LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

The Revolutionary Bond-Based Approach to Educating Your Dog

By New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Arnold
On Sale August 23rd, 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes—the inspiration for the PBS documentary—comes a paradigm-shifting bond-based approach to strengthening our connection with our four-legged best friends.

Dogs are social geniuses, second only to humans in their ability to read and understand emotion. Jennifer Arnold understands this better than anyone, having spent the past 25 years training service dogs for people with disabilities at her non-profit organization, Canine Assistants. She is a pioneer in the emerging field of "bond-based" teaching, and her methods are causing a sea change in the dog world. Arnold believes that obedience training and commands like "sit," "stay," and "heel" are unnecessary and counterproductive-- they're actually the root of anxiety and behavior problems in our dogs. Instead, she maintains that only one thing is necessary for a successful relationship with your dog: a secure bond.
    Arnold's methodology, Bond-Based Choice Teaching (R), is based on the latest in canine neuroscience. It holds that dogs are social learners, and once they've bonded with us they become experts at reading our signals, and can learn to make good decisions for themselves. Arnold's signature "teach don't train" philosophy leaves outdated reward and punishment methods behind in favor of a model that will revolutionize your relationship with your dog.

PRAISE FOR ARNOLD’S THROUGH A DOG’S EYES

 

“Transformative . . . [Arnold] shares her methodology and stories of canine intelligence, sensitivity, language comprehension, and prescience bordering on telepathy. . . . Along

the way, she emphasizes choice-based, positive-reinforcement-only teaching methods

and shares valuable insights that every dog owner should know. Engagingly written

with a perfect balance of science and observation, this book . . . is a worthy

tribute to our canine friends.”

 Publishers Weekly


“Arnold’s voice is assertive with experience—her insights into working with dogs are hard-won after years of close interaction. … The author’s storehouse of anecdotal evidence is telling and entertaining, and her demolition of various alpha-model and negative-reinforcement teaching techniques is thorough and lofty.”

Kirkus Reviews

"Through vivid, memorable, moving stories, Jennifer Arnold provides a scientific argument for what dog lovers everywhere already know: Dogs love, dogs trust, dogs

sense, dogs feel. And they deserve to be treated accordingly. This book’s message

is simply the truth." 

Sara Gruen, author ofWater for Elephants

“There can be no doubt Jennifer Arnold knows her stuff when it comes to training dogs.”

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSITUTION

 

JENNIFER ARNOLD is the founder of Canine Assistants, a service-dog school based in Milton, Georgia and the creator of the Bond-Based Approach® to interspecies relationships. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog's Eyes, which was the subject of a PBS documentary, and In a Dog's Heart. Jennifer lives in Milton, Georgia with her husband, veterinarian Kent Bruner, son Chase, four dogs, two cats, and a myriad of other animals.

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED by Jennifer Arnold

A Spiegel & Grau Hardcover | On Sale 8/23/16 | ISBN: 9780812996173 | eBook: 9780812996180| $24.00 | 208 Pages

“A provocative account of the latest developments in evolutionary biology.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Richard C. Francis’s DOMESTICATED: Evolution in a Man-Made World [W. W. Norton & Company; July 19, 2016; $17.95 paperback].

 
Since that fateful day when the first wolf decided to stay close to human hunters, humans and their various animal companions have thrived far beyond nearly all wild species on earth. Tameness is the key trait in the domestication of cats, dogs, horses, cows, and other mammals, from rats to reindeer. Surprisingly, with selection for tameness comes a suite of seemingly unrelated alterations, including floppy ears, skeletal and coloration changes, and sex differences. It’s a package deal known as the domestication syndrome, elements of which area also found in humans. Our highly social nature—one of the keys to our evolutionary success—is due to our own tameness. In DOMESTICATED, Richard C. Francis weaves history and anthropology with cutting-edge ideas in genomics and evo devo to tell the story of how we domesticated the world, and ourselves in the process. 
 
