Book Review: “My Dog Does That!” By Elizabeth Parker

How many times as a doggie parent, have you been in the company of other dogs and witnessed behavior, everything from stellar to “I pray someone didn’t just see him do that”  and you are certain that YOUR dog is the ONLY dog who does that?

Well, my friends, you are WRONG!

Somewhere, someplace there is a dog (or DOGS) who do the same thing!

Whew!! I thought it was just me!

My Dog Does That by author Elizabeth Parker is a book that is full of light-bulb-moments and levity and is a  quick-read at 143 pages (I finished it within two hours), that will leave you nodding your head and saying to yourself (yes doggie parents are known to talk to themselves!) “My Dog Does That!!”

I am not going to cite every example in this book because frankly it will take the fun away from purchasing it and reading it yourself, but let me offer you a few examples of Dakota’s “quirks” and I bet you  that you will find at least ONE that strikes a chord of familiarity with YOU and your beloved four-legger!

1) He HATES taking walks

2) He barks at everything known to man

3) He eats whatever is within his reach, no questions asked

4) Dakota is a thief, he will “steal” whatever isn’t nailed down

5) Dakota’s favorite day is “laundry day” he will wait at my side pretending to be intently focused on me folding the clothes, he IS but it is because he is on-the-alert for a sock that just might escape from the pile.

6) He has eaten cell phones, table legs, CD cases, combs, and wood from the molding on our front door.

Nodding yet? I thought so.

To those who are, that is exactly what you will be doing when you read “My Dog Does That.” Dog lovers, you aren’t alone!!

Just today my husband and I were at my sister-in-laws when their Labradoodle started attacking the huge glass window in the family room accompanied by scratching, jumping and maniacal barking. Why? There was a man walking a dog outside…not overly close by mind you, just within the range of his vision.

My first thought?

MY dog does THAT!”

My friends, the things that YOUR dog and MY dog do are the very things that this book is about. The moments that embarrass us, appall us, make us beam with pride or make us love our dogs because these actions and moments are what MAKE our dogs, well…DOGS and are what make them special, are exactly what this endearing book is about.

One of many chapters that I enjoyed was Chapter 3 “Follow The Leader” where Parker talks about three separate categories of dog behavior and what they mean. There is The Nurturing Type,  Nonchalant Dogs and The Immature Dogs.

I wasn’t surprised at all to find that Dakota fit the last category. Here is the description:

“this type is the equivalent of a two-year old child except that they never grow up. You may find that they continually chew things well into their adult years, or are consistently getting into trouble. More often than not, they believe their real name is “NO!” (In Dakota’s case HIS real name is “drop it!” or “TRADE!”)

“they are the fun dogs; the ones who seem to want to put on a show just to entertain you”

“at the end of the day they are the ones that usually need to be hugged, coddled, snuggled and loved.”

Another favorite chapter was  “You Might Be A Dog Lover….” and the characteristics that WE as dog lovers have that I bet you thought were just unique to YOU!

Well, they’re not!

Have I piqued your interest? I hope so!  Pick up a copy of My Dog Does That and somewhere in this light-hearted and FUN book you will find a description of  doggie behavior (positive or negative)  that will so strongly resonate with you  that you will SWEAR that Elizabeth has written about YOUR dog!

You know what? I bet she HAS!


Elizabeth Parker was born and raised in New York.

“As an avid dog lover, I volunteer for a few dog rescue organizations, as well as donate a portion of the proceeds from all of my books to some that I strongly believe in.” 

Elizabeth lives in Las Vegas, NV with her husband.

TO PURCHASE “MY DOG DOES THAT” by Elizabeth Parker visit, Kindle, or Nook. You may also purchase it by

ISBN: 146369881X


We  were not compensated for this review. We received Elizabeth’s books to read/review. All opinions are our own.

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  1. Dear Dakota,

    I’m so glad that you tell me that I ain’t the one and the only one too. Phew!!!!

    I’ve a little comments over the six things that your mom has listed out about you.
    1. I love walking. You’re weird that you HATE it.
    2 & 3. I think we are BFFs
    4. Stealing is so wrong! I wait until they give it to me, otherwise, I look at them with my doleful eyes until their heart melt. I’m pretty good at it.
    5. I love laundry day especially when my mom does the lining. It’s so fun to jump on those clean-from-the-washing with my muddy feetsies. Oops!
    6. Yuck! You eat those stuff. I don’t. I eat everything edible.

    At least, I think my mom now will think that I’m not that naughty but a nice one.


    • Hi Eva!

      My Mom was saying that maybe you are soooooooooooo good because you are a GIRL?????

      She is wondering if it could be a “boy” Sheltie thing cause Sara has two boy Shelties who get in lots of trouble like I do!!!!

      Gee thanks, now Mom thinks she should have had a GIRL Sheltie!!!! BOL!

      Barks and licks and love (anyway), Dakota

  2. Hee, hee….seems as though shelties all have a lot of similar quirks!

    What a fun book! I’ll have to check it out.

    • Sara, Oreo and Chewy…ohhhh how HAPPY you have made my mom!!!

      She always thought that I am the most insane Sheltie on the Planet!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Hey Dakota,

    You sure are a fast reader buddy!! 2 hours, very impressive!!

    Maybe we’ll get away with more if this book can convince our Mum’s that actually our behaviour is the ‘norm’?! Tee Hee

    Have fun buddy,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy!

      Actually I am a SLOOOOOW reader! This is a fun and fast-moving book cause it is so interesting!!!

      Ohhhh yeah once your Mom reads the book she will see that you are a perfect angel!!!

      Have a great day!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Dear Dakota
    Our new puppy – Cinnamon – is very high energy! She has 2 speeds, asleep and running. She jumps all over everybody (including me) She is a pest, but a lovable pest. me likes her better than Kozmo!

    1) She LOVES walks, car/truck rides, escaping from the yard.

    2) She barks at everything! People, birds, dogs (especially dogs) cats, cars…

    3) She eats people food. She eats the dog food Mommy makes, she WON’T eat canned dog food.

    4) All the chewies and all the toys (including cat toys) are hers. Do NOT touch her chewies or toys.

    5) Laundry meand stealing socks and underwear and tearing through the house!
    6) She is good about the chewing thing, sort of. Her favorite is poopies from the litter box! Bob was the problem puppy when it came to chewing.
    Me thinks that is a book that Mommy needs to reads!

    • Hi Nellie!

      Do you think you could bring Cinnamon over to show Dakota that walks are FUN!!???

      We do not understand why Dakota does NOT like to take walks! He is a strange boy indeed!

      You tell Cinnamon to be careful with those cat toys! I hope he doesn’t chew them!

      I don’t blame him for liking your Mommy’s food! I would too!

      (oh, Dakota is busy barking that is why I am answering!)

      Love, “Mom”

  5. This book sounds great!

    • Hi Michelle! It most definitely IS!!!

      Happy New Year to you!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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