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Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All

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Dear Human:

Your dog probably puzzles you. Most of us do that. And most of us would like to keep things as they are: humans in the dark, dogs with the upper hand.

But we dogs are about to let you in a little secret. Okay, a lot of secrets. We graduated first in our obedience class three times. This should tell you something. Puppies know that they're being cute. They're usin
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks
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Jun 25, 2014 Joanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish, humor, dogs
I was not enjoying this, and then I remembered that no one is making me read it. There were a few cute moments, but really it's just silly. Abandoned on the free shelf at work.
Dec 31, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson is just hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. I was laughing so hard at some points that my kids were running over to find out what was so funny. Of course, half the time they didn’t get the joke … but they’re still young (ages 9, 6, and 5). My oldest asked if she could read it after me, so I just handed it off to her. :-)

It’s not full of constant hilarity. Let’s face it; that would make reading nearly impossible. Between gasps fo
Tara Chevrestt
Nov 05, 2012 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dogs, pbs
A mixture of comedy and sadness by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson with artwork by Dean Stefanides.

Eleven dogs tell you their innermost thoughts.

Sarge...starts a police dog with a fondness for pot. He goes to a junkyard and then a hospital and even the movie business.. It seems poor Sarge just can't keep a job. He gets into tons of trouble and yet at the same time, his stories are a tad sad. He just keeps getting abandoned...or fired as he says.

Moonbeam is a rescued dog living with a hippie. He's not
Mary (BookHounds)
Apr 17, 2012 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing

Yes, I used exclamations points!!! This quick, little read about eleven dogs, from hippy-dippy to obedience school drop out will have you howling. Of course, there is a dachshund involve and Gabby captured my heart. She is a bit (ok, extremely) spoiled and a bit ditsy but she makes no excuses for it. Tinkerbell, a Chihuahua, is tired of being stuffed in a purse and has lots of friends she likes to hang out with. Don't piss her off since she might grab that blouse
Sep 13, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Things Your Dog Doesn't Want you to Know is refreshing, and one of those books that will pick you up no matter how you're feeling. This book is meant to entertain, to be uplifting, and make you laugh. 11 different canines to fall in love with as they share with you why they do the things they do.

But don't let anyone know they told you ;)

For all dog lovers, animal lovers, or anyone looking for an easy, enjoyable read.
Sep 08, 2012 NebraskaIcebergs rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson is a cute and funny book designed to entertain. For the most part, the comedy works. And while you’re unlikely to turn to Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know for reference, it does make a great addition to a bathroom shelf or any place you might need some relaxed readings. Sometimes, you’ll even learn a few things about man’s best friend. Oh, and it’s mostly safely for the entire family to read.

Cute and funny require a d
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I love my dogs. It’s really something that’s known to anyone who meets me. I talk about them as if they were my children. I mean, my oldest one is turning 6 this year, so it’s kind of hard not to form a bond with them.

The one thing I love about my dogs — aside from the fact that they’re happy to see me whether I’ve left the house for a day, or for 3 minutes — is that they make me laugh by doing sill
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
Dec 05, 2012 Julie - Book Hooked Blog rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays
So this is a case of "don't judge a book by it's cover" and also "seriously do your research before you sign up for a book tour." Because the fact that I didn't enjoy this book is 100% my fault. See, what happened is that I saw the adorable cover with the cute little puppy faces and decided based on the title that it was going to contain dog facts/training advice. I glossed over the summary and didn't read the exerpt because I thought it would be like "I'm not a person" and then a little ...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Nov 17, 2012 Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing
I don’t know what made me pick this book up. Books written in the voice of a dog? Not my usual reading. And, then I opened the book and read the first story. I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so hard. I was hooked!

From the second story on, I began reading them aloud to my husband – who was looking a little weird at me. I guess it’s difficult to understand someone who is laughing so hard they are crying – and trying to read to you at the same time. I finally gave up.

I’ve been known to sit and
Kah Cherub
Mar 11, 2012 Kah Cherub rated it it was amazing
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When I first saw this book available for review on Netgalley, I just knew I had to read it. I knew it would be charming and fun, but it turned out to be so much better than I expected!

"Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All" is a very short, very cute book. In it, we're first introduced to our lovely canine characters, all of different breeds, ages, behaviors, families and opinions. (and, oh
Aug 26, 2012 E rated it it was amazing
I usually give my opinion of a book that I am reviewing at the end of the review, but this time I will open with it. I found Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You To Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson to be everything a book should be. It is engaging, creative and memorable. Each of the 115 essays is presented in the words of one of eleven different dogs. After reading the first sentence of the first essay, as far as I was concerned, I believed I was listening to a dog.

