The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior (Howell Reference Books)

The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior (Howell Reference Books)

The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior (Howell Reference Books)

“Quite simply this is an excellent book. It is well-written, with snatches of dry humour. It should be mandatory reading for anybody who keeps a dog or has intentions of so doing.” —R. W. F. Poole, Daily Telegraph

How do dogs perceive the world about them? How do they see, hear, learn, relate to their owners? How large are their brains, what is their emotional makeup? Why do they suffer from stress and how can it be coped with? Over the last few years a substantial body of knowledge has been built up about the psychology of dog behavior. Combining more than twenty years of practical experience as a veterinary clinician with a personal knowledge and understanding of the latest international research, Dr. Bruce Fogle has written the most inclusive and relevant book on how the canine mind works.

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  1. Fernando Berzal Galiano said,

    Wrote on October 17, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent book on dog behavior, May 6, 2006
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    Fernando Berzal Galiano (Granada, Spain) –
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    This review is from: The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior (Howell Reference Books) (Paperback)

    This book is an excellent guide to dog behavior and, although not being a training manual, it includes a lot of information on how to train your dog. Apart from discussing how dogs learn (e.g. by observation, classical conditioning, or operant conditioning), it includes a short list of “canine learning” rules and an appendix that teaches you how to teach commands, as well as how to correct behavior problems by counter-conditioning (training him to do something else instead of its undesirable behavior) and desensitization (teaching him to accept the stimuli that cause unacceptable behavior).

    The first part of the book covers material on dogs anatomy and physiology, including their genetic background (that of wolves), their brain characteristics and hormonal system, their senses (that might include a sixth sense), and the basics of their communication system. The latest part is essential to understand and properly interpret your dog’s gestures and the sounds he emits in different situations.

    The second part, on dog psychology, is, in my opinion, the really interesting part of this book. It describes how dogs develop their “personality” traits, how the learn, and how they behave as social animals. Many aspects of dog behavior are clearly explained, from their fears and phobias (and how to treat them) to their innate habits. Breed differences are also discussed, as well as how to deal with behavior problems (e.g. aggressions or house training).

    I cannot but recommend this book to anyone who lives with dogs. There are similar books with a less formal style (as Patricia McConnell’s “The Other End of the Leash”), but they are not as thorough nor as informative as this book is. It should be noted that, despite its undeniable scientific rigor, “The Dog’s Mind” is far from boring. It is quite easy to read and even momentarily humorous.

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  2. Susan L. Wyse "slwyse" said,

    Wrote on October 17, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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    Great behavior guide, June 6, 2004
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    Susan L. Wyse “slwyse” (Snohomish, WA USA) –
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    This review is from: The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior (Howell Reference Books) (Paperback)

    This is NOT a training manual, this is a dog behavior manual. It teaches you how to read and understand your dogs behavior and why he does the things he does. This is very understandable and enjoyable to read. Bruce Fogle gives lots of in depth information on genetics and how early learning can effect your dog. This is very scientific, and not necessarily an “easy” read. Some of the information can take a while to digest. This isn’t a book you can read in two evenings. Bruce Fogle is very articulate and well read, and knows what he is talking about.

    I recommend this book to anyone who owns a dog, whether or not the plan on professionally training them or not. It has new information for even some of the most knowledgable people.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on October 17, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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    Truly The Best Dog Book, March 19, 2001
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior (Howell Reference Books) (Paperback)

    I have owned this book for over three years now and still think it is the best dog training/understanding book that I have ever seen. As a trainer of shelter animals and owner of 4 dogs I have seen almost every kind of “bad dog”. Before getting this book I trained using the “commercially” prescribed techniques without a true understanding of the motivation behind the dog’s behavior. After reading this book, I was able to develop my own methods tailored to each dog and have had great success. I would love to see every dog owner in the U.S. have a copy of this book as it would prevent a lot of animal abuse and neglect currently present here.

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