This is my first book Raising Healthy, Happy Dogs: Help Your Dog To Enjoy Good Health And Live A Full Life
It is a beginners guide for raising dogs. As a dog owner, you want to raise your dog to be in good health and enjoy life to the fullest. To do this, you need to become familiar with the characteristics of a healthy dog. This eBook will provide guidelines to help you assure that your beloved pet has the proper care in order to live a full, healthy, happy life.
Filled with helpful information, this eBook will encourage you to provide the very best care and love for your dog. A gallery of “dog photos” adds delight to the contents of this beautiful eBook.
Proceeds from the sale of this eBook will be donated to the Baker Institute for Animal Health, a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, whose mission is to improve animal health through basic and applied research.
If you have not already downloaded the book, or gifted it to a friend, why not do it now? For each book sold, Amazon credits me with $1.95 royalties, all of it going to Baker Institute. But I will also match that $1.95, and my day job matches my charitable contributions. So each $2.99 book sale generates $7.80 for charity.
You do not even need a Kindle to read it. Amazon has free software you can download to view it on a PC, iPad or other types of devices.
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The next four books are by one of my favorite dog book authors, Patricia McConnell. The Puppy Primer is one of the best books for guardians with new puppies. Using all positive training methods, this easy to understand book lays out specific plans for training your new addition.
The Other End of the Leash is one of my all time favorite books. It presents a very clear picture of why dogs do the things they do and how our non-verbal clues impact their behavior. This book really highlights the differences between dogs and people.
For The Love Of A Dog- Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best is the sequel to the Other End of the Leash. In the first book, Patricia McConnell explored the difference between people and dogs. Here she discusses the similarities. The book is written in such a friendly readable style despite some of the scientific studies mixed in. You’ll come to know her animals, past and present too. I felt like I really knew them all by the end of the book.
The final book (more of a booklet at a mere 30 pages) from Patricia McConnell is The Cautious Canine, How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears. This is a book on how fearful dogs can lead to a reactive, aggressive dogs. It contains a series of training steps to help the fearful dog overcome the scary things they encounter in life.
This next book was written by the faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuft’s University. It is just beautiful. If anyone has been fortunate enough to live with a senior dog you will find the book informative, heart warming and heart breaking. The basic premise of the book is that old age is not a disease it is just another stage of life. The chapter on nutrition is worth the price of the book. It also discusses some of the more common diseases found in senior dogs, how to recognize the symptoms and treatment. That section of the book is hard to read so it would be better to read this book before you actually need the information. Fair warning, the last chapter on end of life decisions is a real tear jerker. I could barely read through the tears. So if you have a dog approaching senior years, if you read nothing else on the topic of caring for senior dogs, read this book. If your dog is well into senior years, this book could be too much to bear.
Turid Rugaas is a world renowned dog trainer and writer. She has worked with and studied their body language for many years. In this book, she shares her insights on the ways dogs communicate with other dogs as well as us, their guardian.
Another book (well more of a booklet) from Turid Rugass is on dogs pulling when on leash. This is such a common problem for dog guardians that it deserves a booklet of its own. My Sophy is freakishly strong so I cannot have her pulling on the leash since she could easily "take me down". The methods in this book worked for me.
The next two books are from Brenda Aloff. The first book, Aggression in Dogs: Practical Management, Prevention & Behaviour Modification is really a misnomer. The training instructions she gives here are appropriate for all dogs, not just "aggressive dogs". It is very comprehensive guide for training many dog behaviors.
This next book is just fascinating. It is a photographic guide the ways in which dogs communicate with us and each other. Is is play ot are they really trying to kill each other? The book displays hundreds of photos and analyzes each one to help us decode what is happening when we see various dog behaviors.
The next book is from Karen Pryor a leader in the positive training movement. I cringe now when I think of the way my first dog was trained. This is not a dog training book but more a guide of how positive training and reinforcement can change behavior of your spouse, your children or even your dog. It is an introduction to clicker training and why it has been so successful for many.
I love this book! Again, it is not a training manual but more a heart warming account of the ways we can improve our relationships with our dogs.
I was given this next book by my dog trainer when I first started lessons and one I re-read every few years. It is an oldie but goodie andprovides a deep understanding of what dogs really want (yes they do want to chew and bark) and provides positive training instructions that set your dog up to succeed.
Another book by Jean Donaldson, “Mine – A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs” is a problem solver. For anyone with a dog that guards his food, toys, other possessions, this is a must read.
I recently read Do Over Dogs: Give Your Dog a Second Chance at a First Class Life and highly recommend it. It is a book written for people that rescue dogs only to find the dog may have behavioral problems. It is also useful for those dogs that need some retraining. Using positive training methods, Pat Miller will guide you through things to look form methods to retrain your dog and also practical advice as to when it is time to call in a professional.
Thia book, Dominance in Dogs is a new look at the issue and dispels some of the myths perpetuated by TV celebrity trainers that attribute all sorts of bad behavior in dogs as dominance. I am very much in favor of positive training methods and am often heartbroken when I hear people saying “you have to show your dog you are the dominant one” . This book provides a set of guidelines that will help train your dog in a positive manner.
This book is a love story. It is a story about a man and his dog. Written by Enzo, the dog, it give his perspective of life with man. The basic premise is that of Enzo (the dog and narrator) lives a really good life, he will be recreated as a human. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. But most of all, it will make you remember why living life with dogs is such a joyous pleasure.