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Furry Good Reads: 7 Books for Dog Lovers

A dog reading a book that’s perfect for dog lovers.

Dogs are one of the most interesting and wonderful parts of our lives, so it makes perfect sense that they’d make a great basis for a book. There are plenty of tremendous reads about our furry friends out there, so we’ve come up with a much more manageable list. Here are seven books that are perfect for dog lovers.

Miss Olive Furever Home

Miss Olive Finds Her "Furever" Home – Susan Marie

Susan Marie and Miss Olive, hosts of the radio program, “The Doggy Diva Show,” share the humble beginnings of Miss Olive in this heartwarming story. The first book in The Doggy Diva Diaries, Miss Olive Finds Her "Furever" Home is a tale that should charm anyone who remembers the day they added a furry new member to their family. Susan Marie’s heartwarming book covers the story of Miss Olive, a lonely dog who learns a valuable lesson while she waits to be adopted, making it a perfect fit to read with both your human and canine kids and grandkids.

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain – Gregory Berns

What happens when a neuroscientist turns his attention to studying what dogs think? The answer is at the center of How Dogs Love Us, a Wall Street Journal bestseller written by Gregory Berns. As a neuroscientist, Berns wondered what he could learn if he could train his dog to sit through an MRI scan. What he learned offers amazing insight into why humans and their furry family members can grow so close.

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think – Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

Berns isn’t the only author interested in the science behind our furry friends. The Duke Canine Cognition Center has studied how dogs think and discovered that our favorite four-legged friends have a certain knack for developing deep bonds with humans. The Genius of Dogs, written by cognitive scientist Brian Hare and author Vanessa Woods, records the discoveries these researchers found and shares more of the science behind why dogs make such great friends to humanity.

Joe Silverman, What color is your dog?

What Color is Your Dog? – Joel Silverman

Not all dogs should be trained the same way. Certain dog breeds tend to have different personality traits that can affect how easily they can be trained. Fortunately, TV Show Host and Professional Animal Trainer Joel Silverman has a system in place to help you understand more about your dog’s traits and what training methods work best for them.

In What Color is Your Dog?, Silverman uses a special color scheme to identify dog personality types. Dogs are either red, orange, yellow, green, or blue, with dogs in the middle of the spectrum being the most mellow of the bunch. Silverman breaks down each color to give you a greater understanding of that dog’s personality and which teaching styles and techniques work best for each scenario. This makes it a perfect read for any person trying to find out the best ways to train, reward, and understand their furry friend.

My Dog: The Paradox – Matthew Inman

Matthew Inman, who runs the popular online blog The Oatmeal, takes an irreverent, yet loving look into the quirks of our canine friends. My Dog: The Paradox was first an online comic strip that Inman made about his dog Rambo. What started as a funny look into the random fears of our furry friends turned into what Inman calls “a meditation on their reckless, impulsive, and completely lovable mentality” that’s both amusing and touching without losing Inman’s quirky, adult sense of humor.

E.B. White on Dogs – E.B. White and Martha White

E.B. White is most famous for writing children’s books like Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, but he also penned several pieces involving our favorite furry friends. E.B. White on Dogs contains several essays, letters, and other writings, all compiled and edited by the author’s granddaughter Martha White. The individual pieces range from musings on the dogs he knew throughout his life and pieces from The New Yorker where he covered various canine competitions and other events, all of which make a great read for dog lovers and fans of White.

The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs – Elias Weiss Friedman

A book doesn’t always need a ton of words to convey what makes dogs special. The Dogist started off as a project by photographer Elias Weiss Friedman after he lost his job in 2013. Friedman started by taking photos of dogs he’d encounter on the streets of New York City, posting these images online along with details about the dog’s life. This book includes the first 1,000 dogs Friedman shared and shows just how wonderful and unique each furry friend can be no matter where they are. Plus, who doesn’t love looking at pictures of adorable dogs?

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