If man's best friend is your best friend then you may want to get your paws on a copy of one of these books! Check out our must-read list for dog-lovers!

10 Must-Read Books For Dog Lovers

If man’s best friend is your best friend then you may want to get your paws on a copy of one of these books! I’ve compiled a list of 10 must-read books for dog lovers. Some of them will have you laughing, some crying, and others will give you the knowledge to better understand your pooch. If any spark your interest, the links are included. Every book on the list offers a physical and kindle version. If you can’t wait to snuggle up and read one … start clicking and get your peepers on your book right now!

Happy reading!

1. Dogtripping 

By: David Rosenfelt
Amazon #1 Best Seller

Travel across the country with author David Rosenfelt and his family as they relocate from California to Maine. Oh, did I mention they’re traveling with 25 dogs? As you’d probably guess, that had to take a lot of planning. The Rosenfelt’s did the journey using 3 RV’s filled with 25 rescue dogs and 11 volunteers.  

This is an adventure you won’t want to miss. Find out how and why Rosenfelt and his wife began their journey with fosters and rescues. Read about the thriving rescue organization they founded — Tara Foundation — and the success they’ve experienced placing thousands of dogs in forever homes. Enjoy the trip!

2. Following Atticus 

By: Tom Ryan
Amazon #1 Best Seller

This is a heartwarming story of a newspaperman and his dog. After losing a close friend to cancer, Tom Ryan wanted to honor her memory doing something quite unique. And it was! Ryan and his miniature schnauzer, Atticus M. Finch, set out on a venture to climb New Hampshire’s forty-eight 4,000-foot peaks. And not once … but twice during one winter season while they raised money for charity. Follow them on this adventurous, exciting, treacherous, and incredible journey. Watch their relationship build as the two of them, together, conquer the elements. According to Amazon:

“Following Atticus is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world’s beauty and its possibilities.”  

3. Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog In 7 Days

By: Brandon McMillian
Amazon #1 Best Seller

If you’re serious about training your dog, you may want to give this book a go. According to Amazon,

“The celebrity dog trainer and Emmy-winning star of the CBS show Lucky Dog shares his training system to transform any dog—from spoiled purebred puppy to shelter-shocked rescue—into a model companion in just seven days.”

After reading the hundreds of 5-star reviews the book received, it seems that the readers totally agree! 

4. Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

By: John W Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann 
New York Times Bestseller

John W Pilley, a retired psychology professor, set out to research the potential language and communication skills of his new Border Collie puppy. Learn how Chaser, a border collie, mastered 1022 words … and that’s only the beginning. Pilley says:

“This book is different because it confirms what dog owners have always known – dogs are smarter than we think.”

Take a couple of minutes and watch the short video below as Pilley explains it best. 

5. Bring Jade Home

By: Michelle Caffrey

This is a true story of a 15-month-old Australian Shepherd named Jade who was lost in the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park after a horrific collision. The car Jade was traveling in had been hit head-on by a pick-up truck after it veered into their lane. While her human family was hurt and transported to the hospital, Jade managed to escape from the vehicle and bolted into the harsh, desolate wilds of the 2.2 million-acre park. Her owners, David and Laura were devasted. They left the hospital against medical advice in search of their pup. Join David and Laura in the ups and downs of the agonizing search. Days turn into weeks of harrowing effort as they and countless others join in to find Jade. 

One 5-star reviewer (glenn) on Amazon put it this way:

“This book works so well because it works on multiple levels. It’s part family drama, part history, part science journal. This is a dog book, for sure, one that dog lovers will love. But the more important word in the title is “Home.” What does it mean to love an animal? What does it mean to bring that animal into your home and into your heart?” 

6. Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know

By: Stanley Coren

This book was written by Psychologist Stanley Coren, PhD., DSc., FRSC. Along with being a professor and scientist, he is an expert in canine psychology. This book is an easy, fun, and super interesting read. You don’t have to read it in order as it’s written in a Q&A format. You’ll learn the answers to the most common questions humans ask about their dogs. I remember the first time I read this book – I had a hard time putting it down. It’s something you’ll love having on your bookshelf and you’ll probably continue to pick up from time to time. It will help you dispel certain myths and understand how dogs actually think, function, and navigate their environment. 

7. Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones 

By: American College Of Veterinary Behaviorists, (Author), Debra F. Horowitz (Editor), John Ciribassi (Editor), Steve Dale (Editor)

Written by Veterinary Behaviorists this book could be your answer if you are being challenged by unwanted behaviors. In order to change any behavior, you first have to understand it. 

From The Back Cover:

“Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups. Dog owners face a plethora of trainers offering a bewildering variety of advice. From rewards to dominance training, from to shock collars to clickers, there are too many theories peddled by too few trained experts. Finally, the board-certified specialists of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are here to decode how dogs think, how they communicate, and how they learn.

Combining cutting-edge science with accessible and adaptable real-life examples, this is a must-have dog behavior guide showcasing the latest veterinary-approved positive training methods. Decoding Your Dog will resolve the complaints, answer the curiosities, and, ultimately, challenge the way we think about our dogs.”

8. From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias

By: Marty Becker, DVM, Lisa Radosta, Wailiani Sung, Mikkel Becker

Whether chronic or episodic, all dogs do and will go through times of fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS). When they do, they may become aggressive, submissive, bark excessively, have accidents in the house, etc. In other words, they will act out. After all … they have no words to communicate with their humans. So whether it’s the trip to the vet, a thunderstorm, or even the vacuum that sets things off, this book could help you understand and provide the means to calmness. 

Written by 3 veterinarians and one trainer, their tips and techniques may be just what the doctor ordered.

9. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?: 101 Amazing Stories of Magical Moments, Miracles and… Mayhem

By: Amy Newmark

In this book, you’ll find a mix of 101 funny and heartfelt stories. As you read them, don’t be surprised if some of them feel quite familiar to things that go on in your home with your own fur kids. The stories are about feisty, heroic, loving, and, yes, some mischievous pooches too. It’s an easy, relaxing, fun and heartwarming read.

10. Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs: Maximizing Health with Whole Foods, Not Drugs

By: Judy Morgan, DVM and Hue Grant

If you’re into home cooking your dog’s meals or are just trying to learn about various diets and ingredients then this book has a lot of valuable information. The point the author wants to get across is that whole food is nature’s medicine. From the back flap:

“She explains, in understandable language, how to utilize Traditional Chinese Medicine food therapy to keep your dog naturally healthy.”  

Hence, the title: Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs! Dr. Morgan includes alternatives for feeding dogs with a variety of medical conditions from obesity, diabetes, kidney, and pancreas disorders, to name a few.