Friday, June 25, 2010

Man's Best Friend

Dog with green toy bone
We hope you didn't think we forgot about you when we posted about cats the other week. It's your turn today.

Does it seem like there has been a lot of focus on dogs and dog training in the media? There are entire TV shows devoted to educating us on our furry friends. Don't know what kind of dog is right for you? Easy! Watch "Dogs 101," which talks about different dog breeds and their characteristics. Is your dog barking every time the doorbell rings? Well, Cesar Millan ("The Dog Whisperer") or Victoria Stilwell ("It's Me or the Dog") probably has some great advice to quiet your pup. Want to see a dog be transformed from a shelter dog to a wonderful family pet? Watch "Underdog to Wonder Dog."

Don't have cable? Don't worry! Find all of the dog resources you need at the library! Here are just a few examples. Titles marked with an * can be found in the adult section of the library:

Dog Breeds

Want to learn more about what type of dog might be best for you and your family? Take a look at these resources:
Dog by Juliet Clutton-BrockDog on pink Jeep

Dog by Matthew Van Fleet (Picture book story)

*Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds by D. Caroline Coile

*The Illustrated Guide to Dog Breeds by Mike Stockman

*The Uncommon Dog Breeds by Kathryn Braund

General Dog Facts

What do you need to know to care for your dog? What do they eat? How much exercise do they need? Learn more with these resources:
About Dogs by Bruce Johnson (NEW!)

Dog Days by Beth Gruber

Dogs and Puppies by Jinny Johnson

Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know about Dogs by Marty Crisp

Jobs for Dogs

Dogs are not only just Man's Best Friend, but they can also help out in the community. Check out these resources to see what dogs can do!
Dog says readA Dog's Gotta Do What a Dog's Gotta Do: Dogs at Work by Marilyn Singer

*Dogs with Jobs: Working Dogs around the World by Merrily Weisbord

Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser (Picture book story)

Morris and Buddy: The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog by Becky Hall

Police Dogs by Frances Ruffin

Seizure-Alert Dogs by Margaret Fetty

Therapy Dogs by Linda Tagliaferro

Media - Facts (DVDs)

Learn facts about dogs.
*131st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

*Dog Whisperer: Stories from Cesar's Way

*Dogs: Choosing, Caring, and Training by Revodition

*Drool School: Family Dog Training by Amy Robinson

*The Loved Dog: The Loved Way of Dog Training by Tamar Geller

Media - Fun (DVDs)

Have fun watching these movies that feature man's best friend:
Bolt movie cover102 Dalmatians

All Dogs Go to Heaven

*Best in Show


Cats & Dogs

Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford Saves the Day

Hotel for Dogs

*Marley & Me

Training Your Dog

Be sure your dog is a good canine citizen!
*ASPCA Dog Training by Bruce Fogle

*Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog and Your Life by Cesar Millan

*Dog Training for Dummies by Joachim Volhard

*It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet by Victoria Stilwell

*The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do around Dogs by Patricia McConnell

Other Community and California Dog-Friendly Resources
Dog as lizardCarmel, CA - Did you know that Carmel, CA is extremely dog-friendly? Want to get away with your family and your dog? Try a mini-vacation to Carmel, where dogs are king. Think: pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, beaches, etc.

Ed Levin County Park - This Santa Clara County park in Milpitas has a "expansive off-leash dog park for large and small dogs."

Humane Society of Silicon Valley - Visit the Humane Society to find a new best friend (with your parents' permission, of course!). The organization also accepts food, time, and money donations to support their effort to adopt rescued animals. - Looking to adopt a pet? Ask your parents, and maybe you can find a new friend through Petfinder.

Reed Street Dog Park is the only Santa Clara City park that allows dogs to run off-leash. Visit this park with your furry friend and socialize with other dog owners!

San Jose Dog Parks - Give your dog some exercise, and look for dog parks in San Jose!

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority - Their mission is to "ensure the well-being of both animals and residents in our communities by delivering high-quality, responsive and cost-effective animal control services."
Please visit the Youth Services desk and ask a librarian if you want help finding any resources about dogs!

Posted by ws (formerly wk). All photos, except for Bolt and Dog Whisperer DVD covers, are personal photos of ws's 4-year-old rescued Silky Terrier.