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Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Lively and fascinating... The reader comes away cheered, better informed, and with a new and deeper appreciation for our amazing canine companions and their enormous capacity for love.Cat Warren, New York Times best-selling author of What the Dog Knows 

Does your dog love you?


Every dog lover knows the feeling. The nuzzle of a dogs nose, the warmth of them lying at our
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Dr. Wynne has a dog named Xephos that he loves very much; he's also the founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. Since he loves dogs, and loves researching dogs, he decided to write a book about Animal Behavior Science, with a dash of Evolutionary Biology, as it pertains to dogs, to answer the question: Why do dogs love us?



If you're unfamiliar with the study of Animal Behavior, it's basically
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Aaron Dorman
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful addition to the dog science sub-genre, and a rejoinder to the occasional (and ignorant) canard that dogs are mere sycophants whose loyalty and affection is either feigned or misinterpreted by humans. Any dog owners suspects this is nonsense, but this book provides objective evidence why this isn't the case.
It also defends dogs against the contention that they are not as intelligent as we believe. Wynne explains in his book why it isn't a dog's intelligence that make it
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Kyleen
Oct 12, 2019 marked it as put-aside
I learned nothing new after 50 pages, so Im putting this one aside ...more
Annette
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Over-written, in the extreme.

As a lifelong dog-lover, dog-companion, and I've trained a dog to work with vulnerable children alongside me in a clinical setting, I looked forward to reading this book. But I was disappointed.

The same points are made over and over, perhaps because there aren't a lot of points to make but the fact is, each one is quite compelling. No need to write a long book with anecdotal and emotional filler, when a short book with clever summaries of compelling science (and
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Christopher
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wynne's study is a fascinating survey of psychological and biological research into the relationships between dogs and humans, showing how the genetic makeup of dogs predisposes them to behave the way they do with other species. This is a science book aimed at the lay reader, with the scholarly information balanced by a wonderful empathy for dogs on the author's part.
Eric
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
One day an animal scientist was made aware that most of his published work seemed to indicate a lack of warmth toward dogs. It wasnt true and he wanted to display his warmer side. So he collected anecdotes of recent science about dogs ( the current practice in popular science non-fiction)decorated it with personal stories and a feel-good chapter about how dogs deserve better. The result might be a bit dull as the anecdotes are not engagingly-written, a bit obvious (i.e. scientists designing ...more
Michael
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The scientist author clearly explains the research spanning a century of how dogs became attached to humans.
Nancy
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've read on dogs. The title sounds "touchy-feely", pretty anthropomorphic, traits I avoid in dog books. I'm interested in dogs for what they are, not as furry humans. They are unique, unlike other creatures in the ways they relate to our species. The human/dog bond is like no other. It is the nature of this relationship that Clive Wynne explores in this book, written for the general public but based on the latest scientific research on dogs and their relationships ...more
Jonathan
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Awesome read. Learned a lot. Top bit I'll share, because it's towards the end of the book and fresh in my mind: if shelters stop guessing at breed names (and thus stop labeling kennels), adoption goes up across the board for every dog. Also breeds are nonsense thing to be concerned about. Forget about breeds when seeking a dog!

Also the pervasive advice about being the "alpha household member" in order to train your dog is also bad misinformation. Treat them like loving animals!

This book makes
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Eric
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this one a fifth star, but with just a note of skepticism. The relationship between man and dog reveals a true interlacing of species. Wynne has done an excellent job of documenting this relationship. My skeptical comment relates only to his reliance of some evolutionary theories that, I think, cross the line. But overall a treasure for dog lovers.
Don
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading this book because I love dogs and because I am a retired scientist. Unfortunately for me, I was disappointed in this book. Each of the chapters are long and I found it hard to maintain an interest in the topics presented in each chapter. No doubt there is some very interesting information presented in this book about dogs, but after reading the first 200 pages, I found myself reading the first one or two sentences of each paragraph to capture the point of what he ...more
Tom
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually buy books about why dogs are so darn cute, but I am increasingly interested in human-dog relationships, which seem to be emotionally symbiotic. Wynne, an animal behavioralist who specializes in dog behavior and dog-human relationships, writes as a scientist recovering from the notion that dogs have no emotions. The prose is clear and accessible and written in anecdotal form, so anybody interested in what science has to say, without knowing science, will find the book accessible ...more
Nicki Kendall
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to #netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest book review. I should preface my review by saying I am a dog crazy lady! I prefer the company of dogs to most people and have always had dogs my entire life. I was given my first dog for my 2nd birthday and that is where my dog craziness started! This book was an absolute delight to read, so many times I caught myself smiling and looking fondly at my furbabies whilst reading it. It's informative and explains the bonds between our ...more
Jennifer Schultz
Read if you: Are wondering if your dog loves you only because you have opposable thumbs and can operate a can opener.

If you were to ask dog owners, "Does your dog love you?" they would probaby answer in the affirmative. But would they know why? Clive D.L. Wynne set out to investigate the ins and outs of canine affection and devotion, conducting studies with shelter dogs, wolves living at a wolf sanctuary, and his own dog, among others,

Although some technicalities of the research may daunt some
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Lauren Miller
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"To be loved by a dog is a great privilege, perhaps one of the finest in a human life. May we prove ourselves worthy of it."

No truer words.

