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For the Love of a Dog

April 22nd, 2008 · · Book Reviews, News From the Doggie Daycare

For the Love of a Dog (Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend)” by Patricia McConnell PhD is one of my absolute favourite dog books. It is a book that I return to again and again for practical help in addressing problems and gaining insight.

A quick glance at the bibliography will give the reader some idea of the depth of the author’s understanding of her subject matter and the scope of her research. She synthesizes a vast amount of material and presents it in a lucid and accessible form. Her writing is a pleasure to read. Her vivid use of specific case studies to illustrate various problems and their solutions draws the reader in on a personal level.

A strong proponent of the positive school of dog training McConnell is an associate professor of zoology at the University of Wisconsin and is an Applied Animal Behaviorist. She lives and works on a sheep farm outside Madison. In addition she runs Dog’s Best Friend training school. Patricia McConnell is one of the brightest lights of the positive dog training approach. This book is inspiring and offers the reader insight into, not only the realm of dog emotions but their own as well. A must read for anyone serious about training and understanding dogs. Visit the author’s website at


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