Dogs and people think differently because they're wired to think differently. Dogs cannot learn to think like people, however, so we must learn to think like dogs. In many US households, canines are held in such high regard that they're considered a part of the family. Nevertheless, there are significant differences between people and dogs, and we must adapt our own behavior to bridge the gap.
Think Like Your Dog takes you through every important step in opening your life to the joy of canine companionship, from choosing a companion dog wisely, preparing your home for your dog's arrival, and bringing your new puppy or adult dog home for the first time. It walks you through socialization and training - from basic through advanced - discusses common mistakes with dogs and how to avoid them, and tells how to solve problems with difficult dogs.
This is boots-on-the-ground information from a trainer with decades of successful experience. Think Like Your Dog tells you what works, why it works, and how to make it work for you.
©2013 Dianna M. Young (P)2015 Dianna M. Young
Not better -- but a fine adjunct to the excellent print version.
In terms of readability, interest, and credibility, Stanley Coren's books (How to Speak Dog, and How Dogs Think) would be fine supplemental reading for dog owners who have read "Think Like Your Dog," although Coren's books are not as up to date as this one.
Ms. Dorr brings a marvelous tone to the book, particularly in relating the author's examples and stories, which I found riveting. Her narration is excellent.
What is rare and special is the fact that these authors (one a renown expert in canine training and the other a fine journalist) is the former's understanding that there are many different methods of dog training (i.e., she is not dictatorial like so many other dog trainers) and the latter brings a journalist's easy-to-read style of writing, all of which is enhanced by stories and examples, which illuminate the training exercises.
Think Like Your Dog - Review
When I was asked to review the audiobook for “Think Like Your Dog,” I questioned the viability of trying to translate training methods into an audio format. After all, how can one learn to train their dog without the visibility of pictures to show the required stance of the trainer and his or her dog? I read a lot of dog books – far more than most because I write a blog on service dogs. Training is a critical component of my blog, so while I was willing to read another training book, I had serious doubts as to the efficacy of describing discrete training exercises within an audio format, much less a reason to recommend it. Was I wrong in every one of my assumptions!
“Think Like Your Dog,” may be one of the finest books on training I’ve ever come across – whether in audio or in written form. In fact, the moment I finished the audiobook, I purchased the print copy, because there were so many fascinating aspects I wanted to underline and highlight to refer to again and again. Just as highlighting pertinent passages is a benefit of the hard copy, an additional benefit of the digital book is that it gives the reader a chance to “hear” as well as “see” many of the more subtle nuances of training one can easily miss in reading the printed version. The fact that the authors recognized the value of transmuting their text into an audio format is a tribute to the perfection of the book’s organization, the clarity of their instruction, and the wise selection of a gifted, easy-to-listen-to narrator.
I am so glad I now have both versions: the printed as well as the audio. If you have a dog, be it a puppy or adult, I urge you to listen to “Think Like Your Dog.” It may be the best canine training book on the market today. I heartily recommend it, whichever version you choose, or, like me, get both!
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