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Resources for Grades 9-12

Achieving Awareness

Animal League America:

Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum:

Canines in the Classroom: Raising Humane Children through Interactions with Animals by Michelle A. Rivera

Dogs Decoded, PBS [DVD]

National Geographic: Science of Dogs [DVD]

Purebred vs. Mixed-Breed Dogs:

Adopt a Dog:

Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!: Happy Stories and Helpful Advice by Christine Palm Shaughness and Chris M Slawecki

Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills by Carol Bradley

Puppy Mill & Purebred Dog Rescue:

Beware of Backyard Breeders:

Pet Rescue:

A Rare Breed of Love by Jana Kohl

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

Frankie, the Walk-n-Roll Dog by Barbara Gail Techel and Victoria Kay Lieffring

Frankie, the Walk-n-Roll Dog:

Blind Love: Lily and Maddison:

Faith, the 2-Legged Dog:

The Truth About Cat People and Dog People:

Dog Owners Do Look Like Their Pets, Say Psychologists:

The Underdog: A Celebration of Mutts by Julia Szabo

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

How to Build a Dog:

Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities by Jan Bonderson

Animals in Our Lives: Animal-Animal Interaction in Family, Community and Therapeutic Settings edited by Peggy McCardle and others

From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava by Jay Kopelman and Melinda Roth

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Dogs That Changed the World:

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

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

What Dogs Teach Us: Life's Lessons Learned from Our Best Friends by Glenn Dromgoole

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

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

Help Me Heal Program:

Guide Dog, Runner Make Winning Cross-Country Combo:

Legally Blind Runner and Guide Dog are Blazing a Trail for the Visually Impaired:

Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp

Dog Dialog: Living in the Moment

Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz

A Dog In Mourning: Helping Our Pets Cope with Loss:

Resolving Dog Behavior Problems After the Loss of a Pack Member:

Stress Brings Out the Difference in Male, Female Brains:

Stress Causes Brain to Shrink:

Stress-Relieving Therapy Dogs:

World’s Most Spoiled Pets:

Pet Pampering Goes to the Extreme:

15 Common Cognitive Distortions:

Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier

The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller

Ten Natural Steps To Training The Family Dog: Building A Positive Relationship by Matthew Duffy

The Positive Dog: A Story About the Power of Positivity by Jon Gordon

Follow My Lead: What Training My Dogs Taught Me About Life, Love and Happiness by Carol Quinn

Mutts: Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed. by Patrick McDonnell, Neil S. Plakcy and Sharon Sakson

What A Difference A Dog Makes: Big Lessons on Life, Love and Healing From A Small Pooch by Dana Jennings

Famous Cartoon Dogs:

Finding Feelings

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia B. McConnell

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

Your Dog Is Your Mirror: The Emotional Capacity of Our Dogs and Ourselves by Kevin Behan

Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

The Science of Canine Emotions:

Dog Dialog: Staying Calm-Assertive


More Feeling Words:

Are Dogs More Like Babies Than We Think?

Chaser, the Dog with a HUGE Vocabulary:

Dogs and Language, Part I:

Dogs and Language, Part II:

How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication by Stanley Coren

On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

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

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell

Dog Dialog: Staying Calm-Assertive, What is the Dog Trying to Tell Us?, Nose First, Then Eyes, Then Ears

Ahound the World: My Travels with Oscar by Joanne Lefson

What Dog’s Tail-wagging Really Means:

Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson

Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog by Brenda Aloff

Dog Body Language Phrasebook: 100 Ways to Read Their Signals by Trevor Warner

It's a Dog's Life, Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz

From a Dog’s Perspective:

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How You and Your Dog Can Lose Weight, Stay Fit, and Have Fun Together by Phil Zeltzman and Rebecca A. Johnson

Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats by Eckhart Tolle / illus. by Patrick McDonnell

Dog Dialog: Know Yourself, Know Your Dog

5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health:

The Love of a Dog Helps Us Find Balance in Life:

Why You Should Live Like Your Dog:

How Dog Nutrition Impacts Health and Mood:

