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.
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"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)
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.
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.
Trisha has an extremely down-to-earth way of presenting her information. Any layman can connect with what she's saying. Very informative and entertaining book. I highly recommend this book and any other authored my McConnell if you're interested in animal and dog behavior, how to train them and how to talk to them non-verbally.
This book is a must read!!! I enjoyed this book most so far. I have also read other books to try to understand dog behaviors, but this one was the best by far (even if is audible format versus the graphical/print version). I was able to apply the gained insight almost instantly. I do not know if this is related to my love for dogs and the ability and/or interest to understand them or credit for this book. I enjoyed the explanations of the brain chemistry which are just professional enough not to get lost but still understand their functions.
In my personal opinion 80% or dog related problems stem from handler problems one way or another. If you are interested in understanding your dog and some of his/her actions, the causes for these actions and possible treatments, this is a must read before you consult a professional dog trainer/behaviorist. Having read this book you will be able to discuss and professionally describe the (unwanted) behavior. You may also be able to create your own treatment plan to resolve problems before having to consult a professional.
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I always loved my dogs like dear friends. I feel like I have gained a great deal of insight by this book. I really appreciate her wisdom, and great way to tell about these creatures of the canine kingdom that we love to bond with. I look forward to any other books by her.
This has got to be one of the best sources for information on dog behavior. Well written and narrated, it held my interest nonstop. This contains countless explanations of dogs' actions in a scientific but easily understood manner. Though not a training manual, I found this a huge benefit to my ongoing dog obedience attempts. By providing insight and understanding at a level that I have not found elsewhere, it has been invaluable. I wish that I would have known half of this stuff two or three dogs ago. It would have saved me and them from so many avoidable situations.
I'm a big fan of Pat Miller's dog books ( Positive Perspectives 1 & 2 ) in which she often mentions Patricia McConnell . Now I know why. Top rate information in a very humanistic (or canine-istic) and positive manner. Highly recommended for dog owner or non-owner alike. I know that my dogs are thankful for this one. Woof woof.
In addition to Pat Miller's training books, I found "The Art Of Raising A Puppy" by The Monks of New Skete, extremely helpful.
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