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poorly written and out-of-date science,
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This review is from: The Dog's Mind (Pelham Dogs) (Paperback)I bought this book on the strength of good reviews but I cannot agree with the authors of those reviews. I expect a book to be well written but this is not the case with the Dog's Mind. The writing would have benefited from some very tough editing. There are many typos and the verbose style is a torture for the reader. Its quite simply a very annoying read. The structure is even worse. It reads like a stream-of-consciousness ramble and its actually a collection of disjointed "facts" about dogs, many of which are randomly placed. Most of those "facts" are now out-of-date or they were poorly reported in the first instance. The author tries to give some scientific credibility to his work, but references are required if that is a goal. In several cases, his accounts of empirical studies were way off the mark. I am an academic and I research animal behaviour, and some of the claims or hypotheses suggested in this book made me laugh out loud. If you want to learn a little about dog behaviour, buy th recent book "Dog Sense" by Bradshaw. Its not perfect by any means, but most of the science it reports is accurate and up-to-date. To be honest, I have yet to read any truly good books on dog behaviour.