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Dr. William Putney Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII William W. Putney joined the Marine Corps at the height of World War II. He commanded the Third Dog Platoon during the battle for Guam and later served as chief veterinarian and commanding officer of the War Dog Training School, where he helped train former pets for war in the Pacific. After the war, he fought successfully to have USMC war dogs returned to their civilian owners. 
David Frei Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch David Frei, the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club and the founder of Westminster's therapy dog charity, Angel On A Leash, shares stories of heartwarming encounters and everyday miracles that he's witnessed in his work with therapy dogs that change the lives of children, adults, and seniors at hospitals and rehabilitation centers. 
Andrea Arden  Barron's Dog Training Bible  Author Andrea Arden is a well-known trainer who currently works on Animal Planet's shows, Underdog to Wonderdog, Dogs 101, and Cats 101. She begins by pointing out the importance of understanding canine psychology and a dog's learning capacity as necessary prerequisites to effective and humane training. Also discussed are several different approaches to dog training, canine temperaments, an impulse control. 
Terry Ryan Coaching People to Train Their Dogs Practical information and expert advise for dog training. A good resource manuel for preparing for the CPDT Test. 
Nona Kilgore Bauer  Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs  Featuring over 100 new pages, including 150 new color photographs, this expanded and revised edition presents brand-new chapters on military working dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan, the therapy dogs who worked at Ground Zero, the SDF's new National Training Center and post-9/11 rescue missions at home and abroad. A special section, written by 9/11 SAR handlers in honor of their canine partners 
Jack Volhard Dog Training For Dummies This friendly guide shows you how to select the right training method for your dog, based on his unique personality, to reach your desired goals. Whether you want to teach Buddy to sit or master retrieving, you'll get expert training tips and techniques for you and your dog — to ensure a mutually respectful relationship with your four-legged friend. 
Karen Pryor  Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs Karen Pryor is a behavioral biologist with an international reputation in two fields, marine mammal biology and behavioral phsychology. She is a founder and leading proponent of "clicker training," a training system based on operant conditioning (isolate wanted behaviors and ignore the unwanted) and the all-positive methods developed by marine mammal trainers. Clicker training is now in use world wide with dogs, cats, horses, birds, zoo animals, and increasingly with humans, in the teaching of sports and athletic performances and developing behaviors in autistics 
Jane Miller  Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives "Animals are more complete than people. They are wonderful teachers, therapists and role models for us all. Read Healing Companions and learn about their ability to guide and heal us all."--Bernie Siegel, MD---Jane Miller, LISW, CDBC, works in private practice as a clinical psychotherapist and licensed independent social worker, with a particular interest in holistic healing. She has lectured in a wide variety of settings, including many national and local organizations, schools, and dog-training facilities. More recently, Miller has consulted with NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services), the Canines for Combat Veterans program for soldiers returning from combat in Iraq with post-traumatic stress, as well as other veterans organizations. She has appeared in the PBS program "Health Visions: Animals As Healers" and other local and national media. 
Alexandra Horowitz  Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. What’s it like to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time?  
American Rescue Dog Association Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero, Second Edition From the devastation of the World Trade Center to earthquakes in Central Asia, search and rescue dogs have proven invaluable in helping to find victims of disasters? Whether man-made or natural.  
Maria Goodavage Soldier Dogs  "Military working dogs live for love and praise from their handlers," says Ron Aiello, president of the United States War Dogs Association and a former marine scout dog handler. "The work is all a big game, and then they get that pet, that praise. They would do anything for their handler." This is an unprecedented window into the world of these adventurous, loving warriors 
Jack Volhard The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One, Second Edition The Canine Good Citizen test, introduced by the American Kennel Club in recent years, hardly requires a special course of training-designed to certify that a dog has basic obedience skills, the CGC consists of 10 simple exercises for the dog, from sitting "politely" for petting to walking on a loose leash to a down-stay with the owner 20 feet away. Passing the CGC is as good a goal as any in dog training. 
Dr. Bruce Fogle  The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior  How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works. 
Lisa Rogak The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs Military working dogs gained widespread attention after Cairo participated in the SEAL Team 6 mission that led to Osama bin Laden’s death. Before that, few civilians realized that dogs served in combat, let alone that they could parachute from thirty thousand feet up. 
Jim Gorant  The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption In The Lost Dogs, we meet these amazing animals, a number of which are now living in loving homes, while some even work in therapy programs: Johnny Justice participates in Paws for Tales, which lets kids get comfortable with reading aloud by reading to dogs; Leo spends three hours a week with cancer patients and troubled teens. At the heart of the stories are the rescue workers who transformed the pups from victims of animal cruelty into healing caregivers themselves, unleashing priceless hope. 
Patricia B. McConnell  The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs  The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends. 
Dawn Marcus The Power of Wagging Tails: A Doctor's Guide to Dog Therapy and Healing  Medical studies have consistently shown that patients benefit from therapy dog visits. One recent study of 59 adults showed that following a therapy dog visit their energy levels increased, respiratory rated calmed significantly and pain scores decreased by over 20 percent. Mood scores improved by over 60 percent with the patients feeling less tense, anxious, angry, tied depressed and dejected. 
Joshua Leeds  Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1 Audio CD for the dog: Music can soothe the savage beast, including your dog! Millions of dog guardians have grappled with behavior problems caused by their dogs anxiety from fits of barking when left home alone to the nervous whimpering during a thunderstorm. Now, psychoacoustic expert Joshua Leeds joins concert pianist Lisa Spector and veterinary neurologist Dr. Susan Wagner to create Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion 
Michael Hingson  Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero  On September 11, 2001, Michael and his seeing eye dog, Roselle, walked down 78 flights of stairs in the North Tower of the World Trade Center and survived. The story of this day is told throughout the book, interspersed with the story of the author's life. 
Luis Carlos Montalvan  Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him A heartwarming true dog story like no other: Tuesday, a lovable golden retriever, transforms a former soldier's life forever  
Harris Done War Dogs of the Pacific DVD: "War Dogs of the Pacific" tells the incredible true story of the marine war dog platoons of world war two. It's a heart-warming film that explores the unique bond that formed between the young marines and their dogs. They teamed up to perform dangerous missions. Their success at finding the hidden enemy saved countless lives in the Pacific. These dogs proved themselves worthy of the title, 'Man's Best Friend.' 46 minutes 
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