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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: 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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    Ben BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 04-06-11
    Ben BELLINGHAM, WA, United States 04-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Right on target"

    As a relatively new dog owner, I wanted a book that would give me some insight into my dog's behavior. This more than met my needs. It is charmingly written and very easy to listen to for over an hour at a time. Never boring, the author manages to include a lot of fairly technical science amidst charming anecdotes. The narration is flawless.

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    Patrick Davis, CA, United States 12-10-07
    Patrick Davis, CA, United States 12-10-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Nicely Done"

    Patricia McConnell is the genuine article. If you truly want to learn how to effectively train animals and understand their behavior, learn it from an educated animal behaviorist with standing in the field, not some self-educated "whisperer" without accurate knowledge or credentials. Patricia does an excellent job of explaining principles of animal behavior and showing you how to use them to improve your relationship with your dog. Educational and entertaining too!

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    John M. Iphone 08-20-17
    John M. Iphone 08-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My Buddy Steve"
    Where does For the Love of a Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to several and connected the dots


    What was one of the most memorable moments of For the Love of a Dog?

    ABLE TO LEARN WHILE DRIVING


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    combining several books and there ideas work great


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    I spend all day in a vehicle for work. Just like everything else im the owner of a golden retrieve, I wanted to make sure that he was the best dog I have ever had, sure I took him to puppy training were he received his CGC but like i said I wanted one of those dog you see that no matter what he will alway come when called, didn't run after people or other dogs. I wanted him to enjoy his life as well. I work nights so i had time before work for training and with Audio book I was able to learn how to train positive, I never enjoyed getting hit and with there memory so short hitting wasn't an option since I work nights he wouldn't remember why he was i trouble when I got home. This book along with others, combining everything My dog who is now 3 and named Steve is the perfect dog I have always wanted. He docent need a lease ( even though I always have it with) when we go on walks. We have no fence around our house and he know his property line when I let hime out in the morning. I wanted him to learn agility,but I guess with the training and wanting him to enjoy himself exploring but still come when called he didn't want to learn agility, he is now a certified therapy and comfort dog. He goes everywhere with me, but he loves to go to the seinor homes and visit all the elderly. Wherever we go everyone wants to know "Where Steve"

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    Anke Smith Fort Worth, TX United States 04-08-17
    Anke Smith Fort Worth, TX United States 04-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Educational but leaves some open questions"

    I liked the information about the brain of a dog and emotional output and expressions they give us. The only part I did not feel comfortable with was the fact how some dogs were labeled as untrainable or uncorrectable. I feel that for the author it was easy to see her dogs as perfect but it was just as easy to turn her back on some of the problem dogs mentioned in the book who were then euthanized. In that regard I love the idea of Cesar Milan who believes every dog can be saved.

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    Marie McConkey 03-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "must read!"

    brilliant incite. extremely helpful information. interesting for dog owners and lovers as well as those who are not owners or lovers of dogs.

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    "Inspirational"

    Understanding how dogs think is huge to learning how to train them. Thanks Patricia McConnell.

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    Robert 06-21-16
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    "Trisha McConnell - As Good as it Gets"

    I have read "For the Love of a Dog" several times, and I know I will do so many times in the future. It is one of those rare books that offers insight in layers such that the more one reads it, the more it has to offer. I have made a career understanding and living with my dogs, and helping my clients understand and live with dogs of their own. Trisha McConnell has helped me immensely in both exploring and marveling the rich, complex behavior and emotional capacity that give dogs their unique place in the world. Read this book again and again. You and your dog will be the better for it!

    Bob Ryder
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    Lisa 06-14-16
    Lisa 06-14-16
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    "Most comprehensive book of its kind"

    Hands down the best science based book regarding the much debated topics of both canine emotion and cognition. Thorough research explained in detail, but still easy to follow. A must read for anyone wanting to learn more about the inner workings and abilities of their dogs.

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    Dana Utah 10-29-15
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    "Great insight into the dog behaviour"

    Loved the info and the stories, wish her other book "The other end of the leash" was in audio format

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    Kent 06-23-15
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    "Knowledgeable author"

    Best book about dogs so far and I read 8 books so far and excellent narrator.

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