Dog Sense

  • by John Bradshaw
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dogs have been mankind's faithful companions for tens of thousands of years, yet today they are regularly treated as either pack-following wolves or furry humans. The truth is, dogs are neither - and our misunderstanding has put them in serious crisis. What dogs really need is a spokesperson, someone who will assert their specific needs.
Renowned anthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw has made a career of studying human-animal interactions, and in Dog Sense he uses the latest scientific research to show how humans can live in harmony with - not just dominion over - their four-legged friends. From explaining why positive reinforcement is a more effective (and less damaging) way to control dogs' behavior than punishment to demonstrating the importance of weighing a dog's unique personality against stereotypes about its breed, Bradshaw offers extraordinary insight into the question of how we really ought to treat our dogs.


What the Critics Say

“Bradshaw… offers an alternative to conventional, dominance-based approaches to understanding dogs (Cesar Milan’s methods, for example) in an informative… guide to how canine biology and psychology determine behavior…. Bradshaw’s book is useful to those looking to further their understanding of dog behavior and clarify common misconceptions.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Bradshaw…provides a well-grounded overview of the Canis family’s evolutionary journey. He also considers dogs’ brainpower, emotional states, sensory capacities and problems that come with breeding for looks rather than temperament. The point of all this science is to lay the foundation for his central thesis…. Ultimately, this is what makes the book so appealing. He does more than simply lay out interesting theories; he uses science to advocate for a better life for companion dogs." (The Bark)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good book

I liked this book because it dispelled much of the prevalent notions of dominant and submissive behaviors that encompass dog training. I think anyone that really works with and lives with dogs feels that the whole notion of your dog vying to dominate you at all times is faulty. That philosophy puts man and dog in a continuous state of conflict. Although I enjoyed the latest scientific information on dogs I think this book may be a little to academic for the casual listener. That's why I give it 4 stars.
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- Fair Oaks "living life and happy about it"

Nice, detailed, scientific dog book

John Bradshaw did a really good job going into great detail on how the domestic dog was domesticated and what is the real motivation for their behavior in the human world. The only problem with the book is that it is written very scientifically, which makes it read more like a textbook and at times this can be a bit boring. It's filled with lots of facts and accounts of scientific studies but after a while it gets monotonous. I think if I was reading the hard copy it would have taken me a long time to get through. The audio version made it much more manageable. I'm a dog behavior consultant so I'm very interested in the subject matter. I think the average person with a dog would have a real hard time getting through this book and might not find it as relevant to them.
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- Fernando

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio