14 Best Books About Dogs

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There are loads of books about dogs out there — here are a few of our favorites.

Fun, cuddly, sometimes crazy, but always loyal and loving, our four legged furry doggy pals are precious members of our families, and our best friends.

We strive to do our best for them, and we get enormous amounts of happiness, laughs, and love in return.

Most dog owners are passionate about their pets, and like to hear and share stories about them and to learn as much about them as possible.

Being such a popular subject, there are a multitude of books available based around the subject of our fuzzy companions, be they heartwarming stories, books for children, or useful learning resources about dog care, training or psychology.

Here are our favorite dog books that are sure to please dog lovers everywhere…

Best Books about Dogs

A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans

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W. Bruce Cameron is a Benchley award winner for humor and was the 2011 NSNC Newspaper Columnist of the Year. He has written for TV and film, and his novel ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ spent 52 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list and in 2017 hit the big screens as a feature film.

“A Dog’s Purpose” shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Told from the dog’s unique perspective, the novel is emotional, entertaining and unique. The dog in question is a very doggy dog who doesn’t understand English or talk to other dogs or animals. Often, this results in hilarious misunderstandings, just as in real life.

The premise of the novel is that the dog never dies, instead he keeps being reborn, remembering each life and learning lessons from it that help him with the next one.

Eventually, he comes to conclude there must be a purpose, a reason for him to be reborn, and until he has figured out that purpose, he’ll keep being reborn, over and over again. This is the story of that dog’s journey.

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

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This New York Times bestselling book on dog psychology is written by Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist who has long been interested in aiming to answer the question of what it is like to be a dog.

Horowitz teaches seminars in canine cognition and creative nonfiction writing at Barnard College, Columbia University, and heads the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab.

‘Inside of a Dog’ is a quest to experience the world from a dog’s perspective and asks what dogs know and think.

The book draws on Horowitz’s research in the field of dog behavior to give readers a sense of a dog’s mental processes of perception, memory, judgment and reasoning, and emotions, and paints a picture of what the canine experience is like.

This engaging and absorbing book contains the most up to date research and helps dog owners to see their pup’s behavior differently in order to understand them on a deeper level.

‘Inside a Dog’ is an illuminating, well written and fascinating read.

Dog Heaven

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Losing a dog can be just as tough as losing a human member of the family.

The modern classic ‘Dog Heaven’ by award winning children’s writer Cynthia Rylant is a beautiful and touching illustrated tale about what heaven is like for dogs.

‘Dog Heaven’ may be a children’s book, but both children and adults alike will gain comfort and solace from the notion that dog heaven is filled with green fields where dogs can run to their heart’s content, soft fluffy dog beds to sleep in, crystal lakes where they can chase geese, and tasty, irresistible dog biscuits and angel children to play with.

101 Amazing Facts about Dogs

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This children’s dog book will keep your kids entertained for hours with some of the least-known and most amazing fun dog facts.

In ‘101 Amazing Facts About Dogs’ Author Jenny Kellett is an animal lover with a background in geographic science and journalism who has put together facts such as, ‘dogs don’t like the rain because it is too loud for their ears’, and ‘in seven years one female dog and her female children could produce 4,372 puppies!’ combined with beautiful and appealing full color images of dogs and puppies.

‘101 Amazing Facts About Dogs’ is an essential read for young dog lovers.

Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know About Dogs

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Another fun factual children’s book about dogs, ‘What Kids Really Want to Know About Dogs’ by journalist, author and animal lover Marty Crisp is packed with questions gathered from children all across the US which are answered in an informal yet informative style which keeps kids interested yet gives them plenty to learn.

All answers are carefully researched by Crisp himself.

Example questions include; ‘Do dogs cry?’ and ‘Can dogs remember stuff?’

This book about dogs has around 30 questions and answers in total, all well presented and accompanied by charming photos of dogs and puppies.

A Dog’s Way Home: A Novel

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‘A Dog’s Way Home’ is the second novel on our list of best books about dogs by dog loving author W. Bruce Cameron.

This heartwarming tale tells the story of a pit bull puppy who when separated from her new owner who had rescued her after she was abandoned, undertakes an thrilling and hazardous journey across hundreds of miles to get back to him.