“An essential read for anyone interested in the stories of the animals in our home or on our plate.”
BBC Focus
 
“Intriguing. . . Our self-domestication, [Francis] avers, has driven the cultural dynamism that has made us what we are.”
—Nature
 
Richard C. Francis is a science journalist with a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Stony Brook University. He is the author of the acclaimed books Epigenetics and Why Men Won’t Ask for Directions.

According to one doctor, the secret to life is this:

“Look for the moments that are right in front of you.”

The doctor in this case treats horses, goats, cows, pigs, snakes, dogs, cats, skunks, geese, ostriches, chickens, reindeer, monkeysand any other animal that comes his way in the small, dusty farming and ranching community of Lamesa, Texas. Dr. Bo Brock, DVM owns a thriving multispecies veterinary clinic in a town that holds 9,207 humans. He shares his unique perspective on life through a witty, sometimes teary lens in his debut book, Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere (June, 2016; Greenleaf Book Group; $17.95; 284 pages; Trade Paper; ISBN: 978-1-62634-264-4).

Dr. Brock has treated tens of thousands of animals for over 25,000 people who came from 750 different zip codes. He may indeed be in the middle of nowhere, but his waiting room is crowded. And it’s worth the wait.

He shares wisdom, insights, and just plain-old funny stories for animal lovers, rural Americans, and anyone looking to see the lighter side of life. Dr. Brock describes his book as “the story of being a veterinarian on the edge of the earth and loving it.”

Readers will howl through the funny parts and weep through the touching pages. His unique perspective and tales of doctoring beloved pets and cantankerous owners will make you smile, laugh, cry and evoke every emotion under the sun.

The book is as much about people as it is about animals. “All we hear about in the news is the bad stuff,” says Dr. Brock. “I want to give Americans something to smile about with my book.” In some ways, he doctors up people as he heals and looks after their animals.

Dr. Brock’s passion is equine medicine and he is well known across four states for doctoring everything from expensive race horses to every day ranch horses and every kind of horse in between, performing approximately 1,000 equine surgeries per year.

He takes a walk through life and brings you along with him. This book is a series of moments that shares the perspective of a small-town veterinarian as he reacts to all things while taking care of critters and tending to their owners

Though Dr. Brock’s easy-to-read book holds the values of rural America close to heart, it is filled with poignant stories that appeal to everyone, especially animal lovers. His stories run the gamut of emotions from lump-in-your-throat tears to laugh-out-loud screams. It’s a wholesome book with a positive outlook on life, written by a veterinarian of 25 years who has witnessed life, death and everything in between.

An earlier version of the book, as a self-published title, rose to No. 5 on Amazon’s humor and best-seller list. It won the 2015 Chicago Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival Grand Prize.

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Biography

Dr. Bo Brock, DVM, loves animals. He should – he’s treated more of them than there are residents in a tiny farming and ranching Texas community where he serves as the owner of Brock Veterinary Clinic. He purchased the La Mesa, Texas practice in 1992. His goal was to develop an equine-focused practice. He went from treating 96 horses his initial year to seeing roughly 11,000 in 2015. He has a staff of seven.

In 2007, he was voted Equine Practitioner of the Year for the state of Texas. He’s an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University and has taught night classes for a decade. He delivered the 2014 Texas Veterinary A&M commencement speech. He graduated from the same program in 1990, Magna Cum Laude - fourth in his class. Upon graduating, he worked at a mixed-animal practice in Clarendon, Texas and practiced with Dr. Charles Deyhle for a year-and-a-half. He is an active member of American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and American Quarter Horse Association. He passed the boards and became a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2004 and is one of only 89 members of that distinguished group in the USA.

Dr. Brock was also asked to shoot a television pilot by Animal Planet.

He lives with his wife, Kerri. Their daughters are also going into caring professions – Kimmi, is studying to be a nurse and Abby is studying veterinary medicine at his alma mater Texas A&M.

