Book reviews

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Blacks Student Veterinary Dictionary
Dog Food Logic
Home Alone – and Happy!
Honey’s Natural Feeding Handbook for Dogs
How to be your dog’s superhero
Ninja Writing
Penguin Dictionary of Psychology
Plenty in Life is Free
The Fast Track ‘Puppy Survival Kit’
The Fast Track ‘Dog Survival Kit’
The Human Half of Dog Training
The Midnight Dog Walkers
Think Dog

 

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Blacks Student Veterinary Dictionary
Edited by Edward Boden (A& C Black Publishers Ltd, 2007) SBN 978 0 7136 87637

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In my opinion, I believe this book should be top of our recommended reading list.  It covers most species and I’ve found it irreplaceable as a source of reference when looking up genetics or autonomic nervous system etc. It helps with our understanding of common diseases and conditions, and is a useful source of reference for veterinary referrals and when interpreting reports.

In summary, this book contains a lot of excellent information for a very reasonable price.  Highly recommended!

Review by Dave Bain, Member of ICB
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Dog Food Logic: Making smart decisions for your dog in an age of too many choices
Linda P. Case, M.S.  (Doggies Publishing, 2014)  ISBN 978 1 61781 138 8

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The best food to feed your dog is a very widely debated topic at the moment, and finding a fact-based, unbiased book has been quite difficult – until now.

This book tells you how to read and understand what is in your dog’s food and how to calculate what your dog needs based on his activity level.  It explains the ploys and tactics of the marketing world – well, it is their job to sell you their product!

After reading this book I became aware of how easy it is for me to be swayed by product testimonials and anecdotes rather than looking at scientific studies and facts, and how easy it is to misinterpret what is in a particular food.

All in all I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in canine nutrition who wants an informative, objective and unbiased view.

Review by Sue Lefevre G.Dip ABM, MICB, Member of ICB
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Home Alone – and Happy!
Kate Mallatratt (Hubble & Hattie 2016) ISBN 978 1 845848 61 3

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Prevention is better than cure.  This is a quote that we have all heard, and this book is excellent at looking at how separation anxiety in dogs can help be prevented before it becomes problematic and distressing for both the owner and especially the dog. Read more …

Review by Sue Lefevre G.Dip ABM, MICB, Member of ICB

Home Alone – and Happy is a book which every new dog owner should put on his MUST HAVE reading list. It is clearly laid out and beautifully illustrated. A pleasure to pick up and read.

Kate approaches the subject of preventing separation anxiety with an in depth knowledge of how the dog feels and thinks when left to cope on his own. She explains what action to take in easy to follow steps and in clear language. Her knowledge is based on scientific research but makes easy reading. Read more …

Reviewed by Brigitte Barton, A.Dip.CBM, FISAP, Member of ICB
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Honey’s Natural Feeding Handbook for Dogs
by Jonathan Self (The Mammoth Publishing Company 2012) ISBN 978 0 957 0753 0 6

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[ezcol_2third_end]This is an excellent plain-English book for anyone wishing to learn more about raw feeding.  Filled with useful facts, it explains what dogs eat in the wild, how to switch to raw feeding with ease and its associated health benefits.  The book also discusses a number of common ailments and has a useful “Other Sources of Information” chapter for those wishing to delve into raw feeding in greater depth.

Recommended reading for both owners considering a switch to raw feeding and the more experienced raw feeder, this is a useful addition to any dog-lover’s library.

Review by Kate Mallatratt, Ad Dip CBM, PPG, Member of ICB
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How to be your dog’s super hero: Transform your dastardly dog using the power of play
by Dominic Hodgson
(Elite Publishing Academy 2016) ISBN 978 1 910090 65 7

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Thumbs up to Dominic Hodgson for creating a very endearing, comical and down-to-earth book for real dog owners. This well written book had me laughing out loud at the author’s funny fables.  He humorously admits that he’s made most of the same mistakes with his dogs that many of his readers may currently be making. It’s refreshing to read such honesty and I believe Dominic’s empathy with the reader stems from his experience of many of the issues that his readers might be struggling with, making the book so much more relevant to the reader. Read more…

 

Review by Mair Franklin, Ad Dip CBM, Member of ICB

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Ninja Writing
Shani Raja, Journalist. http://www.udemy.com

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[ezcol_2third_end]”Shani Raja teaches top journalists how to improve their writing and has written and edited for some of the world’s biggest news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg News. Shani has also taught advanced writing skills to professionals and edited for leading global companies from Microsoft and IBM to PwC. He also teaches journalism to undergraduates.”  Ref: https://www.udemy.com/user/shaniraja2/

As behaviourists, writing good reports is an important part of our job and reflects our professionalism and our personality.  Read more …

Review by Kate Mallatratt, Ad Dip CBM, PPG, Member of ICB
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Penguin Dictionary of Psychology (4th edition)
by Arthur S Reber, Rhianon Allen and Emily S Reber (Penguin Group 2009) ISBN 978 0 141 03024 1

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This is a dictionary I frequently find myself dipping into.  It offers fuller explanations than a regular Oxford English dictionary, for those times when a more detailed word or phrase meaning is needed but not the full understanding of an in-depth article.  This dictionary is a great ‘half-way house’.

It covers most of the terms I look up but occasionally I find something missing and I would like to see it expanded in the future.  Nevertheless this dictionary provides some excellent definitions that will help any student with their studies or professional, and I highly recommend it has a place on your bookshelf.  I wouldn’t be without my copy!

Review by Kate Mallatratt, Ad Dip CBM, PPG, Member of ICB
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Plent in Life is Free: Reflections on Dog, Training and Finding Grace by Kathy Sdao (2012) ISBN 978 1617810 64 0

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I was asked to do a book review of around five to six hundred words on a behaviour book of my choice. The book I chose was “Plenty in Life is Free” by Kathy Sdao, however I cannot fully give this book justice with such a small word count. Wow, just wow!  What an amazing book!  Not only is this book helpful for canine professionals but also first and long term dog owners. Read more …

 

Review by Nikki Caddick, RVN, A1, MBVNA, FdSc, PPG, member of ICB
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The Fast Track ‘Puppy Survival Kit’: Coping with the ‘Joys’ of Puppyhood!
Lyn Fleet and Helen Roberts (Dogwise  Publishing 2004) ISBN ISBN: 0 9546845 0 8

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I only wish I had this book when I had my puppy 14 years ago. It would have saved me a lot of trouble, and given me a good laugh as well.

This book is a must for new puppy owners.  It takes you through each daunting stage of puppy ownership when each owner thinks that they have acquired a demon rather than a cute little puppy. Read more …

Review by Sue Lefevre G.Dip CBM, MICB, Member of ICB

The Fast Track ‘Puppy Survival Kit’ is a fabulous book for all puppy owners! Lyn Fleet and Helen Roberts dispel some common myths about puppy training and give excellent no-nonsense advice on how to bring up a well-adjusted puppy. Read more…

Review by Kate Mallatratt Ad.Dip CBM, Member of ICB

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The Fast Track ‘Dog Survival Kit’: Coping with Adolescence and Beyond
Lyn Fleet and Helen Roberts (Dogwise  Publishing 2004) ISBN ISBN: 0 9546845 1 6

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What a great little book! Packed full of information for dog owners, sound advice and humour, this book is a must read for owners who wish to understand more about their dogs, how to deal with the challenges of dog ownership and make important decisions that will affect their dog’s future health and wellbeing. It dispels common myths about dominance, explains breed-specific behaviour, looks at how dogs learn, discusses diet, aggression and other ‘problem’ behaviours, and gives good information about how to tackle common issues such as barking. It has a useful chapter on how dogs communicate.

Lyn and Helen have covered almost all the things you need to consider when owning a dog in an easy-to-read guide that should be on the shelf of every dog owner.

Review by Kate Mallatratt Ad.Dip CBM, Member of ICB

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The Human Half of Dog Training
Risë Van Fleet   (Dogwise  Publishing 2013) ISBN 978 1 6178 103 6

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Although this book has ‘Training’ rather than ‘Behaviour’ in the title, it is extremely beneficial to anyone working with clients, in whatever field.  Risë Van Fleet  clearly explains the many barriers that are put up by owners, whether intentionally or not. Read more …

Review by Angela Pitman MAPDT MIACE, Member of ICB
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The Midnight Dog Walkers: positive training and practical advice for living with reactive and aggressive dogs
Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA ISBN (i-5 Publishing, 2016)  978 1 62187 1163

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This book proved to be a very interesting read.  The author writes openly and from first-hand experience of owning a reactive dog, one that sadly was ultimately beyond behaviour modification. It is this type of personal experience that makes reading Annie’s book so compelling; her writing speaks with the emotion and understanding that only comes from someone who has actually walked in the shoes of the reactive dog owner.

There are still pictures throughout the book with accompanying short descriptions of the canine communication signals displayed, perhaps planting a seed of interest to readers who may be encouraged to further investigate canine communication signals in more depth. Read more …

Review by Mair Franklin, ADip CBM, Member of ICB
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Think Dog: An owner’s guide to canine psychology (revised edition)
John Fisher (Octopus Publishing 2012) ISBN 978 1 84403 709 4

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Two Thirds Column[/ezcol_2third_end]For anyone considering a career in dog behaviour or for the pet dog owner, this book is  a ‘must read’.  Written in plain English it is an excellent resource for both owners and students.

John fisher was one of the forerunners in understanding canine psychology in the early 1990’s and was a mentor to a great many trainers, myself included. Read more…

 

Review by Angela Pitman MAPDT MIACE, Member of ICB
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