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The Intelligence of Dogs: Canine Consciousness and Capabilities Hardcover – March 28, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press/Macmillan; 1st edition (March 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029066832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029066836
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This carefully reasoned, historically minded volume examines human thinking about dogs as much as it speculates about the cognitive abilities of dogs themselves. Coren, a psychologist, dog trainer and lifelong dog devote, makes no bones about his respect for canine intelligence, and he shores up his discussion with examples, with thoughtfully analyzed surveys of veterinarians, dog obedience judges and other experts, and with research findings from ethologists and animal behaviorists. He identifies various aspects of canine intelligence, noting, for example, that a dog with a pronounced aptitude for problem-solving (e.g., a poodle or Doberman pinscher) cannot perform mundane tasks like herding or hunting nearly as well as supposedly less intelligent dogs (sheepdogs or terriers) that have been bred for these skills. He then assesses different breeds with regard to their intellectual strengths and weaknesses, taking pains to demonstrate that sensitive, consistent handling can enormously enhance the skills of a "not-so-smart dog" and that inept handling can be ruinous to a canine Einstein. Tests allow readers to calculate the IQs of their own dogs; determined owners can implement sensible suggestions designed to strengthen their pet's brainpower.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The author, a research psychologist and dog trainer, has drawn heavily on both disciplines to present the natural history of dogs and theories about their minds. He outlines the three factors encompassing total intelligence--instinctive intelligence, learning and problem-solving, and obedience potential--and shows readers how to attain a dog's innate potential. Coren describes the various uses for dogs, and he lists the breeds most and least suitable for each. He also includes aptitude and intelligence tests. This is an excellent reference for those who wish to train dogs for such purposes as obedience shows, this will also interest readers who want just house pets besause of the information on selection and training and the historical and anecdotal content. The extensive bibliography lists books in groupings by specific topics. For natural history and pet collections.
- A. Louis Shor, DVM, Veterinary Consultant, Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dobriana on September 30, 2011
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as Stanley Coren says "there are three general categories of books about dogs: veterinary books, books on dog training and obedience, and photograph-filled books describing the various dog breeds", well, The Intelligence of Dogs is the fourth kind of book that I was really searching for. Enjoying it very much!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emp on August 3, 2011
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This is a ground-breaking dog book revealing greater understanding about dog breed specific intelligence and behaviors with writings firmly based on knowledge not theory. This is an easy read for most dog lovers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ceolsidhe on September 23, 2013
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What an excellent book on and all about every breed of dogs. The author knows what he is talking about! I refer to it a lot!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nigel on March 4, 2014
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I found myself wishing this were longer! It's well written, with some interesting facts about dogs. I've read a lot of similar literature, and this doesn't contain a whole lot of new information, but it's definitely worth a read. Coren has some good input on several subjects, and the canine IQ test is pretty cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SXavierK on March 17, 2012
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I got this book because I thought he topic would be interesting and I was preparing for a puppy. I expected the book to be somewhat dry, but once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it if you are at all interested in dogs.
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