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An intimate, surprising look at man’s best friend and what the leading philosophies of dog training teach us about ourselves. Years back, Melissa Holbrook Pierson brought home a border collie named Mercy, without a clue of how to get her to behave. Stunned after hiring a trainer whose immediate rapport with Mercy seemed magical, Pierson began delving into the techniques of positive reinforcement. She made her way to B. F. Skinner, the behavioral psychologist who started it all, the man who could train a pigeon to dance in minutes and whose research on how behavior is acquired has ramifications for military dolphin trainers, athletes, dancers, and, as he originally conceived, society at large. To learn more, Pierson met with a host of fascinating animal behaviorists, going behind the scenes to witness the relationships between trainers and animals at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, and to the in-depth seminars at a Clicker Expo where all the dogs but hers seemed to be learning new tricks. The often startling story of what became of a pathbreaking scientist’s work is interwoven with a more personal tale of how to understand the foreign species with whom we are privileged to live. Pierson draws surprising connections in her exploration of how kindness works to motivate all animals, including the human one.

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Genre: Pets
Author: Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release: 2015-05-04
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780393247237

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Now regarded as a classic in dog literature, Ken Foster's memoir chronicles his journey from first-time dog owner to rescuer--and all the lessons and mistakes he made along the way. Bookended by the tragedies of 9/11 and Katrina, Foster finds that dogs open his eyes to the benefits of compassion, selflessness, and the chaotic beauty of living each day in the moment. But more than Foster's own story, readers remember the dogs. Among them are Duque, a Costa Rican stray; Brando, Foster's first adopted dog and a supposed pit bull mix who outgrew his Manhattan studio apartment; Rocco, a clownish red pit bull whose owner mistakenly gives him away to the wrong person; Zephyr, a cheerful Rottweiler mix who awakens Foster by sitting on his chest when his heart stops working; and Sula, the tiny lost pit bull who showed up at Foster's door one day and stayed. Whether bearing witness to national tragedy, grieving the death of a friend, or dealing with his own mortality, Foster finds strength in his dogs, and in the reciprocal nature of rescue.

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Genre: Pets
Author: Ken Foster
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2016-08-01
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781493027613

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You and your dog are a lot alike. By several behavioral measures, your dog’s mental abilities are equivalent to those of a two to three and a half-year-old toddler. Dogs can learn up to 250 words, count from one to five and understand basic arithmetic. Your dog can imitate and understand your behavior and has a sense of fairness. Doesn’t it make sense to treat these sensitive, intelligent creatures a bit more like children? Kids—and dogs—raised with kindness and respect grow up happy. And happy is good. Modern Dog Parenting will show readers that yes, you can love your dog and live with him, too. Dogs (and the people who love them) are tired of the school of dominant, top-dog training. They are looking for a new kind of pack leader: someone funny, enthusiastic, intuitive, approachable, and, above all, effective. And they’ve found her. Sarah Hodgson rejects dominance-based training and gets astonishing results with a blend of wit, compassion, energy, and proven skills. She communicates instructions clearly, directs behavior compassionately, and rewards success lavishly. Topics include: *Understanding the signs your dog is giving you *Having fun while learning manners *How to fit your dog into your lifestyle *How to communicate lovingly and effectively with your dog

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Genre: Pets
Author: Sarah Hodgson
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release: 2016-09-06
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250095558

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After Eric Davis spent over 16 years in the military, including a decade in the SEAL Teams, his family was more than used to his absence on deployments and secret missions that could obscure his whereabouts for months at a time. Without a father figure in his own life since the age of fifteen, Eric was desperate to maintain the bonds he’d fought so hard to forge when his children were young—particularly with his son, Jason, because he knew how difficult it was to face the challenge of becoming a man on one’s own. Unfortunately, Eric learned the hard way that Quality Time doesn’t always show up in Quantity Time. Facebook, television, phones, video games, school, jobs, friends—they all got in the way of a real, meaningful father-son relationship. It was time to take action. As a SEAL, Eric learned to innovate and push boundaries, allowing him to function at levels beyond what was expected, comfortable, ordinary, and even imaginable, and he knew that as a father he needed to do the same with his son. Meeting extreme with extreme was the only answer. Using a unique blend of discipline, leadership, adventure, and grace, Eric and his SEAL brothers will teach you how to connect, and reconnect, with your sons and learn how to raise real men—the Navy SEAL way.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Eric Davis
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release: 2016-05-03
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250091741

