Love to love my husband, children, grandchildren! Love to learn, laugh, my faith in Jesus, love life!
Informative, fun and insightful!
I am very glad I listened to this book! It gave me information and understanding to have a better relationship with my dog and how dogs relate to people. I will be listening to this again to keep the valuable information fresh in my mind. A quality book!
Yes! If life gave me the opportunity to listen all of it one sitting, this would be a book that would be worth the time. Unfortunately, life has demands on my time. I was greatful I had this book when opportunities in my schedule were avaiable.
Good book with lots of good information.
Retired and enjoying volunteering and keeping up with national news. Aslo am learning about therapy dogs and hoping to train my dog to do the Read to a Dog program in libraries. That is, if I can get him to learn to behave!
I find Partricia McConnel a credible voice on the topic of dogs and how to interact with them. This is the second book of her's that I have read (The first was "The Other End of the Leash"). She is careful not to repeat herself in this book and adds more information about how to read a dog correctly. Her storytelling approach makes the listening enjoyable and easy to understand. She is a good author and best of all she knows how to communicate what she understands about dogs to anyone who is interested in learning.
There are so many things about this book that I loved, I'm not sure I can even remember them all. I think what I found most helpful is Patricia McConnell's thoughtful and interesting progression through different emotions, similarities in how those emotions are expressed between humans and dogs, and how to better read and understand what your dog may be feeling in different situations. She gave excellent examples from her own work with fearful and aggressive dogs as well as examples of well socialized dogs dealing with unfamiliar situations. She did an excellent job of describing the deep connection that occurs between humans and dogs and exploring some of the foundations for that connection.
This is a book that I'm sure I'll read again because it had so much information in it that I felt I couldn't digest it all. I bookmarked many different places that I wanted to return to and to remember.
If you are an animal lover or interested in the connection between humans and other species, this is a great book to explore.
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The author is a clear animal lover, and has great knowledge of dogs. However, I found her advice and approaches did not apply well for a single person who has a dog and a full-time job, but not a farm. I found that I could not relate to, or take much away from, her personal stories and examples.
She referenced her other books quite often; however, I did not find myself thinking - "oh, I have to read that."
Narration was clean and non-distracting.
I don't - I didn't even finish Part 2 of the download because it was so repetitive.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
This isn't a "fun" read...but it's almost essential for any fellow dog lover. I had to buy it on my Nook (don't tell Amazon I use a Nook) - to keep up with the pictures and stuff. But it's stuck with me (particularly since I have a few Psychology degrees and she uses behaviorism and social psychology a lot in her training...)
This book is extremely informative with a perfect balance between scientific information and personal dog stories. Written by incredible dog lover you will never feel silly for the emotions you may have attributed to your dog - you will also have some ammunition to use against those people who still believe that animals don't have feelings - ( of course they do :-D) but most likely you will learn that things are far more simple than you may have thought.
The only reason I am not giving this audio book all 5 stars is because there are no photos. A downloadable PDF would be the icing on the cake. The photos are repeatedly refered to in the book and I will have to go and buy the book just so I can check my understanding of the description of the facial expressions. If you much prefer to listen to books than read them, as I do, then I would suggest you find yourself a copy of the book to refer to as you listen to this audible version. If you don't mind 'reading' then just get the book.
The narration is excellent and easy to listen to.
I have been re-motivated to returning to training my now senior dog and she is responding like the puppy she once was - It's like falling in love all over again - she can't take her eyes off me and now when I call her to come she runs whereas before I had satisfied myself with her sauntering over!! I will be checking other books by the same author.
I did appreciate the convenience of the audio version as I could listen to it while making my long commute to and from work. However, I also have the print version which has pictures for illustration of body language which is very important for full understanding.
Reading this book too soon after loosing my girl was very difficult. McConnell has a way of explaining the bond she felt with her dog Luke that i feel mirrors the relationship I had with my girl.
Patricia McConnell is an amazing author and has such a way with explaining the intricacies of our human/canine bond that it makes it understandable to everyone. This is a terrific book jam packed with vital information that will make you more understandable to your dog.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
I read both this book and Temple Grandin's "Animals in Translation" back-to-back. I felt like this book was a bit more applicable to pet owners, as it dealt more with dog behavior while the other dealt with various animals. This book references Temple Grandin's research, and both are a worthy read if you are into understanding animal behavior. If you are more interested in dog behavior, this is worth the credit.
I run into so many people who don't get dogs and abuse them. This book is so helpful to confirm that dogs really are emotional beings that need love, empathy, compassion and patience - just like we humans. And that fear inducing and painful punishments are damaging. Also, after volunteering at the Humane Society, I realize that there are always new helpful things to learn about dogs, like from this author.