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Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog Hardcover – 2 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (2 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143918920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439189207
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,473,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Enchanting" --"Library Journal"

About the Author

Stanley Coren is a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His bestselling dog books include HOW DOGS THINK (1416502254) and HOW TO SPEAK DOG (1416502262) both currently available in Pocket paperback editions, as well as the perennial classic THE INTELLIGENCE OF DOGS recently reissued in a fully revised and updated edition (1416502874).

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Evans on 18 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
i am a Cairn-o-phile. i adore them. mine is called flynn. hes proved to be totally untrainable. highly intelligent & extremely loving. hes also loyal. he loves people. BUT hates most other dogs. so this book (for me) was a must and i loved it. the line drawings are delightful & the story is funny & sad. just perfect really. so if you do own a Cairn (or just love dogs) then i cant recommend this book more.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Book--Life-Changing 3 Dec 2010
By K. Davis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I hope author Stanley Coren sees this review. I have benefitted from several of his books, and this one came to me at the perfect time. It is a brilliant book, hands down. There has been a lot of disagreement about how to train dogs, so people can criticize some of the training he learned early on with his dogs--but that was the training then. Besides, he found ways to change it, and learned a great deal in the process. I've been involved with dog training for something like 30 years, so I've seen lots of backs and forths and ups and downs about dog training methods. He and his dogs learned, they did well, and he had wonderful relationships with them.

I laughed hard, and cried hard while reading this book. And there was a great deal of important beneficial information in it, too. I read every word, because it is so good, so interesting, and so well-written.

I have an assistance/service dog for my mobility disabilities. Since I have trained dogs for a long time, my Standard Poodle was able to come to me for me to train with him, after a solid puppy-training experience with A New Leash on Life. The director has come out to work with me and Worthy several times. Training with him has been very good for me. HUGE therapy.

Coren tells a story about the irrepressible Cairn Terrier Flint doing a therapy dog visit. It had a very happy ending. Happy tears for me!

I briefly majored in psychology in college, but changed my major when I got a pretty good idea of what life would be like for me in that field. Coren is NOT a typical scientific psychologist. He is a marvelous, HUMAN one! In this book he tells a lot about his life. Having his dogs--Flint, and others--with him and spending so much time with them was hugely beneficial to him.

I saw something of the difference dogs make for my husband and me when my last assistance/service dog died. I tried to wait for her breeder to provide a successor dog. Months went by with no dog in our house. I saw so many differences in our lives--not good differences.

When Worthy joined our family, it was love at first sight. And life went back to "normal"--paying a great deal of attention to Worthy, and doing a lot of laughing and talking. Dogs who are companions to humans, in all the various ways they do that, are gifts from God. This book is also a gift. Thank you for writing it, Stanley Coren!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Better than Marley and Me 21 Dec 2010
By Dr Stanley Coren - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Stanley Coren has given us a lot of wonderful and informative books, but this one is different. It is a memoir and a really personal look at his life with dogs, and one in particular, a Cairn terrier named Flint that he loved and his wife did not. The book is funny, insightful and at times really poignant. It is different from memoirs like "Marley and Me" because it is really a celebration of living with dogs and learning about them.

"Born to Bark" opens the fact that his wife purchased a Cairn terrier as a Christmas gift for him and the next year her gift to him was a shotgun and most of Coren's family believe that those gifts were not unrelated. The battles and misunderstandings between Coren's wife Joan and this dog are often hilarious. However Flint also turns out to be a heroic figure--saving the lives of kittens and serving as a therapy dog several times.

As Coren tries to train Flint for obedience competition he runs into numerous problems which soon force him to learn to think the way that a dog does. In the process we learn a lot about dog training and the sport of dog obedience trials. At first this psychologist makes many mistakes causing disastrous errors in competition, but soon both the dog and the psychologist learn what dog training is all about.

Along the way we meet many wonderful dogs, a Beagle named Skippy, a husky named Rex, a fox terrier named Tippy, a boxer named Penny, and Golden Retriever named Wolf and a sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Wizard. Each has its own story -- some will make you laugh, some will make you wonder about what goes on in a dog's mind, and some will leave you with a lump in your throat.

When I finished this book I felt that I had learned a lot about the human canine bond and about this psychologist who has enlightened so many people about dogs and dog behaviors.

I can't recommend it enough--give it to anyone who loves dogs...

Victor Otochyk
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Touching, Informative and So-o-o Cairn! 4 Mar 2011
By Barbara Lithander - Published on
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I have a Cairn terrier, so this became a must read for me. It is a fun book to read, filled with stories that anyone who has ever had a Cairn terrier (or any terrier) can relate to. It takes a lot of patience to civilize a Cairn terrier, yet they are a fun companion who wants nothing more than to be with his or her person or people. They are always ready for the next adventure, and they have more energy than the average human child. Not everyone is a Cairn fan, but for those of us who are lucky to have had, or now have a relationship with one, this book hits the nail on the head. My Max and the author's Flint would have been quite a pair! Thank you Professor Coren for documenting your life with your beloved Flint.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good book 18 April 2013
By Dee - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author is a little pretentious, as are many who write non-fiction these days.

But, it's a good book to learn about dog behavior. I bought it for my mom who had a Cairn Terrior at the time.
Or as she said, "my Cairn Terror!"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting read 21 Dec 2012
By Buck Green - Published on
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"Born To Bark" is a very interesting and entertaining read and I am pleased with that I actually bought it.
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