Recommended Reading for Adults

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Don’t Dump the Dog by Randy Grim & Melinda

I am such a huge fan of Mr. Grim! He and Ms. Roth have done it again. This is definitely not your ordinary quick-fix technical dog book. First, I laughed a lot reading this book. Mr. Grim pulls no punches in pointing out that it is people that fail their dogs, not the other way around. Each chapter begins with a dog owner’s (guardian’s) e-mails and/or telephone messages to Stray Rescue of St. Louis asking to stop by to “dump” their dog for reasons that may astound you. He gives “makes-sense” advice on how and/or why these dogs behave in such a manner, or why the people behave in such a manner. In many instances, Mr. Grim is able to resolve these problems by training the people as much as helping the pooches. Anyone with a dog can definitely learn a little something. There are, however, serious moments in this book that are thought provoking. You may not be able to put this one down. I give it an A+.

—Dodger’s review

Positive Reinforcement by Brenda Aloff

Positive Reinforcement (R+) is not only a step-by-step guide to reliable obedience training, written in a simple and informal style, but also an explanation of the hows and whys of R+. After years of researching alternative training techniques and working with a variety of breeds, the author found that applying the theory of positive reinforcement provided amazing results in all of her canine pupils. Whether you have a real problem dog or a new puppy that needs basic training, this book will show you a kinder, gentler way to get your dog to behave properly.


A Rare Breed of Love by Jana Kohl, Ph.D.

This is the true story of Baby, a puppy-mill dog who spent nine years in a tiny cage producing litters of puppies. It is also the story of Ms. Kohl, and her journey of discovery of an unknown world of inhumanity towards the tens of thousands of voiceless victims living and dying in puppy mills across our country. This book will definitely enlighten even the most hardened skeptic. A must read for everyone.

—Dodger’s review

Miracle Dog by Randy Grim & Melinda Roth

For all of you that think our animals deserve better than what our country provides, I suggest you run out and purchase Randy Grim’s book titled “Miracle Dog: HOW QUENTIN SURVIVED THE GAS CHAMBER TO SPEAK FOR ANIMALS ON DEATH ROW”. It is a great read, an amazing true account, with snip-its of humor that will make you chuckle…yes, chuckle. If your community, county and/or state allows euthanization by gas in the shelters, this is a must read. Full of photographs.

—Dodger’s review


The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

When humans communicate with dogs, a lot can get lost in the translation. Focusing on human behavior, Dr. McConnell teaches readers how to retrain themselves to speak consistently in a language dogs understand and avoid sending conflicting and confusing messages.



by Traer Scott

Photographer Traer Scott’s endearing portraits of dogs living in American shelters are irresistible and heart-rending – and make a passionate appeal to dog lovers everywhere. Some of the dogs subsequently found good homes; others were never adopted. The portraits reveal the strikingly intense emotion, dignity and, sometimes, humor and whimsy that Scott saw in each face despite the dog’s circumstances. By documenting the undeniable expressions of emotion in the dogs encountered in her volunteer work, Scott raises awareness of animal rescue causes, and especially the need for more adoptive homes for abandoned dogs. This book of true portraits of fifty beautiful shelter dogs is a poignant and loving tribute to all dogs.

—Excerpt from review

Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

Lists common, predictable puppy problems, provides a timetable for their development, and suggests a variety of dog-friendly preventative measures and solutions. It emphasizes the importance of early socialization, confinement, prevention, reward training, and lure/reward training techniques. Discusses the 6 doggy developmental deadlines that you must meet with your puppy in order to have a well-adjusted family member, with emphasis on the first three deadlines. House training and biting/mouthing are two of the most important things covered.


After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

Now you have your puppy, the clock is ticking and you need to meet three more developmental deadlines before your puppy is five months old.