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The Dangerous Book for Dogs: A Parody

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  95 reviews

The Dangerous Book for Dogs asks a simple question: isn't there more to being a dog than wearing a mini cashmere sweater and riding around in a $400 evening clutch? What about the simple pleasu
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Villard (first published October 1st 2007)
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Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves dogs and a good chuckle while reading
This is a parody on the Dangerous books for boys and girls. It is written from a dog's viewpoint for other dogs. If you are owned or have been owned by a furry canine, this book is a must read. The topics include everything from how to escape embarrassing costumes to begging and yes, even poop! It was a gift from a friend who now holds the title, "I found the perfect gift!." ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a hoot. If you love or have loved a dog, and you enjoy the Onion, you'll be heartily entertained by this book. ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sort of amusing, in a crude sort of way. By the fifth use of the word "bitches" on a single page, I decided it was better in theory than actual product. ...more
Mildly amusing, The Dangerous Book for Dogs wasn't quite as funny as I hoped it would be. Maybe it just didn't appeal to my sense of humor. Don't get me wrong there were some parts I found myself smiling but I wouldn't really call it "laugh-out-loud". There were a few lines/images that made me giggle. The illustrations were probably the best part of this book. Written as a "guide" for dogs, it was more meh than really funny, there's a reason it took me a few days to read through it. If you own ...more
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book! I gave it to my 12 year old for Christmas last year and he had a ball - reading it and to our dog.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
full of cute, tongue in cheek stories as told from the dog's point of view. one of my favorite lines "your owner is at work, which is kind of like a kennel for humans." ...more
Tim Stephens
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bits were funny but I expected much more from folks who have writing for The Onion among their professional credits.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! I have often wondered what my little dog does while I am at work. Now I know,, he has been reading this book!
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This quote.
"A WARNING ABOUT CARS: Cars are wonderful and promise something new every day. But sometimes they don't take us to the dog park. Sometimes they take us to the kennel. Sometimes, to the vet. Many of us have been lured into a car with the promise of a ride, only to wake up with our balls missing. Where did they go? Can we ever get them back? Sadly, few of us will ever know."
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, and thought that it was very funny. My favourite chapter, was the poem about Loyal Argo, which I found HILARIOUS!! Although my one criticism is that it wasn't as funny as their other book, The Devious Book For Cats. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an amusing and unusual book! It is supposed to be 'read' by dogs! Some of the chapters included"What do do during a Thunderstorm', 'how to pick a pill of out peanut butter' and 'making toys out of household items'. A must read for any dog owner! ...more
3.5 stars.
Anita Merrick
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Humor delightful; I could imagine my dogs being and doing the same as Rex and Sparky, LOL a FUN book for dog lovers.
Trace Guzman
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
When my English teacher read excerpts from The Dangerous Book for Dogs to the class I was hooked. I’m always up for a laugh, and that is exactly what he showcased. The moment he was done reading, I asked if I could check it out, and I can confidently say I made a good choice.
Throughout the book humor is constant, whether subtle, clear, hidden, or childish, it is there. For instance, the author addresses a dog association called “the Canine Defense Council” (Rex and Sparky 80). The acronym for
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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marilynn alexander
My dogs couldn't have said it better.

The dogs world shared by these two marvelous canines brought more than one smile to my face and a chorus of agreement from my own pack who graciously allow me to believe I am in charge. I now know why the books is named what it is because now we the people know how dogs see and control their world and the humans in it. Very funny and as my puppies claim all too true. Now that we have been let in on their little secrets life will never be the same. I look at
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Last month I read the Devious Book for Cats, so this month I decided my dog, Gilgamesh, should read the Dangerous Book for Dogs. It's a silly book, a parody of the Dangerous Book for Boys type books. It offers your dog all the information he needs to re-connect with his wild roots. The articles run from practical, such as How to Escape Humiliating Costumes or The Formal Rules of Fetch, to completely ridiculous, such as Epic Walks, a series of stories about great walks in history including a walk ...more
Bob Cantrell
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heads up people dog rule

