A Natural History
Beginning with the origins of Caninae and ending with a directory of 32 popular modern breeds, this colourful volume surveys the biology and behaviour of dogs, how they think and how they interact with people. Written by a team of experts, the book discusses the life of wild dogs as well as the different roles they play as companions, guard dogs, herders and co-workers, and also considers the future for canines in our changing society.
Friend For Life
The Extraordinary Partnership Between Humans and Dogs
The TV presenter and animal lover Kate Humble draws on her experience of training her sheepdog puppy to present this examination of how dogs have evolved from predator to lifesaver, supporting her discoveries about the unique connection between humans and canines with real-life stories featuring rescue, guide, service and medical dogs.
Stories and Poems
Jerome K Jerome’s account of Montmorency’s appalling behaviour; the coming of the Pekinese to England; a heartfelt epitaph to a Newfoundland dog by Lord Byron: Mark Bryant’s anthology is an engrossing collection of poetry and prose, arranged by themes including clever dogs, the hounds of hell, and in memoriam.
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Dogs
Breeds & Care
Illustrated with more than 700 colour photographs, this comprehensive guide begins with advice on choosing a dog. It goes on to offer practical information on how to look after it, including tips on grooming, training, breeding and whelping, as well as general health and essential first aid. The third section comprises a visual reference section covering 180 breeds from all over the world, arranged by group.
Health and Welfare
Written by the veterinary surgeon and Shooting Times canine expert Tony Buckwell, this illustrated guide is suitable for both the novice and the experienced gundog owner. It looks at issues such as choosing a breeder and acquiring a healthy puppy with the right temperament, and also offers health advice, including recognizing and dealing with illnesses, reducing the risks of injury and disease, emergency first aid and senior care.
Ways to Stimulate Your Dog's Brain and Avoid Boredom
In this illustrated handbook the canine psychologist Anders Hallgren outlines a series of simple physical and mental exercises that are designed to stimulate the senses and challenge the intelligence of our four-legged friends. Slightly off-mint.
A Dog's Life
A Celebration of Our Best Friend
‘What are the three words that best describe your dog?’ was the question that the award-winning artist Hannah Dale asked 6,000 canine owners, and it is their responses that inform this celebration of the pet. Each of her paintings is accompanied by a description of the traits and characteristics that typify the 50 breeds featured, from the loyal Labrador to the impulsive Irish Setter.
The Lifeguard Dog
For five years, 14-stone chocolate Newfoundland Bilbo worked alongside his owner Steve Jamieson as the UK’s only trained lifeguard dog, during which time he saved three lives. Steve reflects on the special bond he had with his remarkable pet, shares stories from their time working together on Cornwall’s Sennen Beach and explains what happened when bureaucracy threatened their way of life.
Police Dog Heroes
The first dogs to work with the British Transport Police, at Hull docks in 1907, were trained to protect uniformed police to the extent that they would growl when their handlers wore civilian clothes. Including first-hand accounts, this review of the use of dogs by the force tells over 40 stories of canine heroism, including their actions at major incidents such as the Lockerbie bombing and the 2005 London terror attacks.
A History of Britain in 100 Dogs
Showing how our canine companions have shared our history, Emma White’s dogs range from the indigenous fighting and hunting dogs of Roman Britain to 2003 and the native breeds now vulnerable to extinction. The illustrated history covers legendary dogs, famous individuals such as Greyfriars Bobby, Lassie and Charles Darwin’s Polly; topics including dog carts, heraldry and the RSPCA; and dogs of the same breed or function, such as bloodhounds, collies, regimental mascots, and heroes – the Dickin award-winners. Slightly off-mint.
A Matter of Breeding
A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs
With retrievers suffering hip dysplasia and some pugs unable to breathe properly, Brandow argues that there is something wrong in the world of pedigree dogs. Having walked, owned, studied and performed with dogs, he combines personal knowledge with social history and research in this exposé of the dog industry and encourages a trip to the local animal shelter to take home a friendly mongrel.
How the Dog Became the Dog
From Wolves to Our Best Friends
Although the exact origins of the dog are disputed, it seems certain that its wild progenitor was the grey wolf, the two being closer genetically than are the races of humans. Mark Derr's study traces the domestic dog’s evolution from the first 'dogwolves', which, some time around the end of the last Ice Age, developed mutually beneficial relationships with groups of hunter-gathering humans, through centuries of natural and artificial selection to the multifarious breeds of today.
The Princess of Wales and her borzoi were photographed for the first issue of Country Life in 1897 and dogs have regularly appeared ever since. This book features a selection of canines that have been included over the decades, from working and hunting dogs to champion pedigrees and beloved pets.
Idiot's Guides: Dog Training
Eschewing the use of retractable leads, bells or whistles to control your dog, this book favours the 'lure and reward' method of training; the lure is usually food, but toys or balls work for some dogs. The programme includes chapters on understanding your pet's behaviour and house-training, as well as basic obedience training drills and methods for correcting problem behaviours.
The Secret Life of Puppies
A Dog's-Eye View of its First Year of Life
Blind and deaf at birth, puppies suffer the ‘terrible twos’ at 13 weeks and are awkward teenagers within a year. Illustrated with colour photographs, this companion to the Channel 5 series takes readers through that year in stages, incorporating useful facts, ways to care for your pet and step-by-step training exercises that will help to provide your canine companion with the perfect start in life.
Episodes in the Life of a Bulldog Pup
Cecil Aldin (1870–1935), who was said to have ‘captured the very soul of a dog’ in his illustrations, follows the fortunes of a prize-winning bulldog puppy with a somewhat inflated idea of himself, from lording it over his litter sisters, through the high-life with an actress to the simple life on a farm. First published in 1905 as A Gay Dog.
A Practical Guide for Owners and Breeders
Strongheart and Rin Tin Tin, both taken from Germany to America after the First World War, were among the earliest animal movie stars and popularized German Shepherds internationally. The breed has since proved an excellent guard and scent-follower and is widely used as a working dog as well as kept as a pet. This comprehensive manual provides information on training, diet and exercise as well as guidance on showing, breeding and breed-specific ailments and diseases.
A Literary Anthology
‘Histories’, wrote Alexander Pope, ‘are more full of the examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends’, and man’s best friend has a reputation for loyalty, companionship and playfulness. This collection of canine portraits from classic books will delight lovers of dogs and literature alike. Its vignettes range from Shakespeare to Dickens, from Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf, and from Dodie Smith’s Dalmatians to Jack London’s fearsome White Fang.