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Can you reccommend a book?

I would like to better understand how dogs brains work. Could anyone recommend a book that explains how a dog thinks, why we train them the way we do,etc...?
I wouldn't even mind a textbook type book, with in depth information.
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Here are two good ones

http://www.amazon.com/On-Talking-Terms-With-Dogs/dp/1929242360

http://www.amazon.com/The-Other-End-Leash-Around/dp/034544678X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1380224559&sr=1-1


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Patricia McConnell's For the Love of a Dog and The Other End of the Leash

Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs

If you want books on learning theory in dogs ("why we train them the way we do"), most training books will have a couple of prefatory chapters explaining why that writer thinks that approach is most effective for dogs. Some are scientifically grounded, most aren't. It's easy to find writings that will reinforce your worldview, whatever it may be; it's considerably harder to recommend a single source that's founded on good research, neutral, and even-handed. Most people who care enough to write books on dog training have very definite points of view, which complicates things.

Jean Donaldson's "Train Your Dog Like a Pro" is a little technical and a little polemical (spoiler: she doesn't like force/compulsion in training, although she is quick to acknowledge that it does work, as well as how and why) but IMO is the best all-in-one breakdown for what works and what doesn't and why.

Honestly, though, my recommendation would be to read widely and critically. There is a lot out there (I've managed to overflow a pretty big bookshelf with my stuff, and I'm reasonably selective with my purchases) and the more you read, the more you get a sense of what is and isn't actually worthy of belief.

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Jean Donaldson's Culture Clash
LOVED it! Its a lot of how we co exist with our dogs and the reason why training methods work. Jean really makes you understand that no matter how much we welcome dogs into our world and no matter how much we love them they are still just dogs and they don't understand our world the way we do.
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Wow, thank you. I plugged the name of one of those books into Amazon and found dozens of other titles to choose from. I just really want to understand why my dog acts the way he does, what my body language is saying to him, and how to use my body language to say what I want to. Its hard to remember that they dont see the world the way that we do. And while I would love to hug and get in my dogs face to show him affection he may see that as me being dominant and he may be uncomfortable with that. I want to be able to communicate with him in his language.
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Wow, thank you. I plugged the name of one of those books into Amazon and found dozens of other titles to choose from. I just really want to understand why my dog acts the way he does, what my body language is saying to him, and how to use my body language to say what I want to. Its hard to remember that they dont see the world the way that we do. And while I would love to hug and get in my dogs face to show him affection he may see that as me being dominant and he may be uncomfortable with that. I want to be able to communicate with him in his language.
McConnell addresses that very scenario in her book... Even has photos

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I would like to better understand how dogs brains work. Could anyone recommend a book that explains how a dog thinks, why we train them the way we do,etc...?
I wouldn't even mind a textbook type book, with in depth information.
Thanks!
"Inside of a Dog" by Alexandra Horowitz
well written and fun to read, full of insight, research based but for non-scientific,
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Wow, thank you. I plugged the name of one of those books into Amazon and found dozens of other titles to choose from. I just really want to understand why my dog acts the way he does, what my body language is saying to him, and how to use my body language to say what I want to. Its hard to remember that they dont see the world the way that we do. And while I would love to hug and get in my dogs face to show him affection he may see that as me being dominant and he may be uncomfortable with that. I want to be able to communicate with him in his language.
Wow, I wish all do owners were like you.


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http://www.amazon.com/How-To-Speak-Dog-ebook/dp/B00ADMZXZM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380235130&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Book%2C+how+to+speak+dog%2C+Paul+owens

http://www.amazon.com/How-Speak-Dog-Mastering-Communication/dp/074320297X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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