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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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    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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    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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    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!

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    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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    Lacey E. 03-09-15
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    "smart and understanding, can't put this down"

    I loved this, listened to it everywhere!!! I wish to find more of the author's writings in audio format!!!

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