Recent Book Releases for Summer 2018

Canine Enthusiasts Summer School
By The Bark Editors, July 2018, Updated June 2021

With so many new books coming out this summer season, we put together a mini-curriculum covering the latest from both academics and dog pros on canine behavior, domestication and sensory powers.

Marc Bekoff hits one out of the (dog) park with his newest book, Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do (University of Chicago Press). This informative and accessible book merits an appreciate audience, and adroitly presents recent studies into our favorite subject—dog behavior and canine cognition. Read our full review.

In Dog Smart: Evidence-based Training with The Science Dog (Autumn Gold Publishing) Linda Case does a great job in putting together the latest from the world of evidence-based, behavior science-based training in a conversational and approachable manner. This is an entertaining read and invaluable resource. Read our Q&A with the author.

Keeping the Peace: A Guide to Solving Dog-Dog Aggression in the Home (Phantom Publishing) by Nicole Wilde provides dog lovers with the tools we need to be better observers of our dogs and to develop successful behavior protocols. Read our Q&A with the author.


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Frank Rosell’s Secrets of the Snout: The Dog’s Incredible Nose (The University of Chicago Press) is a fascinating look at dogs’ amazing scent abilities. The impressive list of scenting accomplishments makes for an engrossing and enjoyable story. Read our full review and an excerpt.

The Dog: A Natural History (Princeton University Press) by Adam Miklosi, one of the world’s leaders in the study of dogs, is a lovely book, filled with surprising facts and insights, with beautiful photographs and illustrations. This is a book that is a delight to read and also makes an excellent gift for dog loving friend. Read an excerpt.

In The First Domestication: How Wolves and Human Coevolved (Yale University Press) authors Raymond Pierotti and Brandy R. Fogg set out to explain just how wolves and humans formed an unique partnership tens of thousands of years ago. Read our full review.

Plus, here is a round up of other summer book releases in 2018

Nancy Balbirer’s memoir, A Marriage in Dog Years, is can be both hilarious and intensely introspective about her relationship with two species.

In Suzy Fincham-Gray’s book My Patients and Other Animals she shares her stories that she has been collecting working as a veterinarian—her abundant talents are put to good use here in her debut work.

David Rosenfelt’s popular character Andy Carpenter makes his 17th appearance in Rescued, just in time to add your beach must-read list.

Bodie on the Road by Belinda Jones is a road trip read about a memorable jaunt filled with adventure and discoveries.

From Fearful to Fear Free by Marty Becker, DVM looks at ways to address anxiety and stress in our dogs.

And for younger readers:

In Code Word Courage Kirby Larson comes up with another winner in the young reader’s series about dogs in WWII. This one has a young girl as the main character and her dog who she is deeply attached to.

Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming and with illustrations by Eric Rohmann is a story, based on real events, about a German Shepherd who wins the hearts of film fans early in the history of the movies. This is a must-read for young readers.

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 94: Summer 2018