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Book Review: Chaser
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Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words
Chaser, by John Pilley, is the story of how a man and a very smart, committed Border Collie won what amounts to the canine world’s grand “spelling bee.” Chaser learned to differentiate at least 1,022 words—more than any other animal—most of which were related to toys. Throw in some basic grammar, her ability to categorize her toys by function and shape, and the start of imitative behavior and you...
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Herding Sheep with a Border Collie and Your Stetson Hat
A fine memoir of a road trip with dogs to the World Sheepdog Trials
Not far into Mr. and Mrs. Dog, Donald McCaig says of himself and his talented “Blockhead” of a Border Collie, Luke, the male of the title: “I’ve never done as well with Luke as a better handler might have, but Luke adores me. When I go out at 2 a.m. to check lambing ewes, Luke comes too. When I wake with the night sweats, Luke wakes. He thinks I am a better man than I am.  If I sold him, his...
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You Tell Your Dog First
Published by Berkley Trade
You Tell Your Dog First - Pace
Happy is the dog person who finally gets a dog. Alison Pace, author of If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, Pug Hill and more, had grown up in a dog-filled home, but as an adult, lived in New York City sans canine for nearly a decade. Once she found a dog-friendly apartment building, she set out to remedy that situation, finally settling on a fluffy Westie, whom she named Carlie. This essay...
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Train Your Dog Positively
Published by Ten Speed Press
 train your dog positively
Positive-reinforcement dog training has become so prevalent that it’s hard to recall a time when collar jerks and ear pinches were popular. In Victoria Stilwell’s new book, she gives an easy-to-read overview of why and how PR training works, then shows how it can be applied to canine issues, from addressing common behavior problems to tackling separation anxiety, stress and aggression.
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Reaching the Animal Mind
Published by Sunshine Books
Curious about clicker training? Get your information from the woman whose name has become synonymous with this positivereinforcement method. Pryor has spent more than three decades refining clicker-training techniques with animals large and small, including, of course, dogs. In this important and enjoyable book, she shares her observations and interactions, giving the reader new appreciation for...
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Review: Hounded
Published by Center Street
Hounded Matt Ziselman
This memoir, which expands the “what my dog has taught me” genre to a whole trio of idiosyncratic Dachshunds, recalls each dog’s special way of challenging the author and adding spice to his and his family’s life. A delightful and fun romp. It never fails to amuse all of us when all 12 pounds of Molly intimidates all 25 pounds of Baxter. And it is often. If Baxter even looks at Molly’s rawhide...
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Review: A Dog Named Boo
Published by Harlequin
A Dog Named Boo
Boo had poor eyesight and a clumsy gait, but he also had something that trumped any physical deficiency: a sweet and unflappable nature. Abandoned along with his littermates, five-weekold Boo caught the eye and heart of Lisa Edwards. The rest, as they say, is history. This is a tale of a dog who has not only made good, he does good; with Edwards’ help, Boo found his true calling as a therapy dog...
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Review: The Secret Life of Dog Catchers
Published by CreateSpace
The Secret Life of Dog Catchers
Dogs, cats, ducks, horses, goats, roosters, deer, snakes—animal control officer Shirley Zindler has seen (and helped) them all. As she makes clear in this collection detailing her experiences, working with the public and making a positive difference for animals can be a challenge, but it’s one that she’s embraced wholeheartedly. After reading this book, you’re likely to look at your beleaguered...
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A Million Years with You: A Memoir of Life Observed
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
There is no doubt about it: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has led a fascinating, full life. Now in her eighth decade, she tells her story, which includes teen years in the Kalahari Desert while her parents searched for Bushmen. Not even marriage and motherhood and putting her husband through graduate school hampered her sense of adventure and zest for observation. On assignment for The New Yorker,...
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Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies
Published by Univ. of Virginia Press
The World Sheepdog Trials in Wales are the Olympics of the herding-dog world. Rather like an open-air ballet, highly trained, highly intelligent dogs move flocks of willful sheep with minimal long-distance direction from their humans. This was the rarefied environment into which Donald McCaig took his Border Collies Luke and June (the Mr. and Mrs. Dog of the title) to compete. His account of how...

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