This book, recommended to me by another dog lover, is an odd combination of relatively dry discussions of the biology and psychology of dogs and treacly anecdotes about the author's dog, "Pump." As such, it does not work very well on either level.
The book has its moments on topics such as dogs' eyesight and sense of time, and a critique of the skewed (by human assumptions) conclusions of some studies on dog behavior. Notwithstanding these bright spots, much of the material will already be familiar to any dog-lover, and the frequent and cutesy descriptions of Pumps's behavior, while apparently intended to make the book a bit more "personal," came across as an irritating effort on the part of the author to convince us of her own dog's particular specialness.
The narration is slow (try it at 1.25 speed, at a minimum) which doesn't make the material any easier to get through. I am giving it 3 stars because it does contain a lot of information which may be unfamiliar to some readers. Still, if you're looking for a book to help you better understand your dog, I would recommend "The Wolf in the Parlor" by Jon Franklin.
Well detailed. However, I feel like all dogs are different and any book like this one is followed as a guideline, not a regulation. Anyways, good info
My favorite part was when they talked about scent markings and what how each one has a different meaning and what your dogs perception of you as a leader of a family and not as an owner.
If you have a four legged friend, buy it. If your planning on adding one buy it. If your curious buy it. It just a cool and interesting book. You learn a lot about human behavior as well.
...on the pleasant side.
I was attracted to this book by several reviews I read online (on other websites). It was supposed to be THE bestseller to get for all dog owners. Well... as much as I appreciate all the scientific explanations I think the book would seriously benefit from cutting them short and replacing with more real life examples and stories. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE science and YES - there is definitely a lot of great content in this book but the way it is delivered... I swear it's like a horse tranquilizer at some points! Another side of it is - I found myself disagreeing with a few statements (my current dog can see animals on tv perfectly fine - sound on or off, doesn't make a difference, she always tries to chase dogs and horses on tv and even looks behind the tv when they run off the screen to one side, haha) and also didn't learn as much about dogs as I expected. I have had three dogs in my life. Maybe I am a better observer of their "language" and habits than I thought because most of what I listened about seemed quite familiar to me. Overall I am not even sure the book deserves three stars, there's so many waaay more interesting books out there. I don't want to say that listening to this was a waste of time but I am annoyed that it was just so boring at a few places.
explains dogs' makeup
description of studies that were able to define the extent and limits of dogs' ability to reason, the reason for the reactions we don't understand and how much we mistakenly ascribe to them.
this is my only one
Maybe parts of it. It was informative and very well-written, but ran very long to me. Part of that may have been the performance, which I wasn't crazy about.
The parts of the book wherein Horowitz discusses her own dog, Pump, and how interacting with Pump helps Horowitz self-educate about animal behavior.
Uneven, pragmatic, dry
Not "moved" exactly -- it was so fact-filled I didn't have a very emotional response to it. But the sections about Pump were by far the sweetest.
A really good book about dogs and dog behavior -- next time I might just read the paper copy rather than listen, though.
This is an excellent reference on dog behavior. It will help you to understand your dog better from the dog's point of view. Invaluable if you own a dog and/or are a student of animal behavior!
Great book - wonderful insight into our canine companions by someone who loves and understands them both as a beloved companion and as a fascinating animal and field of study.
Hope the author writes another!