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.

Soldiers in Fur and Feathers: The Animals that Served in World War I – The Allied Forces

Soldiers in Fur and Feathers: The Animals that Served in World War I – The Allied Forces»

Susan Bulanda

Soldiers in Fur and Feathers reveals fascinating true stories of the heroic animals that assisted the Allied Forces during World War I-stories that have, for the most part, been forgotten. This important book will help preserve the role of the animals that served. Who were they, why were they used, how were they selected, how did they serve, and what became of them? Soldiers in Fur and Feathers answers those questions. An award-winning author who is a certified animal behavior consultant and expert trainer, Bulanda has factored the human/animal bond, with which all pet lovers will identify, into her accounts.

Author and animal behaviorist, Susan Bulanda drops by to talk with Marcie and Whistle about her book in Episode 91 of the Working Like Dogs radio show, and shares some of the fascinating stories and rare photographs that she uncovered during her research of the incredible animals that served in World War I. You will want to hear all about these amazing animals and how they helped to win the war for the Allies.  

Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog

Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog»

Rita Martinez and Sue Barns, Ph.D

You can harness dogs’ amazing sense of smell to manage your diabetes. Many dogs can perform this life-saving task, but they must be trained if you are to produce a reliable diabetic alert service dog (DAD). The authors bring to this book extensive experience in training for diabetic alert and assistance dog work in particular, and over half a century of training dogs for search & rescue, obedience, and therapy in general. They will guide you through this process step by step. This book helps diabetics train their own dog with the help of a professional trainer

Learn all about these tenacious little tattletales from renowned dog trainers and diabetic alert dog experts, Rita Martinez and Sue Barns, Ph.D. Rita and Sue talk with Marcie and Whistle on the Working Like Dogs Radio Show in Episode 85  about their experiences training diabetic alert dogs and all the valuable information contained within their groundbreaking new book, Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog. This book is a fascinating how-to guide and resource for anyone interested in training a dog to alert to changes in blood glucose levels.

The Possibility Dogs

The Possibility Dogs»

Susannah Charleson

In The Possibility Dogs, Susannah Charleson journeys into the world of psychiatric service, where dogs aid humans with disabilities that may be unseen but are no less felt. Charleson herself struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder for months after a particularly grisly search. Collaboration with her search dog partner made the surprising difference to her own healing. Inspired by that experience, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope.

Susannah Charleson dog trainer and author talks with Marcie and Whistle in Episode 84 of the Working Like Dogs radio show about the tremendous potential abandoned dogs can have for service. Susannah is passionate about training these dogs to work beside individuals with different types of needs such as post-traumatic stress or mobility limitations. Learn about these dogs that go from tragedy to triumph as they serve both the human mind and spirit!

Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World

Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World»

Cat Urbigkit

Cat Urbigkit journeys alone to spend a season on Wyoming’s open range tending to a herd of domestic sheep as they give birth amid the challenges of nature – from severe weather to a wealth of predators. Her only companions are the livestock guardian animals (BIG dogs and a pair of burros named Bill and Hillary!) that repeatedly prove their worth in devotion to protecting the herd.

Do you think the ancient tradition of sheep herding is extinct? Think again! Shepherd, author, and photographer, Cat Urbigkit visits with Marcie and Whistle in Episode 81 about the flock of sheep she keeps in the Green River basin area south of Yellowstone National Park with her amazing guardian dogs, Abe, Rant, Rena and Luv’s girl.

Through a Dog’s Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World

Through a Dog’s Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World»

Jennifer Arnold

In this book, learn about Jennifer Arnold’s methodology and stories of canine intelligence, sensitivity, language comprehension, and prescience bordering on telepathy. The founder of Canine Assistants  offers shining examples of the heroism of service dogs, from anticipating seizures to resetting a ventilator switch. Along the way, she emphasizes choice-based, positive-reinforcement-only teaching methods and shares valuable insights that every dog owner should know.

Jennifer, and Canine Assistants’ Trainer, Chris Casatelli, joined Marcie and Whistle to share their philosophy about how to successfully train service dogs in Episode 36 of the Working Like Dogs radio show.

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