Companion dogs. They are the best — nonjudgmental, good listeners after a tough day at the office, good motivators to get us humans off the couch and outdoors. There are so many benefits to having these canine companions in our lives.
But do we let them roll in stinky stuff? Nope. Do we get embarrassed when they sniff crotches or hump our human friends’ legs? Yep. Yet this is completely acceptable behavior in the dog world. In the human world, not so much.
Dogs are amazingly adaptive and resilient and find ways to survive even in environments that aren’t particularly dog friendly. Most people want their dogs to thrive (versus being labeled with behavioral problems) and the best way to do that is to learn as much as possible about who dogs really are and what they need from us, say Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce in the enclosed advance copy of, Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (March 5, 2019).
As the demand for dog trainers and veterinary behaviorists attests, dogs are not naturally adapted to living with and among modern humans. They give up a lot of freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the comfort and care they get from humans.
Unleashing Your Dog builds on the latest research in canine science and provides many practical ways that allow dogs to exercise their senses, in addition to exercising their brains and their muscles. Bekoff and Pierce show that it is possible to let dogs be dogs without wreaking havoc on our own lives. They begin by illuminating the true nature of dogs and helping us “walk in their paws.” They reveal what smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing mean to dogs and then guide readers through everyday ways of enhancing a dog’s freedom in safe, mutually happy ways. The rewards, they show, are great — for dog and human alike.
Continuing to build on ways to “let your dog be a dog,” with as much patience and good will as possible, Bekoff and Pierce demonstrate how to give companion dogs the best life possible and provide a win-win for all. They are prepared to discuss with your audience:
- Their top three suggestions for easy ways for people to “unleash their dog”?
- Explaining that in addition to exercising muscles, joints, tendons, and bones, dogs need to exercise their senses — and why this is so important
- The importance of busting the myth that dogs are “just furry people.”
- Why they think that “citizen science” is so important for learning about dog behavior.
- The importance of dog training — it goes both ways to make it a true win-win. (continued)
Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and has received the Exemplar Award for long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior from the Animal Behavior Society. Marc writes regularly for Psychology Today and has published 31 books including The Emotional Lives of Animals. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. More info at www.MarcBekoff.com
Jessica Pierce is an Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. She is the author of nine books, including The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives and Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets, has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.T.S. from Harvard University and now lives in Colorado. More information at www.JessicaPierce.net
Unleashing Your Dog:
A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible
By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce
Pub. Date: March 5, 2019
Price: $15.95 / Trade Paper
Published by New World Library
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