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.
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 love comedy and humor books!
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.
Patricia McConnell does a wonderful job of exploring the emotional lives of our most faithful companions and their owners. Though it's been apparent to me for years that my dogs have been attuned to my moods, the inner lives of my two beautiful dogs, an inscrutable Shiz-Tsu and an irrepressible Japanese Chin, are more available to me now as I apply the observation techniques she
Throughout the book she emphasizes that dogs exhibit clearly obserable
warning behaviors of which everyone who comes into contact with any dog
should be aware. She distinguishes between different body and facial clues
that tell us how a dog is feeling about us at the moment; when the situation is
dangerous and how to lessen the danger/protect ourselves from when we are
with a friendly, relaxed animal who will accept our attention and/or welcome
The only reason that I'm not giving a five star rating is to warn listeners that the inability to see the pictures to which she refers is a drawback to a more
complete understanding of her narrative, though her verbal descriptions are quite clear.
Ms McConnall's deep love and respect for dogs is apparent in this valuable book and it should be required reading for everyone who owns, fosters or wishes to relate positively with dogs.
This book is a great addition to any library...in any form. I wish the photos had been available as a download for us, because I'm sure the information would have been much more enjoyable and useful. I learned more about my dog from this book than I have from 10 others. I highly recommend it.
this book is all about dog behaviour, and it covers that subject very well. if you ever wished dogs came with an owners manual, here it is. an interesting side benifit of this book is that once you learn to read dogs better, you also start to notice the same body language in humans. this book makes no attempt to delve into the minds of people beyond their interactions with dogs, but the link is impossible to miss once you know what to look for.
lots of emotional ups and down here also. the narrator does a great job not only delivering the technical lessons, but also delivering dramatical performances in the sections where the author gives dialog to help illustrate a point. an excelent book for drama fans, psychology fans, and dog lovers alike.
I love this book, I didn't want it to end. It offers valuable information on communication and how loving dogs can alter certain hormones and neurotransmitters that enable us to feel pleasure and bond with them. I feel bad for people who don't connect with animals, especially dogs, since their contribution in our lives can be absolutely priceless.