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Dog Lovers Book Club - February 2022

Is the prospect of getting back to the office weighing you down after a drama-free holiday? Other than taking your dog for long hikes, the right book can also provide an escape from the daily grind. 

Find your next page turner in our February 2022 selection of the Dog Lovers Book Club plus a bumper selection of children's educational books for younger dog lovers to stimulate their imagination and expand their understanding of the world. 

How to Mindfully Train an ESA for Trauma Survivors

by Vicki Jurica, Melissa Laub

The Ally Dog Team Training Workbook offers an exciting new way of mitigating post traumatic stress responses. By combining the healing modality of Mindfulness with Animal Assisted Therapy dog training, survivors of trauma can lessen the impact their experience has on their lives through deepening their relationship with their dog.

This comprehension workbook sets the foundation for survivors and their dog to develop a powerful relationship through learning the science of trauma and traumatic stress responses, the healing strategies within Mindfulness practice, emotional awareness of Self and dog, human and dog communication, and positive reinforcement dog training.

There is an art to any relationship between two sentient beings. Through active listening, respectful engagement and practice, survivors and their dog develop a training team partnership that positively impacts the mental health of both. It's through that relationship, healing occurs. 

From awareness to intentional response to trauma specific symptoms, survivors are empowered through mindful contemplation to tap into their own resiliency, supported by their dog who has also learned specialised skills to offer in support to their human.

Paperback, 434 pages
Publisher, Ally Dog Team Training LLC, 12th November 2021

Price: $41.95 at

by Susannah Charleson

An important and heartfelt exploration into the world of lost dogs and the power of reunion.

One in six dogs goes missing at some point, leaving bereft owners to search high and low, hang 'Missing' posters, check shelters, and hope for good news. But amid these grim statistics, countless happy endings are forged. Tails wag again. Best friends are reunited.

In Where the Lost Dogs Go, Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing, dives headlong into the world of missing dogs. The mission to reunite lost pets with their families starts with Susannah's own shelter rescue, Ace, a plucky Maltese mix who narrowly survived months wandering lost. While Susannah studies animal behaviour, lost-pet search tactics, social media strategies, and the psychology of loss, Ace also steps up for training. He reveals a nose for the scent of lost pets, and together they help neighbours and strangers in their searching. 

And when unexpected heartbreak shatters Susannah's own sense of direction, it is Ace - the shelter dog that started it all -who leads Susannah home. Inquisitive, instructive, heartrending, and hopeful, Where the Lost Dogs Go pays tribute to the missing dogs - and to the found - and to the restless space in between.

Paperback‏ : ‎ 320 pages
Publisher:‎ Harvest Publications, 16 June 2020

Price: $26.28 from

by Katti Strahsmeier-Stoller

Girl meets dog. Dog captures girl's heart. Girl starts veterinary school. Dog begins an eight-year battle with a rare genetic disease that teaches girl more about veterinary medicine than any textbook ever could.

For the Love of Dog
chronicles the friendship between Katti Strahsmeier-Stoller and her best friend Cooper, an unforgettable English Foxhound. While Katti trains to become a veterinarian, Cooper's triumphant spirit carries him through the tough hand life has dealt him.

A long struggle with his health, a tendency to follow his nose until he finds himself lost in the next zip code, an incident where an airline misplaces him in their supply closet for sixteen hours, a mischievous streak that sees him wolf down an entire Mother's Day brunch in one sitting-Cooper outlasts every setback with an inspiring amount of joy. 

Through it all, Katti does everything in her power to ensure a high quality of life for Cooper, culminating in those final moments when she performs CPR in an effort to save his life.

In times like these, who wouldn't love to curl up with a story about a dog who met every crisis with his head held high?

Paperback, 292 pages
Publisher: Three Meadows PR, 1st December 2021
Price: $25.42 from

The Best Book to Learn How to Train Your Puppy the Easy Way + 10 Amazing Homemade Dog Food Recipes!
by Linda Welton

After bringing a new puppy home to your family, the next important step is to train the puppy!

With this well-rounded book, you'll establish a mindful and meaningful relationship with your dog in a significant partnership based on trust, understanding, communication and mutual respect.

Some of the most interesting topics inside this book are:
✔️ Preparation Before Welcoming the Puppy
✔️ Approach to Dog Training
✔️ Tips for Making Dog Meals and Treats

Paperback, 122 pages
Publisher: Jabez Publishing Ltd, 6th May 2021

Price: $37.80 at


How To Speak Dog Training Guide

by National Geographic Kids

From the experts who brought you How to Speak Dog, learn tips and tricks to help train your best friend.

