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Old 11-12-2008, 05:05 AM
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I have the second edition and don't know what could offend people in it. BUT I have heard the second ed is a little different than the first ed.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:36 AM
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She does have a tone of disdain for people who mistreat dogs, who over- anthropomorphize dogs and expect dogs to understand and automatically live by human values. An astronomically enormous number of dogs are abused, because people appear to not get the picture that they are animals with their own culture. I couldn't agree with her more. It's something that has bothered me big time for a very long time....long before she even wrote that book. She has a deep respect, knowledge and love for dogs and their culture and how they can fit into ours as long as we're understanding of them and smart about how we handle them. If people are offended by that and don't get the message she's passionately trying to get across, there's something the matter with them, not her.
I don't disagree at all; hopefully the things I post don't make it seem like I'm on the other side of the arguement. As I said, I just think that if you have someone who has spent their whole lives learning the opposite, handing them a book that says "you are an idiot" is more likely to get their back up than to make them listen.

I have heard the second edition is a bit less confrontational, but haven't seen it myself. As I said - great information. Just...not put across the way I wish it had been.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:52 AM
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Well...I see what you mean. But I have a feeling that the people who are that easily put off about something like that are (probably a small set of people).... aren't going to have the staying power to raise and train a puppy well in the first place. Most who pick up a dog behavior book are probably going to tend to be receptive, at least enough to perk up their ears and listen. If they let something like that get to them in place of taking in the truth about dogs, then they are probably not going to be very wise dog handlers anyhow. It takes patience to raise a dog. But yeah...I know what you mean about the delivery. It isn't so good to chase anyone off. I'm having trouble writing my book so it doesn't come across that way. I have the exact same tendancy, maybe a little milder, but still....It's hard to keep the emotion out of it when you see so many dogs abused and mistreated for one simple and collective reason....that they're dogs and they behave like dogs.
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