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Our Dogs Teach Us Daily the Importance of the Human-Canine Bond

Think Like Your Dog Dianna Young Robert Mottram

I love my Kindle.  One thing that our experience losing Blue reminded me is that the human-canine bond is a tangible thing that all dog lovers know about and can appreciate.  Losing Blue felt like a shot in the heart with a canon.  His absence is visible in our life every day.  This made me even more interested in the human-canine bond, a dog’s role in our lives, and sharing our life with others so that each person I touch has a reminder that dogs are precious.

A local dog trainer, Dianna Young, wrote a book with Robert Mottram called THINK like your DOG – And Enjoy the Rewards and it’s amazing.  I just started it and I love every minute of it and it’s making me excited about adding a new dog to our family.  So far, I understand why Blue used to bark at cyclists and why he got hit by a car.  I understand our pack dynamic more and why our dogs listen to Johan 100% of the and listen to me about 90-95% of the time.  I understand why Rodrigo is so hesitant in one area of our garage and why he didn’t like the new doggy door at first.  And I understand more about how dogs communicate, which is way different than what I thought and will serve to help me raise them.

This book is AMAZING.  I’ll be writing a lot of upcoming posts based on what I’m learning from THINK like your DOG.

I’m a big time reader and this and a few books I found browsing on Amazon have made it to my reading list.  My goal is to become a better dog mom and dog owner and I’m excited to share these with you.

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

How Dogs Love Us Gregory Berns

Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

Chaser John W Pilley

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think

The Genius of Dogs Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

What books do you recommend?

20 Comments

  1. I recommend “What the Dog Knows,” a new book by Cat Warren about her working German shepherd who is trained to search for bodies. It’s just such good writing. I’m now interested in “Think Like a Dog” as well.

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    • Thanks, Lindsay – I just recommended your book on another blog I guest write for :)

      Think Like a Dog is by far the best book I’ve read on dogs. I love it.

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  2. I am a big reader and always on the look out for new doggie books, thanks for these!

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    • My pleasure! The first one is AMAZING. I can’t rave about it enough. I’ve been highlighting it so that I can write some posts as I learn some new things.

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  3. Thanks for sharing – always looking for good dog books.

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  4. Sounds like a fabulous book. I’ll definitely check it out, hoping it’s not just on Kindle. Look forward to hearing you write more about it.

    My favorite dog book is also about relationship-based training: Bones Would Rain from the Sky by Suzanne Clothier. When it came out, there wasn’t anything else out there like it. It rocked my world.

    I also love Alexandra Horowitz’s Inside of a Dog.

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    • Not only on Kindle. So glad that I have a hard copy, because I’m highlighting it up. It’ll be yellow when I’m finished :)

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  5. This is great – I am really enjoying intensely studying dog behavior and training. It’s enlightening to start learning how dogs think. I’ve read a lot of books but studying dogs purposefully in preparation for a career is some of the most fun I’ve ever had. I’ll add all the books you listed to my reading list!

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    • I would love to return to school to study canine behavior. I think it’s fascinating.

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  6. Thanks for sharing…my kindle is calling me, but I have a pile of work…:), but I love books like this so will check it out!

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    • Fabulous! I’m so behind on my reading, it’s not funny, but I plan to finish up my current pile of books by New Years!

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  7. I love reading books about dogs too. These all sound like fantastic reads. I’ve been especially wanting to read about Chaser. As an owner of a Border Collie mix, I know my dog Pierson has a lot of potential. Although I spend time teaching him new things, I think reading about Chaser would encourage me to do more. If only I had more time to read more books and do more training.

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    • It blows me away how smart our Border Collie mix is.

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  8. Thank you for the book recommendations – I’ll be adding these to my list!

    I am definitely interested to read your posts that are inspired by the book. Can’t wait!

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    • The first book on the list! I read it with a highlighter. It’s blogger GOLD!

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  9. I can’t imagine my world without a couple of dogs in it. The canine is the only species on earth that has completed absorbed itself with humans. For this we give love, attention, trust and protection, but in return we truly get the better deal. thanks for reminding us about this important bond and part of our lives.

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    • I agree with you 100%. I feel blessed every day that I have with our dogs.

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  10. I am a chihuahua and have been here for four months. My mum and I are learning to understand each other. It will probably take a while but it is fun . Thanks for this post explaining about the special bond we are developing and that other dogs have with their parents.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Pedro :)

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  11. Great books I loved reading Chaser, it helped me a great deal with some training trips. Thanks…

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