If Dogs Could Talk

Exploring the Canine Mind

Vilmos Csányi; Translated by Richard E. Quandt

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“This book is endlessly enlightening and entertaining . . . will appeal to all dog owners.” —Ann LaFarge, Taconic News

How do dogs think? Short of breeding a talking dog (not as impossible as it sounds), the best we can do is to carefully observe and record their behavior. And after a decade of research, the internationally renowned ethologist Vilmos Csányi has brilliantly captured the high degree of mutual understanding and empathy that exists between humans and their proverbial best friends.

Drawing in part on close observations of his own dogs, Flip and Jerry, Csányi argues that the long-standing alliance of dogs and humans arose from the problem-solving and communications skills evident in wolves, from which all modern dogs are descended. These basic intellectual skills were refined and enhanced as dogs and humans evolved together over tens of thousands of years. And because dogs were bred to be mankind’s helpmates, the dog owner who knows what to look for can interpret their thoughts, desires, and motivations.

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“To anyone who has lived with a dog . . . Vilmos Csányi’s If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind will bring delight.” —Paul Reidinger, San Francisco Bay Guardian

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Vilmos Csányi; Translated by Richard E. Quandt

Vilmos Csányi is a professor and chair of the department of ethology at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He has written extensively about his work for both professional and general audiences. If Dogs Could Talk is his twenty-third book.

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If Dogs Could Talk
Exploring the Canine Mind
Vilmos Csányi; Translated by Richard E. Quandt

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
December 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865477292
ISBN10: 0865477299
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Includes 20 Black-and-White Illustrations, Notes, and an Index
$23.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
December 2005
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ISBN: 9781429930949
ISBN10: 1429930942
352 pages, Includes 20 Graphs and Charts
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