Tales of Two Species

A collection of over 30 of Patricia’s insightful essays, ranging from genetics to communication, and from dog training to temperament testing. Tales of Two Species is written for every dog lover who wants to expand their understanding of the behavior of people and dogs. Read a chapter a day when cuddled up with your dog and learn:

  • What a dog’s name says about its owner and future relationship
  • How to translate between “human” and “dog”
  • The impact of nature and nurture on your dog’s behavior
  • Why “dominance” over your dog isn’t the answer to obedience
  • What’s going on inside that furry head and big, gorgeous eyes

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Have you ever caught yourself wondering what your dog is thinking when he rolls in something stinky? Do you wonder how much of your emotional life is like that of your dog’s? With sections on New Dogs, Emotions and Cognition, Communication, Training, Genetics, Ethology & Behavior, these essays promise to expand your understanding of all things dog, and you’ll learn a little bit about yourself in the process. Join best-selling author Patricia McConnell in pondering these questions in this thought-provoking collection of essays about people and dogs, originally written for The Bark Magazine and nominated for 2009 DWAA Best General Interest Book in 2009.

Who Should Buy

Well, if you can read and you love dogs, you qualify! Go beyond training your dog to “sit” and “stay,” and contemplate the many issues that are raised by the miraculous, yet sometimes complicated and confusing, relationship between people and dogs.


“This book is a gift to those of us who want to understand dogs better, to communicate with them more clearly, and perhaps most importantly to helps dogs understand us! It’s rare for someone with so much scientific knowledge to have her feet so solidly planted in the real lives of dogs.”
-Sue Sternberg, author of Great Dog Adoption and Out and About with Your Dog

“In Tales of Two Species, Patricia McConnell gives us a thoughtful and glowing picture of how the lives of dogs and people have become entwined. Some of the essays will make you laugh, others will bring a tear, but all will make you think more closely about your relationship with your dog.”
-Stanley Coren, author of The Modern Dog and Why Does My Dog Act That Way?

“Plato, Socrates, Descartes, McConnell – those are the great philosophers. Truly no one in our time asks the questions McConnell does about why dogs act as they do. For anyone interested in going beyond dog training, to truly begin to understand how the canine mind ticks, this book is a must.”
-Steve Dale, My Pet World, Tribune Media Services; Pet Central,
WGN Radio, Chicago; and nationally syndicated Steve Dale’s Pet World

Product Details

Description: Paperback
Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Edition: 1st
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1929242611
ISBN-13: 978-1929242610
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
Author: Patricia McConnell PhD
Publish Date: November 7, 2008
Number of Pages: 182

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