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For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

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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. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book 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. Readers will discover how fear, anger, and happiness underlie the lives of both people and dogs and, most important, how understanding emotion 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 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

An animal behaviorist and author of The Other End of the Leash draws on case studies, as well as the latest in scientific research, to discuss the truth about a dog's emotional life, its implications for the human-canine bond, and its impact on dog training. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

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EMOTIONS

An explanation of emotions, and why they are so controversial in animals

At first, all I saw was a white blur out of the corner of my eye. It was a long way away, maybe five hundred yards, and initially I wasn't sure what it was. Most of my focus was on my Border Collie Luke, who was running his fastest about two hundred yards away. I'd sent him on a long out- run toward a flock of sheep during a fun day, when herding enthusiasts get together and revel in dogs and sheep and the sloppy kisses of young puppies.

Many people there that day were serious competitors in herding dog trials, and were grateful for the opportunity to hone their skills away from home. Luke and I, however, were there just for the pure joy of it. We loved working together, Luke and I, finessing sheep gently and quietly across the countryside. A classic workaholic, Luke loved working sheep so much he had no interest in food, tennis ball

About the Author

Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., is an adjunct assistant professor of zoology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Her company, Dog’s Best Friend, Ltd., specializes in family dog training and treating aggression in dogs, and she is an immensely popular speaker around the country. She is the co-host of Calling All Pets, an animal behavior advice show syndicated to a hundred public radio stations, and was the animal behaviorist on Animal Planet’s Petline. She works daily with three dogs (two border collies and a Great Pyrenees) on her sheep farm outside of Madison. Visit Patricia McConnell’s website at www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Emotions — Emotional expressions — Emotions and the brain — The many faces of fear — Pavlov in your pocket — Anger — Happiness — Love story — Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307420572
Subtitle:
Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Mcconnell, Patricia Phd
Author:
Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
Author:
Patricia B. McConnell
Author:
McConnell, Patricia B.
Subject:
Pets : Dogs - General
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Dogs -- Behavior.
Subject:
Audio Books-Pets
Subject:
Pets-Dog Care and Ownerships
Subject:
PETS / Dogs / General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070828
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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Product details 368 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307420572 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An animal behaviorist and author of The Other End of the Leash draws on case studies, as well as the latest in scientific research, to discuss the truth about a dog's emotional life, its implications for the human-canine bond, and its impact on dog training. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , EMOTIONS

An explanation of emotions, and why they are so controversial in animals

At first, all I saw was a white blur out of the corner of my eye. It was a long way away, maybe five hundred yards, and initially I wasn't sure what it was. Most of my focus was on my Border Collie Luke, who was running his fastest about two hundred yards away. I'd sent him on a long out- run toward a flock of sheep during a fun day, when herding enthusiasts get together and revel in dogs and sheep and the sloppy kisses of young puppies.

Many people there that day were serious competitors in herding dog trials, and were grateful for the opportunity to hone their skills away from home. Luke and I, however, were there just for the pure joy of it. We loved working together, Luke and I, finessing sheep gently and quietly across the countryside. A classic workaholic, Luke loved working sheep so much he had no interest in food, tennis ball

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