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Book Title: For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend|
The author of the book: Patricia B. McConnell
ISBN 13: 9780345477149
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 435 KB
Edition: Ballantine Books
Date of issue: August 29th 2006
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The last book I read by her was all about communicating with your dog, with much emphasis on how humans act around dogs and why some of what we do is just plain wrong. The subject of this book was dogs and emotion.
There has been a lot of debate over the years as to whether or not dogs (and other non-human animals) can have emotions. I recall a philosophy class I once took. The teacher asked us what differentiated humans from animals. Someone said "emotions." He agreed. I dropped the class. I think dog lovers have always known that animals have emotions and it's from that point that McConnell's book takes off. The entire basis of the book is that of course animals have emotions. She makes a compelling argument as to why it's ridiculous to assume they have none, the major part of that argument being how similar those parts of the brain are in our brains and our dogs (and indeed in other animals).
She divides the book up by the four basic emotions: fear, anger, happiness, and love. Within each section she discusses the biology of those emotions and how they manifest themselves in human and dog brains, coupling this with some good case studies of dogs she's seen over the years and a bit of humor. One thing I've enjoyed about both of her books is the bit of humor she shows from time to time.
It's a very compelling book and if you've always been one of those folks who gets irritated when someone claims your dog (or cat or bird, etc.) has no emotions, this is an excellent book to read.
Read information about the authorPatricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." For fourteen years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets, which was heard in over 90 cities around the country.
Patricia received her Ph.D. in Zoology in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching dog behavior and communication between professional trainers and working domestic animals.
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