Dog Books – Must Reads

Dog Books – Books I Love

My day job is that of a librarian, I love books and I read a lot. Of course you all know that my other love is dogs so combining these passions are a must for me. Dog Books !!

I thought I would share my favourite dog inspired books – this list will be added to as I continue my reading so please check back from time to time

  1. Five Hundred Mile Walkies by Mark Wallington

This read is what it says on the title; Mark Wallington walks the South West Coastal Path with his friend’s dog. They start in Somerset and walk the five hundred route through Devon and Cornwall.

Neither of them are prepared or your standard ‘walker’ and his dog  is more used to travelling on the London Underground than seeing rabbits and the delights that the countryside has to offer them both. I love the personal journeys that they both take in learning how to understand the walk that they are undertaking.

This book follows their adventures walking from place to place, with descriptive narrative on each place they visit – I think this is a go back to book, not only as a story but as a guide to amazing coastal walks.I have used this book time and time again and found some astounding places in my home county of Cornwall.

 

  1. Marley and Me by John Grogan

You might have seen the film; to be honest I cannot watch the film without crying like a baby. The book is just as good or I would say even better. This is a get wrapped up in a blanket, get a cuppa, turn off the phone and read type of book.

  1. I have ordered my next choice and I cannot wait for it to arrive…

 

Think Dog: An Owner’s guide to Canine Psycology by John Fisher

This book looks at how our dogs see the world – it is a dogs point of view on things.

I can’t be the only one that looks at my dog and wonders what they are thinking – I am hoping this book will help answer that for me.

“In this seminal pet psychology book, John Fisher examines the mind of the dog with examples taken from his practical experience, with the aim of explaining to owners how the world appears from a dog’s point of view.”

Then in the second part of the book he looks at the A – Z of common dog behaviour problems

I will let you know what I think once I have had a read

4. This is my holiday pick

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

What a lovely book, this one is to be read whilst sat on a sunny patio or in a hammock on a beach holiday, holding a cool drink – this book is going to make you smile. It is a  “…dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. A moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose”

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Hope you have enjoyed my top dog book picks – as I said this post is in working progress – so if like me you love books keep following to find out my next reads.

Enjoy reading

Emily, Grace and Dinky Daisy x


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Treat puzzles for your Dog

My top five interactive dog toys :

I do have to work, at home, but still I need time where I don’t need to be entertaining my  French Bulldog, Dinky Daisy and English Bulldog, Grace. When I am trying to do something it only takes 5 minutes and my dogs are bored – I am looking at five interactive dog toys that will boredom bust

Interactive toys are great – They keep changing what they do, make your dog use its brain and keeps them busy and focused.

How about the Bob-a-Lot toy – keeps moving – they push and it comes back up, and they have to work out how to get the treats ! This is a good starter interactive dog toy if you have not tried them before

  1. Starmark Bob-a-Lot Interactive Dog Toy, Large

 

Or I love this two toys that are a bit like board games for dogs – the first one is a game that your dog can play on their own.

2. Trixie Dog Activity Flip Board 23 cm

or you could try  3. Dogit 3-in-1 Mind games ( this one is a game to play along with your dog – kids and dogs entertained at the same time, can’t be bad)

 

 

4. This is on my wish list of dog interactive toys – I think my French Bulldog, Dinky, would enjoy working this out – hours of fun !

 The Nina Ottosson Dog Brick Activity Toy boasts the following…

  • Part of the Nina Ottosson range of Interactive games, designed to help stimulate and entertain your dog.
  • The games are great if your dog is bored and being disruptive, as they help occupy his time and his mind.
  • Each model has a unique mechanism, that requires mental as well as physical dexterity to work through the challenges and reveal hidden rewards.
  • Each game can be set to different levels of complexity and the games vary in the level of skill required.
  • The Dog Brick has removable bones that slide across to a wider section of the groove. The dog learns to slide these across to remove the hidden treat – MEDIUM Level. Tough, hard wearing and dishwasher proof.

5. Now, I am not sure if mine would be able to work this out, but if you have clever dogs who need an extra challenge then this is the must interactive dog toy for you

Trixie Dog Strategiespiel Gambling Tower

This involves your dog pulling the platforms in a certain order to get the treats – Do you think your dog is clever enough – challenge on !