Your Dog Is your Mirror

Your Dog Is your Mirror

The Emotional Capacity of Our Dogs and Ourselves

Book - 2011
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In Your Dog Is Your Mirror , dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog's behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn't respond to its owner based on what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels . And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions.

Behan was originally trained under the dominance theory by his father, John Behan, one of the first in America to make dog training a career. But he eventually came to believe that what made the modern dog trainable was not the dominance hierarchy but the dog's ability to work as a cooperative group member in the hunt. This ability then evolved into an emotional capacity that perfectly complements human emotion.

Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined -- by heart -- and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs' most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2011.
ISBN: 9781577316961
1577316967
Branch Call Number: 636.7/BEHAN
Characteristics: xxxiii, 309 p. ; 24 cm.

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MikelleCaine
Jun 22, 2013

Good read though I didn’t agree with everything said. Very useful and a top recommendation for people wanting to get a dog. Reader beware.

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gmlondon
Jan 20, 2012

Author spends the first 50 pages dropping names of famous people his father apparently knew. More of an auto-biography of his life, experiences, and personal beliefs. After 90 pages I started skimming pages to find the part where he was supposed to say how my dog is my mirror. Gave up. Did not finish the book. Can't say I have ever done that before - especially not a book about dogs.

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JudithE
Oct 15, 2011

Strange, but sort of interesting. I only got half way through before I had to return the book, but I won't bother requesting it again. I love the premise, but found myself wildly disagreeing with some of his basic philosophy (that dogs are emotion only, and have no rationality -- that's not my experience, and it's not what research shows). However, I was hoping to get something useful and usable out of his approach, and though I felt the tendrils of an idea, I didn't have anything to hold on to by half way through the book.

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