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Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs Paperback – October 18, 2005
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Like its independent-minded author, "Bones" defies categorization. It's neither a training manual, nor another treatise on canine behavior. While both subjects get thorough treatment, the book's focus is communication. Key is the thesis that only through continuous, clear, honest and most critically - two way - communication, can the objective of "deepening our relationships with dogs" be realized. Its virtue is in challenging us to think more deeply about what we already know - about dogs, about ourselves. No particular methodologies are professed other than perhaps common sense and humanity. Clothier demonstrates how contrasting cultures can vex human-canine relationships, using real world comparatives such as, "No mother dog ever told her puppies: `You just wait until your father gets home' or `We'll discuss that later.'" "A dog never needs to say `I may not tell you enough, but - '".
Three developmental stages of the human-canine relationship are described, beginning with mechanical (stimulus-response). Next comes motivational, the essence of reward-based training (and where most of us, even serious fancier types, are likely stagnated). At the apex is spiritual, where the pair - meaning "we" having supplanted "dog and me" - operates in synchronous harmony. "Bones" is filled with the author's experiences, and those of a few others, in lifelong quest of this uppermost plateau.Read more ›
While this is a beautifully written book whose main theme seems to be about "deepening our relationships with dogs", it actually encompasses a much more important body of thought. It is really a book about developing a richer more fulfilling and effective life in all relationships. Suzanne Clothier provides us the opportunity to learn that what we perceive as happening may very well be perceived differently by those in our lives, be they dogs, children, a spouse or friends, or foreign nations
There are many implications concerning leadership, not just as it applies to animals or even children but leadership overall.
Clothier states,"In the end, our personal philosophy is also our best protection against cruelty. When we know what we believe and who we are, we stand stong and sure about what we will and will not allow."
Clothier quotes Goethe-"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
"One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it become an emergency." she quotes Arnold Glasglow.
"As ever, a small investment of our full selves reaps rewards without measure.",another quote from this book!
Don't let the title fool you, this is not really just about dogs ,but about people and how we live in this world and how we touch other's lives. It compels one to take an honest look at our relationships and then to proceed through this process, to enriching our lives by making positive changes in our dealings with those around us. Clothier quotes Thomas Jefferson,
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." We can only be wiser if we are honest with ourselves first.
I thought to read yet another well respected trainer's viewpoint on dogs, perhaps. What I got was a mind and soul expanding journey. Suzanne writes with startling self-honesty, but with great wit and a beautiful ability to communicate via the written word. What I found was page after page of pointers toward Truth (with a deliberate capital 't').
If you love animals ... be prepared with kleenex box on hand for she surely can move you to tears. But, also be prepared for many more occasions of smiles and outright laughter.
Most of all, be prepared to find your own philosophy toward dog training, as well as dog-human and human-human relationships challenged to be the best you can be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An insightful book for anyone who owns or works with dogs.Published 2 days ago by Homeskooling 4 Dogs LLC
Sometimes a little bit long winded in trying to make the reader understand, overall this has been a wonderful book about the necessity and obligation we have to understand the dogs... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SVdogs
Absolutely loved it. Suzanne Clothier captures the real spiritual side to dog training. This book offers a lot of great take aways for anyone (novice or experienced) to gain new... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christy
She is a very gifted writer. Just wish she would have left the profanity out.Published 4 months ago by fm
Read this book and you’ll gain insights that have taken me 15 years of living with dogs to realize: listen to the dog, trust the dog, see the dog as it is rather than as you think... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jgintx
great book which goes way beyond training your pet...more about creating a loving relationship between dog and owner based on understanding and love.Published 6 months ago by Jody Shell