- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; First Ediion - 2nd Print Run edition (11 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846142954
- ISBN-13: 978-1846142956
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding Hardcover – 11 Jul 2011
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The most fantastic book ... required reading for dog lovers everywhere ... his style is tolerant, clear and benign and he is interested only in what science can support. His book is a revelation - a major rethink about the way we understand our dogs ... he makes one feel fantastically upbeat about being a dog owner ... there is no doubt about it - Professor John Bradshaw is a dog's best friend (Kate Kellaway Observer )
Every dog lover, dog owner or prospective dog buyer should read this book. It will change how you feel about dogs and, likely enough, how you treat them, too...Sparkles with explanations of canine behaviour (James McConnachie Sunday Times )
Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complicated psychology behind the growl, the rising hackles and the wagging tail (Roy Hattersley Daily Telegraph )
Scholarly yet passionate ... nothing less than a manifesto for a new understanding of our canine friends ... fascinating (Chris Cox Guardian )
[A] wonderful, reassuring, and encouraging book ... distinguishes canine science from canine folklore (Jonathan Mirsky Literary Review )
Authoritative, wise and, in its sharp appreciation of the cost of dogs of living with us, rather moving (Robert Hanks Independent )
A lovely and clear-headed book on all things dog-emotion, mind, and breed. John Bradshaw's authority and experience are matched by the thoughtfulness and humanity of his writing. Read this before you bring a dog into your life. (Alexandra Horowitz author of 'Inside of a Dog' )
An alternative to conventional, dominance-based approaches to understanding dogs (Cesar Millan's methods, for example) in an informative...guide to how canine biology and psychology determine behavior.... Bradshaw's book is useful to those looking to further their understanding of dog behavior and clarify common misconceptions (Publisher's Weekly )
A well-grounded overview of the Canis family's evolutionary journey...this is what makes the book so appealing. He does more than simply lay out interesting theories; he uses science to advocate for a better life for companion dogs. (The Bark )
About the Author
John Bradshaw is a biologist who founded and directs the world-renowned Anthrozoology Institute, based at the University of Bristol. He has been studying the behaviour of domestic dogs and their owners for over 25 years, and is the author of many scientific articles, research papers and reviews, which have not only shed new light on the dog's abilities and needs, but have also changed the way that dogs are understood and cared for all over the world.
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After having read this book I can relax and enjoy my lovely, bouncy dog without worrying about his behaviour, which, it turns out, was just natural, loving dog behaviour all along. I have completely quit the 'dominant behaviour' approach and I am happy to report that my dog is no more boisterous, challenging or 'difficult' that he was before. In fact I am quite sure he feels more relaxed now that I am more relaxed about him.
Good to finally read a well researched, well thought through, easy to understand, scientific book about what dogs are REALLY like.
Dog ownership had become a chore and a constant struggle.
My faith in those like Caesar Milan and 'the dog whisperer' (Jan Fennel) had begun to falter. I sensed that something wasn't right and so I went on-line to find a book that might offer insight.
As it happened this book had fairly recently been published and had reviews which suggested that the author's understanding of dogs was a very different one to that of the aforementioned authors.
This book proved to be an astounding eye opener!
It made brilliant sense, well explained, constantly backing up the theories expressed with hard evidence.
My relationship with my beloved hound was improved in weeks, made so much happier and a darn site easier too.
My view of canines had been radically changed. So much so that I could now say with confidence it has been thoroughly liberated!
Finally My blessings go out to this man for this great compassionate achievement he has laboured to make. This is a great service to a whole species, and one so close to so many millions hearts.
What an honour.
If you would like to have your whole understanding of those whom many call our best friends enriched.
Then I say, look no further.
A couple of nights ago I heard John Bradshaw talking about his book on the Book Club show on London's Biggest Conversation - for anyone who's unsure about whether or not to buy this book, I can recommend listening to the podcast.
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This is the most informative book on dogs I have ever found. A useful aid in understanding our "best friend ".Published 1 month ago by W. M. Hartwig-compton
Superb book by one of the worlds leading scientists and teachers. This very readable book is worth getting for anyone who is interested in dogs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul Calkin
Its good! I found the repetition a bit much especially in the early ancestor sections and other sections of the book. But there's lots of good stuff in here well worth a read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ponyo
Anyone thinking of getting a dog for the first time should read this, along with 'The Dog's Mind' by Bruce Fogle & 'The Other End of the Leash' by Patricia B. McConnell. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LJB
Our dog behaviourist recommended this and it's brilliant! Very well researched, highly recommend to all dog owners.Published 5 months ago by Dulcievita
I'm a first time dog owner and this is the only book of its kind that I've found that is exactly what I was looking for and more. Read morePublished 6 months ago by l