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Dog Lovers Book Club - March 2024

This month, we're looking forward to cooler days for our walks and cooler nights for reading snuggled up to our dogs and cat!

With a focus on better understanding our canine companions and raising them for character and attitudes, enjoy browsing our March 2024 Dog Lovers Book Club.

And How to Be a Better Human

by Jessica Pierce

A guide to cultivating a shared life of joy and respect with our dogs.

Who’s a Good Dog?
is an invitation to nurture more thoughtful and balanced relationships with our canine companions. By deepening our curiosity about what our dogs are experiencing, and by working together with them in a spirit of collaboration, we can become more effective and compassionate caregivers.

With sympathy for the challenges met by both dogs and their humans, bioethicist Jessica Pierce explores common practices of caring for dogs, including how we provide exercise, what we feed, how and why we socialise and train, and how we employ tools such as collars and leashes. She helps us both to identify potential sources of fear and anxiety in our dogs’ lives and to expand practices that provide physical and emotional nourishment. 

Who’s a Good Dog? also encourages us to think more critically about what we expect of our dogs and how these expectations can set everyone up for success or failure. 

Pierce offers resources to help us cultivate attentiveness and kindness, inspiring us to practice the art of noticing, of astonishment, of looking with fresh eyes at these beings we think we know so well. And more than this, she makes her findings relatable by examining facets of her relationship with Bella, the dog in her life. 

As Bella shows throughout, all dogs are good dogs, and we, as humans and dog guardians, could be doing a little bit better to get along with them and give them what they need.

Hardcover‏: ‎ 304 pages
Publisher: ‎University of Chicago Press, 6 November 2023

Price: $33.08 from

How to Heal Your Relationship with Your Dog and Raise a Sound, Strong, and Spirited Companion (At Any Age) 
by Souha Ezzedeen 

Get to the root of your dog’s behaviour by building a deeper relationship with The Way of Life Method. Even the most loved dog can drive their owner crazy with behaviour issues. Between the time and money spent on tools and training methods that go nowhere, it can feel like you and your pup are doomed to a life of anxiety, reactivity, and dog aggression.

Getting to the root of your dog’s problem behaviour starts with looking at your way of life.

Dog trainer and relationship coach Souha Ezzedeen draws on nearly two decades of experience with man’s best friend to invite owners to think differently about their relationship with their dog. 

Not just another dog training book, this guide takes a revolutionary approach to raising dogs and addressing their problems by pulling from the instinctual lessons of mother dogs and wolf packs. Get a new understanding of why dogs are having such trouble and cultivate a deeper and more harmonious bond.

Whether you’re welcoming a new puppy to the family or dealing with a challenging canine companion, you will:

  • Establish a positive relationship with your dog using a three-stage program.
  • Focus on mindsets, boundaries, socialisation, and dogs’ natural instincts as you complete reflection questions and practice essential exercises.
  • Learn your mindset’s hidden power when you uncover your goals at each stage.
  • Get a better grasp of mother dogs and wolves in nature to create a way of life that your dog instinctively understands.
  • Perfect your connection with your canine by understanding how to raise dogs for character and attitude instead of training them for skills or behaviours.
  • Put priority on your relationship with your dog and heal the bond with your family companion, regardless of their age, breed, or background. The Way of Life Method goes beyond conventional training to help you design a way of life where you and your dog connect and thrive.

Paperback, 331 pages
Publisher: ‎Way of Life Publications, 19 October 2023

RRP: $32.99 from


Perspectives on Our Canine Relationships

by David L. WeimerAidan R. Vining

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and evolutionary biologists study the origins of our relationship with dogs and how it has evolved over time. Sociologists and legal scholars study the roles of dogs in the modern familyVeterinarian researchers address the relationship in the context of professional practice, yet economists have produced scant scholarship on the relationship between humans and dogs. 

Dog Economics
applies economic concepts to relationships between people and dogs to inform our understanding of their domestication. It interprets their contemporary role as both property and family members and explores factors that affect the demand for dogs as well as market failures of the American puppy market. 

Offering economic perspectives on our varied relationships with dogs, this book assesses mortality risks and addresses end-of-life issues that commonly arise. 

It develops a framework for classifying canine occupations, considers the impact of pet insurance on euthanasia, and assesses the social value of Guide Dogs.

Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 1st February 2024

RRP: $35.75 at

101 Easy Enrichment Activities for a Healthy, Happy, Well-Behaved Pup

by Chelsea Barstow

Go beyond training and tricks with enrichment activities to improve your dog’s mental health from TikTok dog enrichment specialist Chelsea Barstow.

It’s time to take a big step beyond the regular old sit, stay, and roll over with your dog. Canine enrichment can help reduce stress in your dog as well as give them a constructive way to drain their energy. 

We all know what it’s like to be bored at home, and with a dog, boredom leads to trouble. With Happy Dog, you will learn simple ways to stimulate your dog’s mind and keep them occupied whenever they need. 