An adventure full of humor, emotion and drama which perfectly captures the bonds of love and devotion dogs share with their owners.

‘A Dog’s Way Home’ is currently being made into a movie which is due to hit the big screen later in 2018.

Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs

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38 incredible and inspiring real life stories that highlight the profound bonds between dogs and humans are contained in this book, together with a collection of touching photos of the dogs in the starring roles.

Ricochet the surfing service dog who raises money for charity, Cheyenne the pit bull who gives comfort to veterans and helps them heal, and Effie, a mixed breed dog who detected early stage breast cancer in her owner are just some of the doggie heroes in this uplifting coffee table book.

Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon,and Finding Joy in the Little Things

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In ‘Rescued’ freelance journalist and New York Times bestselling author Peter Zheutlin shows us some of the astonishing lessons rescue dogs can teach us about life, love, and ourselves, and how although we may rescue them, they most certainly rescue us too.

Zheutlin himself has welcomed rescue dogs into his home, and in ‘Rescued’ he shares personal anecdotes as well as amusing — and sometimes heart wrenching — stories from other families who have adopted rescue dogs.

Each chapter in the book brings to light the real life lessons that we can learn from rescue dogs to enrich both our lives and theirs.

James Herriot’s Dog Stories: Warm and Wonderful Stories About the Animals Herriot Loves Best

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For half a century British veterinarian and author James Herriot worked with animals (and their owners) and collected plenty of tales along the way.

In this volume of fifty outstanding stories about dogs, Herriot shares some of his funniest, most touching and fascinating experiences living and working in Yorkshire in northern England.

Beautifully written, this collection of family friendly short stories is sure to entertain and inspire budding veterinarians and anyone who simply loves dogs.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel

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Told from a dog’s unique point of view, this novel tells the story of Enzo the dog who believes that with enough preparation he will be reincarnated as a human in the next life.

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, the novel follows Enzo’s spiritual journey trying to understand his racing car driver owner and learning about human nature by watching television.

He attempts to help and guide his owner through the trials and tribulations of life, revealing the sometimes ridiculous, sometimes tragic, but endlessly wonderful aspects of life and love that make us human.

A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray

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‘A Dog’s Life: Autobiography of a Stray’ follows the life of Squirrel, a stray pup who loses her mother early in life, so who in order to survive embarks on an amazing journey out into the world with her brother, Bone.

The pair have many encounters — both frightening and heartwarming — along the way, and ultimately get separated, forcing Squirrel to make the struggle to survive alone.

Aimed at children aged 9 – 12 years, this is nevertheless a well written, emotional and uplifting tale that many adults will enjoy.

The Dog Who Saved Me: A Novel

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This dramatic novel follows the fictional story of cop Cooper Harrison who, unable to cope with the grief over losing his beloved K-9 partner killed in the line of duty, quits his job, loses his wife, and moves back to his hometown to take on a job on the local force.

In his desperate, depressed state Cooper refuses to form any kind of emotional attachment with another dog, but when he finds himself rescuing a traumatized feral dog, his world takes a sudden turn.

Only by dealing with his own trauma and facing the past can Cooper move on, and the stray dog might be the only one in the world who can help him.

An emotional rollercoaster, ‘The Dog Who Saved Me’ will ultimately leave readers feeling warm and fuzzy.

Max: Best Friend, Hero, Marine

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Made into a movie in 2015, this New York Times bestselling novel is the dramatic and compelling story of military service dog Max, who loses his best friend and handler Kyle when he is killed in action in Afghanistan.

Distraught and unable to work, Max is retired and goes to live with Kyle’s brother Justin in New York.

Told from both Max the dog’s and Justin’s perspective, the traumatized pair learn to trust in each other, and together set out to unravel the mystery surrounding Kyle’s death.

A tale of action, drama, excitement, danger, loss and friendship, Max: Best Friend, Hero, Marine is aged at children of 8 to 12 years of age.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Dogs: Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about our Companions and Best Friends

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Guaranteed to make you laugh, shed a tear, inspire you and ultimately leave you with a warm heart, ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ is crammed with 101 short stories about our four legged friends.

All of the stories in the collection are true, and include amazing real life tales of loyalty, intelligence, companionship and heroism which are sure to make you look at your own furry hound in a new light and with new appreciation.


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