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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not quite as wonderful as I'd been led to believe, March 28, 2005
This review is from: Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (Hardcover)
I was interested in this book as a dog trainer, hoping to acquire insights into dog behavior. Unlike some other reviewers, I am also happy to read about autism and the meat packing industry as well. On those subjects I am incompetent to judge. However, as far as dogs go, Ms. Grandin has nothing on truly observant experienced dog trainers. She makes wild generalizations I know are not supported by evidence ("all Labs are like x"; "wolflike-appearing breeds are actually more wolflike in behavior"; "white dogs are crazy", etc.) Her ideas about dogs might be taken as remarkable by the complete novice to the subject--which is most people--but are no news to anyone who has been around the block, except where they are apparently inventions of her own.

She could be way cool on the other subjects she touches on. She has a very accessible style of writing, possibly attributable to her co-author.

If you want an understanding of dog behavior, try the classic "Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson.
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