Books & Media
May 1, 2013
Do you believe that dogs are striving for dominance? That training them is a power struggle? Some experts take a different approach, one being dog trainer and Animal Planet TV star Victoria Stilwell in Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More!.
Rather than focusing on punishment-based methods, she goes with positive reinforcement. This book helps owners actually change the way their dog thinks, feels, and learns, using her time-tested and scientifically-backed brand of positive reinforcement training solutions. Create a bond with your dog based on mutual trust, respect and love!
April 10, 2013
Newborn puppies change dramatically in their first few weeks of life. Now you can enjoy those puppies without having to clean up after them or be available 24/7.
A new photo book Newborn Puppies: Dogs in Their First Three Weeks by award-winning photographer Traer Scott displays shots of a range of breeds and types, from champion pups to shelter strays, each cuter than the next. Includes an introduction on puppies' development. Makes a great pet-lover gift!
April 1, 2013
You probably think you know your dog pretty well, but do you REALLY know your dog? Improve your relationship through understanding while contributing to canine research at the same time.
You can discover your dog's true nature--whether Maverick, Einstein, Socialite or Charmer--by playing the interactive games over at Dognition founded by Dr. Brian Hare, author of The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think
The results of the games will be calculated to reveal your dog's individual Dognition Profile and will support new research to benefit all dogs. Find out what motivates your dog!
March 15, 2013
Turn your babies into dog lovers while they are still in the crib! This children's If I Were a Puppy Book comes with its very own cuddly plush puppy.
This irresistible book has touchable plush details on each page. Makes a fun gift for a baby or toddler. Ages 3 months & up.
March 13, 2013
Here at Super Cool Pets we consider the book Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote one of the all-time greats up there with Old Yeller, The Call of the Wild and Marley & Me.
As we posted in February, for his latest book Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs, Ted Kerasote interviewed breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal-welfare movement world-wide to compile the latest research and science on how to best feed, vaccinate, train and take care of our dogs.
He recently wrote a fascinating article about his conclusions in In Search of a Longer-Lived Dog | Huffington Post:
We've all had a dog of our heart, a companion with whom we'd like to spend the rest of our days, but even the longest-lived dog will enjoy only about a third of our life spans. In fact, most dogs don't live nearly as long as many other species. Why, we might ask, has nature decreed that our best friends in the animal kingdom die so young?
February 20, 2013
Fred R. Conrad, a New York Times photographer, took some excellent posed photographs of the Best of Breed winners at the recent Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
The photos are sorted by group--Herding, Hound, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy, Working. You can browse them in either list or grid format here Westminster's Best of Breed | New York Times.
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February 12, 2013
Ready to change the way you look at your pet? Today on Abraham Lincoln's birthday, it's fitting that we focus on intelligence, even if it is of the canine variety.
This entertaining new book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare and his wife, research scientist Vanessa Woods, argues that when dogs became domesticated thousands of years ago, they became far more like human infants than their wolf ancestors, developing a whole new kind of social intelligence.
February 5, 2013
Ask any dog-lover what they want for their pet, and they will tell you a long, happy, and healthy life. Even under the best of circumstances, their lives are way too short.
Best-selling author Ted Kerasote felt the same way after after losing his beloved Merle (see his Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog), so he embarked on a quest to learn how to extend the lives of our beloved furry companions.
Just released today, Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs is the result. The author interviewed breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal-welfare movement all over the world, compiling the latest research and science on how to best feed, vaccinate, train and take care of our dogs.
January 14, 2013
In 2010, a Great Dane named George was listed by the Guinness World Records as the Tallest Dog Ever. He appeared on Oprah and even had his own global fan club.
He began life as the runt of the litter, but grew to almost five feet tall, seven feet long, and 245 pounds. While typically playful and boisterous, this big Great Dane was scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and, most of all, scared of being alone.
Giant George: Life with the World's Biggest Dog by David Nasser is the humorous and compelling story of how this exceptional puppy fit into owner's Dave and Christie Nasser's lives as they tried to have a baby and how he became a doggie superstar.
January 8, 2013
We often wonder what is the best and most compassionate manner in which to communicate with our pets. And how do they communicate with each other?
Biology professor and Animal Language Institute director Con Slobodchikoff has been studying the social behavior and language of animals for 40 years, with a focus on the prairie dog. Those of us who love dogs and cats should find his discoveries enlightening.
He shares his observations on animal communication and language in his recent book Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals, covering a wide range of mammals, including dogs, bats, apes, monkeys, hippos, hyenas, foxes, deer, lizards, bees and the prairie dogs.
December 8, 2012
Many of us would like to set up a bird feeder on the porch or in the yard, but are not quite sure what's involved with feeding wild birds. This For the Birds: A Month-by-Month Guide to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard by Anne Schmauss, Mary Schmauss and Geni Krolick covers all the bases.
This easy-to-use guide gives you the information you want when you need it, explaining what birds are looking for in terms of food, habitat, water, and nesting every month of the year. Thoughtful gift for the bird lover!
December 4, 2012
If you neeed a gift for the dog lover on your list, look no further than this Puppyhood: Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old by J. Nichole Smith. It features 100 detailed photographs of pure and mixed-breed puppies, including twenty-five breeds. Irresistible!
November 30, 2012
Coffee table books are a popular and well-received holiday gift. This gorgeous The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs is a must-have collection of articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine's archives of famous contributors. It is beautifully illustrated in full color with a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell of Outliers: The Story of Success fame.
October 26, 2012
Water dogs are a lot of fun. Just throw out a tennis ball for them and they jump right in after it, make a splash, and then surface happily with the ball. But what goes on underneath the water?
In the just-released Underwater Dogs, award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel captures these moments with vibrant underwater photography. More than 80 fun and fascinating photos--great gift!