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Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143918920X
  • ASIN: B005HKP11Q
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Coren (Why Does My Dog Act That Way?) shares the often amusing and always instructive stories of life with Flint, his oversized Cairn terrier. For the author, a trained researcher and psychologist, the preternaturally heroic and intelligent Flint, capable of rescuing kittens and apparently able to read and count, was key to unlocking a new way of looking at canine behavior and human relationships with dogs. Coren discusses canine behavior (particularly barking) and how to train and socialize man's best friend. He also shows how Flint cares for those around him--from offering heartbreak therapy to saving a four-legged pal from an aggressive raccoon. Coren closes his chronicle with insightful theories on canine intelligence, letting Flint's behavior illustrate key points as he totes out lingerie in front of guests and repeatedly hits the answering machine playback button to listen to his absent master's voice. More than just an entertaining story about doggie escapades, this book offers valuable advice on loving and living with our canine pals, even when they chew and bark when you least want them to. (Nov.) (c)
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"Enchanting" --Library Journal

"[A] quirky blend of history, science, and personal experience by psychologist and trainer Stanley Coren...has a lot to teach us about dogs." --O: The Oprah Magazine

More About the Author

Stanley Coren, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, is a recognized expert on dog-human interaction who has appeared on Dateline; The Oprah Winfrey Show; Good Morning, America; 20/20; Larry King Live; and many other TV and radio programs. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a beagle, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and a Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever, as well as his wife and her cat.

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You will laugh and you will cry.
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Stanley Coren has an extensive knowledge of dogs, and it is apparent in his book.
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Anyone who loves dogs or thinking of adopting could benefit from reading this.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on December 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I hope author Stanley Coren sees this review. I have benefitted from several of his books, and this one came to me at the perfect time. It is a brilliant book, hands down. There has been a lot of disagreement about how to train dogs, so people can criticize some of the training he learned early on with his dogs--but that was the training then. Besides, he found ways to change it, and learned a great deal in the process. I've been involved with dog training for something like 30 years, so I've seen lots of backs and forths and ups and downs about dog training methods. He and his dogs learned, they did well, and he had wonderful relationships with them.

I laughed hard, and cried hard while reading this book. And there was a great deal of important beneficial information in it, too. I read every word, because it is so good, so interesting, and so well-written.

I have an assistance/service dog for my mobility disabilities. Since I have trained dogs for a long time, my Standard Poodle was able to come to me for me to train with him, after a solid puppy-training experience with A New Leash on Life. The director has come out to work with me and Worthy several times. Training with him has been very good for me. HUGE therapy.

Coren tells a story about the irrepressible Cairn Terrier Flint doing a therapy dog visit. It had a very happy ending. Happy tears for me!

I briefly majored in psychology in college, but changed my major when I got a pretty good idea of what life would be like for me in that field. Coren is NOT a typical scientific psychologist. He is a marvelous, HUMAN one! In this book he tells a lot about his life. Having his dogs--Flint, and others--with him and spending so much time with them was hugely beneficial to him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr Stanley Coren on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Stanley Coren has given us a lot of wonderful and informative books, but this one is different. It is a memoir and a really personal look at his life with dogs, and one in particular, a Cairn terrier named Flint that he loved and his wife did not. The book is funny, insightful and at times really poignant. It is different from memoirs like "Marley and Me" because it is really a celebration of living with dogs and learning about them.

"Born to Bark" opens the fact that his wife purchased a Cairn terrier as a Christmas gift for him and the next year her gift to him was a shotgun and most of Coren's family believe that those gifts were not unrelated. The battles and misunderstandings between Coren's wife Joan and this dog are often hilarious. However Flint also turns out to be a heroic figure--saving the lives of kittens and serving as a therapy dog several times.

As Coren tries to train Flint for obedience competition he runs into numerous problems which soon force him to learn to think the way that a dog does. In the process we learn a lot about dog training and the sport of dog obedience trials. At first this psychologist makes many mistakes causing disastrous errors in competition, but soon both the dog and the psychologist learn what dog training is all about.

Along the way we meet many wonderful dogs, a Beagle named Skippy, a husky named Rex, a fox terrier named Tippy, a boxer named Penny, and Golden Retriever named Wolf and a sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Wizard. Each has its own story -- some will make you laugh, some will make you wonder about what goes on in a dog's mind, and some will leave you with a lump in your throat.

When I finished this book I felt that I had learned a lot about the human canine bond and about this psychologist who has enlightened so many people about dogs and dog behaviors.

I can't recommend it enough--give it to anyone who loves dogs...

Victor Otochyk
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Lithander on March 3, 2011
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I have a Cairn terrier, so this became a must read for me. It is a fun book to read, filled with stories that anyone who has ever had a Cairn terrier (or any terrier) can relate to. It takes a lot of patience to civilize a Cairn terrier, yet they are a fun companion who wants nothing more than to be with his or her person or people. They are always ready for the next adventure, and they have more energy than the average human child. Not everyone is a Cairn fan, but for those of us who are lucky to have had, or now have a relationship with one, this book hits the nail on the head. My Max and the author's Flint would have been quite a pair! Thank you Professor Coren for documenting your life with your beloved Flint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee on April 18, 2013
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The author is a little pretentious, as are many who write non-fiction these days.

But, it's a good book to learn about dog behavior. I bought it for my mom who had a Cairn Terrior at the time.
Or as she said, "my Cairn Terror!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buck Green on December 21, 2012
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"Born To Bark" is a very interesting and entertaining read and I am pleased with that I actually bought it.
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By Linda on June 23, 2014
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Being a Cairn owner myself, I loved the stories about Flint, and the stories about all his dogs!!! But, some areas were too much information for me... Well written, but more technical about dog shows and training etc. for my taste.
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Awesome book for a dog lover especially a Terrier owner! the book shared lots of humorous and not so humorous events!
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Anyone who loves dogs or thinking of adopting could benefit from reading this. I have owned longhair dachshunds for years and, recently, a wire haired dachshund (a mixture of dachshund and terrier). I have also trained one in obedience and she was awarded the title of Companion Dog. This book gives wonderful insights in how to train and stories that hint on what NOT to do. I wish I had read it years ago for his insight into training! Additionally, it is a moving tale of his dogs and, particularly, one named Flint. It's a fantastic book in both regards
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