DOG MEDICINE

How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

Julie Barton



“A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves.”

Kirkus Reviews

DOG MEDICINE simply has to be your next must-read.

Cheryl Strayed

“Every word in this book is as honest and courageous as any I've ever read, and I've read a lot. I feel very lucky that I had the opportunity to read this book. You will, too.”

Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Mary Sutter

 

 

DOG MEDICINE: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself (Penguin Books; July 19th, 2016; 978-0-14-313001-7; $17.00)captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. At age twenty-two, Julie Barton was living her childhood dream: living in New York City, working at a publishing company, and surrounded by a group of interesting and supportive friends. Yet, a year into her dream life, Julie had a complete breakdown, collapsing on her kitchen floor and barely having the strength to call her mom for help. Within twenty-four hours, Julie was on her way back to Ohio, slipping further into a black hole with seemingly no escape. After weeks of intervening by her parents, psychiatrists, and medication, Julie decided to try a different kind of therapy: bringing home a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker that changed her life forever.

DOG MEDICINE is as raw and unflinching as it is heartwarming. It follows Julie through her difficult relationship with her brother, unhealthy romantic relationships, and the depression that always simmered just below the surface. Bunker helped Julie feel the safety and comfort that she had been waiting for her entire life. With him by her side, she decided to try again at life and love.

Originally published by Think Piece Publishing in November 2015, Penguin Books is thrilled to be bringing Julie Barton and DOG MEDICINE to more readers.

 

About the Author:
Julie Bartonholds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in women's studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and small menagerie of pets.

Julie Barton will be touring to:

 

San Francisco/Pleasanton, CA          Towne Center Books                                               July 19/ 7:00PM

San Francisco/Oakland, CA                          A Great Good Place for Books                                  July 20/ 7:00PM

St. Louis, MO                                      St. Louis County Library                                            July 21/ 7:00PM

Milwaukee, WI                                     Boswell Book Company                                          July 22/ 7:00PM

San Francisco, CA                              Book Passage /Corte Madera                                   July 24/ 4:00PM

La Jolla, CA                                        Warwick’s                                                                   July 25/ 7:30PM

Boulder, CO                                        Boulder Bookstore                                                      July 26/ 7:30PM

Denver, CO                                          Tattered Cover                                                             July 27/ 7:00PM

Santa Cruz, CA                                    Santa Cruz Bookshop                                                  July 28/ 7:00PM

Miami, FL                                            Books & Books                                                           August 1/ 7:00PM

Asheville, NC                                      Malaprop’s                                                                  August 2/ 7:00PM

Duxbury, MA                                      Westwinds Bookshop                                                  August 4/ 7:00PM

New York, NY                                    The Strand                                                                    August 5/7:00PM

 

 

DOG MEDICINE

How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

Julie Barton

Paperback | Penguin Books | 978-0-14-313001-7| On sale: July 19, 2016 | $17.00

Also available as an ebook

Please visit author on the web at, https://byjuliebarton.com/; https://www.facebook.com/dogmedicinebook https://twitter.com/juliebarton1111

For more information, please visit http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/

 

Penguin Random House (http://global.penguinrandomhouse.com/) is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Our canine companions also serve in the line of duty and under fire, whether helping police protect our home turf or accompanying soldiers on missions abroad.

In Paws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic Dogs That Protect and Serve (ages 10+, $12.99), readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion.  From Sergeant Stubby, the first dog to be given a rank for his work during WWI, to Spike, who served on more than 100 combat missions in Afghanistan to dogs who serve closer to home at places like Ground Zero, the Seattle Police Department and in airports across the nation, canine heroes are spotlighted in five different sections that detail the various roles dogs have played throughout the years.

Opening with a forward from Ronald L. Aiello, President of the U.S. War Dogs Association, the book also features text boxes with questions that kids would ask paired with answers from military-dog handlers and each section concludes with information on related topics. 


