on September 2, 2006
Everything I Know About Men I Learned From My Dog by former British model Clare Staple was actually released in the UK a year ago to much acclaim, so it's been a long wait for American readers to enjoy its appearance here. Any with an interest in pets, romance, and the modern dating scene will find Everything I Know About Men I Learned From My Dog a hilarious set of links on how to train and manage either species. From 'off days' and 'superiority' to grooming for self-worth and being elusive rather than too easy, this is a hilarious, fun, and enthusiastically recommended read.
on October 17, 2007
People please, get a sense of humor. This book is great fun and it will make you laugh (great medicine for you forlorne, by the way). If you are looking for serious insight into the male psyche, this is not your book. If you have ever been frustrated by male behavior or relationships with men, by all means, get this book.
on April 25, 2006
As a human behavior and relationship expert, it is important to say that comparing dogs with men or humans is an insult to the intelligence of women, period.
Clare Staples, says men and canines are synonymous: "men and dogs have the same urges and natural instincts." Staples sets out to offer "secrets and information on how to make relationships work", claiming that men can be trained like dogs. Staples misses the mark. She suggests strategies such as ignoring your man. If you ignore your man, how will you expect him not to ignore you? Staples also says to teach your man to give so he can get back. I believe that this creates the opposite result and only encourages men to be selfish and conditional.
There are no similarities between a woman's relationship with a dog and a woman's relationship with a man:
Do you and your dog get intimate?
Do you discuss your problems with your dog?
Does your dog provide for you or do you provide for your dog?
Does your dog help raise your children?
Does your dog look after you or offer you emotional or financial security?
Does your dog stimulate you intellectually?
Do you and your dog share your innermost fears and fantasies?
When you are sick, will your dog physically care for you?
There are 5 key elements to a relationship:
How can you have those 5 with a dog? How would a dog help you to express your individuality and identity? What about mutual concern, joint growth, open communication, and supporting each other? How would a dog help you to grow emotionally or become self-actualized? Should we also treat our sons as dogs?
Dogs do not have the power of choice; humans do. Choosing to believe that men are like dogs only serves to insult women's intelligence and leave them unfulfilled, unsatisfied and single. Women would be better served to find equality in relationships rather than trying to master their mate, like a dog.