I have read a lot of books about dogs. I read about 60 books about dog behavior, training, and psychology before we adopted our first dog, Pyrrha, and I still love to read dog books today.
I get asked from time to time by new dog owners about what they should read. Following are the top 10 books I’d recommend to people with dogs, covering everything from training to behavior to history. I link to the reviews I’ve written of these books, and if not available, I provide a link to the book’s Goodreads page.
Dog lovers, read away!
- The Other End of the Leash, Patricia McConnell
- The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller
- Bones Would Rain from the Sky, Suzanne Clothier
- For the Love of a Dog, Patricia McConnell
- Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz
- Dog Sense, John Bradshaw
- On Talking Terms with Dogs, Turid Rugaas
- Love Has No Age Limit, Patricia McConnell
- Control Unleashed, Leslie McDevitt
- The Adopted Dog Bible, Kim Saunders
(As you can see, my general opinions is that if you read anyone on dogs, start with Patricia McConnell. I think she’s the gold standard for modern writing on dogs. Her blog, The Other End of the Leash, is predictably fantastic as well.)
- Dog Is My Co-Pilot, ed. The Bark
- Animal Madness, Laurel Braitman
- Pit Bull, Bronwen Dickey (*Currently reading this one, but it’s already so good that I have no hesitation recommending it. Full review to come soon!)
- Dog Years, Mark Doty
- Animals Make Us Human, Temple Grandin
- The Difficulty of Being a Dog, Roger Grenier
- Citizen Canine, David Grimm
- The Cautious Canine, Patricia McConnell
- What the Dog Knows, Cat Warren
- Flush, a Biography, Virginia Woolf