The Food and Mood Connection:

Surfer Dog Helps the Disabled Hang 10:

Scuba Diving Dog:

Brain Games for Dogs by Claire Arrowsmith

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

Brain Boosting Games: Keep Your Dog Mentally Sharp:

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

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

Brain Scans Reveal Dogs' Thoughts:

Dog Dialog: All About Instincts

Mutts by Sharon Montrose

If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs by Valerie Shaff and Roy Blount

Dogtionary: Meaningful Portraits of Dogs by Sharon Montrose

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel by Garth Stein

Aggression in Dogs by Brenda Aloff

Understanding Dog Aggression:

The Dogs of War by Lisa Rogak

CNN: When a Dog Isn’t a Dog:

United States War Dogs Association:

S. 2134: Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act:

Four-Legged Warriors Show Signs Of PTSD:

Forgive Me? by Judy Link Cuddehe

Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe: (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg

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

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

The Road to Recovery for Michael Vick’s Dogs:

Forgiveness: Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness:

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

Encouraging Empathy

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy - and Why They Matter by Marc Bekoff

Domestic Dogs Display Empathic Response to Human Distress:

Puppy Mill Rescue:

Help Me Heal program:

Mutts Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed. by Patrick McDonnell From Rescue to Adoption:

Inside an Animal Shelter:

Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy Healthy Longer Life by Nancy Kay

Barking: The Sound of a Language by Turid Rugaas

Dog Dialog: Dog Talk

Dogs Can Tell How Big Another Dog is Just By Listening to Its Growl:

NOVA Dog Barks:

First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends by Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis

How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It by Patricia B. McConnell

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

How to be the Pack Leader:

Dog Dialog: Know Yourself, Know Your Dog; How to be a Good Friend…to a Dog; Responsibilities to Dogs and People; Are You Ready for a Dog?

The Dog Economy Is Global—but What Is the World's True Canine Capital?

The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Do Dogs Dream?

What It's Like to Think With a Dog's Brain:

Brain Scans Reveal Dogs’ Thoughts:

The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind:,9171,1921614,00.html

Random Acts of Kindness by Animals by Stephanie Laland

The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One by Jack Volhard and Wendy Volhard

AKC Canine Good Citizen Program:

5 Healthy Habits to Copy from Your Dog:

The Dogs of War by Lisa Rogak

Volunteering in America:

Volunteering May be Good for Your Health:

My Dog, My Hero by Betsy Byars, Laurie Myers, and Betsy Duffey / illus. by Loren Long

Great Dane Saves Owner from Abuse:

Cultivating Cooperation / Dealing with Decisions

Trust the Dog: Rebuilding Lives Through Teamwork with Man’s Best Friend by Gerri Hershey

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage

Where the Trail Grows Faint: A Year in the Life of a Therapy Dog Team by Lynne Hugo

Extraordinary Dogs [DVD]

Dog Dialog: Part of the Pack

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Holland

Amazing Photos of the Most Unlikely Animal Friends:

A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends by Robin Layton, Lisa Erspamer and Kimi Culp

Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners by Monks of New Skete

My Dog Skip by Willie Morris

Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog by Mike Dowling and Damien Lewis

Hachi: A Dog's Tale [DVD]

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

How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It by Patricia B. McConnell

How to be the Pack Leader:

Fiona Apple Postpones Tour to Be With Her Dying Dog:

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter

A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other - and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way by Lisa J. Edwards

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

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

Help Me Mr Mutt: Expert Advice for Dogs with People Problems by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens

If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind by Vilmos Csányi and Richard E. Quandt

Bully: The Pits by Paul 107

I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet by Ken Foster

Bully Breeds:

A Pit Bull Perception Problem: What's a Dog Owner to Do?

How Did Pit Bulls Get Such a Bad Rap?

School Climate Measures, compiled by the Committee on Academic, Social and Emotional Learning:

The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum and Bullying Prevention - An Interview:

Dogs Help Schools Lick Bullies:

Careers with Dogs: The Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Dream Job by Kim Campbell Thornton

Tour for Life:

Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean