“My Dog is a Genius” is a very informative book. Written by a highly respected veterinarian, David Taylor. He founded the International Zoo Veterinary Group in 1969 and now travels around the world and treats animals he encounters in need of help. He is the author of over 40 pet care books, including bestsellers ‘The Ultimate Dog’, ‘You and Your Dog’ and ‘Think Cat’.
It begins with the author explaining dogs and their history and how humans began to domesticate them. As you continue reading, David Taylor continued to talk about the scientific evidence of dog intelligence. Times are different now, and many behaviorists are studying animals and their forms of communication.
David Taylor also continues to argue about the dog’s intelligence as different breeds belong to a certain category and their intelligence, emotions, scent smells, hearing and even how to communicate with your dog. What surprised me the most was the proof that dogs do indeed have memory! And they have 5 different memories. I have always thought that dogs easily forget events and events. Now I understand why my dog always barks at the same people. Because he has social memory!
When I started reading this book, I thought it was all words and theoretical analysis. However, as I dug deeper into the book, I came across this chapter. This is called “How smart is your dog”. David Taylor actually provided a lot of games and tricks for dog owners to play with their pets. Most of the games and tricks (tests) are geared towards determining your dog’s intelligence. I couldn’t help ticking off interesting games and was looking forward to trying them on my dog! It was a blast! My dog enjoyed his treats and in return I realized that he is really smart! There are many games and tricks that I haven’t finished testing on my dog yet.
After the fun and games, it’s time to soften up a bit. The next few chapters cover basic obedience and behavior. What about the training method David uses?
“No form of corporal punishment should be applied to a dog. Hitting, beating, kicking, pressing lips hard to teeth – these are all completely taboo. Acceptable punishments are to forcefully cut anything the dog does. Sharp, even surprisingly, maybe an air horn, the rattle of a can, a puff of an aerosol of citronella, a squirt of water or just the harsh ‘No!’ scolding.” (D. Taylor, p. 100)
David Taylor uses the reward method in dog training. Commands such as watch, sit, sit, come and give are some of the training commands covered in the step-by-step illustrated guides. Advanced cheats and commands will be covered later in the chapters. Tips on agility training are also shared.
This book contains a lot of information about dogs as well as practical work. So far, I think this is the most interesting and informative book I’ve come across. In fact, I even thought I could trust this book without having to research others! This book will definitely help keep your dog’s brain sharp and both of you entertained and connected.