The best books about the healing power of animals and the human-animal bond

The Books I Picked & Why

The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

By Dale Peterson, Marc Bekoff

The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

Why this book?

Jane Goodall inspired me on the journey of my life’s work and passion. This book is a beautiful tribute to her groundbreaking work and life. I was honored to have been asked to be a contributor to this book, join me in celebrating her life and power to heal so many lives. 


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Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live

By Allen M. Schoen

Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live

Why this book?

This book had a huge impact on my life into exploring so many different healing modalities filled with love and compassion for animals we share our lives with. He eloquently explores the healing power of the human-animal bond with deeply personal stories. He changed my life and will impact your connection to the animals that you share your days with. 


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On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals

By Turid Rugaas

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals

Why this book?

This book had a huge impact on me many years ago when I started training Psychiatric Service Dogs. Turid opened my eyes to a complex understanding of how dogs communicate with us through subtle and not-so-subtle body language. I recommend this book highly to all of my friends that have dogs and my clients. You will learn to identify when your dog is stressed, how to recognize it, and then take appropriate action to help decrease and alleviate the dog’s stress. 


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Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs

By Suzanne Clothier

Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs

Why this book?

I read this book many years ago and it still lives within me. A beautifully written book that will touch your heart deeply. She takes you on a journey that deepens your relationships with animals. She helps us understand the minds of our dogs with humor, intelligence, and more.


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Training Levels: Steps to Success, Vol. 2

By Sue Ailsby

Training Levels: Steps to Success, Vol. 2

Why this book?

She is remarkable at breaking down easy ways to train your dogs with such ease and compassion. If you follow these steps you will have a very healthy, happy, well-trained dog. Volumes 1 and 2 are two of the best books to learn how to communicate and teach your dog everything they will ever need to know.


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