As we approach our 30th year (yikes!) in the dog book business, its kinda fun to walk through the warehouse and see titles still on the shelf that we sold back in the days when dog shows and paper catalogs were our principal ways of marketing our selection. Some books have truly stood the test of time and still are relevant today even if some of them are now hard to find. We're glad we still have them and will feature more of them when not focused on the latest and greatest. Here are some that stood out on today's warehouse walk:
Sirius Puppy Training DVD featuring Ian Dunbar. Still one of the best puppy training videos you can buy and a great example for trainers to follow in their classes.
Herding Dogs: Progressive Training by Vergil Holland. While we have quite a few DVDs on herding, Holland's book is still provides a great way to get started with herding training.
Dogsteps: A New Look by the late Rachel Page Elliott. Understanding canine anatomy and gait took a big step forward when this book first appeared over 20 years ago.
The Illustrated Guide to Sheltie Grooming by Barb Ross. We used to sell lots of these at dog shows for obvious reasons - and learned that the book is great for Collie grooming too.
The Ultimate Diet: Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats by Kymythy Schultze. One of the first natural nutrition books for pets. Kymythy was one of our Washington State neighbors who first introduced this book to us when she self-published it - later Hay House picked it up and helped it become a great seller..
Reinforcement Training for Dogs by John Fisher. Many of you probably don't remember John Fisher. John, from the UK, was one of the first dog trainers who began to focus on using positive reinforcement in his training methods. Unfortunately he died way too young, but this little book is part of his legacy. We remember having dinner with him and Terry Ryan who helped introduce John to American trainers - what a treat for us!
We also want to thank everyone who has helped us raise money for the Puppies Behind Bars Program, by purchsing a Dogwise Bag or a Dogwise Pen. Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 20 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve. For more information on this program please see their website at puppiesbehindbars.com.
Newest books & products:
Beyond the Backyard - Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere! by Denise Fenzi. When we think of positive reinforcement training, we often think of a cookie - and thats a great start! This book picks up where most training leaves off by setting out a systematic plan to help dog owners learn how to gain compliance away from home, under distraction and without a cookie in hand!
How Dogs Work by Raymond Coppinger and Mark Feinstein. Finally, a new book from our old friend Ray Coppinger!! For those of you interested in Ray's take on behavior, ethology and how dogs learn, this is the book for you. How well do we really know dogs? People may enjoy thinking about them as mans best friend, but what actually drives the things they do? This is an outstanding and up-to-date guide to understanding your dog and his behavior with a very complete bibliography for those of you who want to see more of the most recent research.
Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures by Arlene Weintraub. Heal introduces readers to the field of comparative oncology by describing several research projects aimed at finding new therapies for cancers that are similar in dogs and people, including lymphoma, osteosarcoma, breast cancer, melanoma, and gastric cancer. Weintraub, who lost her sister to gastric cancer, also writes about the emerging science behind the remarkable ability of dogs to sniff out early stage cancer and the efforts underway to translate that talent into diagnostic devices for early detection of the disease. In the course of bringing these dogs and their human companions to life, Weintraub takes her own personal journey from grief to healing, as she shows her readers how mans best friend might be the key to unlocking the mysteries of cancer.
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