There’s no time like the present to start reading some of the best dog books ever. This all-time guide has something for everyone and every type of dog lover.
Sure, there’s nothing like the real thing and experiencing the companionship of a loving pet, but reading about them is also heartwarming.
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- A Dog’s Purpose
This New York Times and USA Today bestseller, written by W. Bruce Cameron is all about Bailey, a dog that learns his own purpose through the impact he has on the people he loves.
2. Merle’s Door
The author, Ted Kerasote, writes about a remarkable, freethinking dog he met while he was on a camping trip. The book is a touching portrait of the friendship and bond between people and animals.
3. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein told the story from the dog’s perspective that made our list of best books for dog lovers. Enzo the dog is committed to dedicating his life to assisting his father — a race car driver, so that perhaps when he’s reincarnated, he can return as a human.
4. Old Yeller
This critically acclaimed literary classic is a must-read for everyone. Written by Fred Gipson, the heart-breaking story a boy who is caring for the family farm in Texas. During the summer, the 14-year-old Travis tries to drive away Old Yeller, a stray dog who damaged their fields, but instead grew closer to the dog after the yellow dog saved his brother from a bear attack.
5. Off the Leash
The Boston Globe TV Critic, Matthew Gilbert, reflects on time spent at his dog park with Toby, his Yellow Lab, writing all about his experiences with events and characters. It’s a humorous, engaging portrait of life at the dog park that any dog lover will love.
Larry Levin tells his story about Oogy, the ugliest dog he and his family had ever seen — and how they all fell in love with him when they visited the animal hospital. The New York Times bestseller is a heartwarming story you won’t soon forget.
7. Marley & Me
John Grogan’s New York Times bestselling Marley & Me is a story of the lovable yet uncontrollabe and wild Labrador that made a huge impact on his human family. This book was so great that it was adapted into a movie starring FRIENDS star Jennifer Aniston.
8. Dog Years: A Memoir
Written by Mark Doty, this book is a must-read about the author adopting Beau, a Gold Retriever that was neglected and malnourished. Doty shows the many life lessons dogs can teach. Get ready to go on an intimate, touching and hearbreaking adventure as it unfolds.
9. Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words.
Written by John Wl Pilley, Jr. & Hilary Hinzmann, the book is a tribute to Chaser, a Border Collie that knows over 1000 words and 1000 toys by name! The author, who used to be a physchology professor, realized that human to do communication is far greater than was believed. Pilley’s book will also show you the way to teach your dog to do the same. And this isn’t just any book, it’s been “approved” by many dog lovers.
10. A Dog’s Life – The Autobiography of a Stray
Ann M. Martin writes the life story as Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells it. Her life includes her mother and one brother, Bone, as her other three littermates died. Their nurturing mother teaches them the necessary skills dogs need to survive, and when she never returned after hunting for food, the young puppies had to survive on their own. The book tells of the obstacles the puppies faced, day after day, from other wildlife to brutal humans.
11. Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
The bestselling book written by cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz will delight readers as it explores how dogs think and what they know. It gives insight to the reader about how dogs see their own worlds, others like them, and of course, the people around them.
12. Though a Dog’s Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs
This book is warmly written by Jennifer Arnold in a way that balances both science and observation to open our eyes and let us better understand and communicate with dogs. The author, who has spent most of her life training service dogs for the disabled, uses a method based on teaching dogs NOT to follow commands, but instead, to make choices. Her method always uses encouragment and kindness and never submission or fear. Reading this book will change the way you see your dog and the way it sees the world.
13. The Story of Edgar Sawtell
The lead character of this book, written by David Wroblewski, is left to learn how to survive in the wild with three wonderful and loyal dogs after a tragedy. It has to be a great book as it even made Oprah’s Book Club pick.