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The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior

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The Dog's Mind "Quite simply this is an excellent book. It is well-written, with snatches of dry humour. It should be mandatory reading for anybody who keeps a dog or has intentions of so doing." R. W. F. Poole, Daily Telegraph How do dogs perceive the world about
Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 14th 1992 by Howell Books (first published 1990)
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Not immensely interesting. So much research on canine behavior and psychology has been done since this book was published that it reads as somewhat obsolete. Fogle still seems like an excellent veterinarian and his emphasis on serious science is refreshing and helpful. But I'd recommend Bradshaw's Dog Sense for a more updated and relevant look at the dog's mind.
" The more sensory information that the dog's brain receives, the more developed his mind will become. Anatomically speaking, sensory stimulation causes nerve cells in the brain to actually grow and make new synaptic connections with other nerve cells. The network expands to accommodate and assimilate new information. This is why it is so important to provide a pup with a stimulating environment."

" perpetuating juvenile behavior into adulthood, we have increased the frequency of crying and
Even though this book is quite old and has since been over-taken by more recent research (In Defence of Dogs by John WS Bradshaw for example, which is an excellent book, I thoroughly recommend for anyone interested in dogs), this was still a very enjoyable read. In fact, I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the fact that it's so old now. It's like a prototype version of In Defence of Dogs, although it goes into less detail. Bruce Fogle's writing is charming and easy to read, with the ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dog owners, dog trainers, dog breeders, dog walkers, dog lovers
Even if you don't own a dog, this is very interesting to read, especially if you are one of those people addicted to information. This book gave me a deeper understanding of how dogs work, and what makes them work. The part about dog psychology, is even more interesting than human psychology, and far less depressing. Dogs are complex creatures.

This book might be a little much but if you are REALLY interested in the topic, pick up this book. Even if you only to learn about certain things, I still
Cesar Milan referred to this book in one of his books. My dog came with issues and this book was a big help. (Along with a trainer, three seasons of Dog Whisperer and two of Milan's books!) someone at the park commented it's too bad my first dog had issues. Au contraire...I was forced to be on top of things. I didn't have the luxury of allowing her to be poorly behaved as so many dogs are who don't have aggression problems. Koko is a different dog now and I am a dog walking SNOB! It's all about ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those wishing to be the alpha dog of their family.
Shelves: nonfiction
This book gives the reader a look into the mind of dogs. People considering getting a puppy/dog should read this book and they will be happier with their choice. They will also have a better understanding of why their dog behaves the way he does. There is an excellent section in the back of the book on how to train your dog that looked very effective.
This book gave me a great insight into how dogs think. This is a very intresting book and one of my favorites for dog psychology.
From what I can tell, this is a (dare I say) classic text on dog psychology written by a vet in the 70's. I bought this dog so that I could figure out why my dog was acting like a psycho.

Needless to say, it appears that dogs are almost as complicated as human beings.
I believe this is a must read for anyone interested in dog training and working with dogs in any way. It gives you insight into how dogs think, why they do certain things and act certain ways.
Sep 03, 2012 Cass added it  ·  review of another edition
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A very informative book, though possibly a little too technical in chapters 5 through 7.
Kinyorda Sliwiak
Interesting information on the genetics of a dog but no helpful dog training information.
For anyone who has a dog...very interesting and educational.
Amazing book best I've read on dogs so far
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