Dogs have shared our lives for thousands of years - to the benefit of both species. However, it's only relatively recently that dogs, in many societies, have lived primarily as companions within the heart of the home.
This close relationship, together with society's expectations of dogs, can pose problems. All relationships have challenges and where individuals of different species live closely together, these can be magnified, and misunderstandings occur. These can lead to fractures in the family/dog relationship, and, in some cases, result in dogs developing behaviors that are problematic for us.
This unique book, written by professionals in the field, explains how and why many of these misunderstandings occur, and how we can work to resolve them. It aims to help us adjust the way we interact with our dogs, in order to help our dogs be well behaved, whilst at the same time enabling us to enjoy fulfilling relationships and a good quality of life with them.
Especially commissioned images illustrate the text, and worksheets are provided to help owners focus on the areas where their dog and situation can benefit from applying the suggestions made.
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Helen Zulch is a veterinarian who qualified in South Africa, and has since worked in a number of areas of veterinary science. She developed an interest in animal behaviour and has consulted and lectured in the field for over ten years, moving to the University of Lincoln, England, to continue her career. Helen's main interests and areas of research include the prevention of behaviour problems through appropriate early life experiences. She has owned and trained dogs for over 21 years. Helen is involved in the development of the Life Skills training and research programme - which includes training classes - which this book is based on. Her other dog training books include 'No Walks, No Worries', and "Helping Minds Meet".Daniel Mills is an internationally recognised veterinary behaviour specialist and Professor in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine at the University of Lincoln, UK. He initially worked in the animal charity sector, developing his interest in problem prevention, before moving into academia about 20 years ago. After completing his PhD, Daniel became the first person to be recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine and was subsequently recognised by the European College and Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. His main areas of research focus around the biological basis of problem behaviour and the recognition of emotional states in animals, which has led to the development and promotion of a number of novel approaches to managing problem behaviour.Peter Baumber is a multi-skilled photographer with specific expertise and experience in the field of classic motorcycles, portraiture, dogs and cats. On commissioned projects he works closely with authors and editors to ensure that the images he creates best illustrate the subject matter.Review:
"I've just finished Helping Minds Meet. Congratulations! Beautifully illustrated and laid out. Peter Baumber has really captured the essence and meaning of the text with his photographs and it's very well illustrated. Helen and Daniel have successfully achieved the task of incorporating many principles of behaviour modification in a way that the pet owner can understand and apply, with a strong emphasis on building relationships. In highlighting and celebrating the differences between dogs and people and in offering sensible solutions to help overcome these differences, they have achieved an excellent and readable guide for dog owners. It's certainly one to recommend alongside Life Skills for Puppies and No Walks? No Worries! Great job!" - Kate Mallatratt, Contemplating Canines
"an invaluable tool should you wish to alter an aspect of your canine companion's behaviour - either to benefit those of us with two legs or to help your pet understand you better." - Lost and Fond and Winnie's Blog
"a refreshing way to look at our relationship with dogs ... a must have book for all those that want to learn how to better understand and communicate with their canine companion." - Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC)
"Highly recommended for dog owners everywhere." - Midwest Book Review
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Buchbeschreibung Veloce Publishing Ltd Jul 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Explains how and why misunderstandings between dog and human occur, and how pet owners can work to resolve them. Written by professionals in the field. 96 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781845845766