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The 11 Books Every Dog Mom Must Read

Did you resolve to read more this year? Set yourself up for resolution success by reading about one of your favorite things. Dogs! Whether you’re looking for some light reading for your lunch break, a book to help you work on training your dog, or something more artistic for your table, these books are a must for every dog mom.

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11 Books For Dog Moms

Any book by Andrea Horowitz is a must-read, but this newest offering from this expert in canine cognition will challenge everything you think you know. In this book, Andrea dissects the bond between dogs and humans and the complexities of the relationship we share. This is definitely one for the book club meetings and should be read by every dog mom and dad.

This illustrated guidebook is just what you need to decipher what your dog is trying to tell you. The playful illustrations are entertaining while teaching you what your dog is telling you with his body position and facial expressions. The book is written in a way that is easy to digest whether you’re an animal expert or just a devoted dog mom.

Animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell explores how our dogs perceive us and how we can improve our communication by changing the way we view our behavior with them.

Calling on her 20 years of experience in her field, she explores how we can stop speaking “primate” and start speaking “dog”.

If you want to learn how to clicker train your dog, this book is for you. It walks you through the steps in a manner that is easy to understand. And it also offers lesson plans for each session. Broken into 15 minute lessons, you can easily work with your dog on basic commands, behavioral issues, and tricks.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and the adorable pictures in this book speak volumes. Photographer Greg Murray has captured the pure joy of dogs enjoying a mouthful of peanut butter. Needless to say, these photos will bring a smile to your face. This book is perfect if you need a little pick me up and makes a great display on your coffee table.

This classic book has charmed several generations of dog lovers. This collection of essays and short stories is based on the experiences of veterinarian James Herriot, who spent his career working in rural Yorkshire, England. The stories in this book will have you alternating between laughter and tears. And each story will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. You’ll definitely find yourself reaching for this book again and again.

If you have a love of history and anthropology as well as dogs, this book will hit all the right notes. Going back to the origins of our history together, Pat Shipman explains the evolution of wolves into the companions they have become. You will be fascinated by the lessons that lie in the fossil records. You’ll learn more about the effect growing as a species alongside dogs has had on human history, as well as the impact on our cultures, behavior, and our very own psychology.

Rick Bragg’s memoir of how Speck, a poorly behaved, half starved, stinky mutt, showed up at the perfect time in his life reaffirms the power of the companionship of a dog to those of us who are already believers. This beautifully written book will fill you with laughter, and a few tears, at the descriptions of the family dynamic and the way dogs are able to squeeze themselves in to fill empty places we didn’t know we had. This book is especially poignant for those of us who have been adopted by a stray.

Because everything doesn’t have to be serious, read this light hearted collection of stories about ‘bad dogs’ when you just need a laugh. This compilation of true stories about dogs who have done everything from sleeping through burglaries to causing a car wreck while learning to drive, will have you belly laughing. This book will help you realize your dog really is really the “goodest boy.”

If you have a backyard, or have dreamed about having a backyard one day, this book will help you create a perfect escape for you and your dog. You will learn the benefits of organic gardening and composting. It also features advice on how to plan your layout, fruit and vegetables that would be a good addition, and dog friendly plants. This book will help you make your dog safe gardening dreams come true and guide you on your way to creating a backyard oasis.

A tired dog is a well behaved dog, and this book is filled with activities that will work your dog’s brain. There are ideas you can use to keep your dog busy in rain or shine. Have fun exploring the games and puzzles with your dog, and make the activities part of your one on one time together. The activities are not terribly advanced, but the book makes a great starter for exploring brain games with your dog.

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Have a favorite dog mom book of your own? Make sure to share it in the comments so that we can give it a read!


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