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

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,314 Ratings  ·  105 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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I received a copy of this audiobook from Tantor Media. Thanks Tantor!

I’ll be real here. I requested this audiobook because of the cover. I had a vague idea that this was a book of dog stories and had seen the title around for years (yikes, I just realized this is likely because the hardcover is sitting in my tbr pile!) but I had to have it because that cover called out to me.

Come on now, don’t tell me you aren’t tempted by that lovely cover because I won’t believe you.

Dog trainer and author Suza
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Jennifer (aka EM)
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
I was browsing a GR bio-memoir list and this book suddenly came to mind. It is a book which helped to forge a different concept of relationship for my spouse with our new dog, thankfully. Bones Would Fall From Heaven was the "bow" which tied up everything that I had intuitively understood about a relationship with dogs, but could never articulate.

Not really a training manual, Bones Would Fall From Heaven is more directed to understanding how your dog belongs to you, how you are the loving leade
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best book I have ever read on how to understand dogs and how to develop the kind of deep, almost spiritual connection that can enrich your life beyond compare. Fascinating, funny and incredibly instructive, I gave a dozen copies away to my friends and recommended it to everyone from my vet to the man in line to buy dog food at the grocery store.

I can thank Ms. Clothier for the incredibly deep and satisfactory relationships I have with all the dogs in my life.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ashley by: Heather

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
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dog-books
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
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
“Even scientists fall in love, and it is said that some even talk to their dogs.”

Not memoir, not a training manual, not quite a call to arms, Bones Would Rain From the Sky is a combination of all of these. And more. Clothier examines her own journey from child who longed to be an animal, to a person who helps people like you and me connect deeply with and better understand our pets.

She points out that connection is “quite literally, a matter of life and death. The leading cause of death in dogs
Kris Irvin
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Oct 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Long winded, repetitive. Very little actual dog training advice, and what advice there is, is hidden within long personal stories and mounds of philosophy.
I hate the hypocrisy: she criticizes other trainers for their "incoherent philosophies" but hers is just as incoherent. She waxes poetical about the connection between humans and non-human animals (not just dogs), what one can learn from them if one would only listen, etc. But she gladly kills other animals for her own pleasure. How is it not
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 a ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Debra Duffy
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Achal Pashine
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good book to read. A philosophical discussion on the responsibilities of training and living with puppies, dogs, and other animals. The author opens the book from how a world would look from a dog's point of view, and how she was immersed to think (and act!) like animals and gives specific examples of her experience as a trainer. The key word is 'compassion in training'. Training and behavior cannot be rushed or forced, but emulated, taught, and reinforced with patience. A friend can not be ha ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs
Such an interesting book, with a fresh perspective on dog training, and on deepening our relationship with the dogs we share our lives with. Both things require not just talking to the dog, but listening as well. I appreciated this (unfortunately) rare view.

It took me awhile to read this entire book, because there is a lot of information to consider. I also did something I almost NEVER do when I read books: I highlighted certain passages so I can refer to them later.

At times the author seemed a
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sienna by: Dogwise
Shelves: bests, read-2017, dog
I wish I'd read this sooner in the life of my dog but he taught me everything that allowed me to hear its message. If you want to communicate with an animal first you have to believe it has something worthwhile to say. Then you have to listen, really pay attention. My pup (who died a few days ago so that I finished this book without him) communicated beautifully with me. He was a master manipulator, but what he "made" me do was always better than what I was aiming for -- he wanted longer walks, ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dogs
funny how all dogs know that humans are not dogs, but many people don't realize that dogs are not humans. this book is the best possible reminder of that simple fact. it's also so beautifully written it's almost a prose poem dedicated to relationships between all cohabitating animals.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
It really seems like more of an autobiography. The author goes on and on about herself. I gave up about 25% of the way through.
Renee Mroz
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who else can better teach us to live in the moment, love unconditionally, and forgive but our best (furry) friends. I absolutely loved this book.
Jill J. Burzynski
Makes you think

I read because I am raising a two year old Mini Australian but certainly made me think about my youth with my horses.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written book by a dog trainer, that could alternatively be entitled, "Zen and the Art of Dog Training". Through many anecdotes of both positive and negative experiences between people and their pets, the author brings the reader to awareness of the dog's perspective. She invites dog owners and trainers to be present; to listen, to hear, and to lead, with kindness.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 100-in-2013
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
Linda Lipko
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Having recently begun training dogs Ive been geeking out on all kinds of books, articles etc about dogs that I can find. This book had gotten some great reviews online so I decided to read it. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed. I will preface this review with the fact that I didn't, couldn't finish it. I read about the first half of it, which according to some other reviews is when it actually gets interesting. I am very much in agreement with the sentiments and premises of the author abo ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good discussion of relationships that applies both to our dogs (and cats and other critters) and to our fellow humans. I am still pondering some of what Clothier has to say.
Gary Braham
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep background of experience that includes obedience, agility, puppy testing, breeding, Search and Rescue, conformation, instructing, kennel management and canine midwifery. She is well respected for her holistic Relationship Centered Training™ approach to dogs and the people that love them.

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