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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (898 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia B. McConnell Narrator: Ellen Archer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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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 differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new audiobook 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. Listeners will discover how fear, anger, and happiness underlie the lives of both people and dogs and, most important, how understanding emotions in both species can improve the relationship between them. Thus, McConnell introduces us to the possibility of a richer, more rewarding relationship with our dogs.

While we may never be absolutely certain of 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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/15/2014

    " More folks need to be educated about their dogs. This is a wonderful book to illustrate many misconceptions humans have about canines. I think that many times we tend see things threw our eyes instead of seeing the effects of ignorance on our dogs. I didn't realize how ignorant I was until I started to take my dog ownership seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 2/14/2014

    " if you are considering getting a dog you have to read this book! it talks about how to read emotions in humans and dogs. and how to deal with aggressive, scared, anxious dogs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie B | 2/14/2014

    " Very academic but I learned some interesting things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annemarie | 1/31/2014

    " a great christmas gift from my business partner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/22/2014

    " This book was a revelation in helping me understand dogs. There is a wealth of information in this book. If you want to understand dogs, then read this book. If you think you already understand dogs, you probably don't, so you you should read this book. I found the book very readable, and I enjoyed the stories about the author's dogs and her experiences. It's written in a sometimes-conversation and sometimes-textbook style. My only complaint is that the author seemed to repeat herself and the book began to drag near the end. I never read to the last page. That said, I'm really glad I read this book. I thought I understood my dog well, and I did. Now I understand her better, and we're both happier for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Fieggen | 1/20/2014

    " Learning a lot about what dogs mean from their expressions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 1/18/2014

    " Very interesting on the interaction of humans and their dogs. It even made me evaluate how I pet my dog and whether is is pleasing to her. I don't know if I would have been able to make it through reading it but the reader was fantastic and kept me interested even through all of the medical jargon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stephanie . | 1/9/2014

    " i learned, from this book, as much about how humans feel & think as dogs do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 12/26/2013

    " Fun read. What I liked best, is that I learned that when my dog looks like she is smiling, she really is smiling! :) Pink is my smiley dog, and Zoe is my cuddley dog,unlike most dogs, Zoe likes to be hugged. (maybe cuz she's insecure...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/10/2013

    " Great book. Got the most out of it, has a great reference section for other dog training books also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 11/15/2013

    " Pretty technical... not at all what I was hoping for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 10/30/2013

    " Well I tried to read this book But I could not get in to it -after every chapter I read I would try to analyze my dog and then without fail I would begin to question my dop-parenting skills "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Dewey | 5/4/2013

    " A great book to help you understand your dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/6/2013

    " I listened to this while walking the dog and really enjoyed the mix of science and anecdotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anneliese | 11/4/2012

    " i have to admit, i didn't like this one as much as the first one, the other end of the leash. it was still a very good informative read though, i feel like a better dog trainer for having read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natosha | 10/14/2012

    " This book is by a woman with a PHD in animal behavioral psychology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 6/2/2012

    " This is my favorite author on canine behavior. She is incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and has a great sense of humor that had me giggling on the N in front of strangers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 3/4/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. Info on deciphering facial expressions and body language, emotions in dogs and humans. I have a lot to learn! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pilars Scott | 2/8/2012

    " Great book for any dog lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/21/2011

    " This book is a must read for dog lovers. It is so insightful, and although it discusses a lot of "science" and biology of emotions, it is very readable. Filled with anecdotes and interesting case studies, the author explores the emotional side of man's best friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 10/10/2011

    " As usual, Trish McConnell has presented complex information in an easy-to-understand manner. A good read even if you're not a dog lover as it explains a lot about human emotions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeleine | 8/4/2011

    " Good book to understand newest thought on canine psychology. Lots of references to scientific studies, with good stories about dogs included. A bit of a slog, but worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 3/12/2011

    " Another wonderful dog book by Dr. McConnell "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 1/27/2011

    " My favorite dog book of all time, I cried at different points in almost every chapter. For the dog lover, this is a must read. It combines anecdotes with scientific data perfectly, and addresses the love that we all feel for our dogs with a frankness that is refreshing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 1/13/2011

    " A great book to help you understand your dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/2/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. Info on deciphering facial expressions and body language, emotions in dogs and humans. I have a lot to learn! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 11/17/2010

    " Fun read. What I liked best, is that I learned that when my dog looks like she is smiling, she really is smiling! :) Pink is my smiley dog, and Zoe is my cuddley dog,unlike most dogs, Zoe likes to be hugged. (maybe cuz she's insecure...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 10/9/2010

    " Great book. Got the most out of it, has a great reference section for other dog training books also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/31/2010

    " This book is a must read for dog lovers. It is so insightful, and although it discusses a lot of "science" and biology of emotions, it is very readable. Filled with anecdotes and interesting case studies, the author explores the emotional side of man's best friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/3/2010

    " This is a great book for anyone who loves animals. It's not just for dog trainers, as some of her books are. Engaging, informative, and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/17/2010

    " Maybe I'll be a zoologist or a animal behaviorist when I grow up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 3/19/2010

    " Learning a lot about what dogs mean from their expressions "

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