Through a Dog's Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World

Through a Dog's Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World

by Jennifer Arnold
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Through a Dog's Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World by Jennifer Arnold

A stirring, 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 the past twenty years has trained service dogs for people with physical disabilities and special needs. Arnold has developed a unique understanding of dogs' capabilities, intelligence, sensitivity, and extra-sensory skills. Her training method is based on teaching dogs to make choices—as opposed to following commands—through kindness and encouragement rather than fear and submission, and her results are extraordinary. To 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. Relationships between dogs and humans go awry when we fail to understand our dogs and when we send them confusing, mixed signals. Arnold's firsthand experience—from what moved her to start her exemplary nonprofit and how she developed her methodology—guides this book and gives it a powerful emotional heft. Stories drawn from Arnold's life and the lives of the dogs who were her greatest teachers are convincing, unforgettable, and compelling testimony and make this book a heart-warming, captivating read that will forever change the way you see your dog by showing you the way your dog sees the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780285639034
Publisher: Souvenir Press
Publication date: 10/28/2011

About 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 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!!
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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.