Recommended Reading

DogSport Magazine Recommended Reading List:

DogSport Magazine is no longer recommending books,

but please enjoy the selection we did recommend in 2009 and 2010 below.

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skijor_250pixelSkijor With Your Dog: Ok Publishing and the University of Alaska Press are pleased to announce the arrival of the 4th printing of Skijor With Your Dog, the definitive guide to the sport of being pulled on skis by a dog in harness. Originally published in 1991, Skijor With Your Dog, has long been considered an essential handbook for anyone interested in skijoring. Authors Mari Hoe-Raitto and Carol Kaynor bring a wealth of experience to the writing of this book. Readers of past editions have lauded it as one of the best books available on dog mushing and skijoring. Written in a clear, easy to understand style, this book is a practical guide. To purchase a copy visit www.uaf.edu/uapress or call toll free 888-252-6657.


TS443_The_Intermediate's_Guide_to_Dog_AgilityThe Intermediate’s Guide to Dog Agility: Take Your Game to the Next Level! New, from the award-winning team that introduced the most respected dog agility book on the market The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility comes its much anticipated sequel: The Intermediate’s Guide to Dog Agility: Take Your Game to the Next Level! by Laurie Leach ($24.95; ISBN: 978-0-7938-0637-9). At the beginning of agility training, dogs and their owners learn to perform obstacles safely and completely, completing sequences of up to six obstacles in a competitive novice course.  At the intermediate level, the path a dog must travel is more difficult. A tighter course, which can include up to 20 obstacles, requires a wider array of handling techniques that enable the dog and human partner to communicate clearly, quickly, and confidently. In this indispensable new volume, The Intermediate’s Guide to Dog Agility builds on the beginner skills and prepares dogs and their human partners for the next challenge in this exciting and rewarding sport. More than 200 full-color photographs and maps explain and show specific skills like front and rear crosses, lateral distance, serpentines, shoulder pulls, and speed changes. The positive, reward-based training techniques explain in detail how to handle longer sequences, manage nerves in the agility ring, help memorize courses, and use signals and body language for effective communication with your dog. For more information on TFH Publications and their award-winning pet books, visit www.TFH.com

pic_display.phpCanine Sports & Games: Great Ways to Get Your Dog Fit and Have Fun Together! Find the right sport for your dog and watch them thrive! Basic training and obedience are necessary before beginning any organized sport. Kristin Mehus-Roeeducates readers on finding the perfect sport for their dog. With how to, safety tips, and complete rules on games, competition sports and tests of instinct, Kristin Mehus-Roe has included everything dogs and their people need to get down to some serious playtime! Canine Sports & Games: Great Ways to Get Your Dog Fit and Have Fun Is available from www.amazon.com, www.dogwise.com, and booksellers everywhere.


SpottsCan21215JFSpott’s Canine Miscellany: Mike Darton parodies Schott’s Original Miscellany by providing the perfect reading companion for anyone who adores their dog. Perfect for canine companions and champions hoping to fetch more random doggy facts, stats, and epigraphs than can possibly be kenneled in the average human mind! Darton includes a veritable multi-colored kibble of the essential, the whimsical, the intriguing, and the absurd. Discover the origins of breed names! Learn vital life lessons from Aesop’s fabled dogs! Marvel at award-winning dogs! Weep for those poor dogs that went down with the Titanic! Spott’s Canine Miscellany can be purchased at www.bn.com, www.abramsbooks.com, and booksellers online and everywhere!

Dogology.PW.Cvr.inddDogology: What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals about You: Vicki Constantine Croke and Sarah Wilson, experts on the relationship between dogs and their owners, offer up this addition to any pet lover’s library. By using quizzes, psychological insight, and humor, Vicki and Sarah are able to enlighten the reader on how character an emotional makeup influences the breed of dog they choose. Dogology : What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals about You offers quick checklists to identify what type of dog owners readers are, tips for training, and exercises for bonding with one’s dog and is available at www.amazon.com, www.borders.com and booksellers worldwide.

Agility Training for You and Your Dog: From Backyard Fun to High-Performance Training: Based on the positive training methods of Ali Canova and Joe Canova, two of the top agility competitors in America, this book has everything you need to start you and your dog in agility training. Author Diane Goodspeed writes that the connection between dog and dog owner is the key to success for any breed from miniature poodle to border collie. Agility Training for You and Your Dog: From Backyard Fun to High-Performance Training is the perfect read for those looking to compete or just to have fun. Available from www.dogwise.com, www.bn.com, and booksellers everywhere.

Scan10118Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine: Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, sheds light on the recent pet food recalls and how what started as a couple of sick cats and dogs spiraled into a worldwide pet food epidemic. With what began as an outbreak of kidney infections among cats and dogs, Nestle uses her detective skills correlate the cause of the illnesses with the animal’s diets. Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine is a must read for any pet owner and animal lover and is available at booksellers worldwide, www.amazon.com, and www.dogwise.com.


