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       Product Description-For the Love of a Dog: Understanding
                Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
    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.

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Customer Reviews:
344 of 348 people found the following review helpful

Your Relationship With Dogs Will Improve Dramatically!, September 25, 2006 By Dmitri Bilgere "Dmitri" (Madison, WI United
  This review is from: For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend (Hardcover) I'm blown away
by this book. I really liked McConnell's first book, "The Other End of the Leash," but this book blows even that away.And here's
why:This book is an uncommon combination of 3 things that usually don't go together.1) Entertaining and moving (yet
educational) stories of dogs and their humans (many from McConnell's long career as an animal behaviorist),2) Immediately
useful knowlege about dog behavior and the "clues" dogs give about what is going on with them, and3) Relentless scientific
backup for what she says, while NOT being hard to read or "science-y."For instance, do you know what it means when a dogs
mouth is closed?Do you know what it means if a dog is pointing her muzzle away from you, but looking in your direction?Do you
know what it means if a dog is pulling the corners of his mouth forward?You should, because these are all critical clues about
what the...

120 of 123 people found the following review helpful
Understanding the emotional basis of behavior, October 4, 2006 By Franklin D. McMillan, DVM "Author, Mental Hea... (Los
This review is from: For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend (Hardcover) Patricia McConnell
has written a wonderful book filled with engaging stories and much practical advice for dog owners. She incorporates the latest
research findings on the workings of the dog's mind in presenting her own cases from her behavior counseling service. Her
discussion of counterconditioning covers an extremely valuable concept that is not stressed (or even utilized) enough by other
behaviorists and trainers. This technique is invaluable and of nearly limitless potential in alleviating many emotional distresses
and disorders in dogs.Especially pleasing to see is that in her discussion of counterconditioning and other techniques the author
diverges from the decades-old approach of addressing "behavior problems" (a term that should be killed off and
unceremoniously buried - it's not the animal's problem any more than if your husband had a habit of talking too loudly to your
liking would you tell your friends that he had a behavior problem) by focusing on simply...

64 of 68 people found the following review helpful

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE for dogs and their humans!, September 17, 2007 By Eddie Landsberg "My 10th year as a
reviewer !... (Tokyo, Japan)
  This review is from: For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend (Paperback) I made the
mistake of getting the audio book expecting a light but informative read... big mistake: this is one read chock full of morsels... the
type of book that has stuff you want to come back to, cross reference, read backwards and forwards on, and really get into, and
that's why I like this book so much... Though written for a lay audience, after reading this book you may very well find yourself
wanting to do what the author does (technically speaking she's an animal beahviorist, but her approach is so multi-disciplinary,
you'll find yourself dabbling in a wide variety of fields from social psychology, animal beahvior to the neurosciences and
beyond.) And yes... there are heard warming doggie stories that draw you into the heavy anecdotes about how the chemistry of
our brains and our pets brains make us think and behave the the way we do... McConnell also makes some compelling
arguements that may very well change the way you think as well... or atleast how you read, understand...

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