(My review on goodreads)

Despite the title, this is a quite practical and down to earth book for dog owners. It offers an antidote to the dominance and control model of Cesar Millan, a model that has probably done untold damage to lots of dogs and dog owners. Arnold’s approach is to recognize that a) dogs depend on us for their wellbeing, and b) dogs know that they depend on us, so when they piss us off or misbehave it’s not because they want to piss us off or misbehave. And getting into a pissing contest with a dog is a no-win situation.

Most of the book is aimed at practical considerations for choosing the right dog, ensuring the dog’s safety and wellbeing, caring for the dog, etc. Lots of good information.



Book cover

Metadata Info

  • Title: In a Dog’s Heart: What Our Dogs Need, Want, and Deserve–and the Gifts We Can Expect in Return
  • Author: Jennifer Arnold
  • Published: 2011
  • ISBN: 0679643710
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 4.0 stars