A DOG IS A DOG and That's Why He's So Special
Middle school kids will learn all about canines with this fantastic book: behavior, communication, how dogs came to be man’s best friend, how breeds developed, how to play with and train a dog, plus the dog’s amazing senses and capabilities. They’ll not only understand dogs better; they’ll also learn to appreciate the dog’s “inner wolf.” According to Foreword Clarion Reviews, “A young reader could open the book to any page and learn something of interest. . . . a helpful guide to a generation of young dog lovers.” Kids will learn how to avoid actions that could threaten a dog, to read warning signs of aggression and approach a dog safely—a major factor in preventing dog bites. Throughout, Rutherford takes a fun, playful approach to getting kids to appreciate and enjoy their pets. Buy it today for your kids, your grand kids, and their friends!
"A unique and engaging exploration of the world of dogs. . . enthusiastic and highly readable. Many attractive and appropriate color photos."
—School Library Journal
PERFECT FOR MIDDLE GRADES, HOME SCHOOLING, HUMANE EDUCATION, AND JUST PLAIN FUN
• Encourages learning and play between a kid and her pooch
• Fun graphics, quizzes, humorous photos that kids will enjoy
• Explains how dogs communicate with body language
• Training instructions feature a happy, playful approach
• Study aids include a glossary, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading
106 pages, 8.5 x 8.5” trade paperback, illustrated, full color, Juvenile non-fiction Ages 10 – 14
AUTHOR CLARICE RUTHERFORD
Clarice Rutherford has spent a lifetime working with and writing about dogs. She obtained her B.S. in Animal Science and an M.A in English from Colorado State University, and was employed for a number of years at the CSU Animal Care Center.
She is the co-author of How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With (over 360,000 copies in print) and two other adult non-fiction dog training books. A former breeder of Labrador Retrievers, Clarice has competed in breed, obedience and field events. An active member of both breed and obedience clubs, she taught obedience classes in Fort Collins for over 20 years. Now retired, she devotes her time to her work with the Fort Collins Writers Guild, her husband, their Labrador Retriever, and her grandchildren.
Through her work in obedience she saw too many dogs living lives of quiet desperation. We have domesticated the dog to the extent he is totally dependent on humans—and then we abuse him by refusing to understand his needs. Rutherford’s goal is to help people understand the nature of the dog they live with, respect his dogness, and in return, be respected by their dog.
Learn more about the author and find interesting quizzes for readers of the book at www.crutherford.com.
A DOG IS A DOG CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 IT’S A DOG’S LIFE
Dogs no longer live the carefree lives of yesterday.Today they have a different kind of job, being our companions.
CHAPTER 2 FROM A WOLF TO A DOG
Domestic dogs share DNA with the wolf.
CHAPTER 3 WOW! SEE THOSE BRAIN CELLS CONNECT!
From puppyhood, the dog’s behavior is influenced by the way his brain develops. Socialization is critical.
CHAPTER 4 WHAT MAKES CORKY TICK?
The dog inherited these instincts from the wolf. All dogs retain some prey drive, some more than others. Through their senses, dogs have remarkable abilities.
CHAPTER 5 THE FAMILY PACK
The dog learns how he fits into the family. Happy dogs know what to expect.
CHAPTER 6 WHY DOGS DO THAT
Instincts strongly affect the dog’s behavior. Understanding those instincts improves our relationships with dogs.
CHAPTER 7 TEACH CORKY GOOD MANNERS
The dog’s main job today is being his human’s companion. Training teaches him appropriate behaviors.
CHAPTER 8 YOU, YOUR DOG, AND FUN, FUN, FUN
Dogs can learn to channel their energy in positive ways. Games are useful as well as fun.
CHAPTER 9 CORKY HAS MUCH TO SAY
The dog’s body language conveys his feelings and needs.
Learning to read the dog’s signals is fun and exciting.
CHAPTER 10 MESSAGES FROM YOU TO YOUR DOG
Dogs are very sensitive to human body language.
Answers to Questions
“Rutherford conversationally unfolds the dog’s fascinating history and its unique place in our lives, skillfully guiding a young reader to becoming a responsible pet owner.”
—Polly Walters, elementary teacher
“Kids will not only understand their canine pets better; they also learn to appreciate the ‘wolfian glimmers’ that animate some aspects of every dog’s behavior and treat dogs as the faithful partners they have become over a 12,000-year relationship.”
—Gary Raham, author, The Deep Time Diaries and The Restless Earth
“ ‘To know the dog,’ writes Clarice Rutherford, ‘you must first know the wolf.’ Dogs, who have evolved to live with humans, can make wonderful companions if their humans understand them and teach them good manners for living in modern homes and neighborhoods. Futher, the dog ‘always knows the feelings of his person—no need for words or woofs.’ That bond can feel pretty special to a young person.
These are the main themes in Rutherford’s cheerful and practical book for middle readers. …Throughout the book, stories, photographs, grapics, fun quizzes, and facts will attract young readers’ interest and provoke their engagement.
The training ideas seem well suited to encouraging learning and play between a kid and his pooch. One inset, for example, lists six “Sniffing Games You Can Play,” The last line of the last chapter reads, ‘And most of all—Play and Enjoy Each Other.’
…overall, the book is a well-organized, practical, and satisfying read. A young reader could open the book to any page and find something of interest. The graphics are pleasing and kids will enjoy the funny photos of canines. …This book will be a helpful guide in training a generation of young dog lovers….”
— Foreword Clarion Reviews
"As a principal of an elementary school I am buying Literature Circle sets of six for my fourth and fifth graders. Awesome nonfiction read with a varied text format. Well done, right on target especially for my boy dog lovers."
—Debby Davis, Amarillo, Texas
"Rutherford’s invigorating work is one of the most complete dog portraits fashioned in years, not simply because of its layout, but the complementary text designed to inform and engage young readers. This is one of those rare primers that is equally valuable in a (science or social studies) classroom, library or home environment, since it backgrounds the young reader about the species canis lupus familiaris while establishing guidelines for responsible ownership today.
"The dog’s day-to-day actions are determined by both its owners, she emphasizes, and its historic relationship to the wolf. 'But even though the dog is so close to us now,' says Rutherford, 'he isn’t a member of our world. His genetic structure differs by only two percent from that of the wolf. He has adapted to humans and chooses to live in our world, but the dogs we know and love still have ‘wolfness’ in them, even after thousands of years.'
"With A Dog is a Dog, Rutherford hands the young reader a map that details influencing pathways of canine history yet empowers him/her with tools for maximizing that human-animal bond today."
—Ranny Green, Seattle Kennel Club "Picks of the Litter"
“Gr 4-8–This is a unique and engaging exploration of the world of dogs. The book begins with their evolution, their “wolfness,” and the origins of different breeds. It provides insights into their instincts and senses, which can help humans to better understand canine behavior. The importance of socialization is clearly explained. What their gestures, such as lip-licking and yawning, are saying is identified, enabling readers to interpret them to improve their communication with their four-legged companions. There are also chapters on teaching good manners and playing fun games. The writing style is enthusiastic and highly readable. Many attractive and appropriate color photos and black-and-white drawings are included. Family dogs would certainly put this book on a recommended reading list to ensure that their people become wiser and better “pack leaders” in their daily lives.”
—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA - starred review in School Library Journal in the July 2012 issue.