There's no question that we are all traveling on the information superhighway at breakneck speed. Rarely do we stop and take time to watch, listen and open our minds and hearts to our animal companions and the world we share with them.
The Soul of Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human will help you do just that. In order to appreciate the world from the perspective of animals, we must first seek to perceive the world through their senses – their vision, hearing, sense of smell, sensitivity to touch – and recognize how these differ from ours.
Based on author Dr. Vint Verga's twenty-five years of experience as a veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist, The Soul of All Living Creatures delves into the inner lives of animals – from whales, wolves, and leopards to mice, dogs, and cats – and explores the relationships we forge with them.
All it took was one life-changing emergency room experience where he witnessed the power of simple human contact and compassion to affect the recovery of a dog struggling to survive after being hit by a car.
By striving to perceive the world as animals do, we can enrich our own appreciation of life, enhance our character, nurture our relationships, improve our communication with others, reorder our values, and deepen our grasp of spirituality. Each chapter focuses on a particular trait from connection, sensitivity and mindfulness to adaptability, forgiveness and presence.
Animals have the ability to teach us how to express ourselves fully, both verbally and nonverbally. The Soul of Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human is a must read for anyone that has had their heart and life touched by an animal.BOOK DESCRIPTION
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"How Dogs Work is quite simply a ‘must have’ for all dog enthusiasts, dog behaviorists, and training professionals and is an illuminating joy to read for all dog owners.”
— Peter Neville, The Ohio State University and the Center of Applied Pet Ethology, Sheffield, UK
Admit it. Most of us cherish our dogs as family members and deeply value our that special bond we have with them. And, just like many of our family members, even crazy Uncle Leo, they possess behaviors and qualities that are both endearing and puzzling.
Isn’t it time we knew more about who Fido and Scout really are? How Dogs Work will provide some keys to unlocking the origins of many of our dogs' most common, most puzzling, and most endearing behaviors.
How well do we really know dogs? People may enjoy thinking about them as 'man’s best friend', but what actually drives the things they do? What is going on in that little fur-covered head of theirs as they look at us with their big, sad eyes?
Approaching dogs as a biological species rather than just as pets, the authors Raymond Coppinger and Mark Feinstein draw upon their extensive knowledge gained from years of field research and hands-on experiments to accessibly explain the evolutionary foundations underlying dog behaviors. How Dogs Work is their guide to understanding your dog and its behavior.
By examining the central importance of the shape of dogs: how their physical body affects behavior, how shape interacts with the environment as animals grow, and how all of this has developed over time. Shape, they tell us, is what makes a champion sled dog or a Border collie that can successfully herd sheep.
How Dogs Work will give you valuable insight into such mysteries as why dogs play; whether dogs have minds and, if so, what kinds of things they might know; why dogs bark; how dogs feed and forage; and the influence of the early relationship between mother and pup.
Going far beyond the cozy lap dog, Coppinger and Feinstein are equally fascinated by what we can learn from the adaptations of dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, and even pumas in the wild, as well as the behavior of working animals like guarding and herding dogs.
How Dogs Work is definitely a 'must-have' for all dog owners.
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