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

John Fisher
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Book Description

7 May 2012
In this seminal pet psychology book, John Fisher examines the mind of the dog with examples taken from his practical experience, with the aim of explaining to owners how the world appears from a dog's point of view.The first section of the book traces the ancestry and inherent behaviour of dogs, from their origins as pack animals related to the wolf or the jackal. The second part examines what most people describe as problem behaviour, which is just normal canine behaviour exhibited in the wrong place. The book concludes with an A-Z of common problems, their causes and cures.In the 1980s and 1990s John Fisher revolutionised dog training, first in England, then in the US. With his self-deprecating manner and 'Oh! So British' sense of humour he taught us to 'Think Dog'.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (7 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844037096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844037094
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,462 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.

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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.

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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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars well, the dog thought it was funny 11 Nov 2012
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I started reading this and it was suddenly familiar, I checked the cover and found that it wasn't written by Dog Whisper Cesar Millan.

Its premise is all too familiar: you must be the "pack leader". It's not that I disagree completely with pack theory, but it has its limits. Of course every family should have a hierarchy and pets, particularly pets with the ability for conscious thought and attachment, should have their place in that hierarchy.

The case studies used leave an unfortunate after taste of a limited experience applied too generally.

To be honest Mr Fisher's books should come with a banner saying "sponsored by Proctor and Gamble", as this is the "kibble" for dogs that he pushes over and over again.

I read parts of this out loud to family members and even the dog seemed to think it was funny, but then he has a tendency to sit and watch the Dog Whisperer with an attitude of "yeah right".

Mr Fisher castigates his predecessors while saying nothing different to those who are whispering at dogs now. There is nothing new here, it's all been seen before and heard from before.

We have always treated our pets like pets, well loved members of the family but still pets, so maybe that's were some people go wrong. They have never slept on our beds, they don't get on the chairs, they eat after we do and are never fed titbits from the table while we eat.

Overall, this book is a disappointment.
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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
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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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
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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71 of 83 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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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
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
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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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