I've been following the work of Clive Wynne and his students for years, ever since I had the opportunity to watch the first SPARCS conference. Since then, the research they've been conducting has fascinated me.

Dog is Love is an absolutely awesome book. I would highly recommend checking it out.
Annarella
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfect for dog lovers and it brought back to my mind memories of the dog I owned and their behavior.
I appreciated the style of writing, the clarity of explanation and was fascinated by the results of the experiments on dog and their owners.
I think it's a must read if you own a dog and want to understand his behaviour.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Quercus Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Pam Chantrell
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
An interesting book for dog lovers to learn more about what makes their pet pooch tick. The book details different experiments that have been carried out on dogs and their owners to find out more about the bond between dogs and humans and what motivates a dog to behave in a certain way. Recommended for dog lovers.
John
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been a dog owner for most of my 60 years, I find it comforting that it has been scientifically proven that dogs love those people to whom they dedicate their lives. In any case, this is what the author is trying to prove by detailing many of the experiments and tests he and many other researchers have accomplished over the years. Notwithstanding all of this evidence, which in some cases seemed circumstantial or, even, coincidental to me, I find it doesn't really matter to me whether my ...more
Wallwaster
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
About half of this book is descriptions of experiments, with just enough of anecdotes and such in between that it doesn't become dry. It was nice and informative but nothing earth-shattering. I met someone recently and he asked what I'm reading and the only thing I could tell him about the book was that actually dogs are just
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There is also a really great experiment where they don't try to tell the breed of shelter dogs to people.
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Bonnie Kutch
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read many dog behavior books in the past, I found the first 2/3 of this book covered information I already gleaned from previous books with the exception of the author's discussion of Williams Syndrome, which I found fascinating and that offered a good explanation as to why dogs are prone to loving humans. The last 1/3 of the book was more substantive and reinforced my long-held believe that dogs in shelters shouldn't be labeled according to breed, since 90% of the time, the shelter ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, dog
This was an interesting read, but it took me a long time to get through it because of all the scientific studies. I felt a bit like this author should read Don't be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson to make the stories more compelling. I like how the author often went back to his own dogs and probably the most interesting thing in this entire book was a study on how dogs and humans heartbeats synchronize when they are close to each other. Many interesing points were rasied, but overall I feel like ...more
Stacie
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed are my own.

I'd been looking for a book like this for a long time. There's always been quite a few books on how dogs' minds work in terms of training and the things they're capable of, but I've not come across many that explore how they think and feel and to what capability they understand various things. (And we truly may never completely know.)

But this book definitely was a great start into
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Anne
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To be loved by a dog is a great privilege, perhaps one of the finest in a human life. May we prove ourselves worthy of it.

A lot of great learnings. Behavioral psychology/robust research and genetics (the relationship to Williams disease was so interesting!) prove that dogs love us. Lets treat them well! In the US the animal welfare act is pathetic. Lets demand change. Shelters need to stop labeling dogs and help them get adopted. Also - stop in-breeding!!
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Kara Beal
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs
The author of Dog is Love reviewed all sorts of dog experiments and data and he concluded that our dogs really do love us. Dogs are different from other animals outside of humans because they have an emotional connection to a separate speciesus! Plus, they are super social (as a species) and they thrive on human interaction. So cuddle with your pooch! She loves you. ...more
Alison
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Of course dogs love! It was not to get evidence of that fact that made me read the book. But I'm glad I read it for the intelligent information and anecdotes. My bookcases are full of books, accumulated over the past 40 years, that I've read about dogs' history, training, behavior, psychology and communication. This book is one of the most interesting and informative.
Peggy McCoy
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A clearly and lovingly presented exploration of the roots of human/dog relationships. A great swath of research, incorporating history, archeology and several branches of science, leads Dr. Wynne to his conclusions. It's a fascinating journey.
The dogs sleeping at my feet convince me that he is absolutely right about their capacity for love every day!
Angie
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Margot Payne, Krystal Becker
If you love dogs this should be fun, engaging, and enlightening--though perhaps you already intuitively know some of the ideas the author shares. :-) It's both scientific and, at times, a bit folksy, so some may not enjoy that mix. But, I learned a lot, including further authors/researchers whose work I look forward to checking out.
Brenda Gadd
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I have read a lot of the scientific information in other places, this is a neatly compiled book on the Science of Dog behavior. Easy to read. And yes, there is a big difference between dogs and wolves, especially in their love of humans. Here are the experiments that show it. Although dog treats are loved by dogs...it is not apparently the only reason they love you.
Rachel Watkins
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
While already a dog lover, Dr. Wynnes book DOG IS LOVE only solidified my belief that dogs are intellectual creatures who truly do love their humans. Filled with fascinating research on dog genetics and the history of dogs roles in human societies, I recommend DOG IS LOVE for those new to dogs or established dog owners. ...more
RoseAnn Foster
I liked how Wynne put this book together. It actually feels like you get more information because the author readily admits his skepticism and then discusses why the research and experiment set up fully answers (or fails to answer) the question. I have read some of the literature referenced, so I really appreciated the full discussion of the ideas and experiments. Reading this book was more like being a dognition scientist with Wynne rather than just reading about how the resulting conclusion ...more
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Clive D.L. Wynne is a founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. He has published pieces in Psychology Today, New Scientist, and the New York Times, and has appeared on National Geographic Explorer, PBS, and the BBC.

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