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Shiba-Specific

ORDER ME The Complete Shiba Inu by Maureen Atkinson

ORDER HERE! Jojofu by Michael P. Waite, illustrated by Yoriko Ito Though Takumi loved all his dogs as if they were his own family, his own favorite was Jojofu (Heroiine) for she was the bravest and smartest dog in the land. Based on a Japanese folktale taken from the ancient Ima Mukashi scrools, the story of Jojofu, who saves her master time and again, has delighted children and dog lovers for more than a thousand years. Full color.

ORDER HERE!Shibas by Richard Tomita

Recommended by David Arthur “for a long time, the only book on our breed that I could locate! It is great! Covers all subjects, from breeding; crate training; feeding, etc. A must for any shiba owner”

ORDER HEREThe Total Shiba by Gretchen Haskett & Susan Houser.

Non-Shiba Specific Dog Books (may or may not include references to shibas) ORDER MEAre You My Dog?: How to Find Your Best Friend Written by Dr. Janet Rucket ORDER ME Becoming Best Friends: Building A Loving Relationship Between Your Pet and Your Child by Jane E. Leon & Leon D. Horowitz "It is about building a loving relationship between your pet and child and discusses what to do before you bring a baby home. I suggest it to people in my obedience classes all of the time" ... Liz Williams

ORDER MEChoosing a Dog: A Guide to Picking the Perfect Breed by Steven Duno & Nacy Baer Is a Springer Spaniel too high-strung for an apartment? Is a Golden Retriever the best choice for a family with young children? This easy-to-use, A-Z guide profiles the behaviors of all breeds recognized by the AKC, as well as a cross-section of mixed breeds. The authors also discuss how to choose the right breeder, how to select a puppy and prepare for its homecoming, and more. Line art.

ORDER METhe Complete Dog Book for Kids by American Kennel Club

The Complete Dog Book for Kids is the ultimate show-and-tell for children who love dogs. Kids will love the photos of the familiar and not-so-familiar breeds, and they'll learn all about the rich history of dogs and how their pets contribute to it. Each breed is profiled and the page has a box with a “fun fact” that will appeal to children. 240 photos, 160 in color.

ORDER MEDogs for Dummies by Gina Spadafori

The friendly dog lover handbook to the million-dollar world of canines. Dogs for Dummies offers a complete, humorous reference to the dogs, from choosing a puppy to caring for an older dog, from selecting a kennel to traveling with a dog, from obedience school to shows at Madison Square Garden. Cartoon illustrations throughout.

ORDER MEIn Praise of Dogs: A Photo Tribute by Kathy Darling & Tara Darling

Every dog lover will want to own and proudly display this large format book that's filled with beautiful color photos of American champions doing what they were bred to do. The mother-daughter, author-photographer team of Tara and Kathy Darling captures the essences of 82 best-loved breeds.

ORDER MEOwning the Right Dog by Phil Maggitti

click here to orderResponsible Dog Ownership by Kathy Diamond Davis

Responsible Dog Ownership addresses selecting the right dog, responsible breeding practices, neutering, control, multiple-dog ownership, grooming, care and health, and more.

ORDER METhe Ultimate Dog Book by David Taylor

With the same profusions of beautiful color photographs and comprehensive, highly informative text, the Ultimate Dog Book will be certain to match if not surpass the terrific performance of The Ultimate Cat Book (praised as the “the best breed and care book on the market today” by Cat World International). 575 original 4-color photographs. 23 2-color illustrations.

ORDER MEWhich Dog for Me? by James Johnson & Andrew DePrisco

ORDER MEYour Purebred Puppy: A Buyers Guide by Michele Lowell

From Janeen Macom: This book is very informative on what breeds are like and it's very easy to read. It also has an excellent section on how to buy a dog and the questions to ask your breeder and what you should expect to be asked by your breeder. This is where I first read abut the shiba.

Interested in Breeding your Shiba?

ORDER MEBorn to Win: Breed to Succeed by Patricia V. Craige, Edited by Luana Luther

Considered to be an absolute must for the potential breeder. I've been hearing all good things about it from various lists.

ORDER ME Genetics of the Dog by Malcolm B. Willis

Written for the layperson and the scientist alike, this study of how heredity affects physical and behavioral conditions in dogs includes genetic principles, polygenic inheritance, inheritance on many desirable and undesirable features, genetic diseases, and much more.

ORDER METhe Joy of Breeding Your Own Show Dog by Margaret Ruth Smith & Ann Seranne

Recommended by Liz Kinoshita “this is a great book on breeding!”

ORDER ME Practical Genetics for Dog Breeders by Malcolm Beverley Willis

An intelligently written, expertly organized study of the laws and effects of inheritance. Willis has produced a comprehensive, clear and readable guide that explains the principles and practice in terms accessible to the thinking breeder.

ORDER ME Successful Dog Breeding: The Complete Handbook of Canine Midwifery by Chris Walkowicz, Bonnie Wilcox, DVM, Mary Jung

Interested in Showing your Shiba?

ORDER METhe Great American Dog Show Game by Alvin Grossman

ORDER MEBorn to Win: Breed to Succeed by Patricia V. Craige, Edited by Luana Luther

Considered to be an absolute must for the potential breeder. I've been hearing all good things about it from various lists.

ORDER MEBreeding and Showing Purebred Dogs: More Adventures on the Road to Westminster by Toni C. Freeman & Robert B. Freeman

ORDER MEDog Showing for Beginners by Lynn Hall

For new and prospective participants to the sport of dog showing, here are insider tips and observations to help the fledgling exhibitor enter the intriguing world of dog shows while avoiding common mistakes. The photographs are matched to the text to provide a graphic emphasis and to acquaint readers more fully to what dog shows look like as well as how they work.