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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 explains how we can better reciprocate their affection. “Lively and fascinating . . . The reader comes away cheered, better informed, and with a new and deeper appreciation for our amazing canine companions and their enormous capacity for love.” —Cat Warren, New York Times best-selling author of What the Dog Knows Does your dog love you? Every dog lover knows the feeling. The nuzzle of a dog’s nose, the warmth of them lying at our feet, even their whining when they want to get up on the bed. It really seems like our dogs love us, too. But for years, scientists have resisted that conclusion, warning against anthropomorphizing our pets. Enter Clive Wynne, a pioneering canine behaviorist whose research is helping to usher in a new era: one in which love, not intelligence or submissiveness, is at the heart of the human-canine relationship. Drawing on cutting‐edge studies from his lab and others around the world, Wynne shows that affection is the very essence of dogs, from their faces and tails to their brains, hormones, even DNA. This scientific revolution is revealing more about dogs’ unique origins, behavior, needs, and hidden depths than we ever imagined possible. A humane, illuminating book, Dog Is Love is essential reading for anyone who has ever loved a dog—and experienced the wonder of being loved back.

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Genre: Pets
Author: Clive D. L. Wynne
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release: 2019-09-24
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781328543981

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THE Translation of this venerable Piece of Antiquity is undertook upon a double Score; being designed as well to entertain the Curiosity of the Learned, as to supply the Defects of the Ignorant. If the original Language would have been more acceptable to the one, it would have been less intelligible to the other. I cannot, without uttering a Falsity, venture to affirm that so singular and valuable a Piece will be made Public, at least as yet: And in the mean Time I shall flatter myself, that this little Essay may contribute in some sort or other to the diversion, if not Instruction, of People in every Condition of Life. If this is well received, the other Parts will make their Appearance at proper Distances of Time. I publish no more at present, because I would not be thought to impose too much upon any one's Patience; as for losing my own Labour, I am under no bad Apprehensions about that; for the Reader cannot reject with a greater Disdain, than I have translated with Pleasure, the Contents of this Book.

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Author: Pythagoras
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Release: 2011-06
File: 34 Pages
ISBN-13: 1770832254

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'I found with years of human/dog training and reading many books on training, sometimes, the simplest things were missing from the human/dog instuctions. Answering many calls to assist families and their dogs, I decided to put all the 'most asked for' solutions in one place.' Roxane Knott This is a guide to help you with your new, or long standing, Canine family member. If you are delving into the adventures of dog ownership or looking for ways to get over those doggie hurdles with some straight talking then this is a great book for you. It gives you all the simple, little tips to fill in the missing spaces of those major dog training techniques.

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Author: Roxane Knott
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: 2014-12-23
File: 72 Pages
ISBN-13: 1502941325

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Your dog may not speak human, but he or she has much to share about the most important things about being human. Just ask anyone who has been blessed with the companionship of a loyal, loving pet. "Lessons from Rocky & His Friends:" "Pawprints on the Heart" by author Bradford P. Miller celebrates these furry friendships everywhere, while also illuminating the uplifting life lessons we can learn from our beloved dogs. The first in a series of pet-friendly books, this collection of heart-warming, humorous stories reflects on four-legged friends who enriched many lives, teaching us all we need to know about love, joy, caring, compassion, healing, and unconditional friendship. With wit, warmth, and rich insight, "Lessons from Rocky & His Friends": "Pawprints on the Heart" gathers seventy-seven first-person stories from a wide range of people who have benefited tremendously from letting dogs into their lives—and into their hearts. The stories are organized into twelve chapters that each highlights an aspect of these extraordinary friendships, which result in significant emotional benefits. Each story details an enriching, life-embracing canine trait that offers solace, strength, companionship, and more. In addition, each contribution contains an inspiring quote that further spotlights the value of this special bond.For example, Chapter 1, “They Call It Destiny,” reveals how our dogs frequently pick us instead of the reverse, starting with a woman who reluctantly agrees to get a new dog years after her last passed away, to find instant kinship in a little rescue puppy, Rudy. In Chapter 5, “Way Smarter,” a couple endeavor to train a howling Neapolitan Mastiff named Dino, until they learned from a two-year-old how to communicate effectively with him. Chapter 9, “Just Plain Funny,” looks at the lighter side of beastly behavior, while Chapter 12, “Love is All You Need,” reveals the boundless love our dogs can express. Certain to capture your heart and lift your spirits, this frequently funny, always entertaining collection is perfect for any dog lover in your life—or, if you cherish everything your dog has given you, as a little gift to yourself. Radiating with goodness and faith, “Lessons from Rocky & His Friends:” “Pawprints on the Heart” will have you laughing, crying, and reaching over to give an affirming pat to your own canine companion. It's a feel-good book certain to be a beloved part of your library that is likely to be dog-eared from repeat readings!"If you have ever loved a pet—and who hasn't—you will love this book. You'll laugh, you'll weep, and you'll relate to the passion that pet owners have for their furry friends. This is the gift that you will want to give your friends." Alicia BlodgettAuthor of “Just the Two of Us”

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Genre: Pets
Author: Bradford P. Miller
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release: 2012-12-01
File: 344 Pages
ISBN-13: 1479352314

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Laura Knight-Jadczyk's series, The Secret History of the World, is one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken to provide a cogent, comprehensive account of humanity's true history and place in the cosmos. Following the great unifying vision of the Stoic Posidonius, Laura weaves together the study of history, mythology, religion, psychology and physics, revealing a view of the world that is both rational and breathtaking in its all-encompassing scope. This second volume, Comets and the Horns of Moses, (written in concert with several following volumes soon to be released) picks up the dangling threads of volume one with an analysis of the Biblical character of Moses -- his possible true history and nature -- and the cyclical nature of cosmic catastrophes in Earth's history. Laura skillfully tracks the science of comets, revealing evidence for the fundamentally electrical and electromagnetic nature of these celestial bodies and how they have repeatedly wreaked havoc and destruction on our planet over the course of human history. Even more startling however, is the evidence that comets and cometary fragments have played a central role in the formation of human myth and legend and the very concept of a 'god'. As she expertly navigates her way through the labyrinth of history, Laura uncovers the secret knowledge of comets that has been hidden in the great myths, ancient astronomy (and astrology) and the works of the Greek philosophers. Concluding with a look at the political and psychological implications of cyclical cometary catastrophes and what they portend for humanity today, Comets and the Horns of Moses is a marvel of original thought and keen detective work that will rock the foundations of your understanding of the world you live in, and no doubt ruffle the feathers of the many academics who still cling to an outdated and blinkered view of history.

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Author: Laura Knight-Jadczyk
Publisher:
Release: 2013-02
File: 418 Pages
ISBN-13: 1897244835

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A STORY OF LOSS, GREED, AND BETRAYAL“I was 43 when the love of my life died at my hand.” Elizabeth McKenna's first journal entry begins an amazing story of her descent into despair and a long arduous trek back to the world of the emotionally balanced. Devastated by the death of her true love, haunted by a family curse, and pursued by a misogynistic ex-husband, Elizabeth crosses the American continent alone in an antique monoplane searching for answers. Through the kindness of strangers, she finds many of the answers she seeks. Finally, forced to confront her past, she reveals her most guarded secret and comes face-to-face with her demons, real and imagined. From desperation, she learns the true meaning of friendship, strength, and redemption. Elizabeth's Secrets is a soulful, heart-wrenching tale of good versus evil, a magical story teeming with self-realization and determination. Within Bette McKenna's words, we feel every beat of her resolute heart. Through hopeful blue eyes, we envision a brilliant world of spirituality, compassion, and breathtaking beauty.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Paul D. Alexander
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release: 2012-03-12
File: 282 Pages
ISBN-13: 1470135558

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