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Dogs are the most social animals on the planet, second only to humans in their ability to read and understand emotion. Even chimps and bonobos, our closest genetic relatives, are no match for dogs when it comes to social cognition.

Jennifer Arnold understands this better than anyone, having spent the past 25 years training service dogs for people with disabilities at Canine Assistants. She is a pioneer in the emerging field of "bond-based" dog training, and her methods have overturned the conventional wisdom, which holds that dogs must learn to obey external cues like "sit", "stay", and "heel." In contrast, Arnold's groundbreaking methodology, bond-based choice teaching, rests on the belief that dogs are social learners, and they can be taught to make choices and interpret what we want from them, as opposed to simply following commands.

©2016 Jennifer Arnold (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Best book I have ever read about dogs. Period.

Must read. I am ex USMC K9 and this book is THE BOOK. I can not recommend this enough.

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changes your relationship with your pup

this is an excellent book. the philosophy is so simple.... I just wish Jennifer Arnold could have offered some tips on using this philosophy with shelter dogs in an environment that is so constantly high-stress.

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What a wonderful book.

Thank you for this book. It gets to the core soul of sharing our lives with dogs.

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  • Deccan
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  • 09-09-16

Wonderful book

I only use positive training with my pups. But even with clicker training- some things just didnt sit quite right with me. This books bond based training method exactly what i have wanted and needed. I'll thrilled to have found it

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Love is all you need

I've read thik about 20 times. I think that's a great deal as it is I don't typically read read read read a book you for months. So much my life is about dog training these days medical dogs for his particularly and as you can see from the number of times I've reviewed Jennifer earnings information in this latest book it as a runaway first place. For me I was not mentally prepared to except it's message until after I dread her prior books about twice or three times each now it is my "don't know" if you will. If your intensity mentally approximates mine I would say to you this is a must read enjoy.

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Best ideas your can find!

She writes an awesome book and it is by far the best way to live with our beautiful furry friends.

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Best Book about Dog AND Human Behavior

have read many dog books. this is at the top of my list. Narrator was awesome! learned so much, plus funny, great stories, kept my attention.

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If you could sum up Love Is All You Need in three words, what would they be?

Bonding over Force. As I continue to learn and work with my dog - a very, very smart Belgian Tervuren - I am surprised everyday by her willingness to do the right things. She isn't perfect and neither am I. We're a great team.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Is All You Need?

There were several. The one that made me laugh out loud was "Quit Acting Like Your Father's People". Having your dog act out or go crazy barking when she's not a barker must be similar to children having meltdowns in stores. It totally fits. There are days. ... :-)

What about Jennifer Arnold’s performance did you like?

Love the southern twang!

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

Have to give this more thought!

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I find as my bond gets stronger with my dog the easier it is for she and I to work together. Hang out together - practice walking, playing, stopping, starting, staying and going 'easy'. Despite some of my ignorance when she was a puppy she has turned out great. If I take a deep breath and wait frustration fades and we get back to doing whatever we were doing.

I love her and she loves me right back.

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The only dog teaching book you'll ever need

Learn how to "teach" your dog by talking into his/her natural intelligence. It will shine thru everyday in everything he/she does. This is the bible of dog teaching and psychology.