Saturday, April 18, 2009

97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile

Title: 97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile
Author: Jenny Langbehn
Photos: Pat Doyle
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Genre: Nonfiction
Ages: 10 and up
Rating: 4 paws out of 5
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Review: This is a fun little book that would be good gift for developing readers who may lack reading stamina and prefer books in pieces. After a brief introduction, each page has a suggestion for a novel way to make a dog smile. Our dogs particularly like the "Which Hand Game" in which they get to guess which hand is holding a treat. They always win. The photos by Pat Doyle have perfectly caught a variety of dogs in happy and contented expressions. The print is large and makes good use of white space.

The Trainer's View: Yes, dogs smile. Ok, call it a happy face, if you will. While Ms. Langbehn states some of the 97 suggestions would not work for all dogs, some might not work for all owners. The author is also a veterinary technician and obviously knows her subject. This book is essentially a listing of environmental enrichment activities. Anything that relieves the boredom that so many dogs live with everyday and increases the positive interaction of dogs and their owners is a good thing, indeed. This is not just for children, but all dog owners.

1 comment:

  1. As a dog lover I am intrigued. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for letting us know about it.