Whether teaching a puppy the basics, such as "sit", "stand", and "stay;" correcting behavioural problems; or training your pooch to perform more advanced tricks, this comprehensive guide will take you through all the steps to have your canine answering your call in no time. 

With the help of veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman, kids will bond with their pups through structured lessons that showcase easy-to-follow instructions and commands. Additional content introduces readers to Hollywood hounds, dogs on the job, and famous canines through history.

This "paws-on" guide is perfect for families who are bringing home their very first puppy, or seasoned dog owners who want to teach their long-time four-legged family member a few new tricks.

Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Kids, 14th April 2021
For Ages: 8-12 years old

Price: $15.75 at

by Gina Dawson, illustrated by Vivienne Da Silva

Grace wants to be able to do everything other children do and now that she has Roxie she can.

If Grace needs help, Roxie knows exactly what to do. With insightful illustrations and written in a sensitive and friendly style, Next Door's Dog Goes to School is about understanding the important role of dogs in our society and how they potentially change people's lives.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, 15th September 2021

Price: $19.95 from

by Gina Dawson, illustrated by Kate Bouman

Lily is visiting Auntie Beth and Uncle Jake on their alpaca farm. This visit is particularly exciting because Lily is going to meet Harriet, Auntie Beth's new dog. Auntie Beth can't hear, and Harriet is her hearing assistance dog. 

At the farm, Lily looks on as Harriet lets Auntie Beth know about approaching visitors and household sounds and saves her from near disaster! 

Written in a sensitive and friendly style and beautifully illustrated, Harriet the hearing dog is a lovely educational story about the work of hearing assistance dogs. Gina Dawson has written several children's books about working dogs, including the Next Door's Dog series.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, 17th January 2022

Price: $17.95 from

by Caroline Green, illustrated by Rikin Parekh

A chaotic canine comedy that will have you barking with laughter.

When Danny made a wish to stay home instead of going to a family wedding, he didn’t expect to end up trapped in the body of a dog! Now he's stuck with Mrs Grout who loves cleaning – and hates dogs. In fact, she hates them so much that Danny's sure she's got something horrible planned for him...

Meanwhile, Dudley the dog is off on the adventure of a lifetime. He might look like a normal ten-year-old boy, but he has no idea how to behave like one. 

Drinking from the toilet bowl, chasing cats and licking loved ones is a sure fire way to get into Very Big Trouble.

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Walker Books Australia, 6th January 2022
For Ages: 7 - 9 years old

Price: $22.90 at

A Service Dog's Adventures

by Mike Dickerson

This book is based on the real life adventures of Dax who is an amazing 138 lbs. American Golden Retriever. Dax takes up his own row of seats on his airplane trips, car rides, and truck cabs. 

During his travels, he also enjoys an occasional "puppuchino" while smiling and making new friends along the way. His travels sometimes include visiting hospitals, churches, schools, or just waving to his drive-thru friends. 

You're guaranteed to smile in this adventure, make new friends, and learn all about the power of "Pawsitivity." There is never a dull moment, so come join Dax on his adventures including his fun holiday mischief!

Paperback, 36 pages
Published: 3rd December 2021

RRP: $24.50 from

by Marsha Horshok, illustrated by Ginger Nielson

Ty is excited to attend therapy dog school. And like most children in school, he finds both joys and challenges. He makes friends, learns new skills and is tempted by distractions-- especially food! As he tries his best in school, an unexpected, serious incident puts Ty to the test. How does he respond?

Can he summon the discipline he needs to earn his graduation certificate from therapy dog school? Find out in Ty Goes to Therapy Dog School.

Hardcover, 36 pages
Publisher: Marsha A. Horshok, 8th January 2021
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $40.69 at

The Dog Who Learned the Names of the Stars

by Kai Cheng Thom, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching 

By two of the co-authors of the acclaimed children's book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea: the moving and beautifully told story of Laika, the dog who learned the names of the stars.

Laika is an orphaned stray dog who lives in the streets of Moscow in the then Soviet Union. Although she is loved by her pack, Laika longs one day to learn the names of the stars, since she knows that all dogs become stars when they die - including her parents. One day, a Russian scientist named Vlad offers Laika the chance to travel to the stars by helping him with an important experiment, an event that will change the entire world.

Part fable, part dog story, part history lesson, young and older readers alike will find themselves captivated by Laika's brave and loving heart, and by her story, which holds important lessons about world peace, science, and the deep bonds between humans and every other creature with whom we share the planet. 

Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, 18th January 2022
For Ages: 3+ years old

Price: $36.75 at

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