The Modern Dog: A Joyful Exploration of How We Live with Dogs Today

Stanley Coren, Author . Free Press $26 (274p) ISBN 978-1-4165-9368-3

Coren's insights into dog-human interaction in such books as Why Does My Dog Act That Way? and How to Speak Dog have attracted large numbers of devoted readers who will delight in this collection of shorter essays on “our relationships with and our emotional bonds to our dogs.” Topics explored include the influence of technological advancement on the development—and in some cases extinction—of various dog breeds; how the author helped diffuse the tension between his wife and his Cairn Terrier, who is bred to loudly bark when it is the least bit excited (Jack Russell Terrier owners should be required to read this essay); and whether dogs “love” their owners (Coren says, “yes”). Fascinating sections detail how humans have shaped canine temperaments and the various health and psychological benefits of dog ownership. The essay form allows Coren to display a lighter, humorous and often more personal tone than is found in his other books, and his affection and vast knowledge are on full display in this engaging collection that will leave his fans hankering for further installments. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/06/2008
Release date: 12/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 274 pages - 978-1-4391-5288-1
Hardcover - 411 pages - 978-1-4104-1412-0
Open Ebook - 288 pages - 978-1-4391-0062-2
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