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Dog Lovers Book Club - March 2021

When your last weekend of summer fails to deliver sunny weather, there are always dog books to turn to... In case your favourite newsfeeds should disappear again, our March 2021 Dog Lovers Book Club has lots of suggestions to restock your bookshelves...

Fascinated by dog training and canine behaviour and looking for enrichment ideas? Dreaming of epic adventures with your dog? Or thinking of becoming a vet or maybe starting your own pet sitting business, we've got your covered!

by Jen & Ryan Tate

Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world, and during lockdown, many people had the same idea: to adopt or welcome a dog into their lives. Now, there are many new dog owners who need advice and guidance on raising and training their new furry friend.

How to Train Your Dog by Jen and Ryan Tate is your solution. With almost 30 years of experience between them and their own dog-training business, Jen and Ryan are Australia’s most expert animal trainers who help dog owners develop happy and confident pets at any age.

Dog training is a well-studied science, and in their informative book they impart all their practical advice so you can feel prepared, stay in control and enjoy a great relationship with your new dog. It includes:

✔️ Choosing the right breed for you and your lifestyle
✔️ Preparing your home and the first 48 hours with your pup
✔️ House training and basic training
✔️ Socialisation and confidence building
✔️ Play, exercise, tricks and rewards
✔️ Resolving common behavioural issues related to separation anxiety such as barking, digging and chewing
✔️ Tips on how to raise an independent dog to suit your needs
✔️ Ongoing learning and fun for adult dogs

Accessible, well-organised and filled with evidence-based training techniques, this is the perfect handbook for creating a stress-free and enjoyable bond with your puppy or dog and ensuring they live their best life with you.

Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, Imprint: Ebury Australia, 16th March 2021

RRP: $32.99. Available from all good book stores and online resellers. Visit


The Book Your Dog Needs You To Read
by Shay Kelly

If your dog could choose a book for you to read it would surely be this one. Behaviourist, Shay Kelly shows you how to become your dog’s best friend by providing simple, fun activities to spark their mind and enrich their life. A lack of mental stimulation is a leading contributory factor in dog behavioural problems. 

Ensuring that our dog's needs are met is the first step in avoiding and rectifying problematic behaviour. 

Shay's Buddhist values and behaviour knowledge combine to deliver practical, kind, and scientific advice.
This is a book about giving your dog an interesting and enjoyable life. Isn’t that the very least they deserve?

Paperback, 97 pages
Independently published, 21st August 2019

RRP: $25.00 from

by Helen M. Jones, Robin Giesecke & Paula H. Jones

A must for all aspiring vets, historians and anyone interested in the achievements of women in Australia.
"Over 110 years ago, there were no practising female veterinarians. Veterinary practice was a man's field. Now women have come to dominate the veterinary profession in Australia. Women have contributed to all facets of professional activity and pioneered roles in veterinary practice, government service, biosecurity, teaching, consultancies and business and have been elected to high office and received awards for their efforts within the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and the community. 

The considerable achievements of the women in this book are inspirational and any girl or woman contemplating becoming a veterinarian should find these stories of Australian female veterinarians from 1906 interesting and entertaining and they may even confirm their choice of career." - Helen Jones, August 2019

Veterinary science started as an all-male profession but today it is dominated by women. There are many notable Australian female veterinarians who have made exceptional contributions to the profession, both in Australia and globally. Each has a unique story, from the first graduate in 1906, through to the present day.

The stories in this book show how some of these remarkable women overcame not only the often adverse conditions of their chosen profession but also the discrimination put in their way; surprisingly, not from male colleagues but from government agencies and farmers.

In 2006, the University of Melbourne awarded the Belle Bruce Reid medal to 100 prominent Australian female veterinarians and many of the stories in this book have come from the women on that list. The vets featured were mostly born in Australia but some came from other parts of the world. She's No Lady - She's the Vet!  recounts a history of their many and valuable contributions to veterinary science set against the unique backdrop of Australia's cities, rural outposts and wilderness.

Publisher: Fair Jo Publishing, 2019

RRP: $55.00 (plus postage). To order your copy, contact Paula Jones 

Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic

by Natalie Warren

The remarkable eighty-five-day journey of the first two women to canoe the 2,000-mile route from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay.

Unrelenting winds, carnivorous polar bears, snake nests, sweltering heat, and constant hunger. Paddling from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, following the 2,000-mile route made famous by Eric Sevareid in his 1935 classic Canoeing with the Cree, Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho faced unexpected trials, some harrowing, some simply odd. 