"The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover......will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives" -- Booklist



Reviews for PAWS OF COURAGE:
Publishers Weekly
This compact, photo-filled book celebrates service dogs of all kinds as Furstinger profiles more than 20 real-life combat, rescue, police, and tracker dogs, among others. Furstinger explains how various breeds’ physical, behavioral, and biological characteristics enable them to excel. Descriptions of the powerful bonds between service dogs and their handlers, as well as happy service dog retirements, contribute to a lively and touching narrative.

Kirkus Review
Myriad canines loyally serve in a variety of roles aiding their human companions; National Geographic portrays the efforts of 24 working dogs. The photographs will make this highly appealing to dog lovers who will also find the brief text and short chapters easy to manage.(Nonfiction. 9-14)

Booklist
The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover. [This book]... addresses a wide range of interests and age levels and will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives.

From the author of Unsaid comes a thrilling story of struggle, redemption, and our devotion to the animals in our lives

JUST LIFE

By Neil Abramson

“If you love dogs and well-written, suspenseful fiction that is uplifting and will inspire you to open an animal sanctuary, read this lovely novel.”

—Jeffrey Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love,

The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving and Dogs Make Us Human

Praise for UNSAID, Neil Abramson’s debut novel:

“Rarely has a novel captured so movingly the deep bonds between people and the animals

that share their lives.”

Parade magazine

UNSAID is an extraordinary story of animals, afterlife, and the power of love... It will make you remember, rethink, and rejoice in every meaningful relationship you’ve ever had.”

—Garth Stein, author of the bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain

What would you do if they came for your dog? In JUST LIFE (May 10, 2016; Center Street/Hachette Book Group; $26.00), Neil Abramson, whose debut novel Unsaid won rave reviews from critics, booksellers, and readers alike, presents a riveting, thought-provoking roller coaster ride of a novel that asks that very question.

Veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned dogs in New York City. But every day it gets harder operate her no-kill shelter. Sam is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community can only determine that animals are the carriers. Amid growing panic and a demand for immediate answers, suspicion abruptly falls on dogs as the source. Soon the governor is calling in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine--no dog may leave the area.

Samantha knows from her own painful history that, despite the lack of real evidence against the dogs, a quarantine may only be the beginning. As questions about the source of the virus mount and clash with the pressure for a politically expedient resolution, Sam is forced to make life-altering choices. She finds allies in a motley crew of New Yorkers--a local priest, a troubled teen, a smart-mouthed former psychologist, and a cop desperate to do the right thing--all looking for sanctuary from their own personal demons. But the person Sam needs the most to unravel the mystery of the virus and save the dogs is the last one she'd ever want to call on--because contacting him will mean confronting the traumatic past she has fought so hard to escape.

Neil Abramson’s novel is engrossing and nuanced, with finely drawn characters and an intense pace that rolls to an unforgettable conclusion. JUST LIFE’s message of the balance between fear and compassion, memory and forgiveness, and despair and hope will stay with readers long after they’ve finished reading, and will spark serious discussions and debate.

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About the Author:

A partner in a Manhattan law firm, Neil Abramson lives in Westchester County, NY and is married to a veterinarian. He is also a past board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, an award recipient from the ASPCA for his legal work on behalf of animals, and a founding member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Relating to Animals.   JUST LIFE is his second novel.

JUST LIFE: A Novel

By Neil Abramson

Publisher: Center Street / Hachette Book Group

Pub Date: May 10, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4555-9104-6

Price: $26.00

Also available in audio and eBook

Celebrity dog trainer Zak George releases groundbreaking guide:

Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution

 

New comprehensive book teaches everything people need to know to raise and train their dogs

June 7, 2016 — Celebrity dog trainer Zak George announces the release of his first book, Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: The Complete Guide to Raising the Perfect Pet with Love. His successful YouTube channel, Zak George's Dog Training Revolution, is the number one destination for dog training video content in the world. He has also starred on Animal Planet's SuperFetch and BBC's Who Let the Dogs Out.

