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Canine Body Language

Never before has canine body language been so thoroughly documented with photographs and text! Hundreds of images in this almost 400 page book illustrate the incredible variety of postures, behaviors and situations that the typical dog either manifests or encounters in his day-to-day life. There isn't a dog trainer or behaviorist who won't learn something new in this incredible volume. And there isn't a dog owner who won't welcome the new insights they will gain into the behavior of the family dog.

Brenda Aloff

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Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook

Virtually every problem that owners will encounter is dealt with in language that teaches everyone how to cope with and prevent those unpleasant surprises. An essential book for any cat owner. Clearly written, step-by-step directions give you vital information at your fingertips

Carlson, Delbert G.
Giffin, James M.

Catwatching

This book explains everything from why cats purr to why we say it's raining cats and dogs.

Morris, Desmond

Consumer's Dictionary Of Household, Yard And Office Chemicals

If you ever wondered about those long strings of chemical ingredients printed on the container labels of cleaners, pesticides, cosmetics, etc., this book will make them eminently clear. Many of these compounds are extremely dangerous and must be used with informed care.

Winter, Ruth

Cooking the Three Dog Bakery Way

The sixty recipes collected here focus on simplicity, using human-quality ingredients that can readily be found in the everyday kitchen pantry. You will be able to whip up deleashous foods that will make your dog smile, sit up, and beg for more! Many traditional dog foods are manufactured from the lowest-grade ingredients, but in Cooking the Three Dog Bakery Way, you will learn to prepare flavorful foods for your furry four-legged best friend. The delicious delicacies — including Say Cheese! Chasers, Biscotti Bites, PupOvers, Yip Yap Banana Snaps, and Labrador Lasagna — were developed using ingredients approved by one of the nation's top animal nutritionists, and dog-tested by the authors’ own beloved pack of hounds.

Beckloff, Mark
Dye, Dan

Coping with Sorrow On the Loss of Your Pet

A MUST to help cope with the loss of your pet & can help you to know when to make the “Big Decision”

Anderson, Moira K.

Definitive IQ Test for Dogs and IQ Tests for Dog Owners

A fun book for you and your dog!

Miller, Melissa

Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship

The editors of Berkeley's popular Bark magazine have compiled this appealing collection of essays and short stories exploring every aspect of the dog/owner relationship. Some of the selections are light and humorous, but most are serious attempts to explain the important role a dog plays in one's life. The dogs written about here all have something to teach, whether it's about trust, bigotry, loving, mortality or spirituality. The high quality, humor and delight here leave the reader wanting more.

Bark Magazine Editors

Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook

A MUST for EVERY owner. Lists health problems by symptoms for quick and easy use. In short, it covers every health dimension a dog owner might want to know more about, identifies the possible causes, helps you determine the severity of the condition, and indicates what treatments or actions to take to best insure your dog's good health.

Carlson, Liisa D.
Giffin, James M., MD

Dog Problems

Benjamin's down-to-earth, humane approach provides practical steps toward owning a healthy, happy pet. Dog Problems outlines every conceivable canine problem, from petty larceny to chronic leg lifting and fear of random objects. Benjamin offers easily executable training methods for each predicament.

Benjamin, Carol Lea

DogSmart: The Ultimate Guide for Finding the Dog You Want and Keeping the Dog You Find

This book is a great all-around book. It has information that other books don’t even cover.

Milani, Myrna M.

Dog Training for Kids

A MUST book for your kids to read A thorough, knowledgeable, and interesting book for dog lovers of all ages. Benjamin stresses throughout that one's goal is to have a dog to be proud of; who is safe and fun; and who knows that you and other humans are top dog. The concepts are taught simply on one or two pages with lists and explanations where needed.

Benjamin, Carol Lea

Dog Tricks

Great trick book! 88 great tricks to teach a dog — from the simple give me your paw to the more challenging jumping rope to the more useful telephone-answering-machine trick. Aptitude chart allows owners to gauge which tricks their breed of dog will most likely master.

