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For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend review List Price: $15.95 Deal Price : $10.85 You Save : $5.10 (32 %) Or Click Here Usually ships in 24 hours Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping Detail : ASIN: 0345477154 Paperback Book 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. Related Product: - The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs - How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It. - The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears - How To Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication - Love Has No Age Limit-Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home http://astore.amazon.com/konhollow-20/detail/0345477154 http://store.xiiiv.com/?t=for-the-love-a-dog-understanding-emotion-you-your-best-friend&i=0345477154 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 States) 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... (6) 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 Angeles) 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... (1) 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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