15 Books Every Dog Lover Should Read

If you consider your dog your BFF, spend more time shopping for your canine than yourself, and even have an Instagram account dedicated to pictures of your pup, then you definitely need to check out these books. Every dog lover should pick up at least a couple of these books to feed their obsession with their four-legged best friends.

Here are 15 books that every dog lover should read.

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15 First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends by Brooke Janie & Roy Rowan

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Did you know that there is a long history of having four-legged friends roam The White House? Just imagine man’s best friend sitting next to John F. Kennedy or Barack Obama in the Oval Office while they are making decisions that impact the entire country. Cue the patriotic music! If that image seems interesting to you then you should read all about it in “First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends” by Brooke Janis & Roy Rowan.

This book is for the dog lover who also has an interest in politics and history. Take a dive into history and read about the presidential tradition of having canines in The White House. Maybe you will name your next dog after one of the famous patriotic pups that lived on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

14 How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns

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If you have ever wondered about the sometimes truly intense bond between humans and their dogs, then this should be a must-read book for you. “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain” written by Gregory Berns, should take up a space on your bookshelf and be pulled out to read at anytime.

This book packed the pages full of research on the findings of how dogs emphasize with human emotion, how they love us, as well as why humans and dogs have such remarkable relationships. This book is a page turner, and one that will help you to understand the bond you have been wondering about since you adopted your canine. You never know, perhaps the information will surprise you.

13 The Bedtime Book for Dogs by Bruce Littlefield

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Even though you may not be a kid anymore, this does not mean that you can’t enjoy flipping through the occasional picture book. “The Bedtime Book for Dogs” by Bruce Littlefield is a picture book you need to pick up and read at least once while you are a dog owner.

This cute illustrated book is perfect to read aloud to your dog while you both cuddle up on the couch or even before you both fall asleep after a long day of playing fetch and walking on the beach. If you have children who are dog lovers like yourself, they will be sure to find enjoyment in this book. This illustrated, easy to read book would also make a sweet gift to those newbie dog owners in your life.

12 Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

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“Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” written by Alexandra Horowitz is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, so you know it has to be a great read. This bestselling and informative book introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to be a dog or even what your dog may be thinking or feeling, this book will help feed your curiosity.

This book claims to evokes the dog’s perspective about the life they view and how they may see everything happening around them. In the New York Times Book Review, Cathleen Schine said that this book, “Causes one’s dog-loving heart to flutter with astonishment and gratitude.” What more could you want?

11 Marley & Me by John Grogan

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If you need a good tearjerker, then you should definitely go ahead and pick up this book about the life and love with the “world’s worst dog.” Marley & Me which was written by John Grogan, is a New York Times bestselling autobiographical book that was published in 2005 about the thirteen years he spent with his Labrador Retriever named Marley.

While reading the book, you may compare Marley’s behavior to that of your own misbehaved pup. After you finish reading the book, go ahead and watch the movie, which features an awesome cast including Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, that was made based off of the book. Keep the box of tissues handy because you will surely need them from start to finish.

10 Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

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Pit bulls often have negative stereotypes attached to them, such as they are mean, vicious fighting dogs, who not suitable around children. Well, this story can and will help to change anyone’s opinion if they believe that. Oogy is a touching story about a pit bull who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue after being rescued from dog fighting when he was only a few months old. The incredibly loving family that adopted him tell the heartwarming story about how they took this troubled dog in and made him part of their family. If you ever rescued a pet, you will be able to easily connect with the family in this story. And if you haven’t rescued a pet, it will make you want to.

9 Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? by Amy Newmark

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Remember reading “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books pretty religiously? Why not relive those memories again? Well, now you can and you should, all you have to do is pick up this edition of the phenomenon book series, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?” written by Amy Newmark.

This book is a compilation of heartwarming and hilarious stories about our four-legged best buddies. This book may even inspire you to whip out a notebook or start typing away on your laptop about the funny and heartwarming stories you may have with your dog, or even other pets. If you become so inspired, you may even write your own book. You never know! You may be the next award-winning writer the world is waiting to read.

8 Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration by Allen and Linda Anderson

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If you are a woman who has a heart for rescue dogs, shelter dogs, and service dogs, pick up this book, “Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration” co-written by Allen and Linda Anderson. This book touches on all the ways canines have an impact on our lives as much as we have on theirs. Actress and author, Betty White, even reviewed this book. She said, “When asked, 'Betty, you never remarried! How can you live alone?' my answer is simple: my golden retriever, Pontiac, is my saving grace.” If this book is good enough for Betty White, then surely it will be good enough for you, too. Be sure to share it with all your friends after you finish reading.

