Working Like Dogs Bookstore

People always ask me what I’m reading. In addition to my own book, Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, I’m sharing books that I feel are useful, educational, informative and inspiring. These are the books I recommend for dog lovers and dog partners.

Most of the authors have been guests on the Working Like Dogs radio show. You can listen to the authors on the radio show podcasts, and order the books to get the full story.

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Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook

Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook»

Marcie Davis and Melissa Bunnell

Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook is the resource book for service dogs that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs. It is a must read for anyone who is considering a service dog, has a service dog, is raising or is responsible for the care of a service dog, and dog lovers alike who want to connect with the power of the human-animal service dog partnership.

This book is the ideal addition to every service dog training program as the resource for puppyraisers, service dog applicants and recipients.

The Genius of Dogs

The Genius of Dogs»

Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

The Genius of Dogs is a new book discussing how research is revolutionizing how we interact with our beloved canine partners.  Brian Hare, dog researcher, evolutionary anthropologist, and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offer revolutionary new insights into dog intelligence and the interior lives of our dogs. 

Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking? Then you don’t want to miss a second of Marcie and Whistle’s enthralling interview with renowned animal cognition expert, Dr. Brian Hare in Episode 80 of the Working Like Dogs show. He also talks about the games that you can play with your dog at to gain valuable insights into your dog’s unique behavior and to contribute to the greater good of all dogs.

Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual

Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual»

Dr. Marty Becker

In this  book, best-selling author Dr. Marty reveals surprising information and practical tips that can help you solve your working dog-care problems while saving money.

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” and the popular vet for “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show,” dropped by to visit with Marcie and Whistle about his  book, “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual” in Episode 52.

Long Time, No See

Long Time, No See»

Beth Finke

NPR commentator Beth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher and journalist. She also happens to be blind.  Beth’s memoir, Long Time, No See was named one of the Chicago Tribune’s favorite non-fiction books for 2003 and made the Book Sense 76 Top Ten list of university press books.

On the Working Like Dogs show Episode 57, Beth Finke, talked with Marcie and Whistle about her adventures in life with her guide dogs, Pandora, Hanni and her current guide dog, Harper. You’ll love Beth’s whimsical attitude toward living with a disability and how her guide dogs have enabled her to live life to the fullest with joy, humor and gusto!

Teaching People, Teaching Dogs

Teaching People, Teaching Dogs»

Dani Weinberg

This book is about the dog-training instructor’s first job: teaching people. Our human students require much more attention and understanding than do their canines. If we don’t inspire their interest and cooperation, they will not be successful in training their dogs.

Dani Weinberg, Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, talked about her work as a clicker trainer and her passion for working with both animals and their human partners on Episode 5 of the Working Like Dogs show. Listen in and learn about Dani’s practical training tips and techniques for working with service dogs and their human partners!

Love Heels: Tales from Canine Companions for Independence

Love Heels: Tales from Canine Companions for Independence»

Patricia Dibsie

Beautifully photographed stories about the unshakable loyalty between companion dogs and people with development and physical disabilities.  — The New York Daily

Corey Hudson shared a wealth of knowledge about Assistance Dogs International and Canine Companions for Independence, including the latest about ADI’s current projects and how people with disabilities can apply to receive a CCI assistance dog on Working Like Dogs Episode 53.

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend»

Susan Orlean

He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from abandoned puppy to movie star and international icon. Spanning almost one hundred years of history, from the dog’s improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, Rin Tin Tin is a love story about “the mutual devotion between one man and one dog” (The Wall Street Journal) that is also a quintessentially American story of reinvention, a captivating exploration of our spiritual bond with animals, and a stirring meditation on mortality and immortality.

Susan Orlean talks about Rin Tin Tin’s glorious career and the caring relationship between owner Lee Duncan and his beloved German Shepherd in Episode 70 of the Working Like Dogs show.

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