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World Book Day: Books and Dogs go side by side


World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. With this in mind, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day.


There are a few books that the TNR Trust team can recommend and which are by now dog-eared (Pun totally intended) from extensive use. You can buy these books online:

1.  Calming Signals: What Your Dog Tells You (By Turid Rugaas)

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Yawning, lip-licking, sneezing, even scratching are just a few of the 30-plus signals that dogs use to communicate with one another. With On Talking Terms With Dogs you can learn to recognize these signals and use them yourself to interact with your dog. Norwegian dog trainer and behaviorist Turid Rugaas has made it her life work to study canine social interaction. She coined the phrase calming signals to describe the social skills, sometimes referred to as body language, that dogs use to avoid conflict, invite play, and communicate a wide range of information to other dogs and also humans.

Every dog needs his human to read this book!

  • Learn to identify situations that are stressful to your dog so that you can resolve or avoid them.
  • Rehabilitate a dog that has lost her ability to read or give calming signals.
  • Become a keen observer of canine behavior at home, in the community, and among dogs to get better behavior and build a solid relationship.
2.  Inside of a Dog What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (By Alexandra Horowitz)

The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and other quirky animal, the human. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. What it’s like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time? What is it like to hear the bodily vibrations of insects or the hum of a fluorescent light? Why must a person on a bicycle be chased? What’s it like to use your mouth as a hand? In short, what is it like for a dog to experience life from two feet off the ground, amidst the smells of the sidewalk, gazing at our ankles or knees?

Inside of a Dog explains these things and much more. The answers can be surprising-once we set aside our natural inclination to anthropomorphize dogs. Inside of a Dog also contains up-to-the-minute-research-on dogs’ detection of disease, the secrets of their tails, and their skill at reading our attention-that Horowitz puts into useful context.

Although not a formal training guide, Inside of Dog has practical application for dog lovers interested in understanding why their dogs do what they do. With alight touch and the weight of science behind her, Alexandra Horowitz examines the animal we think we know best but may actually understand the least. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.”

3. Perfect Puppy (By Gwen Bailey)

Bailey G. - Perfect Puppy.jpgGwen Bailey’s bestselling puppy care guide has helped hundreds of thousands of owners throughout the world raise a problem-free dog. Now, updated with the latest findings in canine behaviour and a completely new user-friendly design, this revised edition will teach you how to raise a problem-free dog.

From housetraining to playing games, it will show you how to teach your dog good manners and build his confidence with the world around him. There are step-by-step training and socialization plans as well as a guide to understanding and preventing biting, chewing and other problems.

If you want your puppy to develop into a happy, well-behaved and friendly adult dog, you cannot afford to be without this book.

4. Don’t Shoot the Dog (By Karen Pryor)

Karen Pryor is a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral phsychology. She is a founder and leading proponent of “clicker training,” a training system based on operant conditioning.

A fabulous and easy-to-understand book about how to best use behaviorism. What is behaviorism? Essentially, the study of human and animal behavior – so this book sheds light on the most effective principles to use if you want to better the way you act. You can apply these concepts to so many areas, ranging from bolstering your health to training your dog. One of the most important takeaways: use positive reinforcement, not punishment. 

Overall, recommended if you are interested in psychology or why humans act the way they do. Clear, concise, and in large part optimistic, Karen Pryor has written a wonderful book about behaviorism with Don’t Shoot the Dog!

Still want more reading material?

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World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO

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