From rolling treats in a towel, to playing the Find It game, a variety of lick mats, creating obstacles your dog must navigate, going on an adventure walk, and canine puzzles, there are tons of ways to help keep your dog mentally (and physically) happy and healthy.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Adams Media, 14th February 2024

RRP: $22.49 at


A Danny & The Dog Detectives Story
by Roo Berry

If you've ever wondered what would happen if Sherlock Holmes met Dr Dolittle then this story is for you. Follow Danny and his food-obsessed best friend, Sam the Labrador, on a suspense-filled and occasionally humorous journey, as they try and help their furry friend solve a mystery.

Join Danny and Sam on their first case as they try their hands (and paws) at being dog detectives and make new friends along the way. The different breeds of dogs show off their special skills that make them perfect for sniffing out clues and chasing down leads. 

The beautiful illustrations bring the canine characters to life and make this book perfect for parents and children to read together, your dog may even want to listen too...

This adventure is perfect for kids of all ages, junior detectives, anyone who loves to solve mysteries, animal lovers, pet owners and anyone interested in dogs and their behaviours.

Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: The Self-Publishing Partnership Ltd, 11th January 2024

Price: $28.13 from

by Cam Higgins, illustrated by Ariel Landy 

In this adorable eleventh book of the Good Dog series, Bo eagerly waits for the new baby chicks!

Springtime has arrived at the Davis family farm! With the warmer weather comes mud playtime, new blooms, and new hatchlings in the chicken coop! When Bo is tasked with guarding the eggs, he promises the chickens there won’t be any horsing around. 

But when his best puppy pal, Scrapper, shows up with the zoomies… well, things become eggs-tra difficult.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Good Dog chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Little Simon
13th February 2024
For Ages: 5 - 9 years old

Price: $14.75 from

Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen

by Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)

For fans of Balto and other real-life dog stories, here's a heavily illustrated middle-grade novel about a canine movie star of the 1920s, dramatically told in both words and pictures by an acclaimed author and a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator.

When movie director Larry Trimble travels to Berlin searching for his next big star, he finds Etzel, a fierce, highly trained three-year-old German Shepherd police dog.

Larry sees past the snarls and growls and brings Etzel back to Hollywood, where he is renamed Strongheart. Along with screenwriter Jane Murfin, Larry grooms his protege to be a star of the silver screen - and he succeeds
, starting with Strongheart's first film, The Love Master, which is released in 1921. Strongheart is soon joined by a leading lady, a German Shepherd named Lady Julie, and becomes a sensation.

But when Strongheart is accused of an unthinkable crime, can he summon his best acting skills and clear his name?

Touching, charming, playful, and based on real events, this moving tale by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann tells all about "the wonder dog" who took America by storm.

Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, Imprint: RHUS Children's Books, 12th March 2024
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

Price: $19.69 from

A Step by Step Guide to Getting Your First Dog
by Autumn Rose, illustrated by Sheng Mei

If you ever wanted a pet but your parents don't, then this is the perfect book for you. 

You will learn, step by step, ways to build up what it takes to raise a companion, from how to feed them to how to love them. 

"How to Convince Your Parents to Get You a Dog" helps to teach children like you responsibility while aspiring to adopting a fluffy or feathery companion.

Paperback, 30 pages
Publisher: Tellwell Talent, 5th August 2021
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old

RRP: $30.46 from Amazon Australia

Best Buddies #1
by Vicky Fang, illustrated by Luisa Leal 

Best friends Sniff and Scratch NEED to reach a yummy-smelling pie, in this laugh-out-loud, full-colour book perfect for beginning readers!

Sniff is a dog. Scratch is a cat. And they're best friends... most of the time! In these three hilarious short stories, Sniff and Scratch find creative ways to reach a pie on the kitchen counter, Sniff panics when Scratch gets stuck in a box, and they meet a strange new dog and cat just like them.

These silly, pet-themed stories feature color-coded speech bubbles and easy-to-read text throughout, making this book a perfect choice for new readers!

Part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humour, and full-colour artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency.

Paperback,‎ 48 pages
Publisher:‎ Scholastic Inc., 17th October 2023
For‎ 4 - 6 years old

Price: $14.76 at

by Norman Bridwell

Read all about Clifford's BIG ideas! Classic Clifford reissued with stickers! It only takes a little to BE BIG!

Clifford loves to help Emily Elizabeth, but his big red paws break eggs instead of painting them. Luckily, Clifford helps Emily another way--in her dreams! 

A bucket of Easter-egg dye creates the most colourful Clifford adventure yet, and gets Emily ready for an unforgettable holiday. Fun Easter stickers included! 

The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how Clifford's Big Ideas can make the world a better place.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc, 1st January 2011
For Ages: 4+ years old

Price: $17.90 from

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