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Beware the Straw Man: The Science Dog Explores Dog Training Fact & Fiction Paperback – November 14, 2014
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The book is enjoyable to read. Interesting, not dry. Reading this will benefit your dog.
I should note that I bought this book months ago and also have, and love, Linda Case's Dog Food Logic. I was recently offered a free kindle copy of Linda Case's upcoming book if I reviewed this one. This offer in no way influenced what I wrote. I find Linda Case to write interesting articles and books that are well researched and insightful and I look forward to her next book!
The book starts out explaining in very easy to understand terms on how to really understand the sources of information on dogs, behavior, and training. After that, it summarizes several studies on all the hot topic issues around behavior and training.
The dog park detractors will probably love the chapter (30) called Dog Park People. The author is also down on dog parks, but the really interesting result of the study is that the behavior of the owners is at the root of the problem. That may not be a surprise to most, but at least there's some research to back up that notion.
It's a relatively short and easy read at 188 pages, and you come away with a better understanding of how to distinguish good and bad information.
Ms. Case provides an easy-to-read reminder of how even non-scientists can be critical thinkers and protect themselves and their dogs from the flood of misinformation circulated on television and social media, and provided by well-intentioned, though mislead, fellow dog lovers.
Fantastic book. The author addresses topics from recent science on dog behavior and training. Her writing is direct and accessible to non-specialists as well as professionals. The topics are interesting and relevant to most (if not all) dog owners and written clearly and with humour.
If you own a dog, train dogs, live with dogs, know a dog, - or just admire one from afar - then you should definitely read this book.
Her Blog, The Science Dog is also a fascinating resource.
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