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Dogs: A Startling New Understanding
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This new book on the origins and behavior of dogs by Raymond and Lorna Coppinger is going to make some dog trainers get their hackles up. Trainers who base their methods on the concept that a dog is just a wolf in civilized clothing will be especially upset, because the Coppingers say they are simply wrong.

They admit that there is "no appreciable differences" in the genetics of coyotes, dogs, jackels and wolves, and these species can interbreed. Still, they say, "dogs have diverged, changed, transmutated from their wolflike ancestors."

Thus, training programs that say the owner/trainer should be the "alpha wolf" and the dog a subordinate member of the pack are wrong, because dogs are not wolves. The brains of dogs are different from the brains of wolves, just as the brains of humans are different from the brains of chimpanzees, a close relative, they argue. Dogs don’t think and react to signals as wolves do.

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AUTHOR: Raymond and Lorna Coppinger have a combination of real life dog experience coupled with scientific knowledge and expert writing skills that makes this book an exceptional one. A professor of biology at Hampshire College, he has raised both sled dogs and sheep dogs. She is the author of The World of Sled Dogs. PUBLISHER: Scribner, New York, 2001.

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Dogs That Know When Their Owners
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By Rupert Sheldrake
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Dogs That Know When their Owners Are Coming Home and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals makes for fascinating reading.  The rich collection of dog tales and animal stories in this remarkable book makes it an appealing volume for dog lovers and anyone interested in animal behavior. It can be read at a much deeper level as well, but the book is very much worth reading for the animal episodes alone. 

There’s the story of Jaytee, a mixed-breed terrier living in Northern England who correctly anticipated the retun of his owner Pam 85 percent of the time during a year-long experiment. Pam kept a log of her own travels including the varying and random times when she set off for home. Her parents kept a log of Jaytee’s activities including when he went to the French door to await his mistress. The match-up was remarkable.

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AUTHOR: Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist who studied natural sciences at Cambridge and philosophy at Harvard, then earned the Ph.D. in biochemistry at Cambridge. He has studied biochemistry and cell biology, the development of plants and aging of cells.  PUBLISHER: Crown Publishers, 1999, hardback edition. Three Rivers Press, paperback edition, 1999

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The Encyclopedia of the Dog
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Chinook. Eurasier. Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir. Prazsky Krysavik. Shikoku. If you've never heard of these dog breeds, you're surely not alone. But it also means you've likely not added Bruce Fogle's superb volume, The Encyclopedia of Dogs, to your dog book library. If you are looking for one book to take you around the globe exploring the world of dogs, Fogle's 312-page work deserves serious consideration.

The book's comprehensive approach is one of its greatest strengths, matched by the extensive use of color photography to introduce each breed, whether familiar or novel. More than 200 pages of the book are devoted to profiling 400 breeds, many better known in Europe and Asia than in America.

The book's organization makes understanding breeds -- and their relationships to other breeds -- easier than following kennel club show groupings. Fogle's categories are Primitive Dogs, Sight Hounds, Scent Hounds, Spitz-type Dogs, Terriers, Gundogs, Livestock Dogs, Companion Dogs. The reader is quickly reminded that a high percentage of dog breeds were created for work with people.

To convey much information in compact fashion, Fogle offers a "Key Facts" box on each breed, uses graphics and symbols to convey information such as size, and offers a unique fur color chart when a breed comes in various shades. Many breeds have both head shot and standing pose photos. Rounding out the book are sections on the dog's body and movement, behavior, care, and origins and relationships with people. Noteworthy is the section on the dog's close relatives, with pictures of the various wolves thought to have been the genetic source of the domestic dog.

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AUTHOR: Born in Ontario, Canada, Bruce Fogle DVM is considered an expert on animal behavior. The author of four other books on dogs and cats, he trained at the London Zoo and practices veterinary medicine in London. PUBLISHER: Dorling Kindersley, London, 1995.

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Merle's Door: Lessons from a
Freethinking Dog,
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This new book about a dog and the people and creatures in his life engages readers as few other dog books can. From the April evening that Merle and Ted choose each other near the San Juan River, you'll enjoy their adventures near home in northwest Wyoming and much further afield.

Woven through Merle's story are insights from the best canine research on dog intelligence, dog emotions, dog domestication and more.   Thus, this thoughtfully written book is much more than a dog story.

Author Ted Kerasote is an outdoor writer by specialty. His skill at depicting the natural world shines through in this remarkable volume that  will be enjoyed by lovers of dogs and the West. 

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AUTHOR: Ted Kerasote is an outdoor writer by specialty. He has written for more than four dozen well known periodicals such as Field & Stream, Outside, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler and the New York Times. He has also written several books including the award-winning Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age, a volume that earned him the National Outdoor Book Award.

