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Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

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I don't know if people will ever be able to talk to animals the way Doctor Doolittle could, or whether animals will be able to talk back. Maybe science will have something to say about that. But I do know people can learn to "talk" to animals, and to hear what animals have to say, better than they do now. --From Animals in Translation

Why would a cow lick a tractor? Why are collies getting dumber? Why do dolphins sometimes kill for fun? How can a parrot learn to spell? How did wolves teach man to evolve? Temple Grandin draws upon a long, distinguished career as an animal scientist and her own experiences with autism to deliver an extraordinary message about how animals act, think, and feel. She has a perspective like that of no other expert in the field, which allows her to offer unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas.

People with autism can often think the way animals think, putting them in the perfect position to translate "animal talk." Grandin is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. The sweep of Animals in Translation is immense and will forever change the way we think about animals.

*includes a Behavior and Training Troubleshooting Guide

 
Among its provocative ideas, the book:

  • argues that language is not a requirement for consciousness--and that animals do have consciousness
  • applies the autism theory of "hyper-specificity" to animals, showing that animals and autistic people are so sensitive to detail that they "can't see the forest for the trees"--a talent as well as a "deficit"
  • explores the "interpreter" in the normal human brain that filters out detail, leaving people blind to much of the reality that surrounds them--a reality animals and autistic people see, sometimes all too clearly
  • explains how animals have "superhuman" skills: animals have animal genius
  • compares animals to autistic savants, declaring that animals may in fact be autistic savants, with special forms of genius that normal people do not possess and sometimes cannot even see
  • examines how humans and animals use their emotions to think, to decide, and even to predict the future 
  • reveals the remarkable abilities of handicapped people and animals 
  • maintains that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is to make it feel afraid

Review:

"Retired psychology professor Pilley's work with his border collie, Chaser, since 2004 is impressive, and his findings have been published in the journal Behavioural Processes. Challenging the bounds of animal knowledge, Chaser has 'learned and retained the proper noun names of 1,022 objects over a period of three years'; the dog remembers more words than any other (nonhuman) animal known. Her achievements have made her a national celebrity, and she's made appearances on the Today show and ABC News. Here, Pilley (and coauthor Hinzmann) effectively describes his family's relationship with Chaser and the theory behind how she was taught such a large vocabulary. His findings have broader implications: the coauthors link the teaching methods developed for Chaser to the controversy about 'teaching to the test' for children. Though there are occasional hiccups in the book, such as Pilley's effusiveness regarding his meeting with news anchor Diane Sawyer, Chaser's remarkable abilities speak for themselves. One 8-page b&w insert. Agent: Steve Ross, Abrams Artist Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The heartwarming and amazing story of Chaser, a Border Collie who has learned the names of over 1,000 objects, and her octogenarian trainer, exploring the true potential of animal intelligence and the ways in which any dog lover could achieve similar results.

Synopsis:

The amazing story of a very smart Border collie who is redefining animal intelligence.

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While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog—a Labrador mix—who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him home. There, he realized that Merles native intelligence would be diminished by living exclusively in the human world. He put a dog door in his house so Merle could live both outside and in.A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable dog and his relationship with the author, Merles Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine, bringing to bear the latest research into animal consciousness and behavior as well as insights into the origins and evolution of the human-dog partnership. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live if they were allowed to make more of their own decisions, and Kerasote suggests how these lessons can be applied universally.

Synopsis:

This national bestseller explores the relationship between humans and dogs. How would dogs live if they were free? Would they stay with their human friends?

Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desertand#8212; Merle was living wild and Ted was looking for a pup to keep him company. As their bond grew, Ted taught Merle how to live around wildlife, and Merle taught Ted about the benefits of letting a dog make his own decisions.

Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness and leadership and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Ted Kerasote takes us on the journey he and Merle shared. As much a love story as a story of independence and partnership, Merleand#8217;s Door is tender, funny, and ultimately illuminating.

About the Author

JOHN W. PILLEYandnbsp;is an emeritus professor of psychologyandnbsp;at Wofford College. He has been working with Chaser since 2004 and has published the findings from their work in the journal Behavioural Processes.

Hilary Hinzmann is a freelance editor and writer based in New York City.

Table of Contents

1. The Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words 1

2. Good-bye 11

3. Christmas in June 26

4. Let the Puppy Be a Puppy 36

5. “Youve Got to Name Her Chaser!” 52

6. Chaser Learns What Not To Chase 63

7. Listening to the Farmer 73

8. Learning by Playing 89

9. Herding Words 108

10. Herding Sheep 119

11. Advanced Lessons 129

12. Getting Published 138

13. Going Viral 153

14. Chaser Takes a Bow 167

15. Chaser Goes to Washington 193

16. Expanding the Conversation 209

Epilogue: Unleashing Chasers Genius 229

Appendix 231

Acknowledgments 237

Index 238

Product Details

ISBN:
9780544102576
Author:
Pilley, John W
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Kerasote, Ted
Author:
Johnson, Catherine
Author:
Grandin, Temple
Author:
Hinzmann, Hilary
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Dogs - Breeds
Subject:
General Pets
Subject:
dogs;dog training;animal cognition;pet care;behavioral science;animal intelligen
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Retired psychology professor Pilley's work with his border collie, Chaser, since 2004 is impressive, and his findings have been published in the journal Behavioural Processes. Challenging the bounds of animal knowledge, Chaser has 'learned and retained the proper noun names of 1,022 objects over a period of three years'; the dog remembers more words than any other (nonhuman) animal known. Her achievements have made her a national celebrity, and she's made appearances on the Today show and ABC News. Here, Pilley (and coauthor Hinzmann) effectively describes his family's relationship with Chaser and the theory behind how she was taught such a large vocabulary. His findings have broader implications: the coauthors link the teaching methods developed for Chaser to the controversy about 'teaching to the test' for children. Though there are occasional hiccups in the book, such as Pilley's effusiveness regarding his meeting with news anchor Diane Sawyer, Chaser's remarkable abilities speak for themselves. One 8-page b&w insert. Agent: Steve Ross, Abrams Artist Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The heartwarming and amazing story of Chaser, a Border Collie who has learned the names of over 1,000 objects, and her octogenarian trainer, exploring the true potential of animal intelligence and the ways in which any dog lover could achieve similar results.
"Synopsis" by , The amazing story of a very smart Border collie who is redefining animal intelligence.
"Synopsis" by ,
While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog—a Labrador mix—who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him home. There, he realized that Merles native intelligence would be diminished by living exclusively in the human world. He put a dog door in his house so Merle could live both outside and in.A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable dog and his relationship with the author, Merles Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine, bringing to bear the latest research into animal consciousness and behavior as well as insights into the origins and evolution of the human-dog partnership. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live if they were allowed to make more of their own decisions, and Kerasote suggests how these lessons can be applied universally.
"Synopsis" by ,
This national bestseller explores the relationship between humans and dogs. How would dogs live if they were free? Would they stay with their human friends?

Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desertand#8212; Merle was living wild and Ted was looking for a pup to keep him company. As their bond grew, Ted taught Merle how to live around wildlife, and Merle taught Ted about the benefits of letting a dog make his own decisions.

Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness and leadership and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Ted Kerasote takes us on the journey he and Merle shared. As much a love story as a story of independence and partnership, Merleand#8217;s Door is tender, funny, and ultimately illuminating.

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