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For the Love of A Dog

Understanding Emotion in You and your Best Friend
McConnell, Patricia B. (Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
For the Love of A Dog
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The critically acclaimed author of The Other End of the Leash offers fascinating insights into the canine mind--critical tools for a healthy relationship with a well-trained dog.
Authors: McConnell, Patricia B.
Title: For the love of a dog
understanding emotion in you and your best friend
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxxi, 332 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Patricia B. McConnell
ISBN: 9780345477149
Branch Call Number: 636.70887 M129f 2006
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Human-animal relationships Emotions in animals Dog owners Psychology Dogs Psychology Dogs Behavior
Topical Term: Human-animal relationships
Emotions in animals
Dog owners
LCCN: 2006045200
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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 vary.

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I really enjoyed this book. Im in the process of trying to work with a therapist and bring back my happy pup. This is an easy read and full of useful information. A lot of the materials reminded me of the issues Im having with my dog, Daisy.
Its a must read for all dog owners

Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is densely packed with information on dog and human physiology and behaviour, discussion of thought and emotion, how our two species overlap and differ and most importantly how we can get along better. There are specific guidelines for helping your dog with problems such as phobias, separation anxiety and poor impulse control. (For serious aggression you need to work with a professional.) Throughout the book there are also stories of McConnell's work and her own wonderful dogs. As with The Other End of the Leash, there's a thorough list of references at the end if you want to read further on any of the many topics covered in the book.

Feb 18, 2010
  • kate_r rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While this isn't a training book, it's definitely worth reading for the many nuggets of information it contains. Far superior to any books about dog whispering or using "energy".


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Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I wonder whether dogs believe that we are completely unable to smell, given how impoverished our ability is compared to theirs. We can use our noses, but it might not seem like it to dogs. Accordingly, just because dogs don't think the way we do, it doesn't follow that they can't think at all.

Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sometimes it seems that our irrationality about emotions, animals, and our relationship to them knows no bounds. In a strange twist of logic, we call kindness 'humane,' when we can be the cruelest of species. We accuse violent people of acting 'like animals.' In an almost desperate attempt to keep ourselves separate, we've done all we can to remind ourselves that animals aren't human, while trying to forget that we humans are still animals.

Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

By trying to separate rational thought from our emotions, we've put the 'thinking' part of our brains on a pedestal and have treated our emotions like poor second cousins. What an irony, then, that so many have denied animals the ability to experience emotions, when simultaneously we've described emotions as primitive and animalistic.

Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's true that you can train dogs (and all animals) to do an amazing number of things, but you can't do personality transplants on dogs any more than you can on people. Think of your own life, and your own personality. Doesn't it sometimes feel like you're swimming upstream when you're working at one task, while others feel almost effortless? We're all suited to do different things, and aren't equally adept at everything we attempt.

Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Each dog is different from every other dog. Surely that sentence does nothing but state the obvious. And yet, I see so many people who can't accept that, unlike their first Black Labrador Retriever, their second one doesn't enjoy playing ball but would rather use his nose tracking chipmunks in the backyard. Dog breeds aren't like brand names, with every tenth widget being checked for product consistency.

Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All animals tend to act in ways that make them feel good. Once you learn to tap into that, you've learned to take advantage of animal behavior's most basic and universal principle.

Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Don't feel like a failure if you can't make a social butterfly out of the dog you rescued from a nightmarish beginning. Giving him a kind, loving home and helping him to relax enough to nap in your lap are achievements in their own right. If you can manage them, you deserve much more than a blue ribbon and a silver chalice.

Nov 21, 2010
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Before the invention of things like caramel corn and Krispy Kremes, what made us feel good was good for us. That's still true of animals who live in an environment with limited resources, in which they don't have the opportunities that we do to pig out on too much of a good thing. This general rule works just as well in reverse: in the wild, what feels bad probably isn't good for you, so you should avoid it.


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