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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Arnold Narrator: Jennifer Arnold Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780307737182
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Transformative . . . [Arnold] shares her methodology and stories of canine intelligence, sensitivity, language comprehension, and prescience bordering on telepathy. . . . Along the way, she emphasizes choice-based, positive-reinforcement-only teaching methods and shares valuable insights that every dog owner should know. Engagingly written with a perfect balance of science and observation, this book . . . is a worthy tribute to our canine friends. Publishers Weekly
  • Through vivid, memorable, moving stories, Jennifer Arnold provides a scientific argument for what dog lovers everywhere already know: Dogs love, dogs trust, dogs sense, dogs feel. And they deserve to be treated accordingly. This book’s message is simply the truth. Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
     
     
  • Arnold’s voice is assertive with experience—her insights into working with dogs are hard-won after years of close interaction. … The author’s 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 
     

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Lewand | 2/20/2014

    " Overall I enjoyed this book. Sometime it was a bit technical, but overall lots of interesting information about my Sadie... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Hanington | 2/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/26/2014

    " Fantastic book, every dog owner should read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Sodano | 1/12/2014

    " This book was so much fun! It approaches dogs through a psychological point-of-view, explaining dog's behaviors based on their minds. As a dog-lover, I found it absolutely fascinating, and it really made sense out of some of the peculiar things we see dogs do, as individuals and as a species. For those of you who are into the personality-type indicator, the Enneagram, you'll be fascinated to know that a similar personality-type organization exists for dogs. There are anecdotes about dogs that will make you laugh, and cry (especially the last chapter of the book...it troubled me for weeks). A must-read for all dog owners and lovers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/7/2014

    " purchased this book after hearing Jennifer Arnold talking about her work and the book on an NPR program. I am so glad that I did! Every person who has dogs or plans on having a dog needs to read this book. Jennifer Arnold made so many points about dogs that I never would have thought of or learned elsewhere. The back of the book has a lot of great tips on training your pups. It is a keeper on my perma-bookshelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/7/2014

    " Arnold refutes the methods popularized by "experts" such as the dog whisperer. I would have preferred fewer personal anecdotes and more training methods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 12/30/2013

    " "We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment." Jennifer Arnold provided a wealth of information that really helped me see my dog in a different light. As she notes, so much of what dogs do is about soliciting information, and the habits and quirks my own dog exhibits are attempts to interact with me to get more information about a particular situation. For example, my dog will sometimes bark excessively, though he isn't much of a barker, when people come to the door-particularly family he knows. Arnold made me see that he is simply seeking confirmation of what is happening/seeking to test a hypothesis, and how I react to him will greatly influence his next move. We are big Cesar Millan fans in our house because much of what he says just makes sense to us, but even understanding his techniques does not mean they are necessarily successful with Valentino. I "get" what Cesar talks about, but am also aware I'm not executing the techniques properly so I don't really feel comfortable employing them. Having read Arnold's book, I started to think a lot more deeply about what Cesar says with his alpha training techniques, and I've started to think twice about them given that Arnold explained how different dogs are from wolves. Dogs descended from wolves, but to fashion our training models on wolf behavior (usually through observation of wolves, and captive ones at that) has made me see that this practice could not only be erroneous, but dangerous to our dogs. I like that she was careful not to anthropomorphize the dogs she has worked with in certain situations, not lending herself to overly emotional recollections, but I really like that she made it obvious dogs have greater cognitive abilities than we sometimes give them credit for and that these have their limitations. Her method of Choice Teaching made me curious to learn more, and I may employ these positive reinforcement tips on Valentino, but like she wrote, I'm not letting anyone dictate how the bond my dog and I share should look like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacque | 12/25/2013

    " Some interesting tidbits and suggestions about dog training in this book. It's definitely an opinion piece though. I agree with the author, but I would've liked more science-y, research-based information and less "this is what I think." Trying a few suggestions with my two puppies though! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Lockett | 12/25/2013

    " How can you not love a book where a dog actually flips the re-set button on a child's ventilator when the ventilator cuts off????????????????????????????????And on his own, without even being told or taught to???? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 12/25/2013

    " Good mix of anecdotes and training experience/philosophy. Not too heavy-leaning one way or the other, which was nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 11/26/2013

    " The author runs Canine Assistants, and has spent years training and overseeing the training of assistance dogs. Her compassionate way of seeing dogs' personalities and souls is uplifting and fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peri Kinder | 10/7/2013

    " Fantastic stories about the brilliant minds of dogs trained to be service animals. In comparison, my dog seems a little "special" but I still love him. Even if he can't figure out how to open doors, cook me a dish of scrambled eggs or build an emergency shelter out of dishcloths, I love him anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garry | 10/1/2013

    " If you are a dog lover, then you need to read this book. Jennifer presents a good case to adjust the way you view your dog and their behavior. I have a lot of respect for what she and her organization do for those who need these canine lifesavers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 9/21/2013

    " I enjoyed "seeing through a dog's eyes" - it definately gave me something to think about. Some of her tips were useful, in other areas I wish she had given hard and fast ways to correct behaviors you don't like in your dog. Could have used more useful training tips. But over all I enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline115 | 9/18/2013

    " animals and people need more 'jennifer arnolds' who use positive discipline and training. an easy fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary M | 8/20/2013

    " Sweet book by a woman who has trained service dogs for 20 years. At first I was worried it wouldn't give me the goods (i.e., how to train my own new-to-me beagles), but in the end it did. Great insights, touching stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Nace | 2/15/2013

    " This woman who founded Canine Assistants loves dogs and it comes through loud and strong in her writing. I enjoyed this book- maybe because I share most of her views. =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Musselman | 2/2/2013

    " This is an amazing book, and anyone who loves dogs (or animals in general) should read it. Great stories, wonderful insights, and a truly workable, loving approach to getting your dog to work with you so you can have a wonderful life together. Can't recommend it highly enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/5/2012

    " Very interesting... why dogs do things... how to teach them, and theories of canid/human development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 7/13/2012

    " Lovely stories and nice writing, but I felt like I had read it all before, and I had: in a lot of the source material she surveys and summarizes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 5/16/2012

    " I thought I might learn something about dog personalities or behaviors but really it's a book about how the author breaks into a business. Good for her, but not what I wanted to read about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/22/2011

    " This was unexpected and moving to hear of the work of Canine Assistants. I even learned a few things for dealing with my dogs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R.oloughlin | 4/19/2011

    " This book is very informative on how a dog thinks, acts, etc. I learned many things that I wish I knew when Lucky was alive. A wonderful book for all dog owners! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryjane | 2/15/2011

    " Great book for dog people!!!! Very informative. Loved it and will refer back to it again and again. It will stay in my nook for easy reference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 1/16/2011

    " I understand and agree with her insights. I did not, however, receive the dog training instruction I was looking for when I started this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/18/2010

    " This was such a pleasure to listen to. Amazing stories and wonderful tips for training puppies or adult dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 11/23/2010

    " Excellent view on dogs and the important part they play in the lives of many. "

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