How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend, by the Monks of New Skete. Excellent introductory guide to training and care, by monks who breed German Shepherds.

The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia McConnell. Canine psychology and training, with lots of anecdotes.

It’s Me or the Dog, by Victoria Stilwell. Great overall introductory guide to understanding and training dogs, for people who don’t want to read a guide – easy to read, lots of photos, bullet points.

The Truth About Dogs, by Stephen Budiansky. Really entertaining look at ancestry, mindset, habits of dogs. Also as an article in the Atlantic Monthly.




Chilly Dogs: Great raincoats, from a nice little company in Canada.

Montana Dogware: Very soft coats, medium and lightweight, that don’t chafe.

Blue Willow Dog Coats: Warm coats custom-made in Wisconsin, where they know winter.


Sighthound Gear: Lovingly handmade in Iowa. 

(Also see Paw Lickers, below.)

Safety & Outdoor Gear:

Ruffwear: A nice collection of well-made gear, including harnesses, lifejackets, and backpacks.


*If you enjoy stopping into your local, independent pet store, please consider supporting them with regular purchases such as food and treats.

JB Discount Pet Supply: Swift service & good prices for supplies & treats.

Paw Lickers Bakery & Boutique: A little bit of the best of everything: toys, clothing, gear, from a shop in upstate New York.

West Paw Design: Eco-friendly gear & toys.



Whippet Organizations:

Whippet Rescue: Listings of purebred whippets in foster care, updated weekly.

American Whippet Club: They run shows and other events and can refer you to a reputable breeder in your area.