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Originally published in 1954, Nobel laureate Lorenz's classic look at complex human-canine relationships includes a new introduction by Donald McCaig.
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  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (August 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415267455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415267458
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bierbrauer on December 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As usual with Konrad Lorenz the book deserves 5 stars. He has the most charming writing style and writes of his many dogs, and cats, in tones of wonder, friendship, joy, surprise and love. Here is a man who found his life task, he simply couldn't do anything else, it is his love, his joy his purpose in life. Its rare that this happens so easily in someone's life and in that sense he is a most fortunate man as well as the fact that he recognised this path early on in his life, even as a young boy.
Lorenz not only enjoys writing but does so from both a practical and deeply knowledgeable orientation. In this book he describes the many remarkable experiences he had with his dogs and also gives plenty of practical adice: such as when to buy a dog, what sort of dog to buy, dogs and children, canine personalities etc etc. As with his other book "King Solomons Ring" the book is full of his wonderful little drawings which are most expressive of each character trait of his dogs and cats.
The book is simply invaluable as a guide to sharing your life with your very own devoted friend, whether it be a jackal or lupus dog. there is much that was unknown to me such as the previous distinction between dog types or the fact that a dog's eyesight is poor and that dogs are capable of lying, astonishing.
The book is worth every penny and then some.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cherylle Cowley on August 22, 2006
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Beware of all people who borrow books. Their bark is promising and their bite is amnesiac. That is how I lost one of my pets (book).

Imagine my astonishment when I dug up a favourite old bone in a listless search on Amazon, Konrad Lorenz's `Man Meets Dog'. When I was twelve, this was already a buried relic from the 50s, which survived in my father's eclectic library. It articulated all my instincts about dogs and made a whole lot of new ideas sit up.

The impact of this warm, academic piece, read four decades ago, was such that I could, on reading it again, remember every detail.

Konrad Lorenz imagines, very creatively, how the dog was first domesticated and how ancient instincts form its (and the cat's) psychic, how this establishes their relationship with man and tells us a thing or two about what man's relationship should be with his dog and cat. Using personal anecdotes to denote scientific research, he leaves one unaware that you are accumulating knowledge, and the humanized and humorous drawings help along this illusion.

There are lots of modern animal behaviourists whispering about this very subject, but I have never noticed any acknowledgement for this charming pioneer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Psychology in 1973 and who achieves `that miraculous state which is the highest goal of oriental sages' by venturing into nature with his dog and turning the expression `going to the dogs' into a spiritual experience.

This is one bone I'm never sharing again, so find your own.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Al Fisher on December 3, 1997
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A slim and witty volume with many anecdotes from Lorenz's work as an animal behaviorist. But the jewel in the book is a single chapter where he lays out how to train a dog so that the dog understands what you want of him. Train your dog in two weeks, 30 minutes a day.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By noman on August 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mr. "Kelley" hasn't read or understood the book and certainly doesn't know much about dogs or training. If he'd checked he might have noticed the first edition was in 1953 and based on research/observations going back to the 1920's. Dogs as 'pets' are a new concept. Until fairly recently dogs were strong, aggressive working animals used for herding, hunting, police, military use. I suggest Mr. "Kelley" look at training manuals from those days. He will see that trainers used a lead with a three foot length of dowling rod attached to hold the dog off of them during training. Not because the dog was vicious, simply because it was known and accepted that they were attempting to train a big tough carnivore (not a lap dog) and it only made sense to take reasonable precautions. I've talked to breeders and trainers who've had to separate some big (150+) pound males by beating them apart with shovels. Extreme? Well, the fire hose didn't work and that was a last resort. It managed to distract the dogs long enough to separate them. It turned out someone had brought a female in season into an area that was clearly marked as off limits to intact females.

A cursory look at my copy (Penguin Books reprint 1988) shows two "beatings":
p22:". . .a dingo . . .his manner changed entirely when he was about one and a half years olf: he still accepted every form of punishment, even a beating, without resistance, but, as soon as the business was over, he shook himself, gave a friendly wag of his tail and ran off, inviting me to chase him."
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Group on May 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Lorenz is a keen observer of dog behavior and a wonderful teller of tales. On that level, the book is very enjoyable and highly recommended. Where is comes up short, though, is in the science.
While his many tales are very insightful, they are not necessarily indications of general behavior. And though the book is a wealth of information, some information is clarified or discredited by more recent research (see Desmond Morris' DOGWATCHING and Stephen Budiansky's THE TRUTH ABOUT DOGS). His jackal/wolf theory about dog evolution, in particular, is invalid. He gives some valuable information about dog ownership, though this book is not a complete guide to owning a dog.
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