Think Dog: An Owner's Guide to Canine Psychology

Think Dog: An Owner's Guide to Canine Psychology


By (author) John Fisher

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  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 200mm x 16mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844037096
  • ISBN 13: 9781844037094
  • Sales rank: 113,860

Product description

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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Author information

The late John Fisher was a full-time professional canine behaviourist with a practice in Surrey and a referral clinic in London. He lectured on canine behaviour at the Canine Studies Institute, and was consulted by many official bodies and veterinarians on dog behavioural problems. He was also a founder member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Consultants.

Review quote

'... 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.

Table of contents

CONTENTS INTRODUCTION PART I: WHAT IS A DOG? 1. Where dogs come from 2. How a Dog's Mind Develops 3. The Dog in the Human Pack 4. How Dogs Learn 5. The Art of Positive Reinforcement 6. The Art of Negative Reinforcement PART II: THE POSITIVE APPROACH TO PROBLEM BEHAVIOUR 7. Training 'Problems' for Owners 8. Stress 'Problems' 9. Diet 'Problems' - The Clues 10. Diet 'Problems' - The Facts 11. Veterinary 'Problems' 12. Training 'Problems' for Trainers 13. 'Problems' with the Pack 14. Aggression 'Problems' 15. Anxiety 'Problems' 16. Games to Play with your Dog PART III: PROBLEM SOLVING A- Z APPENDIX A: Case Statistics APPENDIX B: Association of Pet Behaviour Consultants (APBC)