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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,532 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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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic dog training without the myths 27 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT BOOK FOR EVERY DOG OWNER! 31 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
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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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for any dog owner, trainer, etc 12 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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47 of 55 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
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 27 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I chose this rating because this book is excellent; very interesting and a must read for professionals and dog owners alike. Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down as always John Fisher is brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Aug 2013
By A. Gothorp VINE VOICE
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A great book with real insight into how dogs think and really turning the old theories about dog training on their head. A must read for any canine enthusiast or any responsible dog owner!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychologists and Owners take note! 18 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
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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Loved this , have a rescue dog who had a s*** start to life . Its been 3 years now and she is like a different dog . Such a nice well written book highly recommended
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Published 2 months ago by Terry Lee Merrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars A little out of the ordinary
I've read a few dog books now and this is definitely one of the best. It's a little different than most, as it talks about the dog's psyche and how to appeal to the dog by thinking... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Belinda Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Just buying our first dog and this book has given me a lot to think about and why dogs potentially behave the way they do. Great read for any dog owner
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If you have a dog or even if you don't this book will explain why dogs are dogs and why they are not human..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, really enjoyed reading it, 5/5
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