Haggerty, Capt. Arthur J.
Benjamin, Carol Lea

Dogs and Kids: Parenting Tips

A MUST for owners with kids to get the two worlds together! Offers a unique perspective on dog training, comparing and contrasting puppy and child "parenting" techniques and explaining how successfully to maintain a household with both

McLennan, Bardi

Dogs Naturally Magazine

Dogs Naturally Magazine is like no other publication. We're not only the most complete source of natural health care for dogs, but a large community of caring vets, breeders, trainers and dog owners who want to bring out the best in our dogs.

www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com

Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats

This book covers the basics of a homemade meat and vegetable diet for dogs and cats based on their ancestral diet. This program provides a rotation of different meats and vegetables and strives to provide most nutrients as food. Meals are intended to be fed raw, but recipes may be cooked. A mineral supplement recipe to fill in the gaps is included in an appendix. Analysis of individual recipes as well as the complete rotation is provided in an appendix. The program is formulated to meet nutrition guidelines for all life stages for pet food. Concrete direction is given for all parts of the preparation, with extensive coverage of all components of the diet.

Beth Taylor and Karen Shaw Becker DVM

Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats They cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. There are dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth "Quick Reference" section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders-with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies.

Pitcairn, Richard H., DVM, PhD
Pitcairn, Susan Hubble

Enjoying Dog Agility: From Backyard to Competition

This book is intended for those people — and their dogs — who are interested in dog agility at both the beginning and competitive levels. It provides the reader with a wealth of information on practical and useful training techniques.

Daniels, Julie

Following Ghosts: Developing the Tracking Relationship

The ONLY GREAT tracking book you can learn from. This approach to tracking focuses on the relationship between dog & handler, and an understanding of scent from the dog's point of view. Offers a revolutionary and challenging look at tracking, canine abilities and ways to help you and your dog reach your tracking goals.

Rice, John

Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food

The first expose of the shocking practices within the pet food manufacturing industry. Since the book's publication in 1997, she has been calling attention to the dubious ingredients and methods employed by many firms. Martin continues to put pressure on the big companies to find alternatives. She suggests that if acceptable commercially prepared food is not available, food can be made at home using safe and human-quality ingredients, and she provides recipes and suggestions for supplements.

Martin, Ann N

Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog

A MUST for every dog owner — Feeding your dog healthier food, Understanding Vaccines and lab tests, supplements — what to use & when. Common medical procedures, working with allergies.

Volhard, Wendy
Brown, Kerry DVM

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative

Learn about cooking for your pets including many recipes to try. Nutrition and dietetics book for owners, breeders, and veterinarians. Includes over 200 recipes, complete nutritional content data, special diets, and food quality and safety information.

Strombeck, Donald R., DVM, PhD

Hound Health Handbook : The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Dog Happy, Healthy & Active

Dr. Brevitz knows how to make complex issues simple, and how to present detailed information in a lively and authoritative way. Reading this book is like joining a conversation between a smart and caring vet and a community of fellow dog lovers. Organized in four parts — Preventive Health Care, Common Canine Maladies, First Aid for Injuries and Emergencies, and Hound Health Resources — it covers everything from puppy vaccinations to caring for the senior dog; kennel cough to cancer; and even mental health issues such as separation anxiety and canine Alzheimer's disease. A health checklist for 120 popular breeds tells what hereditary problems to watch for, and the first aid and emergency section offers quick, clear instructions on what to do when something goes wrong.

Brevitz, Betsy, DVM

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners

Although Katie K9 recommends this book, SHE DOES NOT AGREE with the use of the Alpha shake or Alpha roll. It is her opinion that they can create more problems with some dogs than they can solve.

This informal, friendly guide by The Monks of New Skete is two books in one: a step-by-step training manual and a philosophical discussion of the spiritual benefits of owning a dog.

