As a relatively new dog owner, I wanted a book that would give me some insight into my dog's behavior. This more than met my needs. It is charmingly written and very easy to listen to for over an hour at a time. Never boring, the author manages to include a lot of fairly technical science amidst charming anecdotes. The narration is flawless.
Patricia McConnell is the genuine article. If you truly want to learn how to effectively train animals and understand their behavior, learn it from an educated animal behaviorist with standing in the field, not some self-educated "whisperer" without accurate knowledge or credentials. Patricia does an excellent job of explaining principles of animal behavior and showing you how to use them to improve your relationship with your dog. Educational and entertaining too!
I liked the information about the brain of a dog and emotional output and expressions they give us. The only part I did not feel comfortable with was the fact how some dogs were labeled as untrainable or uncorrectable. I feel that for the author it was easy to see her dogs as perfect but it was just as easy to turn her back on some of the problem dogs mentioned in the book who were then euthanized. In that regard I love the idea of Cesar Milan who believes every dog can be saved.
I have read "For the Love of a Dog" several times, and I know I will do so many times in the future. It is one of those rare books that offers insight in layers such that the more one reads it, the more it has to offer. I have made a career understanding and living with my dogs, and helping my clients understand and live with dogs of their own. Trisha McConnell has helped me immensely in both exploring and marveling the rich, complex behavior and emotional capacity that give dogs their unique place in the world. Read this book again and again. You and your dog will be the better for it!
Hands down the best science based book regarding the much debated topics of both canine emotion and cognition. Thorough research explained in detail, but still easy to follow. A must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the inner workings and abilities of their dogs.