As we swing into fall, you may be looking for more pet training information or a bit of pet-related entertainment to go along with the change of seasons. Here are a few books that might catch your interest.
51 Puppy Tricks (Quayside Publishing/Quarry Books) was published in November, but just crossed my desk recently. It’s a fun book that teaches both basic behavioral training techniques and tricks that most puppy training manuals don’t dare to tackle. Written by Kyra Sundance, who trains acrobatic stunt dogs and has a couple of other dog training manuals under her belt, this is a colorful, informative book loaded with photographs and detailed breakdowns of tricks for puppies up to two years of age.
For owners or potential dog owners looking for a general care and training manual, Oh My Dog by Beth Ostrosky Stern, with Kristina Grish (Simon & Schuster/Galler Books), is now on bookstore shelves. The book covers pet selection and potential costs, helping a new puppy settle in, and training, diet and health tips. Stern is perhaps better known as a television personality and as Howard Stern’s wife, but she’s also a spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America (a no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization) and is involved with other rescue organizations.
Available for download on on Kindle as well.
And finally, a coffee table book for all the dogs in our lives. Small Dog, Big Dog by Barbara Karant (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books) is a beautifully photographed collection of dogs of all sizes. Over 180 dogs representing 60 different breeds and all ages from six to 14 years old grace the full-color pages. This one will hold a place on your coffee table and keep charming you.