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For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviors you see at a dog park. We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails, but what about when they sniff and roll on a stinky spot? Why do they play tug-of-war with one dog, while showing their bellies to another? Why are some dogs shy, while others are bold? What goes on in dogs' heads and hearts-and how much can we know and understand? 

Canine Confidential has the answers. Written by award-winning scientist and lifelong dog lover Marc Bekoff, it not only brilliantly opens up the world of dog behavior, but also helps us understand how we can make our dogs' lives the best they can possibly be. 

Rooted in the most up-to-date science on cognition and emotion - fields that have exploded in recent years - Canine Confidential is a wonderfully accessible treasure trove of new information and myth-busting. Peeing, we learn, isn't always marking; grass-eating isn't always an attempt to trigger vomiting; it's okay to hug a dog - on their terms; and so much more. There's still much we don't know, but at the core of the book is the certainty that dogs do have deep emotional lives, and that as their companions we must try to make those lives as rich and fulfilling as possible.

©2018 Marc Bekoff (P)2018 Tantor

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Great description of our relationship with dogs

The autor shares his wide experience observing dogs and humans interacting. Interesting for dog lovers.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-02-18

Annoying narrator but pretty good book

The narrator reads in an irritating tone which is a shame as it could have been far more enjoyable if it had been read well. He’s kind of patronising, like he’s reading a mystical tale to a class of 3 year olds...

I learnt a few things from this book and confirmed other things I knew from similar books. I like the importance Bekoff placed on positive training/teaching methods and treating dogs properly and in line with a dog’s way of thinking and being in the world. The sections on how dogs ‘bridge the ethical gap’ in terms of how humanity treats animals is also very enlightening and an important message to put out there.

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