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Creating the Best Life for Animals: An Essential Read for Dog Trainers and Pet Owners

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Are you looking for a book that will give you a deeper understanding of animal behavior and emotions? Look no further than "Animals Make Us Human" by Temple Grandin.

Dog Trainers and Pet Owners

In this groundbreaking book, Temple Grandin explains how a better understanding of animal emotions can lead to better care for animals and fewer problem behaviors. By focusing on the emotions that drive an animal's actions, we can create environments that activate positive emotions and reduce negative ones. Even though it was published over a decade ago, the information in this book is still valuable and relevant today, providing readers with a deep understanding of animal behavior and emotions.

One of the key insights in the book is the importance of providing for the positive emotions such as SEEKING and PLAY, and reducing negative emotions like RAGE, FEAR, and PANIC. Grandin explains that by providing for the specific needs of different animals, we can create environments that promote their well-being and reduce problem behaviors.

For example, dogs have a strong need for social contact and play, and require consistent stimulation in order to keep their minds active. Grandin provides practical guidelines for providing for the physical and mental needs of dogs, such as playing with them every day and rotating their toys to keep them engaged.

Cats, on the other hand, need to feel secure in their environment and can become anxious if their territory is threatened. Grandin explains how providing for their emotional needs can reduce problem behaviors such as elimination disorders and redirected aggression.

The book also delves into the intricacies of animal communication and how it is closely tied to their emotions. Grandin provides insights on how dogs and wolves communicate and how the way animals communicate can be used to better understand their emotions.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the book is the study of golden retrievers playing tug of war, which showed that all of the dogs were more obedient after playing tug of war, regardless of whether they won or lost. It's this kind of cutting-edge research that makes "Animals Make Us Human" a must-read for anyone interested in animal behavior and emotions.

Grandin also emphasizes the importance of socialization for animals, particularly during the sensitive period between five and thirteen weeks, and she stresses the importance of treating animals as individuals with unique emotional needs.

This book is not only informative but also written in an engaging and easy-to-understand style, making it accessible to everyone from pet owners to professionals in the field. It provides valuable insights that will help you create a better life for the animals in your care.

So, if you're looking to gain a deeper understanding of animal behavior and emotions, "Animals Make Us Human" by Temple Grandin is a book you won't want to miss. It's packed with valuable information, cutting-edge research, and practical guidelines that will help you create a better life for the animals in your care. Don't hesitate, buy this book now and start your journey to becoming an animal expert.

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