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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Bradshaw Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781452672038
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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. What dogs really need is a spokesperson, someone who will assert their specific needs. Renowned anthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw has made a career of studying human-animal interactions, and in Dog Sense he uses the latest scientific research to show 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A lovely and clear-headed book on all things dog---emotion, mind, and breed. John Bradshaw's authority and experience are matched by the thoughtfulness and humanity of his writing. Read this before you bring a dog into your life. Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog
  • “Bradshaw’s book is useful to those looking to further their understanding of dog behavior and clarify common misconceptions.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Michael Page has a steady, mellifluous delivery with excellent pacing.”

    AudioFile

  • “A lovely and clear-headed book on all things dog—emotion, mind, and breed. John Bradshaw’s authority and experience are matched by the thoughtfulness and humanity of his writing. Read this before you bring a dog into your life.”

    Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog

  • “Dogs and dog lovers alike will benefit from Bradshaw’s insight.”

    Stephen Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB, ASPCA science advisor

  • “For readers with well-loved pets who view their canines as family members, there’s much to digest.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlian | 2/18/2014

    " Absolutely amazing. NOT a dog training book, more of a dog psychology book. Seriously awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbower | 2/12/2014

    " A must read for anyone faced with training a dog -with a minimum of distress. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/20/2014

    " Good subject matter, but not a quick read. Subjects: dominance isn't supported scientifically, also not effective, inbreeding for looks is problematic when most dogs are pets, should breed for companionship and health. Importance of socialization. Dog emotions and intelligence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy Raine | 1/15/2014

    " In depth look at the history of dogs - good knowledge, not so much on training though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 1/8/2014

    " Very intriguing look into the biology of a dog. It can be very dry at times and quite scientific, but the knowledge gained was worth it, in my opinion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/5/2014

    " Every dog guardian must read this book! This book revealed to me how much my treatment of my dog was influenced by flawed research on wolves that falsely described them for years in the eyes of the general public. Remember all that talk about dominance and how you have to be the leader, the top, never let the pooch win at tug of war, go through the door first, etc.? It was all based on observation of wolves who were strangers to each other and were stuck together in captivity. Wolf packs are harmonious family units, not relentless hierarchies. So if you know anybody who still believes in ridiculousness like alpha rolling and punishment, give them this book! And don't believe what Cesar Millan is putting out (particularly his earlier shows -- he seems to have wised up after the backlash from professional dog trainers). Dogs don't want to gain power over us, they're dying to please us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georganne | 1/1/2014

    " I have had dogs almost my entire life, a 2 year tour as an Army nurse in Hawaii (a 6 month mandatory quarantine was a definite deterrent to bringing a dog there) was my only time without one. So dogs have been and still are a big part of my life. Still, this book taught me many things about dogs and showed me ways of relating to them that I had not realized were so important. Their history and true but at times mythical relationships to wolves, their bonds with humans over members of their own kind, how they sense the world so differently than humans, and what controlled breeding and over breeding has done to them, are just a few of the many interesting things about dogs presented in this book. It's a little dull in places, but if you love your dogs, and want to understand them better, it's a very worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susy | 12/29/2013

    " A very, very interesting explanation of the way dogs experience the world which, if internalized by dog owners, ought to make us better companions to our faithful friends. The scientific nature of the explanations make it a bit of a slow read, although they aren't so complex as to not be understandable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giselle | 12/25/2013

    " Highly recommended for dog owners or those interested in animal psychology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich Pedersen | 12/23/2013

    " If you truly give a crap about your dog, you need to read this. If you subscribe to Cesar Milan's methods, read it twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 12/13/2013

    " Very good book. Based on latest findings from animal science this book refutes some of the conventional wisdom about training and living with dogs. Downplays the ideas of hierarchy and pack behavior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/2/2013

    " Interesting book, but could have done without the abundance of times he reintegrated that dogs are not wolves. It just got very repetitive. Made me think about how I think about and treat my dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 3/7/2013

    " A must read for every pet care professional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodispragins | 11/25/2011

    " I a tually gave up after the first 5 chapters. Very interesting but gets repetitive and the science gets too dense for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 11/16/2011

    " In one serious and scientific book, John Bradshaw effectively eliminates many of the myths about dog behavior and psychology that permeate culture today. Everyone who has a dog needs to read this book. My full review coming soon at Doggerel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 10/4/2011

    " I must admit that I skimmed much of this. I felt that there were only a few ideas, restated too often. "

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About the Author

John Bradshaw has been at the forefront of the self-help and recovery field for more than twenty years. Born in Houston, Texas, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and continued his studies at Rice University and the University of Santa Monica. He has helped millions of people improve their lives through his ongoing lecture series, his four nationally broadcast public television series, and his bestselling books, which include Healing the Shame that Binds You, Homecoming, Creating Love, Family Secrets, and Reclaiming Virtue. In 1991 Bradshaw was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for his series Bradshaw On: Homecoming.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.