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For the Love of a Dog Audiobook

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

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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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    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 06-01-12
    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."

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    "Not brain candy - but very educational"

    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...)

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    Christine 05-23-12
    Christine 05-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    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.

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    Mindy Tucson, AZ, United States 01-31-12
    Mindy Tucson, AZ, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of For the Love of a Dog to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


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    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.

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    M.W. 11-17-11
    M.W. 11-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Book about Dog Behavior"

    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.

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    Deb Austin, TX, United States 07-07-11
    Deb Austin, TX, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2005

    I love comedy and humor books!

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    "Informative and Compassionate"

    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.

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    DenniD Michigan, USA 04-23-11
    DenniD Michigan, USA 04-23-11 Member Since 2014

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    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
    teaches.
    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
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    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.

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    Gretha 03-01-11
    Gretha 03-01-11
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    "My Dogs Appreciate That I Listened to This Book"

    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.

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    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 01-17-11
    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 01-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "of dogs and owners"

    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.

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    Jenny St. Martinville, LA, United States 11-14-10
    Jenny St. Martinville, LA, United States 11-14-10 Member Since 2016
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    "If you are a dog love, it's a must listen!"

    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.

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    #24 fan Wisconsin, USA 10-05-10
    #24 fan Wisconsin, USA 10-05-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible"

    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.

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