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Recommended Readings & Resources Grades 7-8

Achieving Awareness

Purebred vs. Mixed-breed Dogs:
www.animalleague.org/expertadvice/adoption/articles/preparation/dogs/purebredvs-mixed-breed-1.html

American Mutt-i-grees Club: www.muttigrees.org/

North Shore Animal League America (NSALA):
www.animalleague.org

NSALA YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/animalleague

Moving with Mutt-i-grees®: http://education.muttigrees.org/yoga and http://education.muttigrees.org/dance

Adopt a Mutt-i-gree®: www.animalleague.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs/mixed-breedrescue-and-adoption-mutt-i-grees.html

The Mutt Book: Decoding Your Dog’s Heritage by David Alderton

Bulu: African Wonder Dog by Dick Houston

Julia Gillian And The Dream Of The Dog by Alison McGhee

Dog Dialog lesson: Staying Calm-Assertive: Energy as Communication

Dog Dialog lesson: Part of the Pack

Live Feed from NSALA: http://education.muttigrees.org/live-feed-animalleagues-Nursery

Adopt a Dog: www.animalleague.org/adopt-a-pet/dogs/adopt

Meet the Sponsor Dogs: www.animalleague.org/support/support-rescue-medicalprograms/sponsor-pets/meet-sponsor-dogs/

USA Today: “Mill Dogs’ Forgiveness is a Real Head-scratcher” by Sharon Peters

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant

Dog Dialog lesson: Are You Ready for a Dog?

See Snapshots section of this binder for more information on puppy mills and dogfighting

Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1 [Audio CD, by Joshua Leeds]

Cesar’s Way Magazine: “Music for Life: Benefit Concert for Dogs

Moving with Mutt-i-grees®: http://education.muttigrees.org/dance

Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog by Barbara Techel

Help Me Heal: http://www.animalleague.org/support/support-rescue-medicalprograms/help-me-heal/

Living With the Rescues: Life Lessons and Inspirations by Sharon Langford

Mutts by Sharon Montrose

The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions by Stanley Coren

What Do Dogs Know? by Stanley Coren and Janet Walker

Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers by Allen Anderson and Linda Anderson

Second Chances by Elise Lufkin / photographs by Diana Walker

Finding Feelings

Dog Dialog lessons: All About Instincts; Part of the Pack

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Who is Smarter: Dog or Child?

Dogs Decoded, PBS [DVD, released 2011 – available on Netflix]

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Motivated Mutt-i-gree® Chaser video:
http://education.muttigrees.org/dogs/motivated-mutt-i-gree%C2%AE

Dog Dialog lesson: What is the Dog Trying to Tell Us? / Body Language

Dog Dialog lesson: Staying Calm-Assertive / Energy as Communication

How to Speak Dog by Sarah Whitehead

NSAL Live Feed: http://www.ustream.tv/animalleague

Cesar’s Way magazine: “The Science of Canine Emotions

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

Ahound the World: My Travels with Oscar by Joanne Lefson

Dog Dialog lesson: What is the Dog Trying to Tell Us? / Body Language

Dog Dialog lesson: Staying Calm-Assertive / Energy as Communication

Dog Dialog lesson: Know Yourself, Know Your Dog

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Dog Nutrition: A to Z

Moving with Mutt-i-grees®: http://education.muttigrees.org/yoga or http://education.muttigrees.org/dance

Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog by Mark Beckloff and Dan Dye

Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein

100 Simple Secrets Why Dogs Make Us Happy by David Niven

Dog Dialog lesson: Staying Calm-Assertive / Energy as Communication

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Energy is a Constant Communicator

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Understanding Dog Aggression

Dog Dialog lesson: Learning from Dogs: Living in the Moment

Doga: Yoga for Dogs by Jennifer Brilliant and William Berloni

Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan

Dogtionary: Meaningful Portraits of Dogs by Sharon Montrose

What the Dog Said  by Randi Reisfeld with H.B. Gilmour

Mutt-i-grees® Yoga: http://education.muttigrees.org/yoga

Encouraging Empathy

See Snapshots section of binder for more information on puppy mills

Puppy Mill rescue videos: http://videos.animalleague.org/pages/puppymillrescue

Dog Whisperer: The Rescue by Nicholas Edwards

Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin

Dogtown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption by Stefan Bechtel

NOVA Dog Barks:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/meaning-dog-barks.html

Dog Dialog lesson: Dog Talk

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Dog Barking 101

Listen! by Stephanie S. Tolan

Dogs Don’t Bite When A Growl Will Do: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Living a Happy Life by Matt Weinstein and Luke Barber

Dog Dialog lesson: Staying Calm-Assertive / Energy As Communication

Dog Dialog lesson: No Touch, No Talk, No Eye Contact

See Mutt-i-grees® Club Activities for some ideas for service learning/community outreach activities.

