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Canine Confidential

Why Dogs Do What They Do
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviors you see at a dog park. We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails, but what about when they sniff and roll on a stinky spot? Why do they play tug-of-war with one dog, while showing their bellies to another? Why are some dogs shy, while others are bold? What goes on in dogs' heads and hearts-and how much can we know and understand? 

Canine Confidential has the answers. Written by award-winning scientist and lifelong dog lover Marc Bekoff, it not only brilliantly opens up the world of dog behavior, but also helps us understand how we can make our dogs' lives the best they can possibly be. 

Rooted in the most up-to-date science on cognition and emotion - fields that have exploded in recent years - Canine Confidential is a wonderfully accessible treasure trove of new information and myth-busting. Peeing, we learn, isn't always marking; grass-eating isn't always an attempt to trigger vomiting; it's okay to hug a dog - on their terms; and so much more. There's still much we don't know, but at the core of the book is the certainty that dogs do have deep emotional lives, and that as their companions we must try to make those lives as rich and fulfilling as possible.

©2018 Marc Bekoff (P)2018 Tantor

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Annoying narrator but pretty good book

The narrator reads in an irritating tone which is a shame as it could have been far more enjoyable if it had been read well. He’s kind of patronising, like he’s reading a mystical tale to a class of 3 year olds...

I learnt a few things from this book and confirmed other things I knew from similar books. I like the importance Bekoff placed on positive training/teaching methods and treating dogs properly and in line with a dog’s way of thinking and being in the world. The sections on how dogs ‘bridge the ethical gap’ in terms of how humanity treats animals is also very enlightening and an important message to put out there.

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Great book.

I loved this book! Marc talks about every possible scenario a dog parent will have thought at one point of another. The book delves into the mind of the dog, quoting many studies that have been done to explain canine behaviour. It has given me a lot to think about and has changed the way I look and treat my furry companions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-19

The narration was so BAD!

I’m not quite sure if the book was good or not, the narration was so bad I couldn’t get past the first 2 chapters...

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  • Laika
  • 08-03-19

For dog parents and hobby scientists

I have listened to plenty of books about dog behavior and science, and this one was really ... eye opening! Why? It is honest, the author simply says we really don't know much, and stresses how important it is to individually assess every dog, as every dog is different. I liked the examples, and the very positive approach towards dog-human relationships.

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  • Dawnwhisper
  • 04-01-20

Absolutely Must Listen!

I urge every dog owner, lover and professional to listen to Canine Confidential. This book expands on so many avenues of our dog's behavior and well-being. Full of referenced studies to discuss why dogs do what they do. It also goes into the truth about dominance, dog parks, well-fare and the laws on dogs.
This book helped open up my mind to the individuality of each dog and how we must mind our dogs and remember how much we ask of them.

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  • Liliana Piegari
  • 23-05-18

Great description of our relationship with dogs

The autor shares his wide experience observing dogs and humans interacting. Interesting for dog lovers.

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