Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blog Tour Book Review: Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson

 Today I'm participating in a blog tour for Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know, a humour book by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson. More blog tour information is available after my review.

Publishing Info:

Title - Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know
Author - Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson
Publisher - Sourcebooks
Date Published -  2012
# of pages - 242


Why do dogs eat furniture when there are endless chew toys nearby?

Why do they always dash to a rug when they have to throw up?

And why are they always absolutely starving?

Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know answers the questions that dog owners have asked for centuries. The book is a collection of 115 humorous essays that reveal the truth behind some of the most baffling canine behavior, their hopes and dreams, their grudges and pleasures, and what they really think about us humans.  Peppered with lively, clever stories and visually appealing photographs, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know is a verbal and visual delight that is laugh-out-loud funny.  If you have dogs, love dogs, or have ever been baffled by a dog, this book is a must-have.

Topics include:
  • My Life in Your Purse by Tinkerbell, the Chihuahua
  • Waiting by the Table (for food scraps, of course!) by Orson, the bulldog
  • The Bed Rules (Rule #1—It’s my bed) by Dimples, the boxer
  • The Reason I Ate the Sofa (leather tastes a lot like rawhide) by Axelrod, the yellow lab
  • I  Can Poop the Second I Start My Walk (but choose not to) by Sophie, the cocker spaniel
Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Target, on e-books and at independent bookstores everywhere.  For more information, go to where you can also ask questions about your own dog’s behavior and learn the secrets they have been keeping from you!


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 and not really in the vain of things dogs wouldn't want us humans to know. Considering how many stories there are, I couldn't really expect to like all of them equally, but I still felt a little let down by some of them in comparison.

Like most nonfiction books about animal behaviour, this one is divided into little sections. The difference is each section is a little story told by one of 11 dogs. I found it a little difficult to keep track of each dog personality at first but figure the book isn't meant to be read in one sitting and so it wouldn't be so hard to look them up in the cast of characters whenever picking it up. It really is that kind of book you can pick up whenever you are in the mood for a laugh. No need to read cover to cover either and so you can read whichever story appeals to you.

I no longer have a dog but still love them and remember the way they act. Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know stuck out to me because it seemed the kind of book to still dwell on those things and laugh about them whether you are a dog owner or not. The humor aspect really appealed to me.  It worked out for me and is also one of those books that can be shared with a friend or two as well.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
You can buy Ten Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know in  paperback format from Amazon. 
You can check out more reviews or add it to your Goodreads list.

“A whimsical delight for dog lovers everywhere, this book will charm and remind readers why they fell in love with Rover to begin with.” (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

“I laughed, my dog howled.” (Steve Martin)

This is the perfect book for anyone who owns a dog, has ever owned one, or knows what a dog is. These guys made me laugh out loud—and captured my heart at the same time. The book is simply irresistible.” (Tony Shalhoub, star of the TV series Monk)

“If you love dogs and enjoy humor, you’ll love Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know. I did. Dog lovers will go crazy with this book!!” (Kah Cherub, Not Just Nonsense)

“ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!  Overall, this fun read is perfect to leave on your coffee table and it is easy to pick up, read a few pages and then come back to it, sort of like your dogs attention span when food isn’t involved.” (Mary, BookHounds)

“We LOVE this book. Written by 11 dogs to their owners, each dog’s personality shines through on colorful, journal like pages. This is the perfect book for dog lovers of all ages. Even my kids have started asking me to read the book to them. A+ for a fun, beautifully crafted book.” (M. G. Gagliano “Maria”, Amazon Reviewer)

“This book was delightful to read because it was so accurate to the many breeds described. It would make a great gift for anyone considering a dog to help pick the breed. It was a funny, easy-to-read, laugh-out-loud book that dog owners will enjoy, yet dogs may have a cause of concern as now their secrets are out to us humans.” (Motivevotives, Amazon Reviewer)

About Hy Conrad:
Best known for his work in mysteries, Hy was one of the original writers for the groundbreaking series, Monk, working on the show for all eight seasons, the final two as Co-Executive Producer. In a related project, Hy was Executive Producer and head writer of Little Monk, a series of short films featuring Adrian Monk as a ten-year-old.  His latest TV work was as writer and Consulting Producer for White Collar.
Jeff&HyHy is also the author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits, which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages.  Hy’s first mystery novel series, Abel Adventures, will debut in 2012 with the publication of Rally ‘Round the Corpse.  And his first full-length comedy/mystery play, Home Exchange, premiered at the Waterfront Playhouse in May 2012.  He lives in Key West with his partner and two miniature schnauzers. (

About Jeff Johnson:
Jeff spent most of his working life in advertising agencies, currently as General Manager of Cramer-Krasselt in New York City.  He is the author of The Hourglass Solution:  A Boomer’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life and co-authors (with Paula Forman) a national online advice column called Short Answers, which also appears in newspapers all along the east coast (from Massachusetts to Florida).  Jeff lives in Vermont and Key West and is on the Board of Directors of the Waterfront Playhouse and the Florida Keys SPCA.

Tour Stops:

So Many Precious Books         Sept 3 Feature & Giveaway
Carol’s Notebook                      Sept 5 Review & Giveaway
The Bookworm                         Sept 5 Review & Giveaway
Bookvisions                              Sept 6 Review
I’d Rather Be at the Beach       Sept 7 Review
I’d Rather Be at the Beach       Sept 7 Giveaway
Samthebookaholic                   Sept 8 Review
Babs Book Bistro                     Sept. 8 Interview & Giveaway
Allison’s Book Bag                   Sept 8  Review
Colloquium                               Sept 9  Guest Post
Pragmatic Mom                       Sept 9  Review
Colloquium                               Sept 10 Review & Giveaway
She Treads Softly                    Sept 10 Review
She Treads Softly                    Sept 11 Guest Post
Giveaway Lady                        Sept 11 Review & Giveaway
Suddenly Books                       Sept 12 Review
Books and Beyond                  Sept 13 Review
Books and Beyond                  Sept. 14 Interview & Giveaway
MN Girl in LA                           Sept 14 Review
VW Stitcher                            Sept 15 Review
Luxury Reading                      Sept 16 Review
A Book Lover’s Library           Sept 17 Review & Giveaway
Allison’s Book Bag                 Sept 17 Interview
Joy Story                                Sept 18 Review & Giveaway
Brunette Librarian                  Sept 19 Review
Brunette Librarian                  Sept 20 Interview & Giveaway
Book Cover Justice               Sept 20 Review & Giveaway
Colletta’s Kitchen Sink          Sept 21 Review
A Patchwork of Books          Sept 22 Review & Giveaway
Teacher Writer                      Sept 22 Guest Post & Giveaway
Teacher Writer                      Sept 23 Review
weeps4Bloggers                 Sept 24 Review & Giveaway
Turning the Pages              Sept  25 Review
Turning the Pages                 Sept. 24 Guest Post
Toothy Books                        Sept 26 Review
Moonlight Gleam                   Sept 26 Guest Post & Giveaway
Library of Clean Reads         Sept 27 Review
The Wormhole                      Sept 28 Review & Giveaway
4 the LOVE of BOOKS         Sept 29 Review
4 the LOVE of BOOKS         Sept 30 Guest Post & Giveaway


  1. Thanks so much for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you liked the book.

    1. Thank you for inviting me on the tour, Teddy!

  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my new book (Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know). And I am so happy that you liked it -- and especially that you found it funny and fresh. We tried to give each of our dogs a bit of an "edge." And, as you point out, some have more edge than others. Thanks again for your review and your support.

    1. You're welcome! Thank you for sending me a copy for review.


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