Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs
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Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  721 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Akin to Monty Roberts's The Man Who Listens to Horses and going light-years beyond The Hidden Life of Dogs, this extraordinary book takes a radical new direction in understanding our life with canines and offers us astonishing new lessons about our pets. From changing the misbehaviors and habits that upset us, to seeing the world from their unique and natural perspective,...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 18th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2002)
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Michelle
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Jennifer (aka EM)
If you are looking for a hippy-dippy, mystical dog training book, then look no further! This book is all about understanding the dog at an emotional and - yes - spiritual level. Clothier is a disciple of Linda Tellington-Jones, the pioneer in "bodywork" with horses and dogs aka therapeutic massage that treats animals' behavioural and emotional imbalances. Clothier's basic thesis is that dogs have rich emotional lives and that without respecting that enough to build a high-quality, equal, respect...more
Ginny
Sep 19, 2007 Ginny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a dog or who wants a dog
One of the BEST BOOKS EVER!!! I laughed and cried, sometimes at the same time! It truly improved my relationship with my dog and confirmed some of the things I was already doing right that made people think I was crazy.
Kelly
Loved it. I had originally checked this out from the library but liked it so much that I bought my own copy and marked it up. Since this book is mostly about having a good relationship with your dog, I was worried it would be a little New Age-y and weird. With the exception of the last 15 pages or so, it wasn't.

The book is more about philosophy than about training. Clothier writes well and provides clear examples of what she means about getting into a dog's mind and considering things from his/h...more
Jennifer
I spent the first chapter or two wondering just how far off her rocker this woman might be, but it got better. The author's beliefs and teachings aren't all that different from some others, she doesn't exactly say anything "new", rather it's all just common sense. Still she manages to present things in a way that sounds/seems different, while also debunking some other stuff (meaning rather than being in one specific beliefs "camp" or the other, there IS a way to borrow from both and stay in the...more
Bonnie
I didn't get a lot out of the first 150 pages. It talked about her love of animals, sure, but I didn't get a sense of how she developed relationships with dogs and animals. There really didn't seem to be a point to the first half of the book.

The second half was quite interesting. Although this book will not tell you *how* to develop a relationship, it will tell you how deep her relationships with dogs is and how it has affected her life. She has a couple sections on loss which were very moving,...more
Kris Irvin
I found this book unbelievably pretentious and boring. There were a few bits of wisdom shared that I enjoyed, but what I learned from this book would fill less than a page double spaced on Word. I felt like much of the book was the author rambling on and on. I would have liked it more had there been more stories about dogs she's worked with, or if the stories that were included had been fleshed out a little more. The way her personal experiences were written felt incomplete and stilted, and I sp...more
Ashley
May 26, 2013 Ashley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ashley by: Heather
Wow.

When I started reading this book, I didn't know what to expect. I can't imagine NOT having a four-legged family member, and I was told that it was a good book so I was excited to read it. Little did I know just how amazing of a read it would be. Written beautifully, it was easy to connect to and I enjoyed the little sprinkles of humor. I honestly couldn't put it down. I wanted to read more, to learn more about what she had to say. This book not only has made me view my relationships with ani...more
Kathy
Jun 26, 2008 Kathy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ANYONE
I ABSOLUTELY love this book! I love working with dogs and this book really captures how I feel about working with the dogs. I think she points out how we can learn about ourselves, and the people around us by opening ourselves up to being more humane with the four legged creatures around us and how training should be a win-win situation where it can add to our dogs lives and ours. I read this a couple of years ago and I keep coming back to reread it from time to time to get a tune up, and I alwa...more
Linda Lipko
This is unlike other books regarding how to communication with and train your dog. It is exceptionally well written and informative, yet not pedantic in nature.

Those of us who lost a pet, can deeply relate to the last chapters. So often, it feels futile to explain how grief feels, and how it punches us in the stomach till we topple over with tears. Yet, this author insightfully, beautifully is able to transcend all the trite phrases and clearly outline how and why we embrace the love we continue...more
Tina
I was so excited about my new golden retriever puppy. I was going to be the perfect pet owner and everyone said that they are so easy to train and so pleasant. Imagine my surprise when my beautiful pup had a few hiccups. I read dog books and dog training books voraciously, but Ms. Clothier's book managed to make me stop in my tracks. It changed everything for me. I now see Rocky as a relationship that must be nourished and understood. Therein lies the trick to a better situation. Once I changed...more
Jenn
I'm completely reevaluating the way I work with my formerly "aggressive" dog as a direct result of this book. Listening to trainers, feeling generally compromised as a result, I can see a great deal of wisdom in "dancing with your dog". And guess what? She LOVES it!
korey
This book was a real eye opener for me about dogs and how to communicated effectively with them. The author is a very talented writer as well as an incredible dog behaviorist. I learned a lot and hope this helps with my relationship with my pooches.
Debra Duffy
I have had this book for a while and wish I had read it when I first got it. I might not be beating myself up for the last ten months for rehoming a beautiful, sensitive Doberman.
Nikki
It's an interesting book, although not a 'recipe book' for how to get your dog to do what you want, as the author reminds you several times.
I had high hopes after the humble beginning of the book, where she speaks of her path as a trainer and how frustrated she was learning from an older wiser trainer who replied 'Anywhere, unless the animal tells you differently' in reply to a question about where to best touch a horse.

