Audio Books for Pet Owners

September 28, 2010

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The Best Audio Books for Pet Owners

Many pet owners find themselves baffled by the behaviors that their pets exhibit or at their wits end as to how to deal with problems like indigestion, nail clipping, incessant barking, and so on.  And while you can find a host of books on specific breeds (from border collies to pit bulls to pugs), you may be on the market for something more generic.  The only difficulty lies in finding time to read it.  Between work, family, and running a household (not to mention caring for your pet, including his proclivity for midnight walks and a penchant for howling), you just can’t seem to find a minute to sit down and read a tome on the psychology of pet behavior patterns.  Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available on audio book for the pet owner who needs a hand.

  1. Dogs Will be Dogs: A Simple, Effective Audio Guide to Solving Common Dog Behavior Problems.  Authored by St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and narrated by various readers.  This audio book offers a two-step process for canine lovers dealing with pet problems.  To begin with, the reasons for certain behaviors are explained (from barking and digging to biting and using the house as a toilet).  Next, you will learn how to train your dog, gently and effectively, using proven techniques that will allow you to turn your pesky pooch into a well-mannered companion for life.
  2. Cesar’s Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems.  Written by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier and narrated by Cesar Millan.  As dog-whisperer Cesar Millan is fond of saying, “I rehabilitate dogs.  I train people.”  This all-encompassing approach to training your pet will help you to build a better relationship with your dog in which you are in charge of exercise, discipline, and affection.  You will hear about successes he’s had with other problem dogs and learn how to deal with your own furry pal’s issues.
  3. It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump: And Other Life Lessons I Learned from Dogs.  Written and narrated by John O’Hurley.  You may know him best from his role as Elaine’s boss, J. Peterman, on Seinfeld, but O’Hurley is also the host of the popular National Dog Show that airs on NBC.  A lifelong dog-lover, he uses the audio format to expound upon the ways in which dogs can help you find your way in life.  With chapters titles like “When a Dog Barks, Listen” and “Own Your Own Fur”, he uses humor and insight to deliver the little life lessons that we can all learn from man’s best friend.
  4. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to a Healthy Cat. Written by Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M.  This comprehensive look at how to care for your feline friend is nonetheless topical and easy to follow (as promised by the title).  Learn what is normal, what you can deal with, and what you will need to see a vet about.
  5. Pet Parenthood: Adopting the Right Animal Companion for You. Written by Diane Pomerance.  The title of this book pretty much says it all.  You will discover common reasons for wanting pets, the prerequisite determinations you must make before you bring a pet home, what animals can bring to your life, and how to choose the animal that will become your close companion and family member.

Sarah Danielson writes for Pitbull where you can find information on training, health, diet, and food for the popular and often misunderstood breed.

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