I tried to pick a favorite dog
Mar 18, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, arc-s
Please read more of my reviews at

Since I received this as an ARC, it was not the complete book, so I can’t really give a full review since I only got to read the first 25 pages, or the first 7 stories in the complete version of this book that people who purchase it will get. The book is written from the point of view of the dogs, which makes it all the more funny. You get a rather comical look at what might go on in their brains.

This first story was my favorite;
Sep 12, 2012 Erika rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
Shockingly funny, Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know is a book that isn't afraid to take risks. There's a difference between reading something funny and reading something both funny and fresh. Thankfully this book, for the most part took on a fresh new perspective. There were times I was mentally saying to myself "You did not just say that!" That being said I also found some of the little tell-all stories lacking in comparison to the shock factor of the others. They seemed rather obvious ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I don't know how many of you know this but I'm a huge animal lover, at the last count we had 2 gerbils, 3 hamsters, 2 cats, 2 budgies and 1 golden retriever in our house that goes by the name of Annie so when my favourite book tour company sent me an invite for this book I just had to have it.

The day I got it I remember flipping through it randomly and laughing hysterically with my mother who though the book from what she saw was the cutest thing. It also got the kiss of approval from Annie (She
Rebecca Graf
Sep 17, 2012 Rebecca Graf rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is just darn cute. That gets your attention, but it's what you find on the inside that keeps you.

This is the book about 11 dogs of various ages and breeds telling you what they think of their owners and those around them. There is the opinionated Border Collie who helped raise your kids if you did not know. Then there is the rich and spoiled Tinkerbell, a Chihuahua. The elderly Cocker Spaniel named Sophie who makes you want to cuddle her with tears in her eyes. Oh, and Gab
Diane Walters
Nov 04, 2012 Diane Walters rated it it was amazing
This is a darling book and I was thrilled when it came in the mail. My initial reaction when I started reading the book was one of confusion. I was expecting essays of a more serious/personal nature, perhaps, with a little comedy on the side. I did not realize that the book was going to be full of comedy sketches. Once I tuned in on that aspect--I had great fun with it.

The graphic design is excellent! It is brightly colored in the style of a scrapbook. Each dog has its own page design and font f
Erica Hunt
Nov 22, 2013 Erica Hunt rated it it was amazing
Prior to my hiatus from blogging I was asked to review a fun looking book. It is a book written from a dog's perspective. It immediately caught me as something worth reviewing because how many times have I looked my pup in the eye and wondered what she was thinking. Also, lets be honest I often make a voice for my dog and speak dialog on her behalf. I read this book in a very short amount of time because it was just so stinking funny. It acts like a series of interview from 11 dogs, include ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Bookworm rated it it was amazing
I have to say I read Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know with my Diego in mind. Like most pet owners, I have sometimes wondered what my dog is thinking. After reading this book, I have at least some insight into the mind of my 7 pound Chihuahua. I mainly have Tinkerbell the Chihuahua to thank as I found her 'narrative' the most useful.

I found Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know to be an adorably witty book and I had a smile on my face as I read about these dogs antics and thoughts. Ple
Suzanne Lilly
Sep 22, 2012 Suzanne Lilly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
This book review almost didn’t happen. My daughter saw the book on my coffee table and immediately grabbed it to take to her house.

“Not so fast,” I told her. “I’m doing a book review. After I finish, I’ll let you borrow it.” If the book had made it into the depths of her handbag, I would have never seen it again and you wouldn’t be reading about this funny new release today.

So you thought Bad Kitties was hilarious? This book takes the concept one step further. Instead of just seeing a picture wi
Liz { nvl.tea }
Oct 17, 2012 Liz { nvl.tea } rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm a sucker for dog books. I'm just an all around dog person, so when I first saw this, I knew I just had to read it. I love POV animal books, and with that adorable cover and the endorsements from a lot of funny people, I thought this may be one of the funniest books I picked up all year.

Imagine my disappointment, then, when it turned out to only be...okay. It had it's moments - I may have snorted appreciatively once or twice. But otherwise, it just fell flat for me. I really credit my main pr
Apr 18, 2012 Alex rated it liked it
The Deal: 11 very different and courageous dogs confess all you ever wanted to know about your own dog.

In confessional style, dogs big and small, with all type of owners confess that no, they will never be full, no matter how much you feed them, that they think that you're spoiling the puppies, and that Birthdays aren't exactly all that important to the psyche of a canine.

