What can I say about “Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet”? Wow, what a book, and a big loud WOOF! It’s like John Bradshaw, the author, is reading my furry mind. He’s got the best insights into what us canines are thinking, what we need and why we do the stuff we do. Learn, human, learn :–)
But don’t just take me and my bark for it–here’s good stuff a smarty-pants reviewer says…
What dogs really need is a spokesperson, someone who will assert their rights, gripes, and specific needs. In “Dog Sense”, animal behavior and welfare expert John Bradshaw does just this, using groundbreaking research into human-animal interactions to show us the world from a dog’s perspective.
Bradshaw debunks a range of popular dog advice, explaining that, far from being domesticated wolves driven by a need for dominance, dogs are unique creatures that have evolved to socialize—and live in harmony—with other species, most notably our own. Knowing this, we have a fundamental responsibility to our dogs: to respect and accommodate their anatomical and psychological nuances, to breed them with their own welfare in mind, and to treat them with more understanding than widely held—and counterproductive—dominance-based training theories allow. A must-read for any dog lover.
If you don’t have time to read the book now, you can pick up a bunch of good stuff just by listening to these audio clips I fetched for you. It’s from an interview with Bradshaw from NPR’s “Fresh Air” an excellent podcast we always listen to. While you listen, I think it’s a good idea to give your beast some treats and belly rubs. Heck, I think that’s always a good idea.
NPR “Fresh Air” Discussion With John Bradshaw About “Dog Sense”
Enzo running with his wolf packphoto © GregoryMancuso.com