Monks of New Skete

How To Live with a Neurotic Dog

You think your life is crazy? Try looking at the world through your dog's big melting brown eyes. If your dog is neurotic (and what dog isn't these days?) read this book. It is sure to have both you and your canine companion rolling on the floor and begging for more. A fun look at the problem of living with a neurotic dog with a couple of tips.

Baker, Stephen

How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With (2nd, 3rd, or 4th edition)

This little classic on puppy rearing was a word-of-mouth best seller. The 4th edition includes effective, up-to-date methods for educating puppies to become good canine citizens. This should be required reading for new puppy owners. Outlines all development phases of a dog’s life with helpful training tips. Highly recommended.

Rutherford, Clarice
Neil, David H.

How to Teach Your Old Dog New Tricks

Good trick book. How-to advice plus 25 tricks in all. Many instructive full-color photos.

Baer, Ted

The Invisible Leash

Step-by-step training advice that stresses reinforcing positive and countering negative behavior without punishment. This is a sensible, informed approach to dog-training.

Milani, Myrna M.

Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way to Train Your Dog

The BEST BOOK to read BEFORE and AFTER you get your dog. One of the top training books of all time. Based on the natural way a mother dog trains her puppies, Benjamin's training method is humane, effective and all natural.

Benjamin, Carol Lea

Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats: Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements

When it comes to your dog's or your cat's health, you want the best health care available. But did you know that conventional medicine is not the only answer, or even the best answer? Inside you'll learn from a respected veterinarian how the therapeutic wonders of natural medicine can benefit your dog or cat.

Messonnier, Shawn, DVM

Natural Immunity - Why You Should Not Vaccinate

This is a MUST read for all pet owners! Get educated about vaccinations and disease and then draw your own conclusions about annual vaccinations.

McKay, Pat (www.patmckay.com)

Out of Harms Way

A true story of one woman’s lifelong devotion to animal rescue.

Crisp, Terri

People Food for Dogs

If you choose to feed “people” food, this book gives you an alternative to typical table scraps. The book is designed to give you natural, healthy food to supplement commercial dog food or as a transition to a “people food” diet for your dog. The author provides important information and healthy options that allow you to create your own supplementing options.

Merwick, Katie

People, Pooches and Problems: Understanding, Controlling and Correcting Problem Behavior in Your Dog

Hardened canine criminals meet their match in this book that outlines methods and philosophies likely to reform a rogue's gallery of aggressive, unresponsive, non-house-trained animals marauding as man's best friends. With his flexible and good-humored approach, Evans teaches how to develop proper leadership attitudes toward a dog as well as how to prevent or stamp out problems. Is your dog a candidate for tough love for pooches? If so, Evans, who has worked with dogs for 20 years, offers a holistic 20-step program for correcting behavioral problems. Since this is a long-term process, Evans realistically offers no "quick fixes." Evans includes worksheets to help guide the owner.

Evans, Job Michael

People Training for Good Dogs

As an animal officer I was shocked to find how accepted information about dogs actually led to trouble for dog owners. Bad things were happening to responsible dog owners and their "good" dogs. It wasn't until after the injury, after the lawsuit, after the dog was euthanized that dog owners called, often in tears, wanting to know why. With People Training for Good Dogs you can avoid the most common pitfalls for dog owners just like you and your family. Using real life case stories, you will have the information to navigate safely through your life with your beloved companion.

Melissa Berryman

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Pet Allergies: Remedies for an Epidemic

This is a MUST for all pet owners, especially if your pet has allergies or other health problems. An unrecognized epidemic of allergies and disease is ravaging dogs and cats. This book discusses how commercial pet food can undermine your pet’s health, allergy-provoking foods, and new ideas for relief of allergies, skin problems and other major conditions.

