Listed here are the books I have written or contributed to.
The dog is undeniably the most successful domestic animal of all time. He shares his life with ours, has integrated into our society, and won the hearts and minds of millions of us. We call ourselves dog lovers because we do sincerely love them: they are fully-fledged members of our family, and we have elevated them to positions of authority in the human world. Assistance dogs, protection dogs, detection dogs, companion dogs … they all enhance our lives immeasurably. In this book we will examine a whole raft of canine skills and talents, and try to piece together how and why the dog has enjoyed such immense success as a domesticated animal. We will look at the dog as a problem solver, conflict resolver, and health asset.
As a decision maker and hero. And as a loyal and trusted friend. Clever Dog! is a compendium of life lessons we can learn from our dogs, based on a combination of what we know about them and indeed what we think we might know about them. He’s earned his epithet ‘Man’s best friend:’ in this book, our aim is to examine how he did it and how we might emulate his talents in order to enjoy the same fortune and fulfillment in our lives. Be happy and successful: learn from the best!
Features: * Interesting take on self development/improvement lessons * Interesting facts and data on how the human/canine relationship evolved * Amazing examples of how dogs have succeeded and achieved * Practical insights into how humans can use the dog as a life example * Incredible stories of canine bravery, endurance and talent * Understanding leadership from the world’s most famous pack animal * Learn how to settle conflicts without ‘drawing blood’ * Understand how to develop and enhance relationships, learning from the best * Climb the career ladder by following the winning strategy of the dog * How to embrace and cherish independence without being a ‘loner’.
Ryan O’Meara has a treat for dog lovers of all breeds, this book is filled with fascinating facts, witty anecdotes, indispensable dog training tips and heartwarming tales of canine loyalty.
Chapter 1) Best of Breed
Meet the dog breeds of the world. We take you on a journey from the Wolf to the Westie. How did dog breeds evolve? Which breeds have unusual or interesting traits?
This chapter should profile some of the world’s most famous breeds – and some of the less illustrious breeds who many people will never have heard of.
Chapter 2) The Amazing Dog
Man’s best friend has earned his title thanks to a history of astonishing acts of bravery, heroism, intelligence, loyalty and more. Embark on a journey through some of the most amazing canine accomplishments, acts of heroism and astonishing dog stories.
Chapter 3) Happy, Healthy Dogs
What are the downsides of line breeding in pedigree dogs? Let’s undertake an examination of some of the common (and less common) health issues that affect the modern dog, a look at the working anatomy of the dog as well as health tips, first aid advice and other guidance on how to keep dogs happy and healthy for life.
Chapter 4) Fido Funnies
Stories of hilarious canine antics. They make us laugh, they make us cry – but mostly the canine comedian is full of fun, so let’s roll over with Rover.
Chapter 5) Canine Culture
The canine’s role in modern and ancient culture is not to be understated – from the cave paintings of ancient Egypt to Lassie on the silver screen, dogs have had a significant paw in popular culture, advertising, film, art and more.
Chapter 6) Famous Canines
Meet the world’s most famous dogs – Lassie, Rin Tin Tin – these canine celebs have lives that some humans would even envy!
Chapter 7) So, You Want a Dog?
What you need to know about getting a dog. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth, dive in to advice and information to empower the puppy hunter or shelter dog shopper. How to avoid puppymills, the advantage of choosing a shelter dog, how to select an ethical breeder – how to evaluate breed suitability, it’s all here.
Chapter 8) Dogs With Jobs
Gaze with awe at the many roles dogs have played as man’s best work friend. From the early hunter dogs to the modern cancer detecting canine, a compendium profiling the performance of dogs as a working friend of man.
Chapter 9) The Canine Mind
An exploration of how dogs think. Including training and behavioral advice, a look at how dog training techniques have evolved as well as hints and tips on how to achieve the most desirable canine behaviour.
Chapter 10) Canine Trivia
Fascinating fido facts canine trivia, quotes, world records and more.
Ryan O’Meara brings together the craziest headline-making news stories from around the world and puts them into one hilarious compendium that will blow the usual anecdotes right out of the dog park! Each chapter – with clever titles like “Canine Calamities”, “Why People Need Pet Insurance”, and “Dogs that Found Fame” – opens up with a funny canine cartoon. This work features stories including: a pit bull that digs up a human hand in its owner’s garden; an Australian cattle dog that saves an elderly woman from an alligator; a yellow Labrador that claims the cleanest mouth after eating ten bars of soap; a mixed-breed dog that nurses three tiger cubs at a Chinese zoo; and, a golden retriever that saves his owner by performing a modified version of the Heimlich Maneuver.