Understanding our dogs by understanding how they see the world
Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 10, 2010
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A stirring, inspiring book with the power to change the
way we understand and communicate with our
Few people are more qualified to
speak about the abilities and potential of dogs than
Jennifer Arnold, who for the past twenty years has trained
service dogs for people with physical disabilities and
special needs. Arnold has developed a unique understanding
of dogs' capabilities, intelligence, sensitivity, and
extra-sensory skills. Her training method is based on
teaching dogs to make choices—as opposed to following
commands—through kindness and encouragement rather than fear
and submission, and her results are extraordinary. To
Arnold, dogs are neither wolves in need of a pack leader nor
babies in need of coddling; rather, they are extremely
trusting beings attuned to their owners' needs and they aim
to please. Relationships between dogs and humans go awry
when we fail to understand our dogs and when we send them
confusing, mixed signals. Arnold's firsthand experience—from
what moved her to start her exemplary nonprofit and how she
developed her methodology—guides this book and gives it a
powerful emotional heft. Stories drawn from Arnold's life
and the lives of the dogs who were her greatest teachers are
convincing, unforgettable, and compelling testimony and make
this book a heart-warming, captivating read that will
forever change the way you see your dog by showing you the
way your dog sees the world.
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