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The New Work of Dogs by Jon Katz
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Apr 20, 2009

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Katz argues that the work of dogs has changed from tasks such as fetching nets and corralling animals (while also offering companionship) to filling emotional voids in humans' lives. But he cautions that while this "new work" can lead to extraordinarily beautiful relationships, many dogs end up victimized by the unrealistic demands placed on them -- owners who expect their dogs to have human minds, owners who give little in the way of structure and support but ask for flawless behavior ... the list goes on. The book weaves through several people's stories and looks at how their early lessons in attachment inform their approach to dogs.

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