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

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...those seeking strategies for training should look elsewhere.
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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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John Bradshaw was educated for the Roman Catholic priesthood and took advanced degrees in psychology, philosophy, and theology before becoming a professional counselor. He is the author of such major bestsellers as Family Secrets, Healing the Shame That Binds You, Homecoming, and Creating Love. He lives in Houston, Texas, and gives lectures and workshops nationwide.
Published May 8, 2012 by Basic Books. 354 pages
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Below average
on Jun 01 2011

...sluggish pace of the author’s prose and dense scientific reasoning.

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on Mar 28 2011

...those seeking strategies for training should look elsewhere.

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Pamela Hogle

on Apr 09 2013

...there is much solid information in Dog Sense and it is a valuable addition to any dog professional’s library...

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Reviewed by Susan Tasaki on Apr 09 2013

He does more than simply lay out interesting theories; he uses science to advocate for a better life for companion dogs.

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