This among other stories.

My Thoughts: I'm not going to rate Things Your Dog Doesn't WAnt You to Know. One because it doesn
Nov 01, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
This book is split into chapters in which each dog takes an issue and just tells you about it in their voice. The stories are consistant to the personalities they have created and you begin to look around at your dog and wonder what they are thinking... or cringing at what they could be thinking. Of course if you don't have a dog I guess I'd wonder more about you if you are looking around for the invisible dog wondering what they are thinking... but I digress... ;)

Some of the humor I admit made
Sep 07, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing
I have a HUGE soft spot for dogs, so I was very excited to receive this book for review. Let me tell you, I LOVE this book!! Written from the dogs point of view, they tell you their thoughts on a lot of things you’ve probably wondered about, and why they do certain things.

One of my favorites was “The Questionnaire”, answered by Rufus T. His answers are so funny!! One of the questions is “What makes you howl at the moon?” Rufus T. answers “I don’t howl. I sing–anything but country.” Thing is, he
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
What a charming and funny book this was. A very entertaining and light read. As a dog lover I found myself chuckling and nodding in agreement at some of the antics and views of the dogs. My Chocolate Labrador doesn’t need to learn any new tricks he pretty much could have written the book. Especially the part where one dog said he was constantly hungry and was never full...... mmm... I know a certain pooch who could certainly relate to that.

The layout was so refreshing it was colourful and quirky
Julia Brumfield
Oct 22, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal-fiction, book
A cute book formatted to resemble letters, advice and stories from eleven different doggy individuals. Whether mutt or purebred this book will quickly catch the attention of both dog-lovers and owners alike.

Hy Conrad has done a wonderful job in creating and keeping strong eleven different personalities throughout the book. This is done with unique tones for each and matching stationary, which is a reflection of the dog you are reading. For example with Gabby who is girly naive she always has a
Linda B
Sep 05, 2012 Linda B rated it it was amazing
Dear Human! What would happen if your dog could write you a letter? Things your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know lets you in on all of those secrets your dog is thinking. Eleven dogs, Axelrod, Bandana, Dimples, Tinkerbell, Orson, Sophie, Sarge, Charlie, Moonbeam, Gabby and Rufus T. share their dog-thoughts in the form of letters to their owner/parents.

Some of the essays are funny, some strange, and a couple brought tears to my eyes. You can pretty much guess most of the topics such as food, toys, d
I loved Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You To Know it was funny, entertaining and at times sad (especially the last story). We get various stories from 11 different dogs regarding their individual lives and as we read through the book we get to know them even better & their individual character shines. My favorites were Bandana, Orson, Tinkerbell, Sophie, & Charlie though they all won me over by the end. I really enjoyed how each dog had their own page style & font along with their ow ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok
Aspen picked this book up at the library when we were looking for some puppy training books and when she saw that both Steve Martin and Mr. Monk (Tony Shaloub) endorsed it, she rushed it to the check out counter. We thought it would be a fun, fluffy read and on the whole it was. Tinkerbell the Chihuahua and Moonbeam the mutt were my favorites. Moonbeam is clearly a Durango doggie all the way. I nearly lost my breath laughing at some of Moonbeam's antics! So, when we read the final entry and ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Serena rated it liked it
Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson is a humorous collection of stories from 11 dogs who bare all. Not only do they divulge secrets about why those “pee” walks take so long, but they also enlighten dog walkers on the order that dogs should be taken out and why. There are hijinks from dogs eating shoes and eating even mores hoes when owners lock them in the shoe closet, and there are dogs giving parenting advice to owners about their own puppies.

Read the full re
Feb 05, 2013 Hilary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all dog luver's
Recommended to Hilary by: me
This little book is beyond adorable. I confess my very literal 'take' on this book. As such, I believe I will remain of the mind that this whole compilation is based on fact & that I have many "Thanks" to bestow upon Axelrod, Bandana, Dimples, Tinkerbell, Orson, Sophie, Sarge, Charlie, Moonbeam, Gabby, & Rufus T. U have all truly educated me in the psychi of Sasha. As such, our relationship has never been more rewarding.
(NOTE: my review is given after reading these very furry insights pa
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Hy Conrad was one of the original writers for the television series, Monk. He worked on the show for all eight seasons, the final two as Co-Executive Producer, and received three Edgar Nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” Conrad took over the novel series based on the TV show Monk in 2013.

Conrad is also the author of hundreds of short stories. His first full-lengt
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