Plechner, Alfred
Zucker, Martin

Pets at Risk: From Allergies to Cancer, Remedies for an Unsuspected Epidemic

During the past 30 years of clinical work, renowned veterinarian Dr. Alfred Plechner has identified a widespread but unrecognized deficiency in the endocrine-immune system of these animals that is wreaking havoc on the pet population. Pets at Risk is his proven program of intervention and care. The book is designed to be used jointly by pet owners and vets.

Plechner, Alfred
Zucker, Martin

Protect Your Pet: More Shocking Facts

An expose’ of inadequate regulation and unsavory industry practices in the pet food industry. With perseverance, Martin ferreted out the truth confirmed by the head of one meat-processing company that the U.S. permits the sale of condemned meat as pet food. Though it may provoke disgust and outrage, pet owners who want the best for their cats and dogs should read this book. Martin provides a commonsense approach to the vaccination schedule and her recommendations are based on solid research and are carefully footnoted. She concludes her book with recipes for healthy, homemade pet food, a listing of pet food and pet health-related web sites, and a state-by-state list of agencies concerned with food safety.

Martin, Ann N.

Reigning Cats & Dogs: Good Nutrition Healthy Happy Animals

This is a simple nutrition program based on raw meat and pureed raw veggies. Contains a good section on the different vegetables one can feed as well as info on nutritional supplements, purified water, fasting, detoxification, and natural flea control.

McKay, Pat

Second-Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet

Great for picking an adult dog from a shelter. Describes the care, training, and rehabilitation of previously owned or formerly homeless dogs, focusing on their special problems and needs.

Benjamin, Carol Lea

Shock to the System

The facts about animal vaccination, pet food, and how to keep your pets healthy- Are vaccinations and stress making your pets SICK?

O' Driscoll, Catherine

Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence

A must for owners of dogs 1½ years to 3 years of age! It can help anyone understand the teen dog and help to provide guidelines that result in a rewarding relationship for both dog and owner

Benjamin, Carol Lea

The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One

The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program was developed to promote responsible dog ownership in a manner that would be easy for both dog and owner. The CGC consists of 10 simple exercises for the dog, from sitting "politely" for petting to walking on a loose leash to a down-stay with the owner 20 feet away. Passing the CGC is as good a goal as any in dog training, and the Volhards do a wonderful job of arming the reader with skills, techniques and philosophies.

Volhard, Jack
Volhard, Wendy

The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats

This book examines aggravating cat habits and undesirable behavior, and shows how modifications in such areas as diet, exercise, and environment cause remarkable improvements in the majority of problem cats. Divided into three sections, Dodman first tackles aggressive behavior, followed by emotional behavior, and compulsive cats. With examples from his own practice, Dodman intelligently communicates symptoms, treatment options, and helpful tips for prevention. Vital to his treatment is maintaining the cat's dignified and independent nature, an objective sure to please those cat owners irritated by certain kitty traits but concerned first and foremost for the health and well-being of their cats.

Dodman, Dr. Nicholas

The Chosen Puppy

Great for picking a puppy from a shelter. Offers a better understanding of the shelter puppy, why its needs are so special and what you must do to be sure the Chosen Puppy of your choice grows up well adjusted and happy. How to temperament-test and select the right puppy for you; and how to train your Chosen Puppy and care for it, providing all the creature comforts it never may have had and the love it craves so much from those it comes to depend on.

Benjamin, Carol Lea

The Complete Holistic Dog Book

Homeopathy cures, wholesome diets, herbs & how to use them, Treating- injuries & illness the natural way, the holistic lifestyle.

Allegretti, Jan
Sommers, Katie DVM

The Cornell Books of Cats: The Comprehensive and Authoritative Medical Reference for Every Cat and Kitten

An inexhaustible source of medical information that covers the whole range of feline health, including how to understand, identify, and correct a cat's behavior problems: guidelines, for selecting a breed: nutrition, with instructions on how to properly feed a kitten or an adult cat, an obese cat, a sick cat, or an aging cat. In addition, it outlines first-aid measures that should be taken before an emergency trip to the veterinarian. Also, you'll find step-by-step instructions on in-home follow-up medical care.

