Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Complete Dog Book for Kids

Title: The Complete Dog Book for Kids
Author: Official Publication of the AKC
Photographer: Mary Bloom
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Inc.
Genre: Juvenile Non-fiction
Ages: 9-12
Rating: 5 paws out of 5

Synopsis: This is a must have reference for kids or adults. Chapters include subjects such as: health and nutrition, canine sports, buying a dog, and more. It includes an extensive, well organized section on breeds that indicates area of origin, and characteristics. Age appropriate Fun Facts are listed throughout the book as well as an excellent Glossary and thorough Index. Of particular note is a size comparison logo for each breed showing how large in comparison to a child and adult the grown dog will be. The American Kennel Club is the largest registration organization of purebred dogs and supports an extensive junior program. The photography is beautifully done by Mary Bloom.

The Trainer's View: As an instructor of kids and k9 classes for over 12 years, The Complete Dog Book for Kids serves as an excellent reference book. I usually bring it to the first class and let the kids and their parents scan through it. The Fun Facts seem to be great favorites among the students. The language and depth of information is perfect not only for kids, but most of the adult dog fancy as well. It leans a bit heavily into conformation handling for this companion sport trainer but after all, that’s where the AKC’s bread is buttered. Whether or not you have a dog, if your child is a dog lover this is an excellent book for them.

Homeschoolers would find this book along with the great printable handouts on the AKC website a good basis for a curriculum focus on dogs. Feel free to contact me privately for more information on kids working with dogs.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent reference book for dog lovers. Thanks for sharing!!