Listening to the entire book is a labor of love. As a fan of animal books, I kept going. There are some useful tidbits and anecdotes here, but a kind and careful editor could have transformed this from an average book about dog training and psychology, to a home run. Instead, For the Love of a Dog often runs amok with redundancy like an undisciplined sheep dog--something the author would never allow in her animals, but apparently tolerates in her own writing.
By far one of the best books on the subject of dog training and animal behavior around! What I learned and too away from this book has changed my life. I will never look at a dog the same way again. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves dogs and wants to understand them a bit more deeply. An extremely valuable tool for every dog trainer, you will no be disappointed! I literally cried my eyes out during the last chapter when Ms McConnell spoke about her precious and amazing "Cool Hand Luke" This book is far above the rest....
I found this book exceedingly tedious and barely was able to listen to the whole thing. I am an animal lover, but didn't find these stories to be helpful or interesting or original.
This was fairly redundant and boring. Many of the stories that were interesting were shamelessly pulled directly from "Blink" by Malcolm Gladstone. Gladstone did a better job of relating the information as well. What didn't come from "Blink" was self serving stories about her own experiences with her farm animals.
It was OK but I definitely wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
This is definitely in my top 10 audiobook favorites, and 7 of those slots go to the Harry Potter books. Full of information, For the Love of a Dog gives a in-depth look into the mind of our canine companions, explaining thoughts and emotions. This book is definitely for those who love their dog, consider them family, and want to understand their behavior more clearly. I also loved it so much that I have ordered the hardcopy. I also intend to read the author's other books. Definitely for the science-minded reader, but I recommend it enthusiastically. The reading was excellent as well.
Having been absolutely enthralled by "Marley and Me" and "It's okay if you miss the bed on the first jump", I was prepared to thoroughly enjoy this book as well, but I didn't. O'Connell is VERY cerebral, discoursing at great length on brain physiology. I also felt that she was condescending to dog owners, stating repeatedly how they misinterpreted their pet's emotions. This book is only for the most avid student of canine behavior.
I loved this book so much I bought the hardcover. Dr. McConnell has great insights into the similarities--and differences--in the brains of humans and dogs. She uses many stories to illustrate her points. It's science but it's not difficult to understand. The emotions of fear, anger and happiness are more obvious to me in my own dogs now that I've heard Dr. McConnell describe the cues.
Those of you with Border Collies will really connect. She has stories that pertain to the subject matter and aren't just war stories. She gives great information without instructing you to do something that is impossible while your eyes are glued to the page with your best friend asleep on your feet. Love this one
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