7 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Chances are, you have already heard of this book and maybe you have even read it when you were a kid. If so, you can always re-read this classic. It’s a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, as well as the inspiration for a popular film.

This classic should be at the top of your to-read list. Here is a quick summary of what you can expect from this book: Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father and is lonely at first. But that all changes when she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog that helps her make some unusual friends. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to be thankful for her life and finds happiness in life’s simple joys.

6 Woof!: Writers on Dogs by Lee Montgomery

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This book gathers interesting and fun-to-read essays from acclaimed writers about their dogs and all the noteworthy stories they have experienced while living with their four-legged best friends. “Woof! Writers on Dogs,” which is edited by Lee Montgomery with an introduction written by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, will be sure to entertain and delight you with each story you read in the collection.

This may even inspire you to write your own inspirational or humorous story about your pup. If you do write your own essay or collection of essays, be sure to swap stories with your friends or family members who may find them entertaining and lend them your copy of the book so they can get in on all the fun.

5 Beautiful Dogs Stress Relieving Patterns by Gina Trowler

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Alright, I know this is not technically a book you can read, but it is one you can express your creativity with by coloring in the images—that is just as much fun! This coloring book will feed your inner child who used to love coloring. There has been a rise in adult coloring books since people began to realize how relaxing and almost therapeutic focusing on coloring can be at the end of a long, difficult day. It’s also just a wonderful hobby to pick up. If you love coloring and also love your dog, then this adult coloring book will be filled in no time at all. Be sure to pick up a copy of this coloring book for yourself and then gift one to a friend or family member who will love it.

4 Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh

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“Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs” written by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh and published in 2013, is a must-read book that will also be a fantastic addition to your library. This is a collection of inspiring dog-related stories accompanied by incredible must-see photos.

You will read about dogs who comfort veterans, dogs who learn to surf, dogs who detect cancer, as well as dogs who save the day. You still see for yourself how each of these dogs were devoted in their own ways. The 38 uplifting and inspirational dog-related stories, showcase the amazing dog rescues, incredible accomplishments, and unique abilities that our favorite four-legged friends have. You will definitely not want to miss out on this page-turning book.

3 The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman

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“The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs," a compilation of photographs by Elias Weiss Friedman is the perfect coffee table book that needs to be in your home. Once you begin to flip through the beautiful pages, you will start to notice how every page presents dog portraits that command your attention.

The photos will make you smile, laugh, and become an awe of these amazing animals—animals that you welcome into your lives and also into your hearts. Every captured portrait in the book tells a beautiful story and explores the dog’s unique character, personality, and spirit. The review Publishers Weekly gave of this book is, “If Humans of New York and the Sartorialist had a canine love child, it would be the Dogist.”

2 Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes: Fun Homemade Dog Treats for the Busy Pet Lover (Dog Care and Training) (Volume 2) by Vikk Simmons

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Are you a fan of cooking and experimenting with food in the kitchen? Then Vikk Simmons’s book, “Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes: Fun Homemade Dog Treats for the Busy Pet Lover (Dog Care and Training) (Volume 2)” is a book you should pick up the next time you are at the bookstore. How fun would it be to make some easy homemade treats for your pup that they will be sure to enjoy?

It’s such a fun way to treat (no pun intended) your dog and also to experiment with your cooking skills. You may even discover that you prefer to make dog treats rather than buying sometimes expensive brand name treats in order to save money. If you become so creative and good at it, you might be inspired to start your own homemade dog treat line on Etsy.

1 Dog Lover's Devotional: What We Learn about Life from Our Canine Companions by Katherine Anne Douglas

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Your favorite canine companions have a lot to teach and show you about life, love, as well as everything in between. “Dog Lover's Devotional: What We Learn about Life from Our Canine Companions” written by Katherine Anne Douglas, should be added to your “to-read” list, since it will surely open your eyes to new truths and findings.

This inspiring book is a collection of 90 story-based devotional readings, which will offer you spiritual insight to being a dog owner and a dog lover. This unique approach to viewing man’s best friend, is a wonderful read. Especially if you are a spiritual or religious person who loves reading about those subjects, then you should definitely pick this book up and give it a read for yourself.

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