Earlier this year, researchers at Japan’s Azabu University discovered when humans and dogs look into each other’s eyes they experience a surge of oxytocin, the hormone associated with trust and love that is largely responsible for maternal bonding. Learn more about our best friends in books from the Lititz Public Library.

Lessons from TaraLessons from Tara: Life Advice from the World’s Most Brilliant Dog by David Rosenfelt
The author learned about dating, about being able to share his emotions and about everyday life from his golden retriever sidekick.

The Secret History of Kindness: Learning from How Dogs Learn by Melissa Holbrook Pierson
After observing a trainer’s rapport with her border collie and meeting with a host of fascinating animal behaviorists, the author draws connections and explores how kindness works to motivate all animals.

The Beginner's Guide to Dog AgilityA Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility by Laurie Leach
Training for agility competitions creates a fun working relationship and enduring bond with a dog.

Hounded: The Lowdown on Life from Three Dachshunds by Matt Ziselman
Mixing hilarious canine stories with heartfelt reminiscences from his own life, the author shares a memoir of illuminating life lessons.

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Training: Puppy Training to Advanced Techniques Plus 25 Problem Behaviors Solved! by Teoti Anderson
Dogs inherit a set of species-specific behaviors that can clash with how humans want our pets to behave in our houses and in our lives.

How to Raise the Perfect Dog : Through Puppyhood and BeyondHow to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier
A range of common concerns are addressed, from selecting a compatible breed and meeting health needs to housebreaking essentials and achieving ideal behavior.

Stepdog by Mireya Navarro
After more than three decades of happy single womanhood the author met the man of her dreams – and the dog of her nightmares.

Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
The top researchers, scientists and veterinarians teamed up to create the most cutting-edge, scientifically accurate book on the behavioral issues dogs face.

Through a Dog's EyesThrough a Dog’s Eyes by Jennifer Arnold
A trainer of service dogs presents insights into the capabilities, intelligence and sensitivity of dogs, providing an understanding of how they see the world.

The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs by Jon Franklin
A journalist traces his search into the origins and cultural role of domesticated dogs, an investigation marked by his visit to a 12,000-year-old archaeological site and his relationship with a clever poodle.

Dogs Are People, Too : A Collection of Cartoons to Make Your Tail WagDogs Are People, Too: A Collection of Cartoons to Make Your Tail Wag by Dave Coverly
Over the years the cartoonist-author has noticed dogs to be a perennial favorite.

All Dogs Go to Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn’t Learn In Veterinary School) by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang
Always at her side, three dogs have educated the author in empathy and understanding for all the oddballs and misfits who come through her vet clinic doors.

World's Ugliest DogsWorld’s Ugliest Dogs by Vicki DeArmon
Filled with hilarious photos, this book profiles the dogs and owners at the annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Brain Games for Dogs by Claire Arrowsmith
Incorporating mental challenges into everyday activities builds a stronger bond between a dog and its owner.

October 9, 2015