ORDER METhe Great American Dog Show Game by Alvin Grossman

ORDER MEJunior Showmanship from Hand to Lead: The Complete Handbook for Junior Handlers by Mary A. Miller

ORDER ME The New Dogsteps: A Better Understanding of Dog Gait Through Cineradiography ('Moving X-Rays') by Rachel Page Elliott

ORDER ME Preparation and Presentation of the Show Dog: The Complete Handling Guide by Jeff Brucker & Betty Brucker

ORDER ME Show Me: A Dog Showing Primer by D. Caroline Coile Ph.D

Has Shiba photos taken by our own Mike Ross!

ORDER ME The Winning Edge: Show Ring Secrets by George G. Alston & Connie Vanacore

George Alston has been one of the country's pre-eminent professional handlers for over 30 years. Now, the secrets of his success are shared with every dog fancier. Find out how to train both mentally and physically, to size up the competition, and to turn being an amateur into an advantage.

Stories about Dogs (Fiction or Non-Fiction)

ORDER ME Cold Noses and Warm Hearts: Beloved Dog Stories by Great Authors by Laurie Morrow (Compiler)

Whether underscored by humor or deep emotion, all of the stories here share the same theme — the strong, enigmatic bond between dog and master. A demonstrated best seller in its original publication, Morrow has revised this volume to omit less popular stories and add contemporary stories by both famed and newer writers.

ORDER ME Stud Rites: A Dog Lover's Mystery by Susan Conant

On scene to cover the Alaskan Malamute National Specialty Show for Dog's Life Magazine, writer Holly Winter follows the trail of a killer when the show judge is bludgeoned to death!

For Kids

ORDER ME The Complete Dog Book for Kids by American Kennel Club

The Complete Dog Book for Kids is the ultimate show-and-tell for children who love dogs. Kids will love the photos of the familiar and not-so-familiar breeds, and they'll learn all about the rich history of dogs and how their pets contribute to it. Each breed is profiled and the page has a box with a “fun fact” that will appeal to children. 240 photos, 160 in color.

ORDER ME Junior Showmanship from Hand to Lead: The Complete Handbook for Junior Handlers by Mary A. Miller

ORDER ME A Werewolf Followed Me Home (Scaredy Cats, No 7) by George Edward Stanley, Sal Murdocca

Melissa has always wanted a dog, but there's something strange about the big dog that follows her home from school.

Behavior/Training

ORDER ME Beyond Basic Dog Training by Diane L. Bauman

Recommended by Monica Flynn

ORDER ME The Body Language and Emotion of Dogs: A Practical Guide to the Physical and Behavioral Displays Owners and Dog Exchange and How to Use Them ... by Myrna M Milani, DVM

A practical guide to the physical and behavioral displays owners and dogs exchange and how to use them to create a lasting bond.

ORDER ME Dog Logic: Companion Obedience: Rapport-Based Training by Joel M. McMains

Recommended by Monica Flynn

ORDER ME Dog Problems: by Carol Lea Benjamin

Recommended by Liz Kinoshita: “I find her books easy to read and a whole lot of fun! This is my favorite!”

ORDER ME Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching & Training by Karen Pryor

Recommended by Liz Kinoshita: “A great intro to Positive Reinforcement (Training)”

ORDER ME Dual Ring Dog/Successful Training for Both Conformation and Obedience Competition by Jacqueline Fraser & Amy Ammen

Recommended by Monica Flynn

The first book to address the training needs and distinctions of dogs shown in conformation competition and Obedience Trials together.

ORDER ME How to Teach Your Old Dog New Tricks by Ted Baer

ORDER ME Leader of the Pack: How to Take Control of Your Relationship with Your Dog by Nancy Baer, Steve Duno

ORDER ME The Official Dog Codependents Handbook: For People Who Love Their Dog Too Much by Ronnie Sellers & Jennifer black Reinhardt (Illustrator)

ORDER ME People, Pooches and Problems by Job Michael Evans

Recommended by David Arthur “I refer to this as my 'bible'. It has saved me and my first shiba from a potentially bad relationship. This book taught ME how to raise the dog I wanted! He is now fabulous, but there were some rocky times and this book was a lifesaver!”

click here to order Perfect Puppy: How to Choose Your Dog by its Behavior by Ben Hart, Lynette Hart & Benjamin L. Hart

Here is the first consumer's guide profiling 56 of the most popular American Kennel Club breeds, ranked by 13 behavioral traits.

click here to order Raising Rover: Breed-by-Breed Training from Afghans to Yorkies by Judith Halliburton

This revolutionary new dog training book takes a dog owner through the dog's life, with all of the “how, why, when and where” questions answered. Halliburton offers sensible advice that makes sense for specific kinds of dogs, demonstrating that a Pekingese is vastly different from a Basset Hound or a Golden Retriever. Different breeds train differently, enjoy different games, and basically have different “personalities.”

ORDER HERE! Smart Trainers, Brilliant Dogs by Janet R. Lewis & Victoria A. Dale

ORDER ME Successful Obedience Handling: The New Best Foot Forward by Barbara S. Handler

Recommended by Monica Flynn: “If you're looking for a book about what to expect in the obedience ring, you can beat this one (also available as a video, so you can see dogs and handlers in action. It takes you step by step through the entire ring performance and tells you exactly what you need to be able to do to complete each exercise. It also points out lots of common mistakes that people make.”

Health

The Collins Guide to Dog Nutrition

Hard to find, but Amazon may be able to find you a used copy within 1-3 months, will request approval of price and condition before shipping.

ORDER ME Pet Allergies by Alfred Plechner

Recommended by Jo-Ann Gray “The books states the responsibility of breeders, commercial pet foods, steroids and hormones, diet and nutrition, allergy producing foods. I don't totally agree with this book, but it does give one something to think about.