With this book, George has distilled the information from his hundreds of videos and experience working with thousands of dogs into one comprehensive guide. Written with award-winning journalist Dina Roth Port, Dog Training Revolution is an invaluable resource for people with new dogs or those who want to see what’s possible when they apply George’s approach to the dog they’ve had for years. It covers everything from choosing the right dog, socialization, house training and basic training, as well as how to handle common behavioral issues such as leash pulling, jumping up, unwanted barking, and more.

“I wanted to write a book that showed, in very simple terms, how the average person can achieve exceptional results with their dog in a way that is supported by the latest science and 21st century ethics,” says George. However, Dog Training Revolution is much more than a training resource—it also includes information on health care essentials such as choosing a vet and selecting the right food as well as cool tricks and fun activities to enjoy with your dog. One thing that really makes this book special is the video integration: Throughout the book, play button icons indicate which subjects have corresponding videos on George’s YouTube channel, making for a truly thorough, interactive experience.

What also sets Dog Training Revolution apart is that George's fresh, positive approach allows you to tailor training to your dog’s unique traits and energy level—leading to quicker results and a much happier pet. He doesn’t base his teaching on breed stereotypes, myths or archaic thinking about dog behavior but rather on scientific research and ethical advancements, all with the goal of raising the standards in the dog training industry.

For more information, please visit http://www.dogtrainingrevolution.com.

Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution: Raising the Perfect Pet with Love

By Zak George and Dina Roth Port

Ten Speed Press | On Sale June 7, 2016 | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

$14.99 trade paperback | ISBN: 978-1-60774-891-5 | eISBN: 978-1-60774-892-2

ZAK GEORGE has starred in Animal Planet's SuperFetch and BBC's Who Let the Dogs Out. His YouTube channel, Zak George's Dog Training Revolution, is the number one destination for dog training video content in the world. Visit his website at www.dogtrainingrevolution.com.

DINA ROTH PORT is an award-winning author and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in publications such as Glamour, Self, Prevention, Parents.com, and the Huffington Post. Visit her website at www.dinarothport.com.

When Man Meets DOG

...it leads to a unique friendship; one that can change men's lives

Have you ever wondered why dogs are considered, 'man's best friend?' Psychologist Dr. Christopher Blazina explains the importance of the unique bond between men and dogs. There are widely-held beliefs that males naturally transition into a state of self-imposed seclusion and emotional detachment in adulthood. Even relying on another person violates the rules of being a man.When Man Meets Dogexplores how the bond with animal companions bypasses many of these barriers, helping males develop into happier, healthier men. What a difference a dog can make!
It's also important to discuss the other side of attachment: loss. Again, the mixed messages men receive lead to difficulties with managing grief.When Man Meets Dogis the first book to discuss men's 'continuing bonds' with a lost animal companion. A continuing bond is a new way of reconnecting and preserving the memory of this unique connection.
When Man Meets Dogis a memoir with a purpose. Chris shares his very personal story of how two shelter dogs not only changed the direction of his life, but also how he defines what it means to be a man.

Dr Chris Blazinais a psychologist, professor, and author. Specializing in men's psychology, Dr Blazina is now applying that knowledge to an in-depth understanding of 'man's best friend.' He has written three books focused on the psychology of men, and two additional books guiding researchers and clinicians about the importance of animal companions in our lives. Dr Blazina has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the United States and Canada, ranging from National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Company, to Sirius XM. He has been quoted in popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan and Women's Health, and in newspapers, such as the Huffington Post. His latest book, When Man Meets Dog is a memoir with a purpose, explaining the meaning of the human-animal bond from a male perspective. This includes sharing his own story about how two shelter dogs not only changed the trajectory of his own life, but how he redefines what it means to be a man in our society.
 
