In a Dog's Heart
A Compassionate Guide to Canine Care, from Adopting to Teaching to Bonding
By Jennifer Arnold
(Spiegel & Grau, Paperback, 9780812982459, 256pp.)
Publication Date: December 2012
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AN INDISPENSABLE GUIDE FOR ANY DOG OWNER—NEW OR SEASONED
Jennifer Arnold has come to a unique understanding of the human-dog bond over the two decades she has spent raising and training service dogs for Canine Assistants. She developed a methodology—Choice Teaching—that pairs scientific and behavioral knowledge about dogs with gentle incentive and encouragement to extraordinary effect. Here Arnold shares
• how to choose the puppy that’s destined for you and what to have on hand before you bring that puppy home
• best practices when it comes to teaching your dog essential and even lifesaving commands
• what to stock in your doggie first-aid kit
• how to keep your pet safe from dangers at home and in the outside world
• how to help your dog overcome anxious behavior, from separation anxiety to thunderstorm phobia
• the challenges and rewards of adopting an older dog
Throughout the book are captivating stories of the extraordinary ways in which dogs prove themselves worthy of our care and devotion—and how we can, and why we should, help them achieve what they so deserve.
“This guide is as practical as it is wise, a keeper book for ready reference.”—Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog
“An informative and entertaining book . . . [Arnold’s] insightful words provide knowledge every dog owner needs.”—Publishers Weekly
Jennifer Arnold is the founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, a service-dog school based in Milton, Georgia. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Through a Dog’s Eyes, which was also the subject of a PBS documentary. She lives with her husband, veterinarian Kent Bruner, son Chase, three dogs, Bob the cat, eight horses, and a number of other animals.
Canine Assistants is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing service dogs for children and adults who have physical disabilities, epilepsy, or other special needs. Canine Assistants does not charge for the service it provides; rather, it relies on the generosity of those who recognize that helping one benefits us all.
Praise for In a Dog’s Heart
“With insight and compassion, Jennifer Arnold guides us through the inside of a dog’s heart and teaches us how to build a relationship of love and trust on both sides. This guide is as practical as it is wise, a keeper book for ready reference.”—Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog
Praise of Jennifer Arnold’s Through a Dog’s Eyes
“A perfect balance of science and observation, this book . . . is a worthy tribute to our canine friends.”—Publishers Weekly
“Charming.”—The Washington Post
“Arnold’s voice is assertive with experience. . . . Her storehouse of anecdotal evidence is telling and entertaining, and her demolition of various alpha-model and negative reinforcement teaching techniques is thorough and lofty.”—Kirkus Reviews
“There can be no doubt Jennifer Arnold knows her stuff when it comes to training dogs.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Vivid, memorable, moving . . . This book’s message is simply the truth.”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants and Ape House