Jayne's favourite Greyhound books
Here are a few of my favourite greyhound books and other related dog training books:
Greyhounds Big and Small
Be they Iggies (italian greyhounds) or Greyts (greyhounds), these elegant dogs have been the subjects of artists' gazes for more than two thousand years. Sleek and slim, they've got the looks and bearing of supermodels - yet all it takes is a lopsided grin, a poke of the nose, or a whimsical head tilt to see that they are playful clowns at heart. Greyhounds Big and Small celebrates these affectionate and beautiful creatures with over 50 photographs that skillfully capture the essence of 'greyhoundedness'.
I haven't got this one yet but it is on my wish list
Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies
The next best thing to having an experienced Greyhound owner living with you.
An authoritative guide on the special needs of these retirees.
Is there life after retirement? Absolutely, for these lucky dogs. More than 18,000 Greyhounds are adopted every year. This handy reference puts you on the fast track to finding an adoption group, selecting the right dog, and more.
True Stories of Rescue, Compassion & Love
This book is the first of its kind. It is meant to gently inform the reader with truth and knowledge. Anyone who cares about animals on any level should read this book and become aware of some of the atrocities that go on in the greyhound's life, as well as the glorious nature of this hound as a companion. Nearly all the stories have happy endings.
The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
Not strictly a book about greyhounds but fascinating reading.
Cesar Millan, the man who rehabilitates dogs and train people in CESAR'S WAY, the wonderful TV program that is a must for dog lovers.
This book helps you see the world through the eyes of your dog so you can eliminate problem behaviours or stop them before they start. It helps you understand What your dog really needs and Why a working with your dog's natural pack instincts are the key to your happy relationship.
He also stresses that there are no 'problem breeds', just problem owners and how to choose a dog who's right for you and your family.
Its a super book filled with fascinating anecdotes about Cesar's long-term clients and makes you stop and think about how you relate to your own dog.
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Again, not strictly a book about greyhounds but fascinating reading.
It gives an account of what happened on each episode in all three seasons of "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan," grouping the episodes based on the behavioral problems of the dogs; gives a follow-up on how each dog is doing now; and provides tips for handling dogs with similar problems.
I really enjoyed it.
The Dog Listener
The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell is another really good read. It came out long before Cesar Millans books but really tackles the same sort of issues.
Jan was inspired by Monty Roberts, the famous horse whisperer. Rather than trying to fit human psychology to animals, they both observe how animals communicate, how they structure their groups in the wild and what they think their role is.
I read this book when we were considering getting a four legged friend and was shocked to learn that when people give inapropriate affection to dogs actually has the result of creating insecurities and confusion, resulting in an unhappy dog.
I also read Monty Roberts book "The Man Who Listens to Horses", which was also excellent. Monty actually writes the foreword for The Dog Lintener and approves of the work that Jan is doing with dogs.