"Chaser is the most scientifically important dog in over a century. Her fascinating story reveals just how sophisticated a dog’s mind can be."
—Brian Hare, coauthor of The Genius of Dogs
"After you read Chaser, you will realize that you may have underestimated the intelligence of your dog. Marvelous insights into a dog’s mind."
—Temple Grandin, author of
Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
"This is an extraordinary book, full of warmth and wisdom that has the potential to forever change the way we look at dogs. While Chaser herself seems extraordinary, maybe she is also every dog, in showing us what every dog is capable of. Maybe not every dog can learn over a thousand words, but every dog I have ever known can read our heart, and that, to me, is the great secret between dogs and humans that we are just now learning, and which is so deeply evident in this wonderful book: Chaser loves people, and because of that love she will do anything asked of her, even learn the names of one thousand toys! Dr. John Pilley’s work with Chaser is not only a loving affirmation for readers who already know how much they adore and trust the ability of dogs, but is also a game-changer for skeptical scientists, who must find themselves, after reading this remarkable book, inching closer to recognizing the full humanity of dogs."
—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love
"A Border Collie that understands lots of words won’t surprise people who work with these inventive dogs, but what makes John Pilley’s tale special is his dogged determination, long after his retirement from teaching psychology, to keep his own brain fizzing with all the new words and techniques and ideas he needs to learn to get his results published in a respected science journal."
—Bruce Fogle, author of The Dog’s Mind and The Encyclopedia of Dogs
"If a truly great book leaves one better for having read it, then Chaser is quite simply a masterpiece. Dogs and those of us who love them owe to debt of gratitude to the brilliant, courageous author and his equally heroic subject."
—Jennifer Arnold, author of Through a Dog’s Eyes
"An engrossing and remarkable tale." -- The Bark"A delightful memoir that offers a challenge to behavioral psychologists and inspiration for pet lovers." -- Kirkus Reviews "This marvelous blend of good science and heartwarming dog story will inspire all of us to reexamine our canine friends." -- Booklist, *starred* review
It is a great read & will be trying to teach my border collie words when I get him next week. Loved the story & the people in it.Published 2 days ago by Jo Ann Ussery
Love dogs. Love dog training. Love Psychology. Book has all three. Nuff saidPublished 5 days ago by LKAgno
Pilley tells us exactly how he raised Chaser and began teaching her language. I loved learning about her accomplishments, his communication methods, the loving care she received... Read morePublished 16 days ago by dog owner
Amazing dog and wonderful owner. I've learned so much from the author's technique of observation and his trained perspective of allowing this incredible dog to develop his full... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jane A Graham
A really interesting book, easy to read, and fun, especially if you like dogs. Chaser is an amazing canine who's learned the names of about 1200 different toys -- something I'm... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Linda Day
What a read!
I know it is written from this author's thesis-like notes, nonetheless what a TERRIFIC book! Read more