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Think Dog!: An Owner's Guide to Canine Psychology [Paperback]

John Fisher
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12 Jun 2003
You dog starts chewing the furniture or acting agressively towards children- so what's going on? If only you knew what your dog was thinking. John Fisher examines the psychology of the dog with the aim of explaining to owners how the world appears from a dog's point of view.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; New edition edition (12 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844031209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844031207
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'... compact chapters explain the canine mind and offer sound educational

strategies to enlighten even accomplished trainers.' - Publishers Weekly.

'John Fisher made an immense and invaluable contribution to the world of

dogs and the people who care about them.' - Pat Miller, renowned dog trainer and author. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Fully updated and revised by leading pet behaviour counsellor Sarah Whitehead. John Fisher's lifetime of expertise make this the classic owner's guide to canine psychology. Think Dog was the first of its kind and continues to be trusted by dog owners around the world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic dog training without the myths 27 Jun 2003
I have been professionally training dogs for over twenty years and am clearly still learning. This book gives an excellent insight into the dogs mind in clear,easy to understand english. Broken down into three main chapters; What is a dog?, Positive approach to problem behaviours and Problem solving A-Z. It gives the new owner as well as the seasoned professional advice which is really second to none. I just wish I had read this book when I started training.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but readable 31 July 2009
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An easy to read book, which does teach positive re enforcement methods, but way to much dominance theory to be really good. Sorry but not for me, as it is out of date. But if you have to buy an average book this does focus on positive training, which is it's plus point
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT BOOK FOR EVERY DOG OWNER! 31 Oct 2006
I was extremely impressed with this book. I want to train to be a dog behavourist and it is this book that has inspired me to do so. I have a young puppy and really wanted to understand how she thinks and this book has been an excellent help. Whether you want to train your own dog or other people's, you NEED this book.

This is a book that is written in a language that everyone can understand. It will start you off on a lifetime of understanding with your best friend! A must.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for any dog owner, trainer, etc 12 Dec 2003
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This book is invaluable for any dog owner, trainer, etc. In fact, anybody who has anything to do with dogs, regardless of how long you've owned/worked with them, will learn something from this. John Fisher understood dogs better than anybody on this planet and I just wish he were still around because he's one person I'd like to spend a day with (if only they still did 'Jim'll Fix It').
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book - Full of Common Sense 6 Sep 2001
By A Customer
My Dog, Jym was a problem. He took a liking to eating rather large holes through walls, and liked the taste of my shoes, all three pairs of them.
After reading this book, within a week Jym improved and is now an obidient, loving and generally affectionate, (if a little mischevious) dog.
I thoroughly recommend this book. As you read it you will realise the silly mistakes YOU made, and how easy it is to bring the best out in your Dog.
I would recomend this book to anyone, whether your Dog is a problem or not.
Remember, your Dog will never think like a Human, but you should be able to think like a Dog.
Easy reading too!
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62 of 72 people found the following review helpful
I had heard great things about this book, as a dog trainer I am always looking for books etc to learn new techniques, and gain more understanding about man's best friend from.

However, I was very disapointed with this book. The main theory behind the book being "you must be the alpha of the back" is old fashioned rubbish! First off, it has been shown that even wolves do not push through small gaps in the wild. Secondly, dogs are very different to wolves in their behaviour and psychology.

He also touches on very important subjects such as nutrition and homeopathic remedies, however he openly admits he has no real nutritional knowledge! I have been studying canine nutrition for some time, and have to admit I do not agree with his recommendations.

This isn't a horrific book, it does move on from the ridiculously traditional views of choke chains etc, but it is only one step up. He speaks of positive re-inforcement, however as I am a true positive re-inforcement trainer, I do not agree with the methods he uses. He is far too concerned with dominating the dog rather than truely understanding it.

I would say this book is old fashioned, and out of date. There are many better books out there covering the topic John Fisher claims to cover in this book. I will not be recommending this to anyone.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychologists and Owners take note! 18 Nov 2002
This book may not be written in textbook format but for anyone wshing to pursue a career in canine behaviour or just get to know your best friend better this is a must. Mr Fisher has all the wisdom one could wish for in a lecturer and all the practicality of a hands-on trainer. This book will give you all you could wish for as a student if you REALLY want to learn. Remember - WE (as the PSY's) owe it to our patients (Bipeds or Quadrapeds) to understand the world as THEY see it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice and easy to follow 14 May 2007
In this book John Fisher has put together a wealth of knowledge that every dog owner should know, unfortunately not all do.

I've had dogs all my life and I learnt a lot from this book. The title says it all and the book explains how to 'think dog' and how to see things from a dogs point of view, enabling better training and a better understanding of how to solve problem behaviours. The last chapter is handy as a reference guide, once you have finished the book this reference guide can be used in the future for any problems that arise. This isnt a book to just put down once you have finished, Its a book you can always go back to for information. I also liked his attitude and he made me laugh with the words he used to describe certain methods. The only criticism I have is that he recommends Eukanuba which is owned by Iams who test their dog food on dogs, purposely giving dogs brain damage and diseases etc and then feeding them their food to see which type suits the dog best with the problem they have given it, of course all dogs are killed afterwards. However perhaps if he actually knew this he wouldnt have recommended it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, really enjoyed reading it, 5/5
If you love animals and are a big fan of dogs this book is for you, a great read at a great price, go for it, makes you think all thats said in this book is all common sense, some... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Emma Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well written and very informative. Gives an good insight to dog behaviour and the reasons for it. Easy to pick up and use as a reference book
Published 12 days ago by Ann Oates
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down!
I have a fearful aggressive German Shepherd Cross pup and wanted something basic but informative and understandable, this did all of those!
Published 1 month ago by alice palfrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense
A fantastic, basic, easy to implement guide to working with your dog. No expensive gimmicks, just basic common sense, once you think about it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorset, UK
4.0 out of 5 stars Think Dog
This book is OK only. I do not find the writing style that engaging personally and the content is a little dated.
Published 2 months ago by Irish Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars My Knowledge Greatly improved of my dog
An excellent book that has given me a greater understanding of my wonderful bog who is my best and most loyal friend
Published 2 months ago by Donald Lindgren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Superb book its a must read for anyone that wants to understand there dog from the dogs point of view
Published 2 months ago by steven smith
4.0 out of 5 stars useful book.
This was recommended to me and I have found it helpful. Good if you need to understand your dogs behaviour!
Published 2 months ago by Sam Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Training is not my thing but thought it would be a useful read and it was. Some stuff I knew but its well written and has lots of useful stuff in it
Published 2 months ago by G. Pitchford
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
I chose this rating because this book is excellent; very interesting and a must read for professionals and dog owners alike. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marie Massey
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