Dog is love : why and how your dog loves you / Clive D. L. Wynne.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: A pioneering canine behaviorist draws on cutting-edge research to show that a single, simple trait--the capacity to love--is what makes dogs such perfect companions for humans, and to explain how people can better reciprocate their affection.
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      Xephos -- What makes dogs special? -- Dogs care -- Body and soul -- Origins -- How dogs fall in love -- Dogs deserve better.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-251) and index.
    • Other Titles:
      Why and how your dog loves you.
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Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1

Do dogs love us? Or are they just beholden to us for food and shelter? Any dog lover will stand by the former assertion, but animal behaviorist Wynne wanted definitive answers. His quest led him to read all available research, visit wolf centers, and conduct his own experiments. The studies are interesting, particularly those in which dogs' brains are studied when given a choice between human interaction (with praise) or food rewards. Overwhelmingly, dogs prefer human interaction, and based on MRIs, they are making these choices in the same part of the brain where they choose edible treats. Wynne's investigations further showed that hormones and a dog's genetic code also play large roles in their desire for human contact. His relentless search for answers leads him to conclude what all dog lovers know: "Dogs desire to form close connections, to have warm personal relationships." How wolves became interested in humans is still largely conjecture, but that may be the subject of a future book. For any scientifically inclined dog lover, this will be a fascinating read. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 September

This entry in the growing category of books examining the human-dog relationship is solidly supported by current research coming out of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. Canine behaviorist Wynne draws not only on studies conducted in his laboratory, but includes research from other scientists and institutions as evidenced in 13 pages of notes and references. Following a brief reminiscence about his exposure to pets as a child, the author dives into his thesis: What if dogs don't have cognitive abilities that enable them to understand humans (the longstanding opinion), but instead have some ability that hasn't been defined yet? Wynne believes that anthropomorphizing our animals is permissible and proper, and that ignoring our dogs' need for love is as unethical as mistreating them in other ways. The bond of love between dog and owner is strikingly similar to that found between couples. VERDICT After reading this book, readers may not perceive their relationship with their dog in the same way. Engagingly written and understandable by general audiences, this is a worthy addition to any pet lover's library. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]—Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 May #4

Wynne, an Arizona State University psychology professor and founding director of the school's Canine Science Collaboratory, argues that "dogs' love is the cornerstone of the dog-human relationship" in his entertaining first book. He challenges previous theories positing that dogs enjoyed their "special relationship with humans" thanks to a "unique form of intelligence" allowing them to understand human "communicative intentions." In one experiment, Wynne and his colleagues found evidence that wolves raised by humans can manifest this same trait, conveying to him that the dog-human bond rests on a different foundation. In another experiments, they led a dog into a room to find its owner in one spot and a bowl of food in another; the result suggested that "most dogs prefer to be with their person fed." Wynne also recounts the research of others, including fMRIs of dog brain activity during interactions with owners. The book only falters with Wynne's overly ambitious assertion that emotions as humans know them translate directly into canines' lived experience. But dog lovers will be fascinated and the takeaway message that "we can do better for our dogs," by keeping in mind that dogs feel a meaningful emotional connection to their human owners and thus should be treated respectfully and considerately, is solidly supported. (Sept.)

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