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Through A Dog's Eyes

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A stirring, inspiring book with the power to change the way we understand and communicate with our dogs.

Few people are more qualified to speak about the abilities and potential of dogs than Jennifer Arnold, who for the past twenty years has trained service dogs for people with physical disabilities and special needs. Arnold has developed a unique understanding of dogs' capabilities, intelligence, sensitivity, and extra-sensory skills. Her training method is based on teaching dogs to make choices — as opposed to following commands — through kindness and encouragement rather than fear and submission, and her results are extraordinary. To Arnold, dogs are neither wolves in need of a pack leader nor babies in need of coddling; rather, they are extremely trusting beings attuned to their owners' needs and they aim to please. Relationships between dogs and humans go awry when we fail to understand our dogs and when we send them confusing, mixed signals. Arnold's firsthand experience — from what moved her to start her exemplary nonprofit and how she developed her methodology — guides this book and gives it a powerful emotional heft. Stories drawn from Arnold's life and the lives of the dogs who were her greatest teachers are convincing, unforgettable, and compelling testimony and make this book a heart-warming, captivating read that will forever change the way you see your dog by showing you the way your dog sees the world.

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The first review is in...and it's a great one!!!!

A service-dog trainer details a dog-teaching method heavy on respect, kindness, positive reinforcement and choice.

Arnold's voice is assertive with experience—her insights into working with dogs are hard-won after years of close interaction. Though not a scientist, the author fashions a teaching regime based on canine behavior and aptitude. In her opinion, a solid, loving relationship between a human and a dog requires the human getting into the dog's head. Understanding how a dog views the world is extremely rewarding. If you know how a dog's eyes work, as well as the blessings and vulnerabilities of its auditory acuity and the communicative intent of body language and vocalizations, you will be able to appreciate and effectively guide a dog's behavior. Likewise a dog's emotional state and cognitive abilities—it's no news to Arnold that dogs possess qualities like empathy, fairness, intention, personality, discriminating choice, telepathy and precognition, characteristics that she has seen with her own eyes, and backed up by preliminary controlled-experiment research. The force and surety of Arnold's convictions is only rarely undermined by wayward assertions—e.g., that learning to carry a handbag is an "excellent example that dogs can retain and manipulate abstract images." Mostly, though, the author's storehouse of anecdotal evidence is telling and entertaining, and her demolition of various alpha-model and negative-reinforcement teaching techniques is thorough and lofty: "Shock collars are the tools of trainers not willing or able to use other, more humane methods." For readers who do not possess ample time, patience, kindness and openness to lateral thinking, Arnold would suggest not getting a dog.

Illuminating counsel for canine "caregivers."

Author tour to Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Cincinnati/Dayton, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco. Agent: Susan Golomb

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