Siegal, Mordecai

The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats: Over 1,000 Solutions to Your Pet's Problems

A panel of respected vets provides hints for everyday pet healthcare. Each section includes descriptions and suggestions for coping with or curing ailments ranging from arthritis to shedding. Almost 100 different symptoms and problems are covered, and several of the chapters have a section entitled "When To See the Vet." Though this book is not a medical reference or a substitute for veterinary care, it is full of useful tips for making your dog's or cat's life more comfortable.

Prevention Health Books

The Dog Who Loved Too Much

This is one of the best books for dog trainers and pet owners to come along in years. While he recognizes the power of medications to help provide answers to some training and behavior problems, he looks upon those solutions as a last resort and back-up to well-constructed assessments of the owner/dog relationships and thoroughly planned rehabilitation programs based on behavior modification and obedience trainingHe is clear in his explanations and cuts to the core of each problem. Part 1 deals with types of aggression: dominance, rage, territorial/fear, dog vs. dog, and dog versus baby. Part 2 discusses the fear of thunderstorms, inanimate objects, and separation, particularly geriatric separation anxiety. The final section deals with compulsive behaviors, hallucinations, lick granuloma, and house-soiling. A summary table follows each chapter, highlighting the key symptoms and treatments for the condition discussed. The information, practical advice, and treatments are well above average for problem-solving training books. This one deserves a place on every dog trainer's shelf and in every pet owner's home.

Dodman, Dr. Nicholas

The Guilt-Free Dog Owner's Guide: Caring for a Dog When You're Short on Time and Space

Urbanites and suburbanites in town houses or high-rise apartments can enjoy the companionship of a dog, Delmar says. In this book, she emphasizes the responsibility of owners, even those who are away all day, to train their dogs to be good neighbors, reliable travelers, and dependable companions. Her step-by-step instructions for achieving this are clear and concise. She covers problems and offers solutions.

Delmar, Diana

The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat

Goldstein begins with a broad explanation of the origins of diseases in pets, then moves on to taking action against those diseases, not only offering thorough discussions of specific ailments — including cancer, allergies, and arthritis — and the holistic medicines available to help in the healing process, but also speaking to the "dubious legacy of vaccines" as well as the questionable quality of pet food. Finally, Goldstein turns his attention to the spiritual realm, addressing both the bonds that we have with our pets — and how those bonds aid in preventing and fighting our pets' health problems — as well as dealing with the death of a beloved pet. Goldstein's expert advice, inclusion of inspiring real-life cases, and thorough resource "compendium of holistic books, newsletters, Web sites, veterinarians, and associations" make this book a valuable addition to any pet owner's library.

Goldstein, Martin, DVM

The New Natural Cat

This book covers all aspects of caring for a cat. Drawing on her experience as a nutritionist and groomer to develop her holistic method of raising cats, Frazier advocates natural foods and gives recipes for maximum nutrition. She advises against flea collars and deplores declawing. Her simple cleaning routine solves litter box problems. Anecdotes show how and why her advice is effective, and both owners and cats will benefit from her grooming and handling suggestions. "A Guide to Common Feline Health Problems," a list of physical disorders with symptoms and possible solutions, is also included.

Frazier, Anitra
Eckroate, Norma

The Pill Book Guide to Medication for Your Dog and Cat

This one-of-a-kind guide provides you with important information about the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs for cats and dogs, plus the latest information on groundbreaking alternative therapies that will keep your pet healthy and happy. From common antibiotics and powerful drugs prescribed for more serious ailments to recent medications such as the "flea-pill," here are the facts you need to know. Each drug is extensively profiled for effectiveness, safety, proper dosages, possible side effects, allergic reactions, toxicity, and much more.

