Reading The Dog's Mind: Learning to Train from the Dog's Point of View

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The dog occupies a unique place in our world, having adapted itself to become our companion par excellence. But do we ask too much of our pet dogs, expecting them to subdue their instincts in order to live in our world? Using their unrivaled knowledge of canine behavior, John and Mary Holmes examine this question by looking at the world from the dog's point of view. They examine the five senses sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste and the instincts that rule all dogs the pack instinct, the hunting instinct and ...

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Overview

The dog occupies a unique place in our world, having adapted itself to become our companion par excellence. But do we ask too much of our pet dogs, expecting them to subdue their instincts in order to live in our world? Using their unrivaled knowledge of canine behavior, John and Mary Holmes examine this question by looking at the world from the dog's point of view. They examine the five senses sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste and the instincts that rule all dogs the pack instinct, the hunting instinct and the guarding instinct to find out why dogs behave the way they do, and how their behavior can be influenced. Using this information, they offer expert advice on choosing the right dog to suit your lifestyle, the most effective training methods for your individual dog and what to do when things go wrong. Finally, there is a special section on how the dog's instincts and behavior patterns can be specifically channeled to help us. The work of guide dogs for the blind, dogs for the disabled, sniffer dogs and police dogs is analyzed to discover how instinct, intelligence and training interact to produce such widely varying skills.

Award-winning authors John and Mary Holmes are professional dog trainers, well-known for their film and television work. Previous books include Pet Owner's Guide to Puppy Care and Training.
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876050347
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-Winning authors John and Mary Holmes are professional dog trainers, well-known for their film and television work. Previous books include Pet Owner's Guide to Puppy Care and Training.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter One: The Dog's World.

Chapter Two: Crossing the Divide.

Chapter Three: The Pack Instinct.

Chapter Four: The Hunting Instinct.

Chapter Five: The Guarding Instinct.

Chapter Six: Match Making.

Chapter Seven: Social Behaviour and Early Training.

Chapter Eight: When Things Go Wrong.

Chapter Nine: Assistance Dogs.

Chapter Ten: Working Dogs.

Chapter Eleven: Gun Dogs.

Chapter Twelve: Summing Up.

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