Table of contents

4 Preface: A Dog Named Keeper

6 Introduction

7 The Long History of Dogs
and Humans
7 Where Did Dogs Come From?
8 The Transformation of Dogs
8 Early Dogs
9 Too Short, Too Long
10 Companion Dogs
11 The Dog Patrol: Sled Dog Anti-Cruelty
Crusader Cameron Bitove
12 The Dog Patrol: All-Around Dog
Champion Willow Phelps

13 Amazing Canines!
13 The Nose Knows
14 Listening and Seeing
15 Doggie Digestion
15 Getting Necessary Nutrition
16 How Smart Are Dogs?
17 Dog Talk
18 The Social Needs of Dogs
19 The Dog Patrol: Senior-Dog
Specialist Analeigh Painter
20 The Dog Patrol: Comfort and Care
Provider Ella Seeley

21 So You Want a Dog?
21 Puppy Mill Puppies
22 The Dog Patrol: Austin Delos Santos,
Making a Difference for Dogs
23 Dog Breeding
24 Adopt a Dog, Save a Life!
24 Shelters and Pounds
25 The Dog Patrol: Premier Forever Home
Finder Ava Calise
25 What Makes a Good Shelter?
28 Dog Rescue Lifeline
28 The Dog Patrol: Rescue Dog Hero
Caroline Capuzzi
29 Adopting a Dog: Do Your Homework
29 Choose the Dog that’s Right for You
30 Get to Know Each Other
30 The Application Process
30 Purebred Problems
31 In the Doghouse: Cosmetic Surgeries
32 The Dog Patrol: The Citizens’ Pet
Responsibility Committee—Fighting Pet
Overpopulation
33 The Dog Patrol: Animal Welfare
Promoter Manaha Nakakita
34 Getting Along with Your Dog
34 Rewards are Better than Punishment
35 Protect Yourself from Dog Bites
36 Finding a Lost Dog
38 Crating Abuse
39 Please, No More Chains
40 The Dog Patrol: Foster Funding Expert
Geneviève Plante
41 The Dog Patrol: Ace Animal Advocate
Molly Matlow

42 A Dog’s Life at Home
42 Dog Needs
43 Relax the Leash
44 The Dog Patrol: “Helping Animals, Those
Without a Voice,” with Jessica Brocksom
45 Protecting Precious Paws
45 Senior Dogs Rock!
46 Overweight Dog Epidemic
46 The Dog Patrol: Operation O2 Fur Pets
Founder Brooklyn Bockelmann
47 The Dog Patrol: Francesca Joseph,
Harvey’s Animal Helpers
48 The Dog Lover’s Pledge
49 Further Resources

50 Glossary
51 Index
52 Photo Credits

Description

A full-colour dog book unlike any other delving into the history and evolution of dogs as companions, empowering young readers to promote the health and happiness of dogs in their own lives.
“Clear, accurate, engaging, and informative text combines with a substantial collection of high-interest colour photographs… to round out a thorough exploration of an important issue… Perfect for dog lovers and those contemplating that critical mission. ” —Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Praise for The Dog Patrol: Our Canine Companions and the Kids Who Protect Them

2020 Northern Lights Book Award: Animals/Pets Category Winner

2020 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

“A fetching book for dog lovers. ”—Booklist

“The author’s obvious love of dogs and the impressive feats of the Dog Patrol will inspire young readers to take an interest in animal welfare causes. VERDICT Dog lovers will relish the rich detail and extensive photography in this engaging guide to canine care and advocacy. ”—School Library Journal

“Clear, accurate, engaging, and informative text combines with a substantial collection of high-interest color photographs, several per large page, to round out a thorough exploration of an important issue…. Perfect for dog lovers and those contemplating that critical mission. ”—Kirkus Reviews

“With informational sidebars, full-color photographs, a glossary and index, and a list of further resources, The Dog Patrol is an ideal instructional handbook and guide for young readers ages 8-12 who seek to improve their canine companion’s welfare at home and beyond. ..”—Midwest Book Review

The Dog Patrol offers a comprehensive training manual, specifically designed for kids, on responsible [dog] guardianship. ...Laidlaw, one of Canada’s most dedicated and respected authorities on animal welfare, provides effective leadership training for young advocates in this essential resource. ”—Quill & Quire

“[An] amazing book that explores the significant role companion dogs play in our lives. ...Immensely informative. ”—Canadian Children’s Book News

The Dog Patrol is an excellent book for children who live with a canine, want to adopt one or want to actively make things better for these wonderful beings!”—Toronto. com

The Dog Patrol definitely belongs in elementary school classrooms or libraries…Highly Recommended. ”—CM Magazine

“This book is an excellent read for children who love animals. It will help them to better understand all of the care a companion dog needs, how to understand the signals dogs are giving humans, how to find a reputable adoption centre, and so much more…. I am sure Rob Laidlaw’s The Dog Patrol: Our Canine Companions and the Kids Who Protect Them will inspire readers to support animals in need in their own communities. ”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

The Dog Patrol functions as both a how-to manual on taking care of a dog and a celebration of kids who have made significant efforts to protect and help dogs. Information is also included about the history of dogs and humans. The book is filled with attractive color photographs with clear captions…. This is an excellent resource for anyone thinking about getting a dog, as well as for those who already have dogs. Highly recommended. ”—Youth Services Book Review

“A must-have handbook for the middle grade dog lover. ”—Christina Ammirati

“The writing is conversational, stated clearly and appealing from start to finish. The photos and design invite careful attention to content. The profiles he shares in the Dog Patrol sections are inspiring and informative, always with the focus being on the best possible ways to ensure a happy, productive life for the dogs in our care. ”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“For kids or young teens wondering if they can or how they might be able to get involved in canine welfare causes, The Dog Patrol is a great starting point to motivate and encourage further research. ...[T]his hopeful and easy-to-digest informative tone carries through the course of the book, making The Dog Patrol: Our Canine Companions and the Kids Who Protect Them a fantastic and vital up-to-date resource for children’s non-fiction collections and dog enthusiasts alike. ”—Fab Book Reviews

“This is a great book for dog lovers of all ages!”—Canadian Bookworm