Monday, October 24, 2016


Does your kitty scratch sofa legs? Does your dog hide under the bed when the garbage truck thunders up the street? Does your bird pluck off its feathers? Pet owners, otherwise known as human companions, frequently ponder why their animal friends misbehave as they do. 

The Monrovia Public Library has some books by an expert that may offer answers to your pet questions. Nicholas Dodman, DVM or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world’s best known animal behaviorists. English by birth and educated in Scotland, he moved to the United States to become a faculty member at Tufts University School of Veterinary Science where he oversees the Animal Behavior Clinic. Dr. Dodman’s books are not just informative, but highly entertaining to read.

Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds is about the new science of animal psychiatry. Revealing the close proximity of animal and human mental well-being, the good doctor mixes personal stories and case histories to share how behavioral issues can be solved. While this work focuses on psychology, biology and pharmacology are also front and center in this must-read book for pet lovers. Readers have commented positively on how this book has proactively helped solve problems for which it did not seem there were solutions. 

Less a how-to book and more a look at some individual cases of difficult animal behavior, If They Could Only Speak: Understanding the Power Bond Between Dogs and Their Owners addresses not just behavior issues, but the role of humans in the lives of pets.

Check out these books and more today at the Monrovia Public Library!

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