Animal Book Club

If you love reading and animals, the Companion Animal Psychology Book Club is for you. See what we're reading this month, and take a look at the books read so far.

If you love animals and books, read alongside the Animal Book Club, like this cute puppy sitting on an open book

The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club discusses books about dogs, cats, and our relationship with companion animals.

The book for June 2018 is Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals (P.S.)  by Hal Herzog.

About the Animal Book Club

The club discusses one book a month except for January and July, so we read ten books a year.

Most books will be non-fiction, although fiction will be considered if a companion animal plays a prominent role.

Books may cover a wide variety of perspectives, but there is a preference for humane and kind treatment of animals (and people), and for scientific or critical approaches to the human-animal bond. Books do not have to be recent, but they will be available in book stores.

Everyone is welcome to join in and read the books, whether or not you are a regular reader of Companion Animal Psychology.

The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club Facebook group is currently full, but accepts new members from time to time. If you would like to join the Facebook group, keep an eye on this page, especially around the start of the month and the announcement of a new book. Whenever the group is accepting new members it will be posted here. Some people prefer not to read every book, and we invite them to join in the discussion on the blog or via social media whenever there is a book that appeals to them.

You can also follow on the blog and read alongside us. Many people are opting to do this, especially if they want to dip in and out of books rather than read every one. Each month, I will post some comments about the book. You will be able to add your comments too.

If you would like to organize a local, real-life book club meeting in your area, please let me know and I will be able to share the discussion questions with you. (Disclaimer: I am not responsible for groups organized by other people; follow usual safety rules if meeting people).

An up-to-date list of all the discussions from each month will be maintained on this page.

The Animal Books Discussed So Far

The book for May 2018 will be From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias by Marty Becker, Lisa Radosta, Wailani Sung, Mikkel Becker, and edited by Kim Campbell Thornton.

The book for April 2018 was How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns.

The book for March 2018 is Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs by David Grimm.

The book for February 2018 was The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human by John Bradshaw. In the UK, the book is called The Animals Among Us: The New Science of Anthrozoology.

The book for December 2017 was The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy ― and Why They Matter by Marc Bekoff.

The book for November 2017 was What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe.

The book for October 2017 was Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace by Kathy Sdao.

The book for September 2017 was Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry by Nicholas Dodman.

The book for August 2017 was How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution by Lee Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut.

You might like to read my interview with Dr. Lee Dugatkin.

The book club takes July off.

The book for June 2017 was The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions by Thomas McNamee.

The book for May 2017 was Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw. For UK and Australian readers, the book is called In Defence of Dogs.

The book for April 2017 was The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell.

The book for March 2017 was Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell  by Alexandra Horowitz.

The book for February 2017 was Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal.

There was no book in January 2017, as the book club takes January & July off.

The book for December 2016 was The Secret History of Kindness: Learning from How Dogs Learn by Melissa Holbrook Pierson. Read my review of The Secret History of Kindness and please leave your thoughts on the book in the comments.

The book for November 2016 was The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis. To whet your appetite, you can read my interview with Dr. Sarah Ellis.

When you have read the book, please leave your comments on the summary of discussion of The Trainable Cat.

Happy reading!

A cat, a cup of coffee and a book - what more could you want? The Companion Animal Psychology book club is for readers who love pets

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