Synopses & Reviews
andldquo;Although this book has a scientific basis, it was written in a manner that is easily understandable for laypersons. Decoding Your Dog
will be a valuable addition to the library of any small-animal practitioner or dog owner.andrdquo; andndash;Angela Bockelman, DVM, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups. Dog owners face a plethora of trainers offering a bewildering variety of advice. From rewards to dominance training, from to shock collars to clickers, there are too many theories peddled by too few trained experts. Finally, the board-certified specialists of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are here to decode how dogs think, how they communicate, and how they learn.
Combining cutting-edge science with accessible and adaptable real-life examples, this is a must-have dog behavior guide showcasing the latest veterinary-approved positive training methods. Decoding Your Dog will resolve the complaints, answer the curiosities, and, ultimately, challenge the way we think about our dogs.
andldquo;[The] authors nimbly craft a basic primer for grasping dogsandrsquo; demeanor and in the process offer up the best life insurance policy you can buy for Fido.andrdquo; andndash;Ranny Green, coauthor of Good Dogs, Bad Habits
andldquo;Decoding Your Dog is an important addition to the canine canon, one that will go a long way toward increasing your understanding of your best friend.andrdquo; andndash;Bark
andquot;Chaser is the most scientifically important dog in over a century. Her fascinating story reveals just how sophisticated a dogandrsquo;s mind can be.andquot;
andmdash;Brian Hare, coauthor of The Genius of Dogs
andquot;After you read Chaser, you will realize that you may have underestimated the intelligence of your dog. Marvelous insights into a dogandrsquo;s mind.andquot;
andmdash;Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
andquot;This is an extraordinary book, full of warmth and wisdom that has the potential to forever change the way we look at dogs. While Chaser herself seems extraordinary, maybe she is also every dog, in showing us what every dog is capable of. Maybe not every dog can learn over a thousand words, but every dog I have ever known can read our heart, and that, to me, is the great secret between dogs and humans that we are just now learning, and which is so deeply evident in this wonderful book: Chaser loves people, and because of that love she will do anything asked of her, even learn the names of one thousand toys! Dr. John Pilleyandrsquo;s work with Chaser is not only a loving affirmation for readers who already know how much they adore and trust the ability of dogs, but is also a game-changer for skeptical scientists, who must find themselves, after reading this remarkable book, inching closer to recognizing the full humanity of dogs.andquot;
andmdash;Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love
andquot;A Border Collie that understands lots of words wonandrsquo;t surprise people who work with these inventive dogs, but what makes John Pilleyandrsquo;s tale special is his dogged determination, long after his retirement from teaching psychology, to keep his own brain fizzing with all the new words and techniques and ideas he needs to learn to get his results published in a respected science journal.andquot;
andmdash;Bruce Fogle, author of The Dogandrsquo;s Mind and The Encyclopedia of Dogs
andquot;If a truly great book leaves one better for having read it, then Chaser is quite simply a masterpiece. Dogs and those of us who love them owe to debt of gratitude to the brilliant, courageous author and his equally heroic subject.andquot;
andmdash;Jennifer Arnold, author of Through a Dogandrsquo;s Eyes
andquot;In the age old war between cats and dogs, canines might have just struck the killer blow.andquot;
andmdash;Jessica Griggs, New Scientist
andquot;An engrossing and remarkable tale.andquot;
andquot;A delightful memoir that offers a challenge to behavioral psychologists and inspiration for pet lovers.andquot;
andquot;This marvelous blend of good science and heartwarming dog story will inspire all of us to reexamine our canine friends.andquot;
andmdash;Booklist, *starred* review
Praise for Animals Make Us Human
"Provocative...We’re lucky to have Temple Grandin." --New York Times
"Part owner's manual and part business proposal, Animals Make Us Human argues that we can treat animals better if we consider the emotions that motivate them...For pet owners, her perspecitve is invaluable...
The amazing story of a very smart Border collie who is redefining animal intelligence.
Chaser has a way with words. Along with basic nouns like house and tree, she knows the names of more than one thousand toys and can retrieve any of them on command. Now she and her owner, retired psychologist John Pilley, are tackling sentences with multiple grammatical elements and learning behaviors by imitation. Chaser is capable of deductive reasoning and complex problem-solving skills, but she isnt unique. Johns training methods can be adopted by any dog lover. While sharing the poignant story of raising Chaser, John shows how to incorporate learning into play and more effectively channel a dogs natural drives. His work with Chaser points us toward a new way of relating to our canine companions that takes into account our evolving understanding of the way animals and humans learn.
A New York Times Bestseller
andquot;The most scientifically important dog in over a century.andquot; andmdash;Brian Hare
Chaser has fascinated dog lovers and scientists alike. Her story reveals the potential for taking out dialogue with dogs well beyond andquot;fetch.andquot; When retired psychology professor John Pilley first got his new Border collie puppy, Chaser, he wanted to explore the boundaries of language learning and communication between humans and manand#39;s best friend. Exhibiting intelligence previously thought impossible in dogs, Chaser soon learned the names of more than a thousand toys and sentences with multiple elements of grammar. Chaserand#39;s accomplishments are revolutionizing the way we think about the intelligence of animals. John and Chaserand#39;s inspiring journey demonstrates the power of learning through play and opens our eyes to the boundless potential in the animals we love.
The top dog behaviorists in the country - the top researchers, scientists, and veterinarians - have teamed up with a renowned media personality to create the most cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most popular behavioral issues that dogs face.
The best-selling animal advocate Temple Grandin offers the most exciting exploration of how animals feel since The Hidden Life of Dogs.
In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life—on their terms, not ours.
Its usually easy to pinpoint the cause of physical pain in animals, but to know what is causing them emotional distress is much harder. rawing on the latest research and her own work,Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.Whether its how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.
Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience.
This is essential reading for anyone whos ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.
About the Author
TEMPLE GRANDIN is one of the worlds most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several best-selling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.
CATHERINE JOHNSON, Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry and the brain. She cowrote Animals in Translation and served as a trustee of the National Alliance for Autism Research for seven years. She lives with her husband and three sons—two of whom have autism—in New York.