But for the two friends - the first women to make this expedition - there was one timeless challenge: the occasional pitfalls that test character and friendship. Warren's spellbinding account retraces the women's journey from inspiration to Arctic waters, giving readers an insider view from the practicalities of planning a three-month canoe expedition to the successful accomplishment of the adventure of a lifetime.

Along the route we meet the people who live and work on the waterways, including denizens of a resort who supply much-needed sustenance; a solitary resident in the wilderness who helps plug a leak; and the people of the Cree First Nation at Norway House, where the canoeists acquire a furry companion. 

Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press, 2nd February 2021

RRP: $39.25 at

Business Secrets of an Overnight Pet Sitter

by Kristen Holzapfel

The pet sitting industry is currently unregulated, which means there is no minimum standard set for pet sitters or customers. Customers are left to conduct their own research of local pet sitters, with little to no guidance about what skills/experience/training to look for.

Pet sitters are also in the dark, unaware of how to keep themselves safe while also meeting the needs of both pets and pet owners. The end result is neither pet sitter nor customer feel supported or heard throughout the process and the needs of both go unmet. 
So what is the solution?

This eBook provides a 360-degree view of the pet sitting process, providing visibility to both pet sitters and customers, with the aim of improving outcomes for pets as well as pet sitters and customers.

This eBook reflects the author’s decade-long experience as both pet sitter and business owner, providing a ‘business in a box’ solution for everybody involved in the pet sitting industry. This is the author's second book.

This 60-page book de-mystifies the whole process, includes loads of practical examples and 16 checklists and templates, making the information easy to follow and apply in practice.

eBook only, 60 pages (
released February 2021)

RRP: $30.00 at


by Peta Baxter & Connie Hemmens, illustrated by Marjory Gardner

Frankie is a superstar. He loves to join in the fun at Miss Peta and Miss Connie’s kindergarten: playing, reading, learning, singing and dancing.

Find out all about Frankie’s day at kindy — and watch out for cheeky George!

Learn more about Frank the Frug and how he became every kid's friend at his local C&K kindy.

Hardcover or Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing, 1st March 2021
For Ages: young readers (from 3+ years old)

RRP: $16.95-$24.95 from

by Briony Stewart

Magoo has his own ideas about what a dog should do – in the kitchen, in the car, at dinnertime and bedtime! But there are so many rules! So many things a dog can't do.
But wait! Magoo, THIS is for you...
Silly dogoo, we do love you!

A perfect read-aloud picture book that captures Magoo's energy and emotion in every line.

A classic in the making – joyous and playful, this will be read again and again. Pitched perfectly at the pre-schooler, just learning the rules who loves being the boss.
Gorgeous illustrations and a rhyming text that's a delight to read out loud.

Hardback, 32 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books, Imprint: Puffin, 1 September 2020

RRP: $19.99 from good book retailers and online at

by Dawn M Gibbons, illustrated by Chad Thompson

Daphne is a blind dog who is bored because she doesn't know how to play with toys. She goes to a dog training school to learn to play and have fun. When she starts nose work classes, she is nervous and scared.

Daphne doesn't understand the game of finding treats hidden in boxes, so she practises at home. At school, the teacher makes accommodations to support Daphne. Gradually, Daphne finds the courage to participate and begins to enjoy the class.

Although she progresses at a different rate than the other dogs at school, Daphne succeeds at nose work. She has fun playing new games at home. With more confidence, she even learns to do some tricks. Daphne isn't bored anymore....

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: FriesenPress, 18th June 2020

Price: $15.95 at

by Robert Vescio, illustrated by Kathy Creamer

An enchanting tale about a child who craves independence but also longs for the security of Mum.

Hannah and Dad and their dog, Hugo are going camping together for the first time! Mum has to stay home and look after baby Connor. 

Hannah isn't afraid because she is bigger than yesterday. But when night approaches... is Hannah bigger than she really thinks? An entertaining tale about a child who craves independence but longs for security.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia, Imprint: Little Pink Dog Books, 24th September 2018

RRP: $24.95 from good bookshops and online. Visit

by Will Mabbitt, illustrated by Nathan Reed

Flea's got itchy feet! It's time to find a new dog to call home. But, try as he might, none of the dogs he meets are quite right. From the too loud and too cheeky to the too-frequently-leaky, Flea soon realises that finding the perfect companion can be tricky.

Will Flea ever find the perfect match?

A hilarious rhyming romp from the creator of I Can Only Draw Worms, brilliantly illustrated by Nathan Reed.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, Imprint: Hodder Children’s Books, January 2021
For Ages: 1+ years old

RRP: $24.95 from all good book resellers and online retailers. 
For details, visit

To ensure your dogs are also "not quite right" for fleas, read this vet's advice on how to Protect Dogs from Fleas and Ticks!

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