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In it Vicki Hearne asserts that animals that interact with humans are more intelligent than we assume. In fact, they are capable of developing an understanding of “the good,” a moral code that influences their motives and actions. Hearne’s thorough studies led her to adopt a new system of animal training that contradicts modern animal behavioral research, but—as her examples show—is astonishingly effective. Hearne’s theories will make every trainer, animal psychologist, and ...
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Adam's Task: Calling Animals by Name

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Overview

In it Vicki Hearne asserts that animals that interact with humans are more intelligent than we assume. In fact, they are capable of developing an understanding of “the good,” a moral code that influences their motives and actions. Hearne’s thorough studies led her to adopt a new system of animal training that contradicts modern animal behavioral research, but—as her examples show—is astonishingly effective. Hearne’s theories will make every trainer, animal psychologist, and animal-lover stop, think, and question.

A fascinating and complex investigation of the kinds of subtle communication that goes on between animals and humans.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
When Ms. Hearne relates a dog or horse story, the animals become full-fledged characters, as brightly delineated as people created by Dickens or Twain.
Atlantic Monthly
A fascinating and often surprising discussion of animal-human encounters.
San Francisco Chronicle
As witty, wise and rare a book as has come along in some time.
Boston Globe
A beautiful, wonderful book of the sort that permanently refreshes thought and feeling.
Audubon Magazine
There is no finer book than this one about the way language entwines humans and animals.
Library Journal
This engrossing treatise on animal behavior and interspecies communication provides an astute and possibly unique synthesis of a domestic animal trainer's practical knowledge and the intellectually more distant and even sterile theories of the academic world. Modern psychologists and philosophers have typically railed dogmatically against the anthropormorphism and morality inherent in the language of animal trainers. But Hearne points out that the validity of the trainers' methodology is supported by the fact that trainers who actually work interestingly and successfully with animals can accomplish so much more than most academic researchers in training their charges. The author believes that the training relationship is a complex and fragile moral understanding between animal and human. Enthusiastically recommended. Robert Paustian, Wilkes Coll. Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626367234
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 704,892
  • File size: 591 KB

Meet the Author

VICKI HEARNE was an animal trainer for more than twenty-five years. The author of the widely praised Bandit: Dossier of a Dangerous Dog and Animal Happiness,she received a 1992 award for outstanding literary achievement from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
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Table of Contents


New Introduction   Donald McCaig     ix
Preface to the 1994 Edition     xiii
By Way of Explanation     3
A Walk with Washoe: How Far Can We Go?     18
How to say "Fetch!"     42
Tracking Dogs, Sensitive Horses and the Traces of Speech     77
Crazy Horses     117
Horses in Partnership with Time     155
Calling Animals by Name     166
The Sound of Kindness     172
Lo the American (Pit) Bull Terrier     192
What It Is about Cats     224
Rights, Autism and the Rougher Magics     245
Afterword     267
Index     269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Excellent

    In Donald McCaig's new introduction to this wonderful book, he tells of his reaction to first reading Vicki Hearne's writing: 'I felt like some homesick exile startled by a voice singing brilliantly in my native tongue.' What an apt description! Hearne's writing style is as unique and refreshing as her perspective on animal training. This book is a luminous mingling of literary criticism, science, philosophy, and animal psychology-- a real treat to read.

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