Nature: Dogs that Changed the World [DVD, PBS, 2007]

Second Chances: More Tales of Found Dogs by Elise Lufkin, Diana Walker and Jamie Lee Curtis

Dog Dialog lesson: Responsibilities to Dogs and People

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Blind Love: Lily and Maddison

Psychology Today: “Can Your Dog Read Your Mind? Dogs observe human behavior in order to understand our thoughts” by Stanley Coren

Star in the Forest by Laura Resau

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Found Dogs: Tales of Strays Who Landed on Their Feet by Elise Lufkin and Diana Walker

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Amazing Photos of the Most Unlikely Animal Friends

Cesar’s Way magazine: “An Ape and His Dog

Therapy Dog Gives Comfort to Airport Travelers:
http://education.muttigrees.org/dogs/therapy-dog-gives-comfort-airport-travelers

The Well-Mannered Dog: From Dealing with Cats to Staying in Hotels, a Total Guide to Good Manners by Matthew Hoffman

Old Dogs are the Best Dogs by Gene Weingarten and Michael S. Williamson

Old Dog’s Guide for Pups: Advice and Rules for Human Training by Allen Appel and Mike Rothmiller

Dog Dialog lesson: Know Yourself, Know Your Dog

See Snapshots section of binder for more information on puppy mills, stray dogs, dog fighting, and senior dogs

From a Dog’s Perspective video: http://education.muttigrees.org/dogs/dogs-perspective

Cultivating Cooperation

Can’t Swim? No Problem! video: http://education.muttigrees.org/dogs/cant-swim-no-problem

Cool Pet Facts: http://www.animalleague.org/kids/cool_pet_facts.html

Dog Dialog lesson: Know Yourself, Know Your Dog

See Snapshots section of binder for more information on abuse and neglect

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Herding Dogs: Born Leaders

Extraordinary Dogs [DVD, PBS, 2011]

Dog Dialog lesson: Part of the Pack

Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform by Karin Winegar and Judy Olausen

To the Rescue: Found Dogs with a Mission by Elise Lufkin and Diana Walker

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale [DVD, 2010]

Paws and Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs by Sharon Sakson

Dog Dialog lesson: How to be a Good Friend…to a Dog

Dog Dialog lesson: Are You Ready for a Dog?

Dog Whisperer episode: “Most Aggressive Breeds”

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Famous Pit Bulls

PBS Need to Know video: “The Dogs are Alright

Cesar’s Way magazine: “Bucking the Stereotype

NSALA Help Me Heal Program: http://videos.animalleague.org/pages/helpmeheal

The Whole Dog Journal: “Is your dog a bully? How and why you should intervene if your dog picks on others” by Pat Miller

See Snapshots section of binder for more information on dog fighting

Dog Dialog lesson: Dog Talk

www.dogsgossip.com

My Dog: A Kids’ Guide to Keeping a Happy & Healthy Pet by Michael J. Rosen

Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed

Dog Dialog lesson: Are You Ready for a Dog?

See Mutt-i-grees® Club Activities for more ideas for class projects

NSALA Celebrity Supporters:
http://www.animalleague.org/events-news/celebrity-supporters/

Rescue Tails: Portraits of Dogs and Their Celebrities by Brian Nice and Beth O. Stern

Dog Dialog lesson: Part of the Pack

Dealing with Decisions

Too Cool for Drugs by Sharon Scott, Wayne Hinmarsh, and Nicholas, the Cocker Spaniel

Dog Dialog lesson: Are You Ready for a Dog?

Dog Dialog lesson: Responsibilities to Dogs and People

Sounder by William H. Armstrong

25 Stupid Mistakes Dog Owners Make by Janine Adams

Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Head of the Class: A Teen Dog Expert Teaches You to Raise and Train the Perfect Pal by Kate Eldredge and Debra M. Eldredge

Dog Dialog lesson: Are You Ready for a Dog?

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Dogs and Devotion: A Celebration of the Bond Between Dogs and People by the Monks of New Skete

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Paws and Reflect: A Special Bond Between Man and Dog by Neil S. Plakcy and Sharon Sakson

Dog Dialog lesson: All About Instincts

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals by Rupert Sheldrake

Helping Children With Seizures: http://education.muttigrees.org/dogs/helping-children-seizures

Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

Mutts Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed. by Patrick McDonnell

How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier

White Fang by Jack London

The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts by Julia Szabo

The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices by Joyce Sidman / illustrated by Doug Mindell

Dogku by Andrew Clements / illustrated by Tim Bowers