Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog

by Stanley Coren | Pets & Animals |
ISBN: 143918920X Global Overview for this book
Registered by gypsysmom of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 2/24/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by gypsysmom from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Friday, February 24, 2012
This is a hardcover book. It was a gift from my niece to my husband for Christmas 2010. I don't think he even opened it but he has given it to me to BookCross. I think I'll put in on my TBR pile though.

Journal Entry 2 by gypsysmom at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, October 16, 2022
I've known of Dr. Coren's research into the intelligence of dogs for a long time. That knowledge came from articles and interviews and at least one other of his books, The Intelligence of Dogs. I have always found him to be an excellent communicator but in this book I learned much more about the man than just his research and communication skills.

Although this book is subtitled "My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog" Dr. Coren introduces us to a number of dogs who have shared his life. But it was his Cairn terrier Flint, a gift from the woman who would become his wife, who seemed to capture his heart. I imagine most dog lovers would say that although they owned a number of dogs in their lifetime there was one special dog for them. For me, the Border Collie that inspired my screen name was that dog. So I could really relate to Coren's bond with Flint. Flint wasn't a perfect dog; certainly Coren's wife Joan would testify to that. Dr. Coren had to use all his skills of behaviour modification to allow Flint and Joan to coexist in the same house. Despite the reputation that terriers have for being difficult to train Flint passed obedience trials of increasing difficulty. However, that process did involve a lot of work and patience and ingenuity. I am in awe of Dr. Coren's ability to "think like a dog" in order to get Flint to do these exercises.

I probably should have read this book long ago in order to train some of my own dogs better. Maybe it's not too late for our current pooch!

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