The 100 Silliest Things People Say About Dogs Paperback – July 27, 2009
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I am only to Myth 13 but I have already learned more from this book than I have in a long time. For Example I had no idea that the concept of the canine hiearchy came out of the Nazi regime. Some of the information seems subjective like the issue of communication. But it makes way more sense than the way we have been labeling their actions.
Because of the scientific nature of the book it would be very difficult to read but so far none of the myths have taken more than may 5-7 pages to explain. Then you come to the next two that are a page each. It moves just fast enough so you can't wait to see what awaits you.
Strange to write a review before you finish a book but from where I sit the first 13 chapters are worth the purchase and I don't think I have even gotten to the good stuff yet.
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Update: Having contacted the publisher to point out provable errors I recieved no reply. It seems to me they are more interested in selling books than being accurate. I also suggest you actually research the references. Most of them don't seem to relate to the "fact" they are supposed to support. Scientific? I suspect most scientist would disagree.
After years of reading a vast array of dog books, this one was still full of surprises. It successfully challenges many of the damanging and false misconceptions about dogs; from pack theories to dominance, and where people went wrong with these beliefs, how they came to be, and how they are totally against modern research and knowledge. It also covers many other topics, and really does help in the understanding of dogs.
One by one, Semyonova picks apart many myths and backs up most of her claims with credible sources. The book is easy to read and you can jump from one myth to another if you wish.
I've only given 4 stars because the author seems to have some issue with staffordshire / terrier / pit bull breeds that proved to be largely unfounded. I approached these topics with a totally open mind, researching her sources and references. In this case, Semyonova has based these assumptions in a very poor source; largely a website that has been proven to falsify statistics and give out false information, and is run by one woman who is not qualified or experienced with dogs in any way. This is a great shame, as a I was able to find vast amounts of sources that proved the opposite of her claims.
My only mild reserve is that I got the impression that the writer thought of the title first and then had to repeat a few things to make up the "100". However, any repetition served to emphasise the key thoughts and beliefs. Well worth the read.
This book not only covers a much wider range of myths, but also is geared towards general dog owners and is easy to read. Alexandra Semyonova explains in clear detail exactly why these myths are not the truth about dogs and clearly displays what is the truth.
I think everyone should own a copy of this book, whether you are a dog professional or a dog owner. It is simply brilliant and I hope that it will help to change a few more minds away from the out-dated and sometimes downright unfair training methods and beliefs that surround dog behaviour and training currently.
This is nevertheless an important book and her arguments are mostly well-founded and well-made. I don't share Ms Semyonova's very negative views of human psychology, but reading this book gives one an opportunity to question one's motivation if tempted to use quick-fix agressive or punitive training methods.