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Dog Culture: Reviews
Cesar’s Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog
Well-educated dog owners and dog professionals worldwide continue to be dismayed by the ongoing presentation of Cesar Millan’s inappropriate, sometimes dangerous approach to dog behavior modification or, as Millan likes to call it, “dog psychology.” This new book may be an attempt to quell some of the ever-growing opposition to Millan’s less-than-scientifically supported dog-handling techniques....
Dog Culture: Reviews
Play with Your Dog
Dogwise Publishing, 149 pp., 2008; $14.95
In our second book, Play with Your Dog, Pat Miller shares her observation that almost every dog-human interaction is an opportunity to have fun while building a stronger relationship. Rich with photos of dogs at play (by themselves and with each other, children and adults), this book sets the stage for playtime with lively descriptions of a wide variety of dog play styles, including “body-...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Do Border Collies Dream of Sheep?
“Border Collies,” as a Scottish shepherd once told me, “have been bred for 300 years to work with us.” Bred to work sheep over difficult terrain to their humans’ faint whistled commands, Border Collies’ strong work ethic and trainability have made them excel in work shepherds could never have imagined. Do Border Collies Dream of Sheep? tells of two littermates with important but very different...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had
If you haven’t read Colter, you’re in luck, because you still have it to look forward to. Written by Rick Bass, Colter is the “true story of the best dog” he ever had, a German Shorthaired Pointer, the runt of the litter who blooms into a genius of a hunting dog. When Bass adopts Colter, the dog is “bony, cross-legged, pointy-headed, goofy-looking.” But the ungainly young dog shows surprising...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Tea and Dog Biscuits
“You take in dogs?” Lonely after the loss of their 14-year-old German Shepherd, Barrie Hawkins and his wife embarked on rescue work, starting GSD Homefinders (gsdhomefinders.org.uk) in their rural English village with only the most general idea of what it would involve. Word spread quickly, and in no time, all manner of Shepherds in need of homes turned up on their doorstep. In Tea and Dog...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Don’t Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems
Skyhorse Publishing, 240 pp., 2009; $14.95
Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis (strayrescue.org), started his canine-focused career by driving around East St. Louis every morning before work, searching for feral dogs and spending weeks taming them. From those early years came an acclaimed book, The Man Who Talks to Dogs, coauthored with writer Melinda Roth. Now Grim and Roth have collaborated on another book—one that sent...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou
St. Martin’s Press; $24.99
Adding to the long (and growing) list of dog-related memoirs, Steve Duno’s Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou tells the story of a dog who truly is extraordinary. Lou saves the lives of people and dogs, takes down criminals, and has a profound impact on just about every creature with whom he comes in contact. Fate, if one believes in such things, plays a central role in Last Dog...
Dog Culture: Reviews
You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
When Julie Klam was 30 years old, single and living in a tiny New York City studio apartment, she rescued a Boston Terrier and named him Otto. Initially described to her as a dog who just needed a little love—evoking images of “the dog version of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree”—Otto helped Klam grow up, figure herself out and embrace responsibility. In what the author refers to as her “...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Be Safe—Be Seen
Shed some light on those dark winter walks.
K9 Night Patrol Cap Lights built into the brim give you a clear view and help others know you’re out and about. $40 roadwagz.com SpotLit Pet Tag Clip this lightweight, durable safety light onto your pup’s collar or harness, then set it to steady or flashing; they’ll see him at 300 yards! $7 niteize.com Click-N-Glo Safety Ring No batteries required. The flexible ring absorbs light and...
Dog Culture: Reviews
Nose Down, Eyes Up
Villard, 320 pp., 2008; $24
It's always "beer-thirty" for Gill, the underemployed commitment-phobe at the center of Merrill Markoe’s new novel, Nose Down, Eyes Up. Launched by his own stunning lack of maturity and a dog-ona- mission named Jimmy, Gil ricochets through a tidy plot that has him bouncing like a pinball between his longtime girlfriend Sara, a well-meaning animal communicator, and his ex-wife Eden, “a sexual...

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