In a conversational Q&A format, a leading dog expert answers the most commonly asked questions about how dogs think and act.
Do dogs dream? Can they recognize themselves in the mirror or understand what they’re seeing on television? Are they more intelligent than cats? People have a great curiosity—and many misunderstandings—about how dogs think, act, and perceive the world. They also wonder about the social and emotional lives of dogs. Stanley Coren brings decades of scientific research on dogs to bear in his unprecedented foray into the inner lives of our canine companions, dispelling many common myths in the process. In a conversational Q&A format with illustrations, Coren answers approximately 75 questions often asked of him during his nearly fifty-year career as a dog researcher, combining the authority of an expert with the engaging delivery of a guest at a cocktail party.
The latest entry in Coren's popular series of dog books organizes a career's worth of knowledge concerning man's best friend into an uneven but enjoyable collection, complete with lively illustrations. Despite his academic background, behavioral psychologist Coren (Born to Bark) presents his material in an accessible style, not taking for granted, for instance, that readers will be familiar with Pavlovian conditioning. The book's 72 chapters, all written in a q&a format, range from serious advice about pet training to "Do Dogs Have ESP Abilities?" Each is meant to represent a commonly asked question, but "Are There More Wolves Than Dogs?" or "How Are Puppies Created?" sound unlikely notes. The author's most faithful readers may also find some of the material familiar. However, Coren's knowledge and love of his subject still shine through these flaws, resulting in a worthwhile, though not essential, read for dog-lovers.