How Dogs Think

How Dogs Think

Understanding the Canine Mind

Book - 2004
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It's been said that dogs personify all the virtues of humans without the vices. Henry James wrote that his dog was "most reasonable and well-mannered" and Plato that "a dog has the soul of a philosopher." Over the years, dogs have taught us many things: loyalty, courage, and to turn around three times before lying down. Yet even in the face of millennia of evidence of thoughtful dogs, there has been little systematic scientific study until recently of what is actually going on in the dog's mind, and some people even question whether dogs have the capacity for that which we call mind. In this long-anticipated new book, written in the vein of his enormously popularThe Intelligence of DogsandHow to Speak Dog,Dr. Stanley Coren looks at both the heights of intellect and the depth of our misunderstanding of what goes on in a dog's mind.A bestselling author, psychologist, and world-renowned expert on dog behavior and training, Dr. Coren is always at the forefront of discoveries about dogs. With his ever-entertaining, erudite style, he provides a fascinating picture of the way dogs interpret their world and their owners, how they solve problems, learn, and take in new information. Dr. Coren lets you see through a dog's eyes, hear through his ears, and even sense the world through a dog's nose, giving you the insight that you need to understand the silly, quirky, and apparently irrational behaviors that dogs demonstrate, as well as those stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity that they occasionally display. Along the way,How Dogs Thinkwill answer the questions about which you have always wondered, including: Can dogs count? Do they have an appreciation of art or music? Can a dog learn how to do something by just watching another dog or even a person do it? Do dogs dream? What is the nature of dog personality? Which behaviors are prewired into your dog and which can you actually change? And, can dogs sense future earthquakes or detect cancer?With information not widely known to lay people, this lively guide also provides practical advice and wisdom that allows owners to discover the best ways to teach dogs new things, why punishment doesn't work, how a dog can actually learn to love or to fear, and how to turn that new puppy into a "perfect," emotionally sound, inquisitive, happy, and obedient dog.Combining solid science with numerous funny, informative anecdotes and firsthand observations -- all characterized by Dr. Coren's own searching intelligence and his (and sometimes his dogs') irrepressible sense of humor --How Dogs Thinkshatters many common myths and misconceptions about our four-legged friends and reveals a wealth of surprises about their mental abilities and intellectual potential.
Publisher: New York : Free Press/Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN: 9780743222327
Branch Call Number: 636.7 C812h
Characteristics: xi, 351 p. 23 cm


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Apr 15, 2019

A must read for every dog owner (and prospective dog owner), Stanley Coren explains how dogs think, their personalities, and their ways of learning. This engaging and thought-provoking book is filled with anecdotes by Coren and his acquaintances that personalize the dog psychology presented. The book ends with a "selected bibliography" organized by chapter theme; but it has no endnotes.

Mar 30, 2016

More technical than I had expected and somewhat in a dog owner's quest to understand dogs.

Sep 23, 2015

Stanley Coren skillfully presents scientific findings as well as anecdotes. What makes him different is that, although a scientist at heart, he does not entirely disregard anecdotal evidence but considers that it may provide a glimpse into the canine mind.

Jan 04, 2010



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Apr 15, 2019

"... a geologist from Santa Clara Country, California, scanned the lost-and-found sections of local newspapers to determine the number of dogs and cats that were reported missing ... a major increase in lost pets predicted that an earthquake ... will occur within a 70-mile radius of downtown San Jose within a couple of days. He claims that these predictions have been 80 percent accurate over a 12-year period." (p. 116)


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