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A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs and Me
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As Jon’s story begins, he's leading an idyllic life as a book and magazine writer with two stalwart canine companions, his yellow Labrador Retrievers Julius and Stanley. Calm, devoted, steady dogs. And at the start, I wondered where the drama in this book would come from for this pair was so well behaved.

Never fear. Jon is convinced to adopt a Border Collie male named Devon, and thereby hangs the tale. From the first time Devon escapes when his crate is opened just a fraction of an inch, we know Jon is in for a whole new life. As the pair struggles to build a workable relationship, we laugh, cry and discover compelling insights about the instincts, behavior and just plain smarts of working dogs.

And what dogs mean in the life of a man who, by self-admission, is not the most social person on the planet.

But wait. There’s another Border Collie coming, a pup Homer, who adds yet another dimension to the book. The book is getting rave reviews and little wonder, for it is alternately fun and fascinating, hilarious and heart-warming. I very rarely say this, but this is a book that every dog lover deserves to have, to read and reread.

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AUTHOR: Jon Katz is the author of eleven books, six of them novels and five works of nonfiction. Among them are Geeks and Running to the Mountain. A two-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, he has written for The New York Times, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and Wired. He currently writes about technology, media, and culture for the Web site Slashdot.org, and is a contributing editor to public radio’s Marketplace.  A member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, he is also a contributor to to Bark magazine. He lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Paula Span, a reporter for The Washington Post, and their college-student daughter, Emma Span. Jon Katz can be e-mailed at jonkatz3@comcast.net or jonkatz@slashdot.org.

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Yukon Alone
By John Balzar |
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Yukon Alone is much more than the story of the famous Yukon Quest sled dog race. This new book by a roving reporter for the Los Angeles Times is an absorbing mix of exciting sports reporting, vivid character portrayal, and a fascinating exploration of the Far North at the end of the 20th century.

Whether you are interested in long-distance sled dog racing or simply enjoy a tension-filled adventure story with more than its share of thrills and spills, you will enjoy this narrative. The book is filled with rugged individuals, tough dogs and the extraordinary frigid landscape on the route from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Along the way are brief excursions into issues of animal rights and sled dog racing, insiders and outsiders in the North, and much more. But award-winning writer John Balzar never strays far from the meat of the book, the demanding days on the Yukon Quest trail during the 1998 race.

The Mushers, the Characters

Looming large in the book are the mushers, seen not only through their Quest trail experiences, but also through pithy portraits of their personal lives and thoughts, at least for those who were willing to talk with John. Some did, some did not. Now in the year 2000, we can enjoy these portrayals from a fresh perspective after the running of this year’s Quest.

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AUTHOR: John Balzar is today a roving reporter for the Los Angeles Times, living in the Pacific Northwest. He has spent more than 10 years in the Far North, experiencing life as a whaler with Eskimos, a boatman for a wilderness guide and as a veterinary assistant and press aide for the Yukon Quest.  He has won the Scripps-Howard Foundation Prize for human interest writing and portrayal of adventure. PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1999.

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The Training and Racing Journals
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Roland "Doc" Lombard is one of the great sled dog racers of the 20th century, having competed both in his home territory, the New England region, and on the famous race trails of Alaska, with Siberian and Alaskan huskies. This volume provides rare insights on the training and racing he and his wife Louise did.  It is a unique combination of elements, making it a valuable volume for the bookshelf of any serious musher or lover of sled dog history and lore, including Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute fanciers.

Author Nancy Cowan has been writing aspects of sled dog history -- especially in her home region of New England -- for some years now, this being her fifth sled dog book. In that process, she has made available to dog lovers and mushers a wealth of resources hidden away in boxes of photographs or diaries or, in this case, the training journals of one of the 20th century's most famous mushers, Doc Lombard, and his wife Weezie.

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Gold Rush Dogs
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New out this year 2001 is "Gold Rush Dogs," a very nicely done paperback book that is a must for the library of every musher and every fancier of the sled dog breeds such as Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.

The volume is filled with the tales of the famous sled dogs of Alaska’s snowy trails. There’s Baldy of Nome, one of the famous lead dogs in Nome’s long-distance races; Siberian Huskies Togo and Balto, two of the canine heroes of the famous humanitarian Serum Run in 1925; and Nero, a St. Bernard in the Klondike. Yet the book is more than dogs; it is also the incredible story of the men who went questing for gold in the frozen Northland.