For more information, please visit:http://www.chrisblazinaphd.com/
 
FormatPaperback |160 pages
  • 152 x 225 x 13mm | 232g
  • 28 Apr 2016
  • Veloce Publishing Ltd
  • Hubble&Hattie an Imprint of Veloce Publishing Ltd
English
  • 1845848799
  • 9781845848798

Media Release: 14 April 2016
Is your pup fighting to feel better? Your dog's skin problems, ear infections, bowel issues, obesity, seizures, and bladder issues can often be treated by changing the type of ingredients, calories, or moisture in your dog's diet.
The Dog Diet Answer Book helps dog owners better understand their dog's dietary needs and what ingredients to feed them. With this practical guide, veterinarian Greg Martinez helps you: Diagnose common health problems; Decipher ingredient labels; Feed your dog beneficial nutrients; Identify common allergens; Understand the difference between types of dog foods and diets; Make home-cooked meals and treats for your dog; Decide when to purchase high-quality commercial dog food or add healthy human food, oils, raw food, or home cooking to your pet's diet and much more!
The Dog Diet Answer Book
Author: Greg Martinez, DVM
Format: Softbound, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781592337026
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Size: 7 x 9
Published: May 1, 2016
Price: $22.99

ARE WE SMART ENOUGH

TO KNOW

HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?

by Frans de Waal

“A remarkable book by a remarkable scientist. Drawing on a growing body of research including his own, de Waal shows that animals, from elephants and chimpanzees to the lowly invertebrates, are not only smarter than we thought but also engaged in forms of thought we have only begun to understand.”

—Edward O. Wilson,

University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? will completely change your perception of the abilities of animals. This book takes the reader on the fascinating journey of discovery into the world of animal problem-solving.”

—Temple Grandin,

author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

“So, are we ‘smart enough to know how smart animals are?’ The question will occur to you many times as you read Frans de Waal’s remarkable distillations of science in this astonishingly broad-spectrum book. I guarantee one thing: readers come away a lot smarter. As this book shows, we are here on Planet Earth with plenty of intelligent company.”

—Carl Safina,

author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

A fascinating history of the study of animal behavior and cognition from a world-renowned expert, ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? [W. W. Norton & Company; April 25, 2016; $27.95 hardcover] reflects author Frans de Waal’s deep love for animals as well as his dedication to forwarding his field of study. With anecdotes and humor, de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, relates the story of his own career and surveys an enormous variety of animal intelligence, which he places on a spectrum that also includes human intelligence—putting to rest any lingering doubts that the era of behaviorism is over.

From ravens to wasps, elephants to whales, spiders to octopuses, de Waal explores the yin-yang relationship between studying captive animals and observing them in the wild, outlining the advantages and limitations to both. He reviews key theories and methodologies, giving generous and widespread credit to the scientists who came before him while also discussing the problematic attitudes that he and his contemporaries are still unraveling. Many of the controversies in the field center around one question: How unique is human consciousness in the animal kingdom? Winding through topics like language, culture, politics, and problem solving, de Waal asks us to measure animal cognition not against human cognition but alongside it.

Imagine a world that didn’t rely on an individual’s ability to recognize other individuals. Imagine that a trunk means for elephant cognition what a grasping hand means for ours. De Waal builds up to the idea that for scientists to truly chart animal cognition, they must stop measuring animals’ success at a presented task against human success at that same task and accept that animals are experts at what is required for survival in their own natural environments.

Full of compassion for humans and animals alike, ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?depicts aspects of animal behavior few people witness, and leads the reader to contemplate not only the definition of humanity but why we seek—or fear finding—humanity in nature.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Frans de Waal has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. He lives in Atlanta.

TITLE: ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?

AUTHOR: Frans de Waal

ISBN: 978-0-393-24618-6

PUBLICATION DATE: April 25, 2016

PRICE: $27.95 hardcover

PAGES: 352

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