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Top 8 Favourite Dog Books on World Book Day

World Book Day

What Were My Favourite Books?

Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay www.scruffylittleterrier.comAre there any parents out there who don’t know that today is World Book Day? Having to conjure up an outfit of your child’s favourite book character, to wear to school, usually in a panic! I wonder if any dog books, will feature in costumes today?

I don’t remember there being a World Book Day when I was a child, but I loved to read. I devoured books, I would take myself off somewhere quiet and easily get through a book a day. Escaping to another world and day dreaming.

I suppose as a young child my favourite character would have been Winnie the Pooh, as I got a bit older, something, or someone, out of an Enid Blyton book. As I started having to study books for exams, I would say Tess from Tess of the D’Ubervilles. I absolutely loved this book and it has stayed with me into adulthood.

Now, I read a lot of historical novels, especially of the Tudor period and yes, you’ve guessed it, dog books of all kinds (and believe me, there are plenty to choose from!).

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Dog Books That I Love

The Dog Encyclopedia

Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay‘The Definitive Visual Guide’ ~ Dorling Kindersley

This is a coffee-table sized book, featuring profiles of all 420 internationally recognised breeds. Full of wonderful photos, the histories of the breed and summaries of their characteristics. There’s also a great section on the physiology of the dog and dogs through history. Right at the back of the book is a whole section on dog care and training.

I just love flicking through this dog book, looking at all the pictures of dogs, but also its great for the biology of dogs too. I think it’s a great book for children to enjoy with their parents. The photos are fantastic, it would be a good way to help children understand more about dogs and the types of dogs and help understand breeds better.

You can find it here on Amazon (click here).

Puppy Bible

Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay‘The Ultimate Week-by-Week Guide to Raising Your Puppy’ ~ Claire Arrowsmith & Alison Smith

If you are thinking about getting a puppy, or already have a puppy, this is a great book. Reading about puppies is a great basis for your new puppy, until you have the puppy and you forget everything you’ve read!

This book is split into 2 parts. Part 1 is a week-by-week planner. It tells you what to do, when to do it, and what to expect in the first six months of your puppy’s life. It starts with a weekly countdown before your puppy is born, to the time you bring the puppy home and shows how your puppy is developing. It is a great reference section for the whole family to follow and also, gives you some peace of mind that your puppy is ‘normal’.

Part 2 is a puppy encyclopedia which will help answer any questions you might have about looking after your puppy, giving more in-depth detail to the week-by-week section.

It’s a great book to plan key events in your puppy’s first life, so you don’t miss a crucial stage. An essential book for all potential puppy owners, or even if you already brought your puppy home.

You can find it here on Amazon (click here).

Being A Dog

Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay‘The World From Your Dog’s Point of View’ ~ Karen Wild

I love this book! Written by Karen Wild who is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist, she is also resident dog trainer and behaviourist contributor for Dogs Today magazine, my favourite dog magazine! These are just a couple of her many talents and things she is involved in.

Based on the latest scientific research, this book puts you in the mind of your dog. It is very cleverly written, full of interesting facts about dogs, comparing dog biology to human biology in order to help us humans understand the world from a dog’s perspective. The book is written in a dog’s voice to explain, to us, why and how dogs make the choices they do.

This is a really easy to read book, with great pictures, graphics and not too much scientific terminology. Karen’s aim is to give a unique and complete picture of what it is really like to be a dog.

A must read for any dog owner!

You can find it here on Amazon (click here).

Train Your Dog Positively ~ Victoria Stilwell

Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay www.scruffylittleterrier.comIf you own a dog and have never heard of Victoria Stilwell, where have you been? Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned trainer, best known for her TV series “It’s Me Or The Dog”. However, she also has a very active Facebook page and website,, which is full of dog training tips.

Victoria’s style of training is positive-reinforcement, reward-based, force-free, which ever you prefer to call it. Essentially, she trains that if you reward a behaviour you like, it is more likely that the behaviour will be repeated. Likewise, if you ignore or redirect a behaviour you don’t like, it is more likely that incidences of that behaviour will decrease.

We learnt this style of training with Barney, and have continued it with Sandy, with a brilliant trainer. She showed us that this style of training clearly worked. It was an eye opener, we found we were no longer saying the word “No!” constantly. It really changed the relationship with Barney, as a puppy, we began to enjoy him, after learning a few basic commands.

This book helps you ‘understand your dog and solve common behaviour problems, including separation anxiety, excessive barking, aggression, house-training, leash pulling, anxiety and more! We are always learning from our dogs, training our dogs, is not a one-off event, it needs to be reiterated daily. This book is one that I’m sure you will refer to often for guidance. With some behavioural problems, however, I do believe it is best to seek help from an experienced dog behaviourist.

You can find it here on Amazon (click here).

Top Dog

Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay‘Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Mutt Marvellous’ ~ Kate Bendix

I wrote about this dog book back (click here to read it) in August 2017, because I love it so much and highly recommend it.

The book is eye-catching, because of the feminine style of the book cover, which is very different to most dog books! Not only is it eye-catching but the information inside it is great, ‘by following Kate’s common sense approach and making a few tweaks, you will have a happier dog that will stay healthier for longer.’ Surely, this is what we all want for our dogs?

It is very achievable, with the help of this book, learn about what you feed your dog to help you make the best decisions for you. Kate explains how to treat the most common dog ailments yourself, using natural remedies that really do work. We have tried some, and they do really work! Obviously, we would always recommend checking with your vet, if you are unsure, but I do feel that the more you ‘know’ your dog, the more you feel comfortable with trying something first, rather than rushing to the vet for minor ailments.

If you want to move towards a more natural way of caring for your dog, then this is a great book to get you started.

You can find it here on Amazon (click here).

You Can Heal Your Pet

Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay‘The Practical Guide to Holistic Health and Veterinary Care’ ~ Elizabeth Whiter & Dr Rohini Sathish MRCVS

I have always been interested in natural healing ways, mainly, when I was younger it was skin care. As I’ve got older and was diagnosed with ME/CFS, I have read a tremendous amount about our bodies, how they work (or don’t) and what can help our bodies be ‘in balance’. Essentially, we are what we eat and science is proving this more and more.

So, it’s understandable that my interest spread to looking after our dogs. I want our dogs to lead the longest, healthiest life they can and it is down to us, the owners, to ensure that happens (because dogs can’t make choices or decisions for themselves).

You Can Heal Your Pet is ‘an in-depth and practical guide to holistic pet care, which covers everything from optimum nutrition to vetting your vet.’ So this book isn’t just for dogs, it empowers modern pet owners to adopt an integrated approach to animal healing. The best thing is, that is written by the knowledge of a vet surgeon and a renowned animal complementary therapist too. It really is unique!

The book is split into four parts;

  • Part 1: Holistic and Practical Pet Care
  • Part 2: Healing and Integrated Vet Care
  • Part 3: Empowering the Pet Guardian
  • Part 4: Responsible Pet Guardianship

Both writers ‘believe that while conventional veterinary treatment is vital for acute conditions, it often fails to cure chronic problems’. There are recipes for food and treats, a whole section on pet friendly herb remedies for everyday use and how to give healing to your pet.

I really do love this book, because it gives me confidence to try something, knowing that it isn’t dangerous and may help, rather than giving pharmaceutical drugs all the time (this can only be a good thing in my mind).

You can find it here on Amazon (click here).

Pet Photography

Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay‘From Snapshots to Great Shots ~ Alan Hess

Something a bit different here! Since a teenager, I have had an interest in photography, I remember doing a photography course in 6th form, taking photos and developing them in a dark room (showing my age now!).

So I’ve always taken photos, I’m surrounded by them in our home. I take loads for this blog too and I’m always keen to learn new tips and ideas, as well as reminding me about the basics.

The book starts with Alan’s top 10 quick tips to get you started and these are great, easy to achieve and will make a difference immediately. Then for those who want to understand more, he goes through all the photography basics, including lighting, exposure, shutter speed, composure of the picture.

There’s a chapter on ‘The Gear’, whilst ‘you can take pet photos with just about any camera and lens combination, it does pay to know some basic information about cameras, lenses and accessories.’ Something I really struggle with understanding!

This isn’t just a dog photography book, so Alan covers the do’s and don’ts when photographing pets, covering dogs, cats, birds and reptiles.

This book is full of great advice, tips and photos (obviously!). A great addition to any budding pet photographer, or, if you are like me, you just want to capture your pet’s kooky side!

You can find it here on Amazon (click here).


Top 8 Dog Books {My Favourite Dog Books} #DogBooks #DogBreeds #DogHealth #DogTraining #WorldBookDay‘A Canine Compendium’ ~ Fenella Smith and The Brothers McLeod

Last, but not least, this fun, charming little book by Fenella Smith and her brothers, which every dog lover will adore.

It’s a humorous guide to over 100 different breeds of dog. Each breed is beautifully illustrated and accompanied by a ‘combination of interesting and useful facts, with a little bit of silliness.’

All Border Terrier owners will relate to this description;

“A small breed with long, strong, restless legs, the Border will not hesitate to remind you its walks time; though on hot days, will settle for upside-down sunbathing. This dog shuns woofs and barks in favour of snots and whines. Also, does a good impression of a meerkat.”  😆

This really is an adorable dog book, it may be small but it will raise a big grin. Put it on your coffee table and watch everyone look for their dog, or their favourite breed.

You can find it here on Amazon (click here).

Do You Have Favourite Dog Books?

If you do, please share them with us, because as Frank Zappa said, “So many books, so little time”. 

I hope you enjoyed my top 8 favourite dog books. There are so many out there, so it helps to get recommendations. I hope you find a book that peaks your interest.





  1. Dakota/Caren/Cody

    I have reviewed SO MANY books on Dakota’s blog through the years that I would be hard-pressed to pick a fave. I have read the Victoria Stilwell book that you posted and I loved it. I admire her quite a bit. Thanks for sharing the others, I hadn’t heard of them. DakotasDen

  2. JoeHx

    Oddly enough, I don’t think I have any books on dogs. I definitely need to get some!

  3. Jana Rade

    I read some of these; great line up for dog lover reading. My book is missing there! 😉

  4. Kamira G.

    I don’t have a favorite dog book since I’m more of a feline lover however can fully appreciate your selection. The Puppy Bible looks perfect for first time puppy owners and the other title YOu can heal your pet reminds me of the Louise Hay book You can heal your life. How ironic! Will share with my dog loving peeps!

  5. omshantipups

    I don’t really have a fave dog book, but these are definitely going on my reading list!

  6. AmeliaAJohnson

    Great minds think alike! I also included the same book by Victoria Stilwell in my blog post today. My bookshelves are full of dog-related books and holistic health books. I will have to put some of these books on my wish list 🙂

  7. Denise

    I love your list! I pinned this post and saved “You can heal your pet” and “Pet Photography” to my Amazon wish list. I love pretty much ANYTHING Jackie Bouchard writes. Her books like “What the dog ate” are fun fiction with a life lesson(s) with at least one dog as a central character.

  8. irenemchugh

    I love your variety. I had not heard of six of these titles, so yay for adding to the TBR pile. The dog book that sticks out for me is Where the Red Fern Grows. One of the sixth grade English teachers and I are jokingly telling the kiddos that they won’t be allowed to leave middle school unless they read this pivotal text. Every time a copy comes back to the library, we get it into someone new’s hands.


    I love your selection. As a cat person most of them are unfamiliar but I love the idea of the pet photography one. I never feel I make the most of pet picture opportunities!

    Natural healing is something we appreciate and always mention to our vet that we do something like give ‘ rescue remedy’ or trying something outside their usual recommendations. People are too quick to dismiss things they don’t understand. Science will catch up eventually but in the meantime being a prepared pet parent really matters.

    Dash Kitten

  10. Sonja Lishchynski

    Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis … is my absolute favourite book with dogs. It’s amazing.

    • Michelle

      I will have to check this one out! Thank you for sharing. ?

  11. Cathy Armato

    This is a great collection of dog books! I love Victoria Stilwell’s books, and I loved her show on Animal Planet. She is just super. My Husky Icy is a Therapy Dog so I love reading about the healing power of pets. Angel on a Leash by David Frei is one of my favorites. So is The Healing Power of Pets by Dr. Marty Becker. I don’t have kids but I love seeing photos of kids and therapy dogs dressed as Dr. Seuss for Dr. Seuss Day and World Book Day. I was a bookworm as a child too – I still am!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  12. Sweet Purrfections

    I grew up loving to read. I continued to read well into my adulthood until I was working on my Ph.D. The only books I had time to read during that time and the years following were research based and not relaxing. Now that I’m retired, I hope to begin enjoying a good book again.

  13. Stephanie Seger

    I love to read too, and, thankfully my kids are also voracious readers. To celebrate this occasion at school, my son dressed up as Mr. Tumnus from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. He’s in second grade. This is a great list of dog books, none of which I have read. I have quite a few breed books that I love and my favorite dog training books are by Patricia McConnell.


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