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Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we vary. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

In For the Love of a Dog, McConnell suggests that one of the reasons we love dogs so much is that they express emotions in ways similar to humans. After all, who can communicate joy better than a puppy? But not all emotional expressions are obvious, and McConnell teaches both beginning dog owners and experienced dog lovers how to read the more subtle expressions hidden behind fuzzy faces and floppy ears. 

For those of us who deeply cherish our dogs but are sometimes baffled by their behavior, For the Love of a Dog will come as a revelation—a treasure trove of useful facts, informed speculation, and intriguing accounts of man’s best friend at his worst and at his very best. Readers will discover how fear, anger, and happiness underlie the lives of both people and dogs and how understanding emotion in both species can improve the relationship between them. McConnell introduces us to the possibility of a richer, more rewarding relationship with our dogs.

While we may never be absolutely certain what our dogs are feeling, with the help of this riveting book we can understand more than we ever thought possible. Those who consider their dogs part of the family will find For the Love of a Dog engaging, enlightening, and utterly engrossing.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A marvelous book that everybody who loves dogs should own.”

    Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A fascinating, highly educational read.”

    Frans de Waal, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ellen Archer’s fresh voice maintains a lively tempo while dropping its timbre for ironic asides and projecting compassion when relating tales of unsuccessful rehabilitation attempts or a description of a dog’s grief…Winner of an Audie Award.”


  • “A compelling combination of stories, science, and practical advice…This is more than a simple dog-training book: much of what McConnell discusses concerns how dog owners can learn “the language” of dog by recognizing important signals and reading them correctly…[and] her discussion of the meaning of a dog’s ‘tongue flicks’ is alone worth the price of the book.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McConnell’s examination of cases from her veterinary practice, backed up by her scientific study of animal behavior, will help readers better understand their closest companions…[and] understand the emotions behind their actions, both good and bad.”


  • “Brilliant! For The Love of a Dog is a perfect balance of science and soul.”

    Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian on ABC’s Good Morning America and author of Fitness Unleashed!

  • “Patricia McConnell skillfully blends cutting edge scientific data with examples from her personal experiences with dogs to produce a clear picture of the emotional life of dogs. In the process we learn more about how the mind of a dog works and how to better understand and interact with them. This is a ‘must read’ for all dog owners.”

    Stanley Coren, author of The Intelligence of Dogs

  • Winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Best Narration of a Personal Development/Motivational Audiobook
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