Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet

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Basic Books, May 8, 2012 - Pets - 352 pages
Dogs have been mankind's faithful companions for tens of thousands of years, yet today they are regularly treated as either pack-following wolves or furry humans. The truth is, dogs are neither -- and our misunderstanding has put them in serious crisis.

What dogs really need is a spokesperson, someone who will assert their specific needs. Renowned anthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw has made a career of studying human-animal interactions, and in Dog Sense he uses the latest scientific research to show how humans can live in harmony with -- not just dominion over -- their four-legged friends. From explaining why positive reinforcement is a more effective (and less damaging) way to control dogs' behavior than punishment to demonstrating the importance of weighing a dog's unique personality against stereotypes about its breed, Bradshaw offers extraordinary insight into the question of how we really ought to treat our dogs.
 

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Where Dogs Came From
How Wolves Became Dogs
Why Dogs WereUnfortunatelyTurned Back into Wolves
Sticks or Carrots? The Science of Dog Training
How Puppies Become Pets
Canine Brainpower
Emotional Unsophistication
A World of Smells
Problems with Pedigrees
Dogs and the Future
Notes
Further Reading
Index

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About the author (2012)

John Bradshaw is the foundation director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Cat Sense and Dog Sense and coauthor of The Trainable Cat. He lives in Southampton, England.

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