I gave this book 4 stars because of one thing the illustrations and charts were in the wrong places if that had been correct 5 stars. I mean when you read a passage that says here is a list of the ten top movie dog's and then you have read several pages to get a part of the list and then several pages later some more of the list very hard to follow. Then the illustrations aren't where they were supposed to be. Still I laughed at the crazy antics described in this book and
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a humorous insight into what dogs are thinking. I also saw that the authors were contributors to The Onion ( a website I used to love). I think they really did their research on this one. Keep this book away from your dogs because it teaches them all sorts of behavior that we, as their keepers, tend to frown upon. Some of these behaviors include how to embarrass us in front of our friends, or strangers, for that matter; how to escape a bath; how to make a bed out of our clothes; and how ...more
Hannah Garden
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october-2015
FULL DIS I am head over heels with one of the dogs who wrote this book so maybe it is a horrible book don't look at me I have no idea my stomach is like dressed up in a sparkle tutu doing flips and cavorts on a highwire and there is a bunch of shooting beautiful goddamb singular unbroachable stars in my eyes. Pfft.

I am jk it is a v funny book and now that I am 4/10ths dogmom I get it, I get it, dogs rule, they are busy and important and they lick you to smithereens and their sweet little dopey d
Sep 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Cute. Will teach your dog fun things like how to beg most effectively, whether or not to eat other dogs' poop and where human beings go for 8-12 hours a day 9-5 ('Your owner is at work, which is kind of like a kennel for humans. More than likely, he is sitting in a small cube-shaped space...talking to his 'boss,' or Alpha, being generally submissive, and thinking about how badly he wants to go home.') Other tips include how to pick pills out of peanut butter balls and how to wriggle out of degra ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very good, quick read with some nice comedic moments throughout. If you love dogs (we are a dog family here), this is a good book to pick up from time to time. Lots of short snippets that are no more than 3-4 pages long, make for an easy way to read this when you need a short blip of humor. Did you know dogs practice art while peeing? Are you aware of some of the famous dogs that have appeared in film? And let's not forget about poo. This book is a fun romp through what dogs do or ...more
Feb 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jan by: Kathy
Shelves: humor, dog-books
Received this book for Christmas from a fellow dog lover and yes, it's funny but not side-splitting. I own a blue heeler/aussie cross and he's smart enough to have been interviewed for this book so I guess if you look at it with a particular dog in mind, it's cute. My favorite parts are the section on squirrels, getting a pill out of peanut butter and making toys out of household items, all three of which Cooper could have written. ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This funny, new book is about what you shuold eat, chase and how to do things plus many more.
It shows everything from the dogs point of veiw, and it works well. Joe garden has done a great job on this book, and once you start you can't stop.

I think this is a great book for dog lovers, dog owners, and anyone else!
It made me laugh and smile, and I reccomend it to anyone. If you want to read it, get it from a library or bookstore. Everyone should read a book like this!
Pamela Conley
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
My 7 year old high level reader picked this out to read as part of the summer reading program and I had no idea how funny or high level reading this book would be. It is written by a group of folks that are contributors to The Onion. There are some sections that are really belly laugh hilarious. My 7 year old will give this 5 stars on his good reads listing. This is probably one of his favorite chapter books thus far.
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: wouldn't really
Wow, a bunch of people seem to think this book is great and funny. Well, it is kinda funny just because dogs are funny. It is really just silly more than anything. I have laughed a few times, but most of it is actually a little boring. Maybe it is funnier for people who don't have dogs?

I wouldn't really recommend this, but there is nothing that I really hate about it either.
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
A must read if you're a "dog person". You'll definitely recognize your dog's antics in there. There were quite a few times when I laughed out loud, but I was amused through most of it. I read it in two short sittings, but I'd recommend spacing it out a little more -it's funnier in small doses than all at once. ...more
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a great book! Dog lovers of all ages MUST read this book! It makes sense now why our adorable puppies do what they do! Especially funny since it is written from the dog's perspective. If only our dogs could speak! Then I could've enjoyed this book with my little one! But I would probably skip over parts, like how to skip a bath! ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
A perfect read for the dog days of summer. Let Sparky and Rex teach you all of the proper methods for begging, digging and barking. I think most dogs have already read this book and someone took notes to let the others know what they are missing. The section on squirrels is probably one of the funniest things I have ever read. A very enjoyable treat for all dog lovers.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just to reitterate what other reviewers have said - if you love dogs this will resonate with you and have you laughing. Not heavy reading, a lot of fun, and very very humourous!
This was a gift from one of my friends, we both own dogs, so we see the funny side in all the chapters. The book simply looks at a what it is to be a dog dealing with humans. Highly recommended
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