It's a love tribute to dogs, masquerading as a scientific volume. Watching us with love in his or her eyes? I have always maintained that nothing in real life can compare to the vividness, the strangeness, the beauty, and the excitement of our dream life at night. He couldn't figure out how to be a seizure alert dog in spite of a trainer who loved him to bits. I was taught by my 10th grade English teacher to avoid using universal quantifiers such as always, never, every, none, etc. He was Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Toronto. At long last, dogs will know just how smart their owners can be.
He rolls on the floor and lets his tongue hang out; he makes a great imitation of a human smile; his tail practically dents our floor; he gives mini howls of happiness. And I enjoyed it as a mostly uplifting reminder of the wonder of our relationship with dogs. He explores various theories for why dogs love us and vice versa and why no other animals love us in quite the same way, and wonders if perhaps humans developed the capacity for love, sympathy, empathy, and compassion because we coevolved with dogs. Their sense of smell is astounding. I think it is very likely. We are unique in this respect. It read like a high school or junior high term paper.
Acclaimed for its solid scientific research and entertaining, eminently accessible style, How Dogs Think gives you the insight that you need to understand the silly, quirky, and apparently irrational behaviors that dogs demonstrate, as well as those stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity that they also can display. The author surmises that dogs and humans co-evolved, each contributing to the development of the other. I did take exception to some parts, however. With wisdom, insight, and a brilliant analysis of recent scientific research, the bestselling author delivers a provocative and compelling book that will change the way we think about love and canine companions. But there is one area where Benjy excels: He cannot stop loving.
The promise of this book is that, especially in an ever-accelerating world filled with digital distractions, you can learn from your dog's example how to live in the moment, thereby enriching your life immeasurably. But when he is done and obviously ready for a refill, if told to Bring the Kong, Benjy looks perplexed and utterly lost. He has never been in a fight with another dog, although my three cats sometimes slap him in the face just for the sheer pleasure of it, and he always looks completely mystified. I knew there had to be, because the feelings I had for some of the animals I lived with were unusually intense. How Dogs Learn discusses the basic principles of behavior and how they can be used to teach your dog new skills, diagnose problems, and eliminate unwanted behaviors. In 1980 he became Project Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives.
Is it possible that we developed the capacity for love, sympathy, empathy, and compassion because of our long association with dogs? As I thought about this question, I was finally able to put my finger on what had teased and eluded me for so long: that there was something different about one animal species, something they shared with us more than they did with their fellow nonhuman animals. Is it possible that all of these innovations, these civilization-changing advances, had to do with our first encounters with wolves or wolves who were already slowly turning into dogs—that is, animals who share our lives? Walking with a dog would be entirely familiar to him. First, his take on pitbulls being naturally aggressive was shortsighted and based on some very flimsy data. We have been so intimately tied to dogs for so many thousands of years that we have come to resemble one another in crucial ways that are simply inapplicable to any other two species on earth, now or in the past. The bark is a characteristic developed by man for dogs.
He loves them all equally and intensely. In the process, Masson learns and shares information on how Jeffrey Masson's latest work examines the co-evolution of dogs and humans, and explains how it is that the two species are interlinked via their ability to feel love for creatures different from themselves. Wolves were created into something new by humans, but as this unfolded, humans were changed in kind. It sounds good in theory, but the reader will never know from the content of th Marred by Inconsistencies. Is it possible that humans owe our ability to empathize, and perhaps even love selflessly, to our long association with dogs? He looks up at the person with adoration, his whole body quivering with the excitement of seeing him or her again. He also presented horse back riding as being almost cruel to the horse. But the scientist in me was disappointed that, while calling upon a number of scientific works, Masson puts forth a thesis that is not only not backed by any hard evidence, but is so subjective that it can likely never be put to such a test.
Benjy was the opposite from puppyhood, and has remained gentle beyond most other dogs I have known. She really knows about and understands animals. Our relationship with dogs predates all other domesticated species by tens of thousands of years. He explains that the relationship between anatomical and behavioral change shifted abruptly about 50,000 years ago. But are we wholly unique? The third dog does not like all people, and she certainly does not like all dogs.
That is, could it be ancient, with roots reaching far back into human history? De Waal's landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal - and human - intelligence. He was socialized before we adopted him. But like all dogs, he has learned to express his pleasure in ways we cannot mistake. I think part of the problem was Masson couldn't decide whether he wanted it to be a book about his family's dog, Benjy, or a study of the relationship between dogs and peopl I was disappointed in this book. Heavily researched with dozens of citations, this work is less anecdotal than other literature about companionship with our furry friends. It must be more than mere coincidence that of all the species on earth, only humans and dogs have attained it. The funny thing is that he has never seen the person before in his life, nor has the person ever seen him.