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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.
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JENNIFER ARNOLD is the founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, a nonprofit organization that trains and provides service dogs for people with physical disabilities and special needs.From AudioFile:
For those of us who truly believe that dogs are man's best friends, Jennifer Arnold's audiobook cannot be ignored. She narrates the book herself, and keeps the dog-loving listener glued to the earphones with her passion and great respect for canines. Arnold set up a dog charity that retrained unruly dogs and found homes for them--all while juggling the huge bills and debts of her operation, which time after time were settled by nick-of-time donations. Listeners may cry--I certainly did. Arnold's deep love and dedication to dogs is woven throughout every chapter of this audiobook; the listener rides the highs of successes and the inevitable lows of occasional failures--all involving individual dogs the listener comes to know. The fruits of Arnold's works are laid out for all to hear, but do keep your handkerchief nearby--you will certainly need it. B.D.J. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Random House Audio, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0307737179
Book Description Random House Audio, 2010. Audio CD. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0307737179