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Victoria (YSB) - reviewed The Truth about Dogs: An Inquiry into the Ancestry, Social Conventions, Mental Habits, and Moral Fiber of Canis Familiaris on + 636 more book reviews
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I really didn't enjoy this at all. Which is a surprise, since I adore to read about dogs. But this book didn't offer any new information (other than offering an explanation for why Buns peed around Mary - because she's so tall!); what was the most upsetting was that the man didn't actually seem to like dogs very much. Also, the book really discounted the connection between a dog and its owner. And, I must admit, the gene-therapy at the end, I could only skim... it was a little too boring. Oh - and this book made a one paragraph dismissal of Rupert Sheldrake's entire book.
After reading The Character of Cats, another book by the author, I was pleased to find this book at a local used book store. This book does not disappoint. It explains the evolution of dogs and origins of behavior in a way that any pet lover who is not a scientist could understand. The authos does a valuable service by pointing out the differences in ways that dogs , interact with humans versus each other, thus putting to rest the dated but common idea that we should treat dogs as though we are dogs also (alpha rolls, etc.)
The tone of the book is light-hearted but contains some excellent research that will help you understand your dog better.