A stirring, inspiring book with the power to change the way we understand and communicate with our dogs.
Few people are more qualified to speak about the abilities and potential of dogs than Jennifer Arnold, who for the past twenty years has trained service dogs for people with physical disabilities and special needs. Arnold has developed a unique understanding of dogs' capabilities, intelligence, sensitivity, and extra-sensory skills. Her training method is based on teaching dogs to make choices—as opposed to following commands—through kindness and encouragement rather than fear and submission, and her results are extraordinary. To Arnold, dogs are neither wolves in need of a pack leader nor babies in need of coddling; rather, they are extremely trusting beings attuned to their owners' needs and they aim to please. Relationships between dogs and humans go awry when we fail to understand our dogs and when we send them confusing, mixed signals. Arnold's firsthand experience—from what moved her to start her exemplary nonprofit and how she developed her methodology—guides this book and gives it a powerful emotional heft. Stories drawn from Arnold's life and the lives of the dogs who were her greatest teachers are convincing, unforgettable, and compelling testimony and make this book a heart-warming, captivating read that will forever change the way you see your dog by showing you the way your dog sees the world.
From the Hardcover edition.
Jennifer Arnold, who has spent the last 20 years training service dogs for disabled people, shares her holistic approach to dog training and recounts numerous inspirational stories about how dogs can definitively impact and improve a person's life. According to Arnold, dogs are highly intelligent and responsive creatures who will try to please their owner at every opportunity once a congenial bond has been established. Arnold provides plenty of specific, proven advice for dog owners, but the most powerful and enduring parts of her book are her touching tales of having seen how her dogs have dramatically enhanced the lives of disabled people, in both practical and emotional terms.
- Psychology, Pets, Nature
- Animals, Dogs, Dogs / General, General
- August 10, 2010
- August 10, 2010
- Jennifer Arnold
- Jennifer Arnold (Narrator)