Why Does My Dog Act That Way?: A Complete Guide to Your Dog's Personality

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We've shared our lives with dogs for thousands of years, but they still act in ways that baffle us. To help us understand them better, Dr. Stanley Coren, the undisputed expert on dog behavior, intelligence, and training, tells the story of how dogs evolved over time into the myriad forms and breeds we love today. Not simply domesticated wolves, dogs are actually much more complex than wild canines; their ability to adapt to a man-made world is far more flexible, their personalities far more diverse. Fascinating findings reveal which breeds were bred to become more dominant, affectionate, cooperative, or even dangerous. This practical, surprising book also presents -- for the first time -- the "Dog Behavior Inventory," a simple, fun test based on the personality-profiling questionnaires used in human psychological studies that you can administer to your own dog to get a detailed picture of his personality and how he compares to other members of his breed. Then, using the findings of the U.S. Army's once- classified studies of "Superdogs," you can train your pet to become a real-life equivalent of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin -- a dog who is not disturbed, angered, or frightened by anything.

Filled with the entertaining anecdotes and scientific data that Dr. Coren's avid followers have come to expect and enjoy, this uniquely complete guide to dog psychology can help you to select a new companion and to understand and communicate better with your old friend.

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Stanley Coren an international authority on sidedness, is professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog (2010), among other books.

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As a psychologist, I have always wondered why some of the techniques that we use to predict human behaviors are not used on dogs, particularly that part of psychological science that deals with personality. I believe that each dog has a unique, measurable personality -- a product of the dog's genetic makeup and life history. As with humans, once you know your dog's personality, you can reasonably predict its behaviors in many circumstances and also recognize why your dog may behave differently from another dog in the same situation.

One special feature of this book is that it will show you how to create a Superdog, not one who flies and wears a cape, but a dog that is friendly, fearless, cooperative, intelligent, and trainable. The procedures are derived from the latest scientific data and involve actually shaping your dog's brain through particular handling and rearing practices and by deliberately arranging aspects of his living conditions. Some of this information is derived from documents describing fascinating research done by the U.S. Army Biosensor program, which have only recently been released under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

In this volume you will find a lot of new information, including an extensive listing of the personality profiles of 133 breeds of dogs, which I compiled based on data from 96 dog experts. I thank those experts for the many hours that they spent providing this material. This book also contains the first scientific study of heroic and helping behaviors in dogs based on 1,006 documented reports.

Finally, this book will provide you with a simple procedure to measure the personality of your own dog and compare it to other dogs of its breed. The test is valid and can be applied regardless of whether your dog is purebred or not. You can use the test results to predict your dog's behavior in many situations, and this can allow you to anticipate certain kinds of problems to which your dog may be susceptible.

Along with all this science and information, you will encounter stories that describe the interesting, exciting, and often unexpected behaviors of dogs. You will meet dogs that are heroes, helpers, friends, and loyal family members as well as a few unsavory examples of the species. You will develop a better understanding of the pet at your feet and see why he or she is neither a wolf in sheep's clothing nor a four-footed human in a fur coat.

On a personal note, I would also like to thank my wife, Joan, who went through the first draft of this book and offered many useful comments as well as some that are not printable. The book is much better (and shorter) because of her contribution.

Copyright © 2006 by SC Psychological Enterprises, Ltd.

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