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Recommended Reading: In Defence of Dogs


A tutti i padroni di cani: sicuri di capirli davvero? John Bradshaw ha studiato a lungo il comportamento di questi animali, e ha divulgato le sue scoperte in un libro che “tutti gli amanti dei cani dovrebbero leggere”: In Defence of Dogs. Ce ne parla l’autore. By Mark Worden - LANGUAGE LEVEL C1 (ADVANCED)

John Bradshaw (Standard British accent)

In Defence of Dogs is a book that attempts to answer the question What is it like to be a dog? Not from my imagination, although there’s some of that in there inevitably, but from the point of view of what we know from the many advances that have been made in canine science over the past 10 or 15 years. We now understand a lot more about the dog’s brain, the dog’s mind, how it interprets the world and particularly how it interprets us as the controlling species, if you like, the way that it understands our body language, the way it conceives of us as being... do dogs conceive of us as being their pack leaders? Science is suggesting nowadays that they do not, they actually just... see us as being something like a parental figure, rather than being a controlling figure. That, of course, has major implications for the way that we train dogs, the way that we indeed conceive of dogs. So Dog Sense is trying to give some answers to those questions: What is it like to be a dog? And how should we build a relationship with a dog that will end up being successful?   

(John Bradshaw was talking to Mark Worden)

To read the main article (Man’s best friend, in the December 2014 issue of Speak Up) click here.


SPEAK UP EXPLAINS

If you like. Se vogliamo. Da notare che in inglese si dice If you like: letteralmente “Se vi piace”.

Dog Sense.
In realtà John Bradshaw confonde In Defence of Dogs (“In difesa dei cani”) con il suo altro libro sui gatti, Cat Sense (“Il senso dei gatti”).