I love walking my dog, and I love listening to books when I do! Reading has both a calming and educating effect, and combining this with walking my dog is one of my favorite past time activities. It took me some practise to get used to listening to audio books, but when I got the hang of it, and actually managed to focus on the narrator, it was just great. And now I don't leave the house without my earbuds.
I wouldn't recommend listening to audio books for your whole walk, but for parts of it. Your dog needs and deserves your undivided attention during your walks! See our post on What not to do when walking your dog for more tips.
Here are some dog related titles for you to try. These will help you understand your canine friend better, and you'll gets loads of tips on how to train your dog into the dog you want.
Use some great earbuds like the Jabra Elite Pro 7 for an even better experience.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A great read! A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
“The perfect book for anyone who knows that compassion isn’t only for humans, and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then I’m lucky enough to read a novel I can’t stop thinking about: this is one of them.” —Jodi Picoult
Your Dog Is Your Mirror by Kevin Behan
Behan was originally trained under the dominance theory by his father, John Behan, one of the first in America to make dog training a career. But he eventually came to believe that what made the modern dog trainable was not the dominance hierarchy but the dog’s ability to work as a cooperative group member in the hunt. This ability then evolved into an emotional capacity that perfectly complements human emotion.
Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined - by heart - and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
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The Forever Dog by Rodney Habib & Dr. Karen Shaw Becker
In this pathbreaking guide, two of the world’s most popular and trusted pet care advocates reveal new science to teach us how to delay aging and provide a long, happy, healthy life for our canine companions.
Like their human counterparts, dogs have been getting sicker and dying prematurely over the past few decades. Why? Scientists are beginning to understand that the chronic diseases afflicting humans - cancer, obesity, diabetes, organ degeneration, and autoimmune disorders - also beset canines. As a result, our beloved companions are vexed with preventable health problems throughout much of their lives and suffer shorter life spans. Because our pets can’t make health and lifestyle decisions for themselves, it’s up to pet parents to make smart, science-backed choices for lasting vitality and health.
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Wag : The Science of Making Your Dog Happy by Zazie Todd
"The must-have guide to improving your dog's life." (Modern Dog Magazine)
Whether you are training a new puppy, considering adopting a dog, researching dog breeds, or simply curious about your own dog's happiness and behavior, Wag has all the answers - and then some. Respected dog trainer and social psychologist Zazie Todd demystifies the inner life of canines and shares recommendations from leading veterinarians, researchers, and trainers to help you cultivate a rewarding and respectful relationship with your dog - which offers many benefits for you, your family, and your four-legged friend.
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A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
This is the first book of a whole franchise of books on dogs by W. Bruce Cameron. A dog's purpose was also made into a major motion picture in 2017, and is a great introduction to this fantastic series.
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This 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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No Ordinary Dog by Will Chesney
No Ordinary Dog is the powerful true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life. This is an amazing story of the friendship between the dog and his handler, and you'll be both crying and laughing through this story.
Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog. This is Cairo's story, and that of his handler, Will Chesney, a SEAL Team Operator whose life would be irrevocably tied to Cairo's.
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The Genius of Dogs by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
Does your dog feel guilt? Is she pretending she can't hear you? Does she want affection - or just your sandwich?
In their New York Times best-selling book The Genius of Dogs, husband-and-wife team Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods lay out landmark discoveries from the Duke Canine Cognition Center and other research facilities around the world to reveal how your dog thinks and how we humans can have even deeper relationships with our best four-legged friends.
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How to Raise the Perfect Dog by Cesar Millan
Hard to make a top list on books about dogs without including one by Cesar Millan. Here, Cesar tells you everything you need to know to create the best environment for a well-balanced dog in order to avoid behavior issues in the future, and shows you how to correct the most common behavior issues for young dogs.
Based on Cesar's own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together.
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Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution by Zak George
Celebrity dog trainer, YouTube sensation, and Animal Planet star Zak George presents a next-generation guide that uses his infectiously energetic style to teach dog-lovers everything they need to know about raising and training their unique pup.
Great read and fantastic inspiration for all dog owners!
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Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you can finally know! The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.
Great book to help you deepen your understanding on how your dog learns and processes information.
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