This unique book, written by professionals in the field, explains how and why misunderstandings occur between us and our canine companions, and how we can work to resolve them. It aims to help us adjust the way we interact with our dogs, in order to help our dogs be well behaved, whilst at the same time enabling us to enjoy fulfilling relationships and a good quality of life with them.
Dogs have shared our lives for thousands of years – to the benefit of both species. However, it’s only relatively recently that dogs, in many societies, have lived primarily as companions within the heart of the home.
This close relationship, together with society’s expectations of dogs, can pose problems. All relationships have challenges, and where individuals of different species live closely together, these can be magnified, and misunderstandings occur. These can lead to fractures in the family/dog relationship, and, in some cases, result in dogs developing behaviours that are problematic for us.
This unique book, written by professionals in the field, explains how and why many of these misunderstandings occur, and how we can work to resolve them. It aims to help us adjust the way we interact with our dogs, in order to help our dogs be well behaved, whilst at the same time enabling us to enjoy fulfilling relationships and a good quality of life with them.
Especially commissioned images illustrate the text, and worksheets are provided to help owners focus on the areas where their dog and situation can benefit from applying the suggestions made.
FeaturesClear descriptions of the differences between people and dogs in their perspectives and expectations
Clear explanations of where and why conflict may arise in the dog/owner relationship
An explanation of why dogs may experience stress; why this causes problems, and how to minimise it
Practical tips for changing people’s behaviour to minimise conflict with dogs
Detailed explanations of how to help dogs learn those things that are important for them to help fit comfortably into human society
Clear explanations of why dogs may sometimes find it difficult to learn things
Practical ideas for ensuring dog welfare while simultaneously building the dog/owner relationship
Detailed descriptions of how to create a safe haven and a secure base for a dog
Specially-taken, descriptive photographs help explain and illustrate the text
Worksheets for each chapter help owners work through the book’s concepts
About the author
Helen Zulch, a vet who qualified in South Africa, worked in a number of areas of veterinary science before focusing on animal behaviour. She has consulted and lectured in the field for over 10 years and holds European Specialist status, moving to the University of Lincoln, UK, to continue this career. Her main interests and areas of research include prevention of behaviour problems through appropriate early life experiences, the application of scientific principles in animal training, interaction between health and behaviour, communication in animals, and olfaction in dogs. She has owned and trained dogs all her adult life. Helen is currently programme leader of the MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln.