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For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend | [Patricia B McConnell]

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.
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Publisher's Summary

Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new audiobook about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

In For the Love of a Dog, McConnell suggests that one of the reasons we love dogs so much is that they express emotions in ways similar to humans. After all, who can communicate joy better than a puppy? But not all emotional expressions are obvious, and McConnell teaches both beginning dog owners and experienced dog lovers how to read the more subtle expressions hidden behind fuzzy faces and floppy ears.

For those of us who deeply cherish our dogs but are sometimes baffled by their behavior, For the Love of a Dog will come as a revelation - a treasure trove of useful facts, informed speculation, and intriguing accounts of man's best friend at his worst and at his very best. Listeners will discover how fear, anger, and happiness underlie the lives of both people and dogs and, most important, how understanding emotions in both species can improve the relationship between them. Thus, McConnell introduces us to the possibility of a richer, more rewarding relationship with our dogs.

While we may never be absolutely certain of what our dogs are feeling, with the help of this riveting book we can understand more than we ever thought possible. Those who consider their dogs part of the family will find For the Love of a Dog engaging, enlightening, and utterly engrossing.

Please Note: Photos are avaialbe on Tantor's website: http://www.tantor.com/Photos_extra.asp?Product=0300_ForLoveDog&num=1

©2006 Patricia B McConnell; (P)2006 Tantor Media

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Personal Development/Motivational

"A compelling combination of stories, science, and practical advice to show how understanding emotions in both people and dogs can improve owners' relationships with their pets." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Patrick Davis, CA, United States 12-10-07
    Patrick Davis, CA, United States 12-10-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Nicely Done"

    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!

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    Matt Tampa, Florida, United States 05-10-14
    Matt Tampa, Florida, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A little thin and dated"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love neuroscience books and love dogs, too, so i thought this would be a good read. The author tells some great anecdotes, and can bring a tear to your eye, but there is not a lot of structure or definitive conclusions in the book. About half way through, i started wondering if maybe there was not enough research to dig deeper into the subject matter, or if maybe it could be updated with more studies (it is about 8 years old). i enjoyed parts of it, but left wishing there was more to it.


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    D. Clark 04-25-14
    D. Clark 04-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does For the Love of a Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most enjoyable books that I have listened to so far


    What about Ellen Archer’s performance did you like?

    Very good. It added to the enjoyment of the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several passages particularly when the author was talking about her own dogs were very touching. I found myself tearing up more than once.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much that I did not want it to end. Anyone who loves dogs and wants to improve their relationship with them should read this book. I thought I knew a lot about dogs and their behavior but this book helped me to understand them better and provided many new insights.

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    inov8v Hampstead, MD, United States 03-15-14
    inov8v Hampstead, MD, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "fabulous book..."
    Where does For the Love of a Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    at the top of the list...


    What did you like best about this story?

    patricia mcconnel is a great writer..she has such passion but is so pragmatic...i could totally relate to her stories but more importantly...i learned a lot...


    What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the narration was great...not over the top like some...simply perfect...


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from For the Love of a Dog?

    the book is another brick in the foundation of my learning about dogs...it has helped provide me with a path to continue my journey...


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    Dana HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 11-03-13
    Dana HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to For the Love of a Dog the most enjoyable?

    Good information presented in an enjoyable way.


    What other book might you compare For the Love of a Dog to and why?

    Temple Grandin books


    Have you listened to any of Ellen Archer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from For the Love of a Dog?

    It's already changing the way I interact with my dogs.


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    Tori United States 08-21-13
    Tori United States 08-21-13
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    What did you love best about For the Love of a Dog?

    I am a novice dog trainer with a background in dolphin training. I love reading books that incorporate stories with lessons learned and tips to integrate into your own work. This book did a great job of explaining the science of neurobiology in a way that was easy to understand and grasp. It makes so much more sense why there's such a miscommunication between humans and dogs, and gives great advice on how to bridge that gap.


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    Laura knoll 08-01-13
    Laura knoll 08-01-13
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    If you could sum up For the Love of a Dog in three words, what would they be?

    chewy my bff.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    love


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Why my bff isn't the cat...


    Any additional comments?

    At times it was hard to keep listening. Not because of the narration she was great. Just a bit slow. but for what I gained I'm glad I hung in. This book also left me wanting to learn more about my lil bundle of fur that makes me swoon. Defiantly a great start to understanding feelings of other species.

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    Michelle Olympia, WA, United States 05-24-13
    Michelle Olympia, WA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of For the Love of a Dog to be better than the print version?

    If you would like to understand your dog better this is the best book I have heard so far about dog behavior and humans relationships with our best friends.


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    Linda FOLSOM, CA, United States 04-10-13
    Linda FOLSOM, CA, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Informative! Fun & insightful!"
    If you could sum up For the Love of a Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, fun and insightful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Have you listened to any of Ellen Archer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book with lots of good information.

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    Martie United States 03-24-13
    Martie United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2007

    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!

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    "Patricia McConnel as author and trainer"

    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.

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