Pet Food Nation:
Joan Weiskopf’s Pet Food Nation is a must read for all pet lovers concerned about recent pet food recalls and the quality of their pet’s factory produced food. Providing easy to follow recipes for both dogs and cats, Weiskopf shows that the transition from a mass produced to a homemade diet is healthier for your pet in the long run. Pet Food Nation is a quick read that features information on the transition from commercial food to a healthier diet, the reason homemade food is better for your pet, signs of dietary problems with your pet, basic easy recipes for dogs and cats, and maintaining a healthy diet for your older pets. Pick up Pet Food Nation at www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, and booksellers worldwide.

1950_HappyDog_cover.inddHappy Dog, Happy You: Quick Tips for Building a Bond with Your Furry Friend: Arden Moore unleashes the truth to dog owners. Most dog owners know that when dogs wag their tails, it is an unconditional sign of love and loyalty. But how do you reciprocate that? In Happy Dog, Happy You: Quick Tips for Building a Bond with Your Furry Friend, small adjustments in diet, exercise, and environment can be the building blocks to building a healthy relationship with your dog. Happy Dog, Happy you is in a fun, easy to read format packed with quotes and facts for any dog owner. Available at www.bn.com, www.amazon.com, and booksellers everywhere.

The Dog Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Canine Questions:Dog expert, Aden Moore uncovers why dogs behave the way they do, providing answers that clearly explain canine actions and reactions. Because every dog is different, Arden Moore helps readers with suggestions for modifying unacceptable behavior. Every pet owner has a way to fix their pet’s behavioral problem. Uncover both sides of the story with questions and answers from real, relatable situations. The Dog Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Canine Questions is available from www.dogwise.com, www.bn.com, and booksellers everywhere.

The Dog Diet, A Memoir: What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress and Getting a New Leash on Life: Patti Lawson found a new leash on life when she got her dog Sadie. Lawson was lonely, and after a winter of feeling sorry for herself, found that she could spare to lose a coupe pounds. When Sadie came into the picture, her attempts at eating people food made Lawson switch to snacks that were less appetizing for dogs and healthier for herself. With walks at 3a.m., Sadie became her personal trainer. As man’s (or woman) best friend, Sadie helped Lawson to let go of the things that were bothering her. The Dog Diet, A Memoir: What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress and Getting a New Leash on Life is available from www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, and booksellers nationwide.

9781929242542The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog: A Physical Therapy Approach: If your dog is a competitive champion or just plays around the house, it is important to know how to care for and stretch your dog in a way that will prevent injuries and promote fitness. Authors Sasha and Ashley Foster provide over 300 pictures and diagrams on how to safely and effectively stretch each muscle group in your dog’s body. Whether your dog is active or sedentary, puppy or senior, The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog: A Physical Therapy Approach demonstrates hand proper hand placement to maintain good form and protect joints. Available at www.dogwise.com, www.bn.com and booksellers everywhere.

Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi: Seattle-based yoga instructor Brenda Bryan writes on how to introduce your dog to yoga and how to introduce yoga to your dog. Fun and functional, Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretched for Yogi and Dogi details methods and tips for practicing yoga with your canine companion. Dogs can bring joy and harmony into their owner’s lives, so why not reward them with a healthy practice. Barking Buddha is for varying levels of yoga practitioners and dog lovers alike. Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi is available at www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, and booksellers everywhere.

The Thinking Dog: Crossover to Clicker Training: A thinking dogs is one who displays good behavior in anticipation of a reward rather than one who simply waits for an owner’s commands. As a professional dog trainer for over 30 years, Gail Tamases Fisher is an expert on the transition to clicker training. The Thinking Dog: Crossover to Clicker Training covers the history of dog training and how it has evolved over the last 100 years, the challenges faced when switching to clicker training from previous methods, how to get a behavior started, methods of rewarding, reducing the need to click and treat as training progresses, and much more. Available from www.dogwise.com, www.bn.com, and booksellers worldwide.

News Hounds: The Wackiest Dog Stories From Around the World: Ryan O’Meara brings together the craziest headline-making news stories from around the world and puts them into one hilarious compendium that will blow the usual anecdotes right out of the dog park! With clever titles like “Canine Calamities,” “Why People Need Pet Insurance,” and “Dogs that Found Fame,” each chapter is custom-made for readers of any age who simply love dogs for the quirky animals that they are. News Hounds: The Wackiest Dog Stories From Around the World can be purchased at www.globepequot.com, www.amazon.com, and booksellers online and everywhere! The book’s official on-sale date is July 1, 2009.

3DDogjoyDogJoy, The Happiest Dogs in the Universe: It all began seven years ago when a reader sent in a photo of her smiling dog and suggested that, not only would people enjoy seeing her dog, but they would also like to send in photos of their own. She turned out to be right and these photos became one of the most popular and beloved features in the magazine. Since then, they have published approximately 40 photographs per issue and hundreds more online. DOGJOY collects 300 of the very best full-color pics from the pack! Each entry features either a personal tale or a hilarious caption—but the real story is all in the photos themselves. Whether you love the Laughers, Giggler, Sweeties, or one of the many other categories of joyful dogs featured in this book, it will be hard to choose your favorite. There is no better book for dog lovers to give or receive this holiday season, so don’t even paws to think about whether or not to put it on your shopping list. DOGJOY by the Editors of The Bark magazine.