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.

Click the book covers or titles to buy the books below on amazon.com.

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 www.dognition.com to gain valuable insights into your dog’s unique behavior and to contribute to the greater good of all dogs.

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.

In a Dog’s Heart:  What Our Dogs Need, Want, and Deserve – and the Gifts We Can Expect in Return

In a Dog’s Heart: What Our Dogs Need, Want, and Deserve – and the Gifts We Can Expect in Return»

Jennifer Arnold

New York Times best-selling author and Executive Director of Canine Assistants, Jennifer Arnold, sees directly into a dog’s heart. The book is a prescriptive for everything dog lovers want to know about how to interact with a dog including how to choose a dog, how to choose a vet, how to deal with anxiety, and how to respond to end-of-life issues. Jennifer is the expert!

Jennifer talked with Marcie and Whistle on the Working Like Dogs radio show (Episode 66) about her  book and passionately shared her insights about what she believes dogs need and how we can give it to them.

Two Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dog

Two Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dog»

Kathy Nimmer

True, vibrant, honest, and emotional, Two Plus Four Equals One offers over 100 stories and poems written by or about people with disabilities and their canine partners.  The array of disabilities showcased in this unforgettable book is as vast as the tasks performed by the canine partners. This book highlights the strength, competence, and potential of both the human and canine participants in an alliance where neither partner is perfect but add up to an equation where two hands/feet/eyes/ears plus four paws equals one magical union.

Author, editor, and guide dog recipient, Kathy Nimmer, along with contributing author and diabetic alert service dog recipient, Dena Feller, visited with Marcie and Whistle about this inspirational book in Episode 49 of the Working Like Dogs radio show.

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