The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 5, 2006 - Pets - 299 pages
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How Smart Is Your Dog?

If you've ever wondered what is really going on inside your dog's head, here is your chance to find out. In this revised and updated version of this perennially popular book, psychologist and prizewinning trainer Stanley Coren provides a startling view of the intelligence of our oldest and closest animal companions.

Do dogs really think? Are they conscious in the same way humans are? What is the nature of canine memory? Can dogs communicate with us -- and, if so, how can we understand them? Do they have feelings such as guilt, loyalty, and jealousy? Do they experience joy and sorrow?

Drawing on scientific research that has stood the test of the past decade, interviews with top breeders and trainers, and his own personal observations as a lifelong dog lover, Stanley Coren speculates on these and many other fascinating questions about man's best friend. He offers practical tips on how to evaluate your dog's body language and understand the sophisticated "language" of a dog's bark, and how to tailor a training program to suit your dog's special needs. Here, too, are the famous, controversial lists and rankings of more than 100 breeds for obedience and working intelligence, as well as for specialized tasks such as hunting, home security, and companionship.

Rich in wit, wisdom, and anecdote, The Intelligence of Dogs is a book that will bring you a greater understanding and enjoyment of the habits, antics, and abilities of your dog.
  

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

This book was quite helpful in understanding a little bit more about my wild and crazy English Springer Spaniel. Supposedly his breed's intelligence is in the second rank (still quite bright but not ... Read full review

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Published 1994 and very, very outdated. Read full review

Contents

Do Dogs Think?
1
The Natural History of Dogs
17
Early Views of the Dogs Mind
45
Modern Views of the Dogs Mind
61
The Nature of Dog Intelligence
81
Linguistic Intelligence in Dogs
97
Varieties of Dog Intelligence
125
Instinctive Intelligence
137
Adaptive Intelligence
169
Working or Obedience Intelligence
183
The Personality Factor
199
Increasing a Dogs Intelligence
221
The Dogs Mind and the Owners Happiness
251
Further Reading
275
Index
279
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About the author (2006)

Stanley Coren an international authority on sidedness, is professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog (2010), among other books.

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