Wouldn’t it be great to be your dog? Just think about it. You’d have your own personal valet to map out cool hikes for you, seek out parks they know you’ll love, and make it their personal responsibility to keep you healthy and fit. All of this is free of charge of course. Your job as head pooch is just to be cute, furry and friendly. What a deal!

But alas, you’re the lucky being at the other end of the leash. Fortunately, your job has its perks too (unconditional love for one thing). But, every good valet needs his or her secret sources. This line-up of hot new doggie guides is sure to keep you in good graces with the management.

Safe Dog Handbook: A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out, by Melanie Monteiro

The ultimate puppy shower present, this big, spiral-bound book puts pup safety first. An absolute must-read for new puppy parents and seasoned pet people, the Safe Dog Handbook makes preventing and preparing for doggie accidents easy. Since thousands of dogs are hurt or even killed by preventable accidents each year, readers can spare their pups by learning about everything from puppy proofing and first aid to safety tips for driving, flying, and outdoor adventures, and much more. Pick up all the facts on toxic foods and plants, and there’s even a special section for toy breeds. Written by a canine safety expert and pet first aid instructor, it’s packed with practical information, $13.59.


Don’t Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems, by Randy Grim

Author Randy Grim uses his sense of humor and experience to help keep dogs out of the shelters. As the head of the biggest stray rescue organization in the Midwest, Grim’s dedicated to helping pups stay in their forever homes. To do that, he’s got to train the people to train the dogs to behave! In his new book, he shows that pet owners give up too easily when they run into problems with their dogs and offers easy training solutions and enough wit to encourage even the weariest pet owner to give a mutt a fighting chance. Just released in paperback, $10.17 and available for the Kindle too.


The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Pet Happy, Healthy & Active Through Every Stage of Life, by Betsy Brevitz, DVM

Healthy dogs are happy dogs, and for this, the Woof Reporters thank Dr. Betsy Brevitz. Her trusted dog health handbook has it all. Originally published as The Hound Health Handbook, it’s now completely revised and updated. Hailed as “The bible of dog care” by the AKC Gazette, the Los Angeles Daily News goes as far as to recommend it as “The one book dog owners should not be without.” Loaded with over 100 diagrams and illustrations, this comprehensive dog care resource features the latest veterinary information on over 100 canine illnesses. Thumb through it for up-to-the-minute information on nutrition, vaccines, puppy and senior dog care, pet insurance, medications, food safety and much more, $12.89.


City Walks with Dogs: New York, by Nadia Zonis

Dogs about town agree, City Walks with Dogs has the best doggie walk routes, paws down. With pup-friendly adventures from SoHo to Central Park, and Brooklyn and beyond, this handy resource is easy to pack and go. That’s because it includes 50 flashcard style inserts, each loaded with petastic details for each different route. Thanks to Urbanhound.com editor and writer Nadia Zonis, it’s like bringing along a doggie expert when you visit the city or set off in a new direction from your New York home. Check it out, $10.17.


Dog Parking It! by Gail S. Green

Life’s good in California, especially for the dogs. Thanks to author Gail Green, dogs can map out their fun at over 200 fenced California dog parks. Green and her Border Terrier mix Twyla got all the facts on safety, etiquette, park hours and amenities by making personal visits to each park (and that’s a lot of visits). She even lists local vet information for pups that just happen to be passing though. Clear, concise and so comprehensive, this guide’s bound to inspire a road trip with your best friend.


The Scoop:

See more books we love in our past tips!

Underwater Dogs
By Brooke Mayo


101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog.
By Kyra Sundance and Chalcy


One Nation Under Dog
By Michael Schaffer