absolutely worth the price for any true dog admirer.
Cesar Millan has marketed his way into the dog training and care industry better than anybody else, but his content is still worth a lot. Cesar got famous through his deep knowledge of dogs and, largely, due to an opportunity to work on The Dog Whisperer show which became very popular among dog owners. This book on how to train a young puppy and how to live with them in perfect harmony for the rest of
your their lives will teach any dog owner a few good tricks. Absolutely worth it.
Learn to become a dog-chef and please your pooch while also having fun! Amazon’s best selling book for almost a decade now, it contains very cool recipes on homemade dog treats and homemade dog food preparation. If you’re the one not scared of the kitchen, and you know how to mix the ingredients well, then you’ll be able to follow all the simple advice given in the book. Trust me, if your canines only knew, they’d be grateful to you forever.
Canines are clever, honest, heroic, amazing creatures, and this book tells and demonstrates exactly why that is. Full of randomized stories of dog heroism and their unconditional love for humans, I can guarantee it will fascinate you and maybe even make you shed more than a few tears. The book demonstrates why canines of today are more than just a man’s best friend; they are true loyal companions. Definitely worth to have on your bookshelf of best dog books.
This simply yet very aptly titled book will allow you to enjoy some of the best pictures taken of dogs (by photographer Tim Flasch) alongside compelling, interesting, essential information and stories about the animal and how we came to live alongside dogs as trusted companions. It’s an entertaining, subtle, very sophisticated and informed look at Canis Familiaris from the author Lewis Blackwell that you will be glad you’ve read.
Similarly to the book of dogs underwater, this is yet another collection of hilarious and curious photographs of dogs in motion. The book contains pictures of 61 different dogs captured in mid of them shaking, exposing darting eyes, stood up ears, crazy hair and their jowls flopping all over the place. Yet again, photographer Carli Davidson proves us that canines are interesting in any way, shape, action or form. If not for anything else, this is simply a fascinating and curious dog book.
Occasionally, I love to dig deep into the science of the dog’s brain, trying to figure out why they do things that they do. One of such online researches led me to discover Professor Gregory Berns who specializes in canine neuroscience and cynology, as well as his highly fascinating book. It explains the precise reasons why our pets love us unconditionally, why they do things that they do and what type of actions they expect from us. If you really want to learn about dogs, this is one of the must-have books.
Another one of the best dog books from Mr. Millan. While I prefer his previously mentioned book to this one, it still remains a great resource which taught me a lot about dog training and especially how to correct certain behaviors of my puppies. Cesar delves deep into the reasons why some of these common dog behavior problems arise and how you can prevent them in the first place. Even though I’m not a big fan of his, I have to give it to him: the man really knows his dogs.
If I’d have to compare this to the above mentioned Gregory Berns’ book, I would say that Patricia’s book is just as interesting and worth reading, but it’s less scientific (possibly even less accurate). However, with that being said, this read will provide you with some of the things you wouldn’t learn from anywhere else. Dr Patricial B. McConnell isn’t only a scientist, but she’s also been a dog trainer for decades, and if there’s a few people in this country who really understands the connection between people and dogs, she would be one of them.
This one is only for the true fanatics of dogs; possibly even dog historians, if you will. The 360-page encyclopedia is chock-full of information about dog breeds, history of domesticating dogs, where they came from, how they rose to become the best man’s friend and so forth. This one of the best dogs books also includes exquisite photography shots of almost 400 dog breeds (wow!) all listed based on FCI’s groupings. You will learn what dog breed is more adept and what things, and everything similar and related; that sort of information is never useless for long-term dog owners.
I loved this book just as much as its first edition, but I had to push it further down the list of best dog books only because I didn’t want to include too many dog photography books close to each. It contains over 80 hilarious and captivating images of puppies under the water, and trust me when I say this – it’s really hard to put it down, even though the reading material is minimal. Once you flip through the book once, you will instantly want to do this all over again; photographs are pure gold. Photographer Seth Casteel also released a Underwater Puppies 2015 wall calender which is just as great!
For the sentimental out there (and more of general pet and animal lovers than dog owners alone), this is exactly what you need. The book is stuffed with award-winning photographs of interesting, gorgeous and spectacular colored photographs of the most unusual relationships among animals, and honest love between different species. It’s both unusual and so familiar at the same time, and it even gives me chills to write about it. I’m definitely going to flip through it again after I’m done with this post – it’s a been a while.
Dog owners looking for ideas on how to spend more time with their pets, how to teach their dogs certain tricks that regular obedience training can’t accomplish, or wanting to simply exercise their canine’s brain waves this book will be a perfect choice. Challenging your pooch with problem-solving games and puzzles will help your pet to maintain their cognitive skills sharp and ready for longer. It’s important for us to train our brain, and it’s just as important to keep our dogs active in that area too.
