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

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

by John Bradshaw

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A New York Times bestseller, Dog Sense is a must-read for any dog owner or dog-lover who wants to better understand man's best friend

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. In Dog Sense, renowned anthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw uses groundbreaking research into human-animal interactions to show us 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465031634
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 331,286
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

John Bradshaw is Foundation Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, where he was previously the University Research Theme Leader for Animal Welfare and Behaviour. Author of the New York Times bestsellers Dog Sense, Cat Sense, and The Trainable Cat. Bradshaw has contributed articles on cats and dogs to BBC Wildlife magazine, Your Cat magazine, BC Focus magazine, and the New York Daily News.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Where Dogs Came From 1

Chapter 2 How Wolves Became Dogs 29

Chapter 3 Why Dogs Were-Unfortunately-Turned Back into Wolves 67

Chapter 4 Sticks or Carrots? The Science of Dog Training 95

Chapter 5 How Puppies Become Pets 122

Chapter 6 Does Your Dog Love You? 148

Chapter 7 Canine Brainpower 181

Chapter 8 Emotional (Un)sophistication 211

Chapter 9 A World of Smells 225

Chapter10 Problems with Pedigrees 252

Chapter11 Dogs and the Future 277

Notes 293

Further Reading 311

Index 313

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Dog Sense 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book presents a highly detailed, very documented description of dogs. Although the initial section on genetics and the relationship between modern, domesticated dogs and preceeding generations of wolves becomes redundant, the author is quite clear and precise in his analysis. The chapters on dog's intelligence, emotional attachment and behavior is very interesting. These sections alone are well worth reading!
mothgirl More than 1 year ago
Dr. Bradshaw has written an excellent book that challenges conventions of dog training, such as those practiced by The Monks of New Skete and Cesar Millan. Bradshaw suggests that, and then provides scientific support for, the hypothesis that dogs are not behaving aggressively due to a "dominance hierarchy" system but rather a "resource holding" system (you'll have to read the book for the lovely details!) Bradshaw calls for dog owners to reconsider their relationships with their dogs under this new model system as he believes the old one could permanently damage relationships. He has for ever changed my mind regarding human/dog interactions and I strongly recommend this book to any one who wants a companion dog, not an animal that lives in deep fear of their owner. PS-deniers of evolution should spend some time cozied up to this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Early in 2011, I adopted a 6 year old dog who, through no fault of her own, needed a new home, thus becoming interested in why dogs behave the way they do. Professor Bradshaw's book explains how dogs came to be comfortable in human society and the remarkable adaptaptions that have made the relationship comfortable. From the origins of domestic dogs to the way we live with dogs today, I found much of value in this book. Prof. Bradshaw writes in a way that explains without pendantic excess or scientific jargon that should make the book accessible to most everyone. And I learned a new - perhaps British - way of explaining my dog's adoption: she is "re-homed" rather than "rescued," as clearly she was a well adapted, well treated, well trained dog in her previous, but no longer viable, home. Bradshaw's discussion of separation anxiety, however, leads to believe there's not much that can be done about that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you have a new dog and want to get them settled in quickly. You will learn a lot about dogs and what it takes to train them quickly and easily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is: Factual Interesting Amazing Sophisticated
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A clearly written book that provides a lot of insight into understanding the history and present relationship between humans and dogs
Heart-of-the-Wolf More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It is clear that Bradshaw is a scientist but also a dog lover himself. This book offers wonderful insight into the way dogs behave and it is all backed up with science. It actively challenges the concept of training a dog using punishment and offers a more successful and humane approach. If you want to understand how dogs learn and why they behave certain ways this is a great book. A MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thougt that this book was very factful and also very informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's nice to see a book that scientifically shows what most true dog lovers already know.
Brainylainy More than 1 year ago
Everyone who has a dog should read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this dog book. I could never imagine hurting my dog(s). I hate the thought that some pepole humans do though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like reading this book because it tells me a lot about the characteristics of dogs.
calvin power More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. If you like dogs, have a dog, or are about to buy one this is a great book to read.
dickmanikowski on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well written and accessible examination of the domestic dog. Starting with the evolution of canis familiaris (and examining archeological and genetic evidence), the author examines the likely processes by which proto-dogs became the first animals to be domesticated. He then examines the dog's intellectual abilities and emotional life, relying heavily on both the senses through which the dog's reality is perceived and on scientific evidence. This leads to a discussion of training methods and ethical issues. I found the book both informative and thought provoking.
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I didn't get into the sample so i stoped reading
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Did not read it yet but i dont have a dog so to me it looks stupid. No offense to anyone but that is just me so yeah . Thank you.
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Should i buy the full for $26?
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