Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You To Know Hardcover – Jul 17 2012
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“This book is bound to be your best friend. Okay, maybe second best.” — Globe and Mail
“Coren’s knowledge and love of his subject shine through.” — Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Stanley Coren is a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Intelligence of Dogs and other bestsellers about dogs. He, his wife, and their two dogs live in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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How well can a dog taste? Does genetics determine a dog's personality? Why do dogs roll in garbage? Coren answers such questions in 3-4 pages, drawing on scientific studies to enhance his responses. He also includes a section on various approaches to training dogs such as clicker training, behavior capture, lure training, physical prompting, and shaping; he succinctly defines each method, explains how it works, and discusses its pros and cons.
A very informative, easy read for any dog lover.
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There are many other questions, e.g. How good is a dog's sense of taste? (Not that great) Does genetics determine a dog's personality? (In part) Why do dogs roll in manure and garbage? (We're not sure, but perhaps to camouflage their own smell so that they can hunt better). Each answer runs to three or four pages, explains what is going on, and draws on scientific studies that support what the author just said. This latter is a big improvement over most books on dogs that are based on just the author's own experiences.
The most helpful section for me was a series of sketches of various approaches to training dogs -- clicker training, behavior capture, lure training, physical prompting, and shaping. For each, Coren succinctly explains what it is, how it works, and what are the positives and negatives.
A very informative read, and a very easy read.
The use of concise questions and answers helps the reader. You can start anywhere and quickly learn what you need. And many answers are based on the latest scientific findings.
In the few weeks that I've had the book, our Greenland Husky "Avu" started licking herself and me more and more. So I went to a question on dog licking. Got my answer before Avu finished licking my arm.
Then I saw her sleeping and twitching right near my sofa. So I looked in the book for information on "Do Dogs Dream? More help there.
I would also recommend this book to anyone who might be thinking about adopting a dog. And those who had a dog pass away and are wondering about getting another one.
This book can help in so many ways!
I can't wait until the cat version of this book comes out!