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02-23-2014 08:30 PM
sit,stay I have had this book in my "To Be Read" pile for a month now, and hope to get to it within the next week or two.

This is such a fascinating field, and there have been so many advances in my life time. I never get tired of watching dogs, working with dogs, talking about dogs...it is a never ending journey.
Sheilah
02-23-2014 07:36 PM
brembo
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.....because I have noticed so many things with the dogs I have now I never did with my first dog or dogs I'd worked with in the shelter in the past.
So much fun to sit and watch dogs just be dogs and maybe have a good idea as to what's banging around in their heads. Just watching my two play is entertaining, I see the gestures and fake-outs and worry much much less when I hear grumbles and whines while they play. I am more cognizant of throwing off bad body language and mixed signals, being more consistent while training manners and proper social behavior. It makes my life easier and it smooths out the bumps for the mutts too.
02-23-2014 06:36 PM
Colie CVT I saw this post and picked that book up myself out of curiosity! I am starting to love reading books that deal with how dogs think, about working with dogs (things like service, search, protection), because I have noticed so many things with the dogs I have now I never did with my first dog or dogs I'd worked with in the shelter in the past.
02-23-2014 05:39 PM
JanaeUlva I'm in! Just downloaded the book.


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02-23-2014 10:35 AM
brembo The book tracks very closely to a Nova or NatGeo show I saw, I think the show may have been called The Genius of Dogs, can't remember. Either way, the two are very similar, the show skimmed the subject matter as live action tele just can't compare to a well written book.

I'm only 1/3 the way thru the book as of yet(got it last night, gotta love Kindles). The depth in which the author goes into the silver fox stuff is waaaaaaaaaay better than the tv show I watched. The Bonobo chapters are fascinating as well, thus far I am really digging the book.
02-23-2014 09:40 AM
Blanketback But she added: "It would be interesting to see the animal's response to words rather than just sounds. When we cry and laugh, they are much more like animal calls and this might be causing this response.
"A step further would be if they had gone in and shown sensitivity to words in the language their owners speech."

That's a very interesting study - thank you for posting that link Nancy. I would have also loved to see how the dogs responded to actual words (see above) but I'd bet that would difficult, since the dogs had to remain motionless for the MRI scan. That would be hard, I think, to get them to stay there while their owners were saying their favorite words. I'm pretty positive my pup would move if he heard "walk" or "frisbee," lol.
02-23-2014 06:28 AM
jocoyn I have skimmed through it but will dig in next weekend. It has been crazy around here.
Saw this though and thought it related and relevant.

BBC News - Dogs' brain scans reveal vocal responses
02-23-2014 01:24 AM
David Winners I just finished part 1. Very interesting correlations drawn between the domestication of dogs and humans.

It's a good read so far and I look forward to having discussion when everyone has finished the book. It is hard not to begin now
02-07-2014 06:43 PM
onyx'girl I read it when it came out....loaned it out. I should ask for it back! It was a very interesting read.
02-07-2014 02:29 PM
jocoyn It should be delivered to day so I hope to read it sometime this week. The weekend is full of dog work and yard work.
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