The phrase “it’s a dog’s life” connotes happy-go-lucky days of pleasure and ease. But our canine companions are in many ways our captives. No matter how cushy their captivity, we decide what and when they eat; where they sleep, poop, and play; when they can walk and when they must sit or stay. As the demand for dog trainers and veterinary behaviorists attests, dogs are not naturally adapted to living with and among modern humans. They give up a lot of freedom and instinctual pleasure, as well as their innate strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, in exchange for the comfort and care they get from humans. Bekoff and Pierce show that it is possible to let dogs be dogs without wreaking havoc on our own lives. They begin by illuminating the true nature of dogs and helping us “walk in their paws.” They reveal what smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing mean to dogs and then guide readers through everyday ways of enhancing a dog’s freedom and minimizing deprivations in safe, mutually happy ways. The rewards, they show, are great ? for dog and human alike.
What the experts say about Unleashing Your Dog:
Imagine having dogs stand up and tell you how to give them their best lives. While they can’t (or, at least, it can be tricky to translate what they’re saying), Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce can. This book beautifully uses the science of dogs to help dog people bring compassion to our lives with them.
— Alexandra Horowitz, head of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College and author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell
As always, Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce champion the dog’s point of view. Unleashing Your Dog is a scholarly book that is also a delightful must-read for dogs’ human companions. It will enrich their dog savvy and improve their dogs’ quality of life by giving them the opportunity to experience life through their dogs’ eyes — well, actually, their noses and ears. I loved this book.
— Dr. Ian Dunbar, author of Before and After Getting Your Puppy
Unleashing Your Dog is the go-to book for enriching the lives of dogs. With practical suggestions based on cutting-edge scientific research, Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce show how dogs can exercise their senses and bodies to enjoy life to its fullest in a human-dominated world. This easy-to-read guide will enlighten and entertain dog lovers everywhere.
— Dr. Marty Becker, DVM, author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual
The author or editor of thirty books, Marc Bekoff, PhD, is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a former Guggenheim fellow. The author of ten books and hundreds of articles, Jessica Pierce, PhD, is faculty affiliate at the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities.