- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (March 3, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553375261
- ISBN-13: 978-0553375268
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dog Who Loved Too Much: Tales, Treatments and the Psychology of Dogs Paperback – March 3, 1997
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This is one of the best books for dog trainers and pet owners to come along in years. Dodman, a veterinarian, teaches behavioral pharmacology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and is the director of its Behavior Clinic. He is well known and respected for his research on domestic animal behavior and holds three patents for pharmacological solutions to problem behavior. While he recognizes the power of medications to help provide answers to some training and behavior problems, he looks upon those solutions as a last resort and back-up to well-constructed assessments of the owner/dog relationships and thoroughly planned rehabilitation programs based on behavior modification and obedience training. The 14 chapters in this book relate actual cases from Dodman's clinical practice. He is clear in his explanations and cuts to the core of each problem. Part 1 deals with types of aggression: dominance, rage, territorial/fear, dog vs. dog, and dog versus baby. Part 2 discusses the fear of thunderstorms, inanimate objects, and separation, particularly geriatric separation anxiety. The final section deals with compulsive behaviors, hallucinations, lick granuloma, and house-soiling. A summary table follows each chapter, highlighting the key symptoms and treatments for the condition discussed. The information, practical advice, and treatments are well above average for problem-solving training books. This one deserves a place on every dog trainer's shelf and in every pet owner's home. Highly recommended.?Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P. L., Milwaukee, Wis.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dog psychology is a relatively new branch of veterinary science. Until 20 years ago, treatment for undesired canine conduct was referred to dog trainers. Dr. Dodman, professor at the renowned Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, is an expert on domestic animal behavioral and psychological research. His work with problem dogs has led to humane therapies. Rather than putting a beloved pet to sleep for seemingly unchangeable or dangerous behavior, Dodman has diagnosed and successfully treated dogs for aggression, noise phobia, elimination problems, obsessive licking, and separation anxiety. By comparing canine and human brains, he has also prescribed such psychotropic drugs as Prozac and buspirone to medicate behavioral disorders. To get beyond irrational fears of window shades and thunderstorms, desensitization (introducing an animal to something it's afraid of in a slow, systematic manner) is combined with carefully prescribed drugs. After a dog's behavior changes for the better, the medication is often curtailed; generally, none of the undesirable mannerisms returns. Dodman's findings could provide solutions for owners who have nearly given up hope for their unruly dogs. Jennifer Henderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although I'll keep this book on my shelf and I'm sure I'll refer to it from time to time, I would recommend two other books first: "The Other End of the Leash," by Patricia McConnell, an ethologist and certified animal behaviorist, and "Understanding 'Dog Mind'" by Bonnie Bergin, the woman who pioneered the "service dog concept. McConnell is a better writer than Dodman (nearly equal to the wonderful if idiosyncratic Elizabeth Marshall Thomas), and Bergin is simply a genius on the subject of canine behavior and training. When I read her book, and I've read dozens on the subject, I kept saying, "This is it; she's really nailed it."
The first chapter of the book "Leader of the Pack" illustrated perfectly our situaion. Applying the lessons in the book have changed everything 100% immediately after implementing the techniques described. No more aggressive behavior, and much happier people and pets.
Look past the writing style and grab hold of the content to get the most out of this book. You'll have to dig a bit in the writings because of the story-like writing style, but the end of each chapter has a very nice summary that is very useful for at-a-glance referencing.
Dr. Dodman also charges a premium for consultations like the ones he references in the book, so the few bucks I spent on this book were well worth it, indeed!
I loved this book. I learned so much. I learned to not play with flashlight beams with puppies and not encourage those types of behaviors. I learned how to react, and not react, to a dog's fear of loud noises or thunder.
I thank the author and publisher for making this book available and opening the door to the public about dog behavior. I look forward to reading his next book A-Z.
The style is very accessible, with little stories about the dogs and then capsule reviews with the salient points of treatment. My only problem with the writing is that Dr. Dodman's ego manages to shine through on every page.