If Only They Could Speak
by Nicholas Dodman, DVM, 262 pages, Hardcover
Did you hear about the dog who always arranged exactly six pieces of kibble in buttonhole depressions in the couch before he could lie down? Renown animal behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman explores the complex emotional problems of troubled animals and their (often) equally distressed owners. This is a classic of animal literature, with stories as wise, and almost as human, as the lives of the animals they portray. Fifteen years ago Dodman began studying the psychological maladies that afflict our pets, helping to launch a field of animal psychotherapy and psychopharmacology that suggests that animals’ emotional problems are often as complex, heartrending, and treatable as those of their human counterparts.
With thirteen true stories culled from Dr. Dodman’s own practice, “If only” echoes the wisdom of writers like Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Jane Goodall. Animal Personality Assessment Guide included.
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