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Dog Lovers Book Club March 2019

The Dog Lovers Book Club selection for March 2019 is out with some of the latest releases for dog lovers of all ages.

As the weather starts cooling down, we will start spending more time indoors cuddling to our pooches. Whether you're looking for inspiration to update your home decor or feel motivated to teach your dog new tricks or work on improving their fitness levels, we have lots of options to keep you busy plus some educational titles to encourage young dog lovers to read more.

Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live There 

by Nicole England

Just as every home is different, so is every dog. In this stunningly photographed book of architecturally superb houses - many of them architects' own homes - we see how the presence of a dog brings warmth and life to the most dramatic spaces. 

From mid-century raw brick to a penthouse apartment, gracious Edwardian to Scandinavian modern, from beach house to country retreat, there is always room for a dog or two. Seemingly oblivious to designer furniture, heritage considerations or serious design aesthetics, dogs can make themselves at home anywhere. In fact, the rooms in this book are all the more appealing because of their resident dog.

Stylish aspirational interiors feature each home's resident dog. Rather than the typical house-by-house structure, this quirky beautifully photographed collection is organised dog by dog with insights about each of the canine residents

Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1st November 2018

Price: $53.40 (RRP $75) at

by Kay Larry, Chris Perondi

Embark on a beautiful and meaningful adventure with your dog! Teaching your dog to do tricks is a guaranteed way for you and your pet to bond more deeply. It will also help you discover more of your dog’s real personality—even hidden talents—while instilling you, the trainer, with confidence and connection. 

Tricks uses the power of positive reinforcement and are illustrated with step-by-step instructions to show how you to teach your dog 112 tricks and stunts. Co-written by two masters: Larry Kay, coauthor of the award-winning bestseller Training the Best Dog Ever, and Chris Perondi, master trainer and owner of Stunt Dog Productions.

Organised from beginner (Fetch, Paw Shake, Play Possum, Tug and Release) to advanced (vaulting off your knee, weaving through agility poles, running through a parkour course), these tricks run the gamut from the kinds of things any well-behaved pet should know to stunts that will wow your family and friends. Be positive, celebrate your bond, and have fun — it’s the best way to spend time with the best dog ever.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing, 1st March 2019

Price: $39.75 (RRP $50) from

Games and Exercises for a Healthier, Happier Dog
by Kyra Sundance

Kyra's Canine Conditioning is designed to build on important life skills, such as confidence, strength, coordination, mental focus, and following directions. Featuring all new material, world-renowned trainer Kyra Sundance introduces activities that will strengthen each of these skills in your dog. Learn innovative ways to work with props, such as hoops, balls, FitPAWS inflatables, and Klimb pedestals.

Through this book, you will: learn how to evaluate a dog’s physiology, and develop and execute a customised conditioning plan; acquire the skills to improve a dog’s fitness through five components: coordination, stamina, balance, strength, and flexibility; improve a dog’s confidence, mental focus, and direction-following skills through targeted games.

Physical fitness is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Keeping dogs fit and healthy can increase their lifespan and limit vet visits as they get older. It reduces the risk of sports-related injury, joint problems, and arthritis.  Through these conditioning games, you will see a physical and mental transformation in your dog.

Paperback, 160 pages
Published: 4th February 2019

RRP: $20.35 (RRP $24.99) at


JULIET, NEARLY A VET (Collection 2)
by Rebecca Johnson, illustrated by Kyla May

Hi! I'm Juliet. I'm ten years old. And I'm nearly a vet!

My best friend Chelsea and I love helping all kinds of animals, and learning how to be a vet and a world-famous animal trainer.

Join Juliet on her exciting adventures as a trainee vet in this wonderful story collection that includes searching for lost dogs after a storm, caring for classroom pets, being junior zookeepers for a day and rescuing animals in trouble at the beach.

NB: The 'Juliet' series won the Environmental Award for Children's literature 2014 (Bush Baby Rescue), been nominated for the CBCA younger readers section (2014 and 2015), and nominated for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (2014).

Format: Paperback, 368 pages (4 books in one)

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia, 31st July 2017
For Ages: 8 - 10 years old

Price: $16.80 (RRP $19.99) at

by David Litchfield

Hector and his dog Hugo have made music together through good times, bad times and even some crazy times. But when Hugo learns to play the fiddle, and gets the chance to play with Bear's Big Band, Hector's jealousy gets the better of him. 

Can Hector swallow his pride and learn to be for happy for his friend? Set in New Orleans with a new cast of animal musicians, this big-hearted sequel to the best-selling The Bear and the Piano teaches that friendship, like good music, lasts forever.

Paperback, 40 pages
Imprint: Frances Lincoln Children’s, 7th February 2019
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old

RRP: $20.99 at

by Devon Sillett, Nicky Johnston

Olivia and her dog Barkley are inseparable. He's her sidekick, her partner in crime-fighting - they're the perfect pair. But then, Barkley dies and Olivia is heartbroken. She dreads falling asleep because waking up without Barkley is just too sad. 

Gradually, however, she realises that Barkley wouldn't want her to be unhappy for the rest of her life. So she thinks of a way that she cannot only get her own happiness back, but also give happiness to another animal, by adopting a new dog from an animal shelter. And so Spud joins the family. Spud is a terrible sidekick and crime-fighter - she wants to play with the bad guys not catch them! 

In fact, Spud couldn't be less like Barkley, but Olivia grows to love her very much because she's just as special in her own way.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Exisle Publishing, 1st March 2019
For Ages: 5-8 years old

RRP: $24.99 at and wherever great books are sold.

by Lisa Papp

In this companion to the award-winning Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, Madeline Finn finds a way to help more dogs and read more stories.

Madeline Finn asks her mother for a puppy every single day. Finally, Mom says yes, and Madeline Finn chooses Star, one of the puppies born to Mrs. Dimple's dog Bonnie. 

Then Mrs. Dimple tells Madeline Finn about animal shelters -a place many other pets come from. After a visit to their local shelter, Madeline Finn has some questions. Does anyone play with the shelter dogs, or snuggle with them, or read to them? Questions lead to answers, and ideas, and soon Madeline Finn and her human and animal community discover that there are lots of ways for small people to make a big difference.

Author-illustrator Lisa Papp offers a heartwarming exploration of life in an animal shelter in this inspiring and endearing book for young readers eager to help their communities.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Old Barn Books Ltd, 1st March 2019
For Ages: 4 -8 years old

Price: $28.25 at

by Eric Barclay

Sheep is an expert at protecting sheep—or so she thinks until one happy afternoon when she bumps into a very hairy someone on the farm.

“Who are you?” she asks.

“I’m the sheep dog!” the someone says. “I watch the sheep.”

Holy begonia! Sheep knows this can’t be right. After all, she’s the pro! So Sheep goes off to get everything Sheep Dog needs to get the job done, but each time she goes, something almost happens to Sheep…
And it's Sheep Dog who saves the day!

Hardcover, 40 pages

Publisher: Harper Collins, 12th February 2019
For Ages: 4+ years old

RRP: $28.99 at

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