But alas, the author did lapse into a somewhat smug tone-in stories of deal...more
Lo
Jul 25, 2011 Lo rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: dogs
Having heard many comments and recommendations about how good this book is I must say I was really dissapointed.

The author keeps repeating the same things over and over and the redundancies made the book a tedious read every now and then. After the book I was left with the feeling that I'd have wanted more anecdotes and descriptions of what kind of dogs she's worked with and what kind of things were done to make the dog's life better.

I really love Clothier's article "He Just Wants to Say Hi" and...more
Gary Braham
I picked up this book thinking it would be more of a guide to determining what it is your dog is thinking. And it is a little bit of that. But it's not a how to manual. It's mostly an autobiography of a dog trainer, and her experiences on how she has connected with dogs. Some of the lessons are ones I can transfer for use with my own dog. Some where not as usful, but still interesting. And others were not very interesting. Parts of the book read like a self tribute to how clever and caring the a...more
Jessica
It took me a second try to read this book. And on the second try, once I got past the first few chapters, I was glad I gave it a second chance. This book validated a lot of what I think that others told me was wrong. For example, feeding your dogs after you eat. I too find it easier to feed them first. They eat, I clean up and then I prepare our dinner. It keeps them from standing around the kitchen and watching us eat and bugging me.

I also found her comments interesting in regards to being a p...more
TurtleneckGirl
Suzanne Clothier is a consultant for Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY. Her training methods and philosophy are described as "relation centered," and this is the approach we have been learning in our puppy raising classes. I hope to have this title completely read before Waffle comes to us a week from this Monday!

Well, we've had our sweet Waffle Doodle with us for almost three months and I still haven't finished reading this book! Somehow, I have less time t...more
Stephanie
While a "how to" book was what I was hoping to find, I was pleasantly surprised with this wonderful book that offered a new take on the dog/human relationship. So much of what Suzanne Clothier observes about dogs is so glaringly obvious that after reading different chapters you stop and ponder how it is you never thought of your dog in that particular way! This book was very eye-opening and will forever change the way I think about my dogs...now the challenge will be putting into practice new me...more
Bonnie
This book is a memoir of sorts focused on building relationships with dogs. While it is not a how-to book, it fully addresses the attitude, compassion and respect one must have to deeply bond with your dog. I agree with others that the first couple of chapters moved a bit slowly and the ending got a bit repetitive. In between, however, it was wonderful, earning my five star rating. I foster dogs for a rescue society and have had many occasions to work with "difficult" and/or unsocialized dogs. T...more
Kate Merriman
Jul 25, 2008 Kate Merriman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: animal lovers, pet owners
Recommended to Kate by: Taurus Dog Training in Austin TX
Shelves: favorites, chien
I highly recommend this to everyone who knows a dog. Very eye-opening and challenging approach to working with dogs, but told in a very gentle, interesting way. By the end of this book, you will want to be buddies with its author. You will also (hopefully) have gained a new respect for and a better way to communicate with the dogs in your life.

The wisdom and insight in this book is not handed down in a prescriptive manner, which might frustrate some folks. I also agree with earlier reviewers tha...more
Kim
This book is not really a "how to" or training guide. It offers more insight into how to read the signals our dogs give us and it teaches us how to better communicate with them.

The author shares her experiences with animals as well as humans using a very heartwarming and gentle approach.

I have a dog with food aggression issues and found the two chapters dedicated to the topic of Aggression very helpful.

I highly recommended this book for all dog owners whether you are simply trying to learn mor...more
Michael Cogdill
This book reminded me dogs hold a nearly miraculous capacity to lift us from our musings about the future and into a celebration of the now. They prove the strength of a wordless presence to mend the breakage of our hearts.

While there's much to celebrate on its pages, I found myself laboring through it at times. Some sections say the same thing in differing language, yet Suzanne's great payoff comes at the end. Her revelation of mercy at the end of a dog's life celebrates of the unique joy dogs...more
Joy Carson
For anyone who wants to learn more about deepening their relationship with dogs.
Stephanie Sobieski
Decent book. Hard to follow but I enjoyed the stories of the animals.
Margie
I liked the stories and her keen observations.
Kelly
I bought this book hoping to deepen my relationships with my dogs. I never expected it would deepen my relationships with humans, too. This book taught me why "I like dogs better than people" is a copout. It taught me to be more empathetic. This book goes way beyond simply understanding dogs. It does that, too, very effectively. So much so that it has become my 'go to' reference book in my work with rescuing homeless dogs. I recommend this book to everyone, even if you don't even LIKE dogs.
Rosslyn
Part autobiography, part training philosophy, it's not a new way to train, but certainly not the way most people think of a dog/trainer relationship. Her IDEAS are great, but she does not go into any detail about her actual methods, so I found that frustrating. I also found her writing style to be repetitive and she came off as a bit arrogant in the way she spoke of previous clients.
Rachel Neumeier
And outstanding book, with a particularly good section on aggression -- and on behaviors dog owners misinterpret as aggression.

It's well-written, too, with plenty of interest-building personal anecdotes and more than a few philosophical reflections.

Speaking as a former professional dog trainer (currently I only train my OWN dogs, sorry, too many other things to do)-- anyway, I very strongly recommend this book. Your dog would like you to read this book!



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