My Dog is a Genius by David Taylor


“My Dog is a Genius” is a really informative book. It’s written by David Taylor who’s a highly respected veterinary surgeon. He founded the International Zoo Veterinary Group in 1969 and now travels widely across the globe, treating any animals he come across which need assistance. He’s the writer of over 40 pet-care books including the bestsellers ‘The Ultimate Dog’, ‘You and Your Dog’, and ‘Think Cat’.

It starts off with the writer explaining about dogs and their history and the way humans began to domesticate them. As you read on, David Taylor went on to speak concerning the scientific evidence of dog’s intelligence. Times are different now and lots of behaviorists are studying animals and their way of communication.

David Taylor also goes on to debate about dog’s intelligence, comparable to different breeds belong to a certain category and so do their cleverness, their emotions, scent of smell, hearing and even methods to communicate together with your dog. What surprised me most was his proof that dogs indeed have memory! They usually have 5 different memories. I actually have at all times thought that dogs forget events and incidents easily. Now I understand why my dog at all times barks at the identical people. That’s because he has social memory!

Once I began reading this book, I believed it consists of all words and theoretical evaluation. Nevertheless, as I enterprise deeper into the book, I got here upon this chapter. It known as “How intelligent is your dog”. David Taylor actually provided many games and tricks for the dog owners to play with their pets. A lot of the games and tricks (tests) are supposed to determine your dog’s intelligence. I could not help bookmarking the interesting games and I couldn’t wait to try it out on my dog! We had a blast! My dog enjoyed his treats and in turn, I got to know that he’s indeed clever! There are such a lot of games and tricks which I actually have yet to complete testing on my dog.

After the fun and games, it is time to mellow down a bit. The following few chapters cover basic obedience and behaviors. What concerning the training method David uses?

“No sort of corporal punishment must ever be used on a dog. Hitting, beating, kicking, pressing the lips down hard on the teeth – all of those are utterly taboo. Acceptable punishments are to interrupt regardless of the dog is doing in a robust, sharp, even startling way, perhaps by means of an air horn, the rattle of a can, a puff from a citronella aerosol, a squirt of water or simply a firm, scolding ‘No!’.” (D. Taylor, p. 100)

David Taylor uses reward method in his dog training. Commands comparable to watch, sit, down, come and provides are a number of the training commands covered in step-by-step picture guides. Advance tricks and commands are covered later within the chapters. Recommendations on agility training are also shared.

This book accommodates plenty of information on dogs in addition to practical work. So far, I find that that is probably the most interesting and informative book I actually have ever come across. Actually, I even thought I can depend on this book without having to research on others! This book will certainly assist in keeping your dog’s brain sharp and each of you entertained and bonded.


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