The best dog books 📚

Browse the best books on dogs as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Stepdog: A Memoir

Stepdog: A Memoir

By Mireya Navarro

Why this book?

Eddie, the four-legged title character, seems determined to destroy his owner's relationship with a new love. But every dog, even the naughtiest, worst-behaved has the magical canine ability to mend broken hearts. This memoir is a kind of romantic comedy between an unwanted “intruder” and Eddie the Protector, who learns to trust and make nice.

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The best books about inspiring dogs

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Book cover of The Incredible Journey

The Incredible Journey

By Sheila Burnford

Why this book?

More than 50 years after original publication, this children's book still makes certain dog-loving adults (like me) weep with joy. Separated from their owners, a pack of three animals – two dogs and a cat – demonstrate the loyalty and courage that convinces even those who don't own dogs why they're our very best friends.

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The best books about inspiring dogs

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Book cover of The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

By Jack London

Why this book?

The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s best-known book and considered a classic for a good reason. Buck a domestic pet with wolf heritage, is kidnapped and sold into the dog trade to pull sleds in the Klondike. It is the beginning of his severe trauma and mistreatment. A distinguishing and popular aspect of the story is the narrative is from the dog’s perspective and his response to his handlers. He ends up with an unlikely rescuer who restores the bond between pet and owner, but his innate instincts lead him to want to run with the pack. The…

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The best animal adventure books for young adults and animal lovers to experience the wild side

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Book cover of The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me

By Jon Katz

Why this book?

Enlightening and touching, whimsical and wise, this story of one man's transition to country living is populated by a menagerie of farm animals and a challenging border collie named Orson. It's said that there are no bad dogs, only bad dog trainers. This books reminds us that the dogs who share our lives serve as mirrors, reflecting our best and worst qualities, gently teaching us we can be better humans if we're willing to be more like dogs.

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The best books about inspiring dogs

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Book cover of Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone

Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone

By Michelle Caffrey

Why this book?

This is a great book about a dog named Jade who was involved in a roll-over car crash in the wilderness near Yellowstone Park. It’s an emotional and very interesting read as you learn what this desperate family had to go through to recover their lost dog, a task made all the more difficult because they (husband and wife) were injured in the car crash and because Jade was skittish and ran from anyone who tried to help her. In spite of grizzly bears, other predators, frigid nights, and potential starvation, the family managed to recruit local volunteers who ultimately…

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The best books on lost dog recovery

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Book cover of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

By Alexandra Horowitz

Why this book?

Oh my, this book is just amazing! The author is a cognitive scientist who explains how dogs perceive their world. You will learn about the canine sense of smell, why some dogs chase cars, their sharp ability to hear sounds, and how dogs communicate with each other. The author writes about different scientific studies and shares tidbits of fascinating information you likely don’t know about your dog. Although this book has nothing to do with lost dog recovery, it actually provides amazing insight into why some lost dogs become so panicked that they will run from everyone, even their own…

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The best books on lost dog recovery

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