Through a Dog's Eyes

Through a Dog's Eyes

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by Jennifer Arnold
     
 

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A “transformative,”* inspiring book with the power to change the way we understand and communicate with our dogs.
 
Few people are more qualified to speak about the abilities and potential of dogs than Jennifer Arnold, who for twenty years has trained service dogs for people with physical disabilities and special needs. Through her

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A “transformative,”* inspiring book with the power to change the way we understand and communicate with our dogs.
 
Few people are more qualified to speak about the abilities and potential of dogs than Jennifer Arnold, who for twenty years has trained service dogs for people with physical disabilities and special needs. Through her unique understanding of dogs’ intelligence, sensitivity, and extrasensory skills, Arnold has developed an exemplary training method that is based on kindness and encouragement rather than fear and submission, and her results are extraordinary.

To Jennifer Arnold, dogs are neither wolves in need of a pack leader nor babies in need of coddling; rather, they are extremely trusting beings attuned to their owners’ needs, and they aim to please. Stories from Arnold’s life and the lives of the dogs who were her greatest teachers provide convincing and compelling testimony to her choice teaching method and make Through a Dog’s Eyes an unforgettable book that will forever change your relationship with your dog.
 
*Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

In hardcover, Through a Dog's Eyes became a word-of-mouth bestseller and there is no mystery why: Its author's attentiveness to humankind's best friends has been bred by decades of firsthand experience. For over twenty years, Canine Assistants founder Jennifer Arnold has been training service dogs for people with physical disabilities and special needs. During that period, Arnold has developed a training method based on teaching dogs to make choices, not simply follow commands. Her insights about canine intelligence and sensitivity will touch the heart of anyone who has ever shared the companionship of a lovable pooch. A reader favorite; now in paperback and NOOKbook.

From the Publisher
“A perfect balance of science and observation, this book . . . is a worthy tribute to our canine friends.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Charming.”—The Washington Post
 
“Arnold’s voice is assertive with experience. . . . Her storehouse of anecdotal evidence is telling and entertaining, and her demolition of various alpha-model and negative reinforcement teaching techniques is thorough and lofty.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“There can be no doubt Jennifer Arnold knows her stuff when it comes to training dogs.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
 
“Vivid, memorable, moving . . . Jennifer Arnold provides a scientific argument for what dog lovers everywhere already know: Dogs love, dogs trust, dogs sense, dogs feel. This book’s message is simply the truth.”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812981087
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
379,411
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.56(d)

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Arnold is the founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, a service-dog school based in Milton, Georgia. She lives with her husband, veterinarian Kent Bruner, son Chase, three dogs, Bob the cat, eight horses, and a number of other animals.

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Through a Dog's Eyes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really wonderful book. Funny and sad and very thought provoking. You'll never look at any dog the same after reading this.
Dogdad More than 1 year ago
I learned so much about my dogs by reading this book. My wife loved the tender stories, but I loved the science behind them. Both of us will recommend this book to all our friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Arnold's stories and insight touched my heart. She put into beautiful words the way I have always felt about our special canine friends. There are specific instructions for various training situations in the appendix. I am an active volunteer at an animal shelter and work with all types of dog personalities. Kindness is key. I have been recommending this book to everyone I know. Enjoy, and spread the word!
DoctorDog More than 1 year ago
Great book for any who lives with, or loves, a dog.
Paula Mayer More than 1 year ago
i have a border colie love dogs i hope this book is good for me
StL-Conservative More than 1 year ago
very helpful and insightful observations about dogs, from a warm and caring perspective. filled with memorable stories and anecdotes. practical tips in back of book.
bi-crafty More than 1 year ago
I thought I knew a thing or two about dogs, having been a dog owner and lover all of my life. This book taught me more than I ever expected to learn, and it was written clearly and professionally, without any of the over-sentimentalizing one might come to expect in a book about dogs. Jennifer Arnold explains the reasons behind certain behaviors, thereby giving readers an opportunity to work with, rather than against, their dogs. Loved it, and the training tips at the end of the book were very helpful.
MilmomJL More than 1 year ago
This is the best book. It opens your eyes to the potential that dogs have for understanding humans and their uncanny abilitites to respond to our needs...both physical and emotional. Everyone should read this.
SUPER_GEEK More than 1 year ago
I want to firsr encourage everyone who do not have a dog to share their lives with to read this book immediately. I have had the priviledge of sharing the vast majority of my life with dogs and can verify all the stories we are told are correct. I have long known or suspected what we learned here but found myself unable to accurately communicate it. Fortunately Jennifer has the giftings and ability to do so. Her stories are heart warming or heart wrenching, but beautifully and accutately told. This book is so good that I just "pre-ordered" her new book due in October. Unfortunately I have recently become disabled with a rather painful form of Muscular Dystrophy and can verify everything we are taught as I have fortunately had the love, concern, caring and protection of my ever faithful companion who has loved me through this far more than any one else! This is a must read for everyone. Dog lovers or not, young and old alike. You will not be sorry, I promise you!
Jeff Woodlock More than 1 year ago
Informative if you never had a relationship with a dog. If you ever had a dog companion instead of a pet there is nothing you do not already know, heart touching stories. The last chapters and appendix helpful.
puglover8 More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book, a little more educational than i was looking for..but nothing wrong with that. :)
Angie Anderson More than 1 year ago
The book was Beastacular! I knew a lot about dogs and now I know even more.......this book is great. by SLJ
dogloverVG More than 1 year ago
I could hardly stop reading this book after starting...Buster, our new little Papateese, came into our family at Thanksgiving and this book sure helped to understand this little puppy...It is a great book for any dog lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. I work with service and therapy dogs. The book was informative and interesting. I couldn't put it down.
Nightwolfemp More than 1 year ago
I had hoped this would be a thought provoking piece on service dogs and a look at the service dog handler bond. What I got was an author puffing herself up as a self proclaimed expert. This coupled with recent  pieces she has done promoting herself by trying to tear down well respected service dog programs and teams leaves an over all bad taste in my mouth. Spend your money elsewhere. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for my vet tech class and absolutely loved it...so much that since i only borrowed it from the library i want to add it to my collection of books!!! A must have for animal lovers!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CUTE & ADORABLE I LOVE DOGS! WONDERFUL BOOK!
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LucyLu2 More than 1 year ago
I've always loved dogs and cared for them well. But Jennifer's work has helped me get to a whole new level in understanding how smart they are, how much they care about us, love us and deserve the best from us. Her experience is well conveyed in the book and helps the reader dive deep into the souls of our canaine friends. This is one book I'll read again and again.
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Scooterdiva More than 1 year ago
If you have a dog. Read this book. If you are thinking of getting a dog, read this book. If you have ever wondered how dogs think, read this book.