I haven’t always been a reader…in fact, if I’m being honest, as a child, I hated to read.
In more recent years, however, I’ve found an escape in reading.
As someone who is self-employed and who works entirely too much, I’ve found that it’s absolutely glorious to turn off the tech for a while and sink into a good book.
These days, my reading list is ever-increasing and a vast percentage of those books are dog-themed – SURPRISE! So today, I wanted to share with you 10 dog books that are on my reading list that I think you all would enjoy too!
10 Dog Books You Should Add to Your Reading List
1. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz
Inside of a Dog is written by a cognitive scientist and approaches life with dogs from a rather unique point of view. Beginning with the science behind how dogs see the world, communicate with the world, and perceive humans, this book also provides a view of the world from the eyes of a dog. This book is a more scientific approach to life with dogs and won’t appeal to all of you, but if you’re a bit of a nerd like me, you’ll enjoy it!
2. What It’s Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience by Gregory Berns
What It’s Like to Be a Dog is a book that hones in on the neuroscience of numerous animal species. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be a dog, Gregory Berns has a few ideas! Using modern research and research tools, Berns shares the inner workings of the dog’s mind with the hopes of helping you to better understand your canine companion!
3. How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns
Another great book from Gregory Berns, How Dogs Love Us, focuses only on the canine species and the depth of the affectionate bond between dogs and their people. Berns uses his newly adopted pup, Callie, Berns approaches canine emotion like no one before – with the use of an MRI machine!
4. The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think by Brian Hare
A New York Times bestseller, Genius of Dogs is another great book with a neuroscience background. Using data from the Duke Canine Cognition Lab, Hare helps you to get a better understanding of your dog’s understanding! If you’ve ever wondered if your dog intentionally ignores you or whether they feel guilty for stealing your lunch, pick up this book!
5. Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz
Being a Dog is another New York Times bestseller that ventures into the world of the dog, this book takes a unique approach to canine life. Horowitz steps into the world of dogs by focusing on one of their most powerful senses – the sense of smell. Just how much can a dog tell from the scents that surround them? Read this book to find out!
6. Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John W. Pilley
Chaser is a book that takes an in-depth look at the mind of one of the world’s most recognizable dogs – Chaser. If you’ve never seen this pup in action then I urge you to head over to YouTube and take a look, you’ll be amazed. Raised by a psychology professor, Chaser the border collie pup has one of the most extensive vocabularies in the world…what lies behind this genius? This book begins to tell all!
7. The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father’s Search for the Canine Soul by Andrew Root
You all know that this book had to catch my eye with that big handsome black lab on the cover! The Grace of Dogs is a somewhat unique memoir and research novel that follows the hunt of one father for what really lies inside the canine soul. After the passing of their family Lab, Root embarks on a journey to explore the canine soul while attempting to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about dog in the ever after.
8. What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs by Cat Warren
What the Dog Knows is another New York Times bestseller that steps into the world of canine cognition. Unlike some of the other books on this list, however, Warren’s book focuses on the life of the working dog. If you’re like me and have always been amazed at the drive, talent, and willingness of the working dog then you’re going to want to check this one out!
9. Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin
Animals Make Us Human is the second book from Temple Grandin to look at the needs of animals through the eyes of an animal scientist. This book looks specifically at how we, as humans, can make life happier, easier, and better for our animal companions by stepping inside their world. Want to know how you can help your dog to live a happier life? Get reading!
10. Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel by Virginia Morell
Animal Wise is, you guessed it, another New York Times bestseller! This is one book that I can’t wait to read simply because of the random things it has to offer…for example, did you know that rats like to be tickled? If you’re like me and love those random but interesting animal facts, then grab a copy of Morell’s book and start reading!