For the Love of a Dog

  • by Patricia B McConnell
  • Narrated by Ellen Archer
  • 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new audiobook about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.In For the Love of a Dog, McConnell suggests that one of the reasons we love dogs so much is that they express emotions in ways similar to humans. After all, who can communicate joy better than a puppy? But not all emotional expressions are obvious, and McConnell teaches both beginning dog owners and experienced dog lovers how to read the more subtle expressions hidden behind fuzzy faces and floppy ears.
For those of us who deeply cherish our dogs but are sometimes baffled by their behavior, For the Love of a Dog will come as a revelation - a treasure trove of useful facts, informed speculation, and intriguing accounts of man's best friend at his worst and at his very best. Listeners will discover how fear, anger, and happiness underlie the lives of both people and dogs and, most important, how understanding emotions in both species can improve the relationship between them. Thus, McConnell introduces us to the possibility of a richer, more rewarding relationship with our dogs.
While we may never be absolutely certain of what our dogs are feeling, with the help of this riveting book we can understand more than we ever thought possible. Those who consider their dogs part of the family will find For the Love of a Dog engaging, enlightening, and utterly engrossing.
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What the Critics Say

Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Personal Development/Motivational
"A compelling combination of stories, science, and practical advice to show how understanding emotions in both people and dogs can improve owners' relationships with their pets." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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needs photos

I have admired and respected Dr McConnell's works for a long time. And this book is terrific and full of good information. However, in some areas of the book the photos in the print version are constantly referred to. It is quite frustrating to constantly hear "see photo" when I cannot "see photo". Maybe it is not like that in an abridged version but in the unabridged version it is. I needed to buy the print version just so I can see the photos.
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- L. Adams

My dog doesn't like to be patted on the head!

After listening to this audiobook and reading my dog's expression, it is obvious that she truly hates being patted on the head. Honestly so would I. If not for this book, I would have never figured this out and would continue to irritate her instead of making her happy. Patricia McConnell has a knack at describing dog's expressions and behaviors in a manner that even the most inexperienced dog owner can understand. Her use of wit, humor and even heartbreaking stories helped me to better understand what my dog has been trying to tell me. Why she reacts to strangers in fear and how to help her overcome that fear. I cannot wait to listen to the book again. I am even considering purchasing the DVD on this book. I strongly advise any new or old dog owner to listen to this audio. It is fabulous tool for the dog owner! And I am sure your dog will appreciate it too!
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- Cocker Lane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio