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Through a Dog's Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World Hardcover – August 10, 2010
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Arnold, founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing service dogs for people with disabilities, educates and inspires in this transformative guide to training and celebrating service animals. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 16, Arnold was encouraged by her father to start an organization devoted to helping people with physical disabilities. Now after 20 years of dog training, she shares her methodology and stories of canine intelligence, sensitivity, language comprehension, and prescience bordering on telepathy. She offers shining examples of the heroism of service dogs, from anticipating seizures to resetting a ventilator switch. Along the way, she emphasizes choice-based, positive-reinforcement-only teaching methods and shares valuable insights that every dog owner should know. Engagingly written with a perfect balance of science and observation, this book--soon to be a PBS one hour special and series--is a worthy tribute to our canine friends.
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“Transformative . . . [Arnold] shares her methodology and stories of canine intelligence, sensitivity, language comprehension, and prescience bordering on telepathy. . . . Along the way, she emphasizes choice-based, positive-reinforcement-only teaching methods and shares valuable insights that every dog owner should know. Engagingly written with a perfect balance of science and observation, this book . . . is a worthy tribute to our canine friends.”
— Publishers Weekly
"Through vivid, memorable, moving stories, Jennifer Arnold provides a scientific argument for what dog lovers everywhere already know: Dogs love, dogs trust, dogs sense, dogs feel. And they deserve to be treated accordingly. This book’s message is simply the truth."
— Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
“Arnold’s voice is assertive with experience—her insights into working with dogs are hard-won after years of close interaction. … The author’s storehouse of anecdotal evidence is telling and entertaining, and her demolition of various alpha-model and negative-reinforcement teaching techniques is thorough and lofty.” — Kirkus
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Arnold's view of dogs might be astounding to some readers, however: she states, for example, that dogs demonstrate "theory of mind," providing several examples. In this, she's willing to go farther toward recognizing dogs as thinking decision makers than most dogs experts -- but I don't think she goes far enough. She clings to a common but, I think, incorrect view that dogs cannot make "moral" choices, dismissing the idea that dogs can "know better," that is, that a dog can make "the right" choice, even if it goes against his training, instinct, or even self-interest. She cites as one example dogs who take food from countertops, stating that "nothing that hunts for a living will leave available food untouched unless they are not hungry, and even then they may take what's available." This not only echoes the familiar, if incorrect and outdated, view of "dogs as wolves" (after all, how many domestic dogs hunt for a living?) -- it's simply not true. Dogs can be taught not to take what's not theirs; all of the dogs I have trained have learned that lesson in early puppyhood.
Another area where I hesitantly venture to disagree with Arnold is that I think she over-idealizes dogs, sometimes making them sound too much like the "good wives" described in 1950s marriage manuals: eager to please, living only to serve, selfless, and heroic. I do not mean to detract from dogs' many good qualities -- I find dogs to be the most interesting and pleasant companions around -- but I have certainly encountered in all dogs individual preferences and agendas that don't always mesh with the ideas of the humans around them. Their individuality and complexity is what makes them interesting to be with, and I think painting them broadly as helpful and eager to do our bidding shortchanges them.
Arnold and her organization (Canine Assistants, a top service dog organization located in Georgia) are strongly opposed to the use of force in training and she presents her viewpoint articulately. Since she and I studied with the same mentor (Bonnie Bergin of the Bergin University of Canine Studies), we advocate nearly identical approaches to educating dogs. Arnold strongly emphasizes the bond between the human and the dog in her methods of raising and educating dogs, and this comes across strongly in her book.
Overall, the book is a fun and heartwarming read and will give readers not only a new appreciation for the wonderful abilities of dogs but a great insight into the ways service dogs transform people's lives as well.
This book has some training, but what's truly life altering are the stories Mrs. Arnold shares of her life and the creation of Canine Assistants. Her approach to dog training has already greatly benefited my relationship with my hyperactive border collie puppy and I hadn't even gotten to the training chapter yet! If you want to read a helpful, heartwarming, inspiring book, this is it.
Mrs. Arnold's writing style is very enjoyable to read, and this book is full of scientific facts -- not popular hype. Any gripes Mrs. Arnold has with what science has found or determined, she offers well-reasoned arguments that absolutely give the reader no pressure, but certainly make a lot of sense. I highly recommended this book to all my friends and dog training colleagues after reading just the first 25 pages. I immediately ordered her second book, a followup with more information on her training style, and can't wait to start that next.