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

S Clothier
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  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (NY); Reprint edition (1 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044669634X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446696340
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Every Dog Reader! 20 Mar 2004
By A Customer
I can't praise this book highly enough. For anyone interested in the way dogs think and how they relate to humans this is a fascinating read. The style of writing is very easy but never condescending; liberally peppered with the authors own experiences the reader becomes completely involved in undertanding dogs. The author does not anthropamorphasize - dogs are not little people in fur jackets. They are treated as a sentient species capable of comunicating their needs if only we learn how to recognise their language.
It is a gentle, thoughtful book that has sad moments but also beautiful ones as well. I guarantee you will never look at your dog in the same way again, and reading this book could well improve your relationship with him or her. Enjoy!
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truth touches my heart 18 Sep 2005
By A Customer
I haven't yet finished reading this book,but can honestly say that it is changing my life.It's very hard to put into words the profound effect it is having upon me.The love,truth and compassion that suzanne has for dogs and the way she gently guides the reader towards a space in which it is possible to understand not only the way dogs communicate with us,but also how we can build a deep and meaningful relationship with them and also with ourselves,has the effect of moving me to tears each time I read her book.I recommend this to anyone who dares to drop their ego and attitude of ''I know best'' and who wants to explore and find a softer more real,loving,holistic,truthful approach to being with their dog. Thankyou suzanne for writing this book and helping me to open my heart.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best dog book I have read 15 Dec 2004
By A Customer
I loved this book, as never having had a dog before, it really helped me to understand what having a dog meant. After attending a training class where bullying and shaking dogs by the collar was used to gain respect from dogs, I felt very sad for the dogs and owners. I knew it was wrong and wanted support for a different way. Suzanne Clothier has written her book from a deep and long understanding of dogs, and it is written from the heart with confidence. It also provides a very strong message for our human relationships. I wish I had known about this book when I first got my puppy.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book works 11 Feb 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Though not a training manual, this book teaches you to appreciate your dog for himself and trains you to watch out for subtle canine signals which your dog is always sending out to try and communicate with us if only we'd listen. It makes sense really, we all know that a bite comes after a raised lip, then exposure of teeth and possibly more signals before this final desperate step to get you to pay attention.

There is much more than aggression to this book of course and I know I'll read it again when I need reminding to lose my ego and 'See the dog'. It has changed and deepened my relationship with my dog in such a way that I wasn't reading the book thinking the author had magic powers I couldn't possibly imitate.

Possibly the most enjoyable, practicle and life affirming book I have ever read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I totally disagree with the last 2 reviews. This book never professes to be a training manual. It is much more than that. However I do think you have to read it more than once to understand all that the author is trying to get across. I have read it at least 4 times and still learn more from it.

This book gave me the confidence to take my badly abused rescue collie(who had severe human aggression and possession issues)away from trainers and behaviourists who after their "one size fits all" approach failed miserably,labelled my dog "manipulative,ignorant and controlling". There was no attempt at empathy for what had happened to him or any attempt to work with him.

I then read this book and it was a revelation. It showed me how to read Bobby and what he was trying to tell me, how to work with him in ways he understood and at a pace that he could cope with.

The authors definition of leadership made perfect sense to me and more importantly,obviously made sense to Bobby, particularly the section on "proactive intervention". Bobby now looks to me for guidance in any situation.

I now have a bond with this dog that I never thought possible. He is with me because he wants to be there. Training him is effortless, as sure of my support and understanding, he tries harder and we work together.

I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone who wants to work with their dogs, not just do things to them, who appreciate dogs are not volunteers,and who believe dogs have a right to be heard.If you do not think this, then this book is not for you. There are plenty of other training books out there.

Bobby has changed beyond recognition, he now is a happy and confident dog. He may never be comfortable being touched by strangers, but that's fine as I don't like it either!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only all books read this well 11 July 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have found this book easy to read and understand as well as finding it one of the best books I have read in a long time about the relationships we can have with our dogs. I am pretty good at watching the behaviour of my dogs and others and what their body language is saying but this has opened my eyes to many more things.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is considering it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
Yet another really really good book about how dogs think, and how we can learn from how they think....a much better approach to understanding who your dog is
Published 18 days ago by jg
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Sentimental
I chose this rating because I personally wasn't too impressed with the book; it has a lot of good reviews but I just think it isn't matter of fact enough for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marie Massey
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is a thick book which really goes nowhere. I was expecting practical ways of relating to dogs but the author just rambles on taking an age to say nothing much at all. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tudor
5.0 out of 5 stars Bones Would Rain (Book)
The third book in my dog owner's/trainers 'bible' collection - together with Jean Donaldson's 'The Culture Clash' and Karen Pryor's 'Don't Shoot the Dog'. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patricia J Lawler
5.0 out of 5 stars Bones would rain from the sky
This is a beautiful book, it touches both the heart and soul, and should be read by all dog owners.
Published 10 months ago by L. McWhinnie
5.0 out of 5 stars A really interesting and helpful read
This is not a book you should buy to teach you how to train your dog - there are plenty of titles out there that give specific advice. Read more
Published 11 months ago by p r neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain free dog learning
I have really enjoyed her writing,
The dog stuff can be found in different books in bits and bobs, but seldon have I found such a refreshing delivery. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Victoria Eve Cuerden
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming biography style book on dog training and behaviour
A wonderful biographical style book that uses the authors mountain of expereince to explain reward based training for dogs. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - buy it! Your dog will thank you for it :)
Suzanne has an excellent writing style which whilst very informative and educational, is extremely enjoyable and pulls the reader in. Read more
Published 15 months ago by G. Osmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Bones Would Rain from the Sky - Suzanne Clothier
Beautiful book written with an understanding of our wonderful furry four pawed friends, quite the most sensitve viewpoint that I have ever read from an author. Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. C. Roberts
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