Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2018
Overall Thoughts
I purchased this book for one of my college classes and normally, I just sparknotes those kinds of books, but that was not the case for this one. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I got this book. I thought it would be just a book that talks about how awesome companion animals are and how much they improve our lives. Which, this book did have its fair share of that, but it had so much more to bring to the table. It was actually very informative and opened my eyes to the way animals view the world. It discusses behavioral aspects in animals and actually is really educational on how to even work with these animals.
Targeted Audience
I would recommend anybody who is in the animal science field, works with animals on a daily basis, or even just owns a pet themselves to read this book. One thing about working in the animal science field or anything of that nature, most times people have no idea what to do or how to act around animals. They are incredibly book smart, but most people don’t know how to handle these animals. This book focuses a lot on emotion and behavior of these animals. She goes into detail on what motivates these animals to act the way they do and also what to do in response. I think this book should be a part of every animal science curriculum.
More Levels To The Book
Not only does it inform you on what to do in certain situations with animals or how to handle them, but it also helps educate on what makes these animals happy and how to give them a stimulating, successful living environment. A huge aspect of this book is their happiness and making sure they have the best environment possible. For example, how birds get incredibly bored very quickly, and if they don’t get their cages changed around often, they can get so bored or stressed that they will begin to pluck out their own feathers. Before reading this book, I wouldn’t even consider birds being capable of getting that bored. So this doesn’t only improve their mental health, but also prevents them from doing physical harm to themselves.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a passion for animals. Temple Grandin does a great job in backing up these statements on emotional wellbeing of animals with facts and studies, which can be very hard to do. She is an incredibly wise woman and anyone could benefit from her writing.
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