Roby, Kate, DVM
Southam, Lenny, DVM

Three Dog Bakery Cookbook

The book that dogs everywhere have been salivating for has arrived. The Three Dog Bakery Cookbook unleashes some of the never before published recipes for the famous bakery's delicious treats made from all-natural, healthy ingredients for your pooch. The six chapters include treats for all good doggie occasions including tasty appetizers, luscious entrees, sweet treats, savory snacks, and special goodies for holidays and celebrations.

Beckloff, Mark
Dye, Dan

Tiny Game Hunting: Environmentally Healthy Ways to Trap and Kill the Pests in Your House and Garden

The authors scope out household and garden pests — from ants and cockroaches to fleas, flies and houseplant pests, rabbits and aphids, gophers, beetles and slugs. And they happily take the sting — or bite — out of the subject. They explain how to kill and trap pests using environmentally friendly, homemade remedies that may cause some controversy simply because they are so inherently disgusting." (The authors wisely suggest recruiting for this purpose a blender that is no longer in use in the kitchen.). This commonsensical, well-organized book details more than 200 non-chemical methods for dealing with insect pests.

Klein, Hilary Dole
Wenner, Adrian M.

Understanding Puppy Testing

A MUST READ BEFORE you buy a puppy!!! A comprehensive guide to puppy aptitude testing from an author with over 20 years of puppy testing experience. Offers detailed information on each test — its purpose, specific techniques, responses and tips on what you should watch for. Included here are the specifics on puppy responses (including body posture, heart rate changes & eye movements) that you need to know — but can't find anywhere else.

Clothier, Suzanne

Understanding Your Dog: Everything You Want to Know About Your Dog but Haven't Been Able to Ask Him

Great for truly understanding dog psychology and all the mental growing states a dog goes through

Fox, Dr. Michael

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet

There is no way of knowing for sure exactly what constituted the diet of the ancestors of the modern, domesticated dog. And, of course, depending on the natural environment (geography and climate) in which they lived, it may have varied considerably. However, there has been a lot of research done on this subject and we do know quite a bit about the diets of the dog's closest wild relatives such as the wolf, coyote, and fox.

Steve Brown

www.seespotlivelonger.com

Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians

An introduction and a guide to the vast world of natural methods, treatments, and foods that are now available for cats. Veterinarians from around the country offer information and opinions to help you determine what's best for your cat. In addition to showing you how to develop a healthy diet for your pet, these doctors will tell you about alternative treatments such as homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, and herbal medicine.

Zucker, Martin

What's Bugging Your Dog: Canine Parasitology

A great guide to understanding parasites

Schneider, Evelyn

What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines

Veterinarians around the world were advising pet owners to vaccinate their animal companions against disease every year. In the author's opinion, annual vaccination is neither necessary, nor safe. In this book the author brings fresh information and explains why she feels you can protect your dogs and cats from disease homeopathically, without risking their lives at the same time.

O’Driscoll, Catherine

Whole Dog Journal

The ONLY magazine to subscribe to! Provides dog owners with well-researched, in-depth articles about all aspects of natural dog care and training. Whole Dog Journal does not accept advertising so it can feature unbiased test reports of food, treats, toys and training aids as well as training and behavior information.

whole-dog-journal.com

800-424-7887

Why Does My Dog...?

Behaviors that are perfectly natural for a dog can be frustrating to dog owners if they don't understand the dog's motivations, reactions, and needs. This book explains hundreds of specific canine behaviors and problems that the author has encountered while working with dogs for more than 20 years. Problems are listed alphabetically along with root causes and solutions for specific problems.

Fisher, John

Your Cat

In this controversial new book, dedicated veterinarian Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq. raises the alarm regarding the dry food we feed our cats and the nutritional diseases that result. Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life turns today's conventional wisdom of cat care on its head with completely new, yet remarkably easy-to-follow guidelines for every cat owner.

Elizabeth M. Hodgkins DVM

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