Another one from the dog psychology and cynology science, this book explains everything you always wondering about dogs. How they see our world, how they perceive humans, what and how they smell, hear, feel… It’s all in there. Pretty scientific and sometimes a little harder to crack without additional Google search, this book still remains a fascinating read for a true fan of dogs.
Quite possibly one of the most densely packed books about dogs out there, it could have easily been a 1000-page long (and that wouldn’t bother me in the least!) This Book of Dogs contains a lot of random information, articles, ideas, tips, advice and facts about what dogs are and how they live lives among us: poems, humor, stories, interviews, articles, fiction and non-fiction, cartoons, drafts, art, drawings, archives and full color photographs – it’s all there in this best dog book for dog owners to enjoy!
This is a more specific read for a (possibly) new dog owner looking for accurate advice and step-by-step guides on how to pet-proof their home and housebreak their young puppies in the new place. The best part is that information is very detailed and comes in a 7-day plan which, if you follow it correctly and to a letter, will make sure that by the end of the week, the young dog will be housebroken and ready to live a more comfortable live in their new place. Try it if you’re new to dog ownership or looking to get a puppy!
Cesar Millan certainly released plenty of best dog books for pet owners, and here’s his third one on my list. This book is aimed at those dog owners whose pets are more well-behaved and will listen to your commands without breaking focus. Believe it or not, there are many different methods that are effective in training different dogs with random behaviors. So if the description of a “test dog” in the book fits your case, I’d say skip the previous two Cesar’s books and get this one instead.
I love dog books that entail course with time frames; this book is one of those. Authors present a simple and well detailed plan of 5 weeks that will get you from having an uncontrollable dog with poor behavior to a pet of your dreams who will listen to every command. More importantly, the whole concept of training your dog in this book is based on reinforcing positive behavior, which is how – in my opinion – every single dog should be trained. Try it if you need help in training your pooch.
I’ll admit, I’m pro-Pitbulls and I believe they do not deserve the poor name that people apply to these dogs. If you’re like me, you’re going to love this book dearly; however, if you’re not like me (or us), and need convincing that Pitbulls aren’t as bad as some people make them out to be, then this book will explain why the dog breed in question has been so hated on for many decades. All the stereotypes are broken and explain well alongside amazing photographs of America’s most beautiful, famous and misunderstood dog.
Take the advice from the author Rick Woodford on how every dog owner should be feeding their pets. In 2015, we’re trying to focus on healthier, less processed food items, so why should our pets whom we love dearly consume anything worse? The book explains the pros and cons of certain feeding patterns, what foods are great for dogs, what foods aren’t and most importantly – why. It’s not a recipe cookbook for dogs, but it will definitely teach you a few tricks on how to easily implement healthy eating habits for the benefit of your canine’s health.
One more of the best dog books for a sentimental pet owner like myself. Jennifer Skiff tells us stories from her own experience, and the experience of those she knows, about the things we learn when living around dogs. All stories are 100% true: some will inspire you, some will make you dislike people, and others will just make you cry. The book demonstrates in writing and photographs exactly why canines are a man’s best friend, and anybody who reads it will find it very difficult to argue with that statement.
Although it’s not focus exclusively on dogs, this book is still relevant for any pet owner who cares about the health of their animal friends. This book has been on Amazon’s best-selling list for many years now, and rightfully so (it has also been recently updated and revised after 9 years for the first time ever!) What’s in it? Everything! From pet food and appropriate natural pet living conditions to choices of environment, diseases (include such rare things as Mad Cow disease and West Nile virus), natural dog food recipes and so forth!
I love, love, love this book! It might not be for every aspiring dog trainer or even owner, but it’s definitely something a true fanatic of dogs would love to flip through. In 60 black and white photographs of older canines, this book demonstrates the exact reasons why a dog is a man’s best friend. Two-time Pulitzer prize winning photographer Michael S. Williamson will tell you a story through his work, and it will be accompanied by just as breathtaking write-ups from the author Gene Weingarten. A must-have best dogs book for a true dog lover.
And to round-up our list of 25 best dog books for pet owners, I suggest you to try another one of the science-based books about dogs that will teach you accurately about the thought process of dogs, and both authors of this book do it better and more scientifically than any other dog training ever could. Did you know that dogs don’t actually experience guilt per se, but it’s more a feeling of fear rather than anything else? This and a lot of other fascinating facts are included in this book. All the information contained here helped me in communication with my dogs in our daily lives.
So this is it, an ultimate list of best dog books for dog owners. Try one or two, see if you like it. I can guarantee that you will find more than one book on this list with which you’ll fall in love.
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