Wonderful historic photos illustrate this volume which sled dog lovers and working dog lovers alike will enjoy. Siberian Huskies fanciers will appreciate the big photo of Leonhard Seppala's victorious 1917 All-Alaska team, for example, while Alaskan Malamute lovers will appreciate the photo of Muk, a "pure malamute" belonging to Hudson Stuck, the Episcopal archdeacon of the Yukon who traveled thousands of miles by sled dog team in his ministry.

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 Alone Across the Arctic: 
One Woman’s Epic Journey by Dog Team
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I had the pleasure of meeting Pam Flowers -- and her sled dogs -- during my trip to Alaska in August 2001. She is a small, quiet-spoken woman -- with an incredible iron will. She and 8 Alaskan huskies traveled across the top of the world from Barrow, Alaska, to Repulse Bay, Canada, in the early 1990s, setting a number of records in the process.

This new book -- for young people and adults alike -- introduces you to lead dog Douggie and his seven teammates, and narrates many of their hair-raising adventures in the frigid north. You will often find yourself holding your breath, wondering how Pam and her huskies will find a way to reach safety -- again!  And you will discover Pam's indomitable spirit and quest to succeed, no matter the odds, a message she takes today to school children all over North America.

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Clicking with Your Dog:
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Clicker training has been hailed as the greatest breakthrough in dog training by many enthusiasts, while others are not at all sure.  If you are trying to decide for yourself if this training method has merits for you and your dog, this paperback edition of Clicking with Your Dog could be just what you need. 

Author Peggy Tillman has translated all the theory of clicker training -- for which editor Karen Pryor is so well known -- into an easy volume to use, illustrated to provide step-by-step instructions.  To learn more about this book or to order it online, click the book’s text link under the book jacket picture at left.


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The Portable petswelcome.com
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The Portable petswelcome.com is a very handy volume for dog owners.  More than ever, our dogs are part of our families. As a result, more people want to take their dogs with them when they travel, especially when the family goes on vacation. And the same is true for other pets such as cats, ferrets and more.

This new book by Fred Grayson and Chris Kingsley brings the valuable information from the popular World Wide Web site -- www.petswelcome.com -- and makes it available in a guide book you can take with you while on the road. 

Need a motel that welcomes dogs or other pets?  Lodging options in both the USA and Canada are included, listed by state or province.  Or maybe you're looking for a campground where dogs and pets can join in the fun.  They're in the guide too.  And if you plan to leave your dog or other pet at home, there are listings of petsitters and kennels as well as veterinarians.

If you travel and have a dog, this book belongs on your bookshelf!

AUTHORS:  Fred Grayson and Chris Kingsley -- along with their dogs -- are the creative forces behind the Web site, petswelcome.com.  The site notes that their research continues, with work now underway on finding amusement parks that welcome dogs, cats and other pets.

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A Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do
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A Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do is an ideal little book for an adult who loves dogs to give to a child.   We're delighted to feature this children’s book, not only because it is a worthwhile book for youngsters, but also because the author, Marilyn Singer, used the WorkingDogWeb.com site in her research!  [You bet we’re very proud of that!]

The book introduces kids to all the different kinds of dogs and their many different jobs. The contributions of comfort and therapy dogs, the aid of assistance dogs, the valor of war dogs, the nose work of bloodhounds, the courage of flock protection dogs -- it’s all here in this special book. The stories of real dogs who do the many kinds of jobs gives the book added appeal.  Adults can enjoy the book too.

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AUTHOR: Marilyn Singer
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Singer loved reading and writing poetry in school, but didn't dream she'd be a writer professionally, according to an interview she did with amazon.com. She thought she might be a dog kennel owner, and she was a teacher for several years. She's had as many as four dogs at a time.


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The Seven Daughters of Eve:
The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
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The scientific quest to understand human origins is a popular topic with the lay public as many of us are curious about who we are and where we came from as a species. In this illuminating and well written book, Bryan Sykes goes a long way toward satisfying that curiosity.

Sykes provides an extraordinary picture of the origins and global migrations of Homo sapiens sapiens, modern humans, us.  And he does so in a clear and thoroughly readable way without sensationalizing the science underpinning his narrative. Few scientists have the skills and patience to convey their research findings in appealing and meaningful ways to the general reader. Sykes does. If you are just beginning to explore this topic or are looking for a thorough updating on new research in human origins and population genetics, this volume is the one to read.

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AUTHOR: Bryan Sykes is a professor of human genetics at Oxford University in England and the founder of Oxford Ancestors, a firm providing individuals with their maternal and paternal lineages. He is well known for his research into mitochondrial DNA and human population genetics, has authored more than 130 scientific papers,  helped date the Ice Man found in the Alps, and has been a television reporter and a parliamentary scientific advisor. He is also the editor of The Human Inheritance: Genes, Language, and Evolution.

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