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If Dogs Could Talk

Exploring the Canine Mind

Vilmos Csányi; Translated by Richard E. Quandt

North Point Press

"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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If Dogs Could Talk
Part OneThe Alliance of Two MindsHumans have coexisted for tens of thousands of years with a peculiar social predator descended from wolves, namely the dog. During this time we have accumulated much knowledge about dogs. Some of this knowledge is available in well-written and practical dog books, while some is the subject of the oral history of dogs, of anecdotes and beliefs; only a very small portion of this knowledge has found its way into the scientific literature about dogs. If we examine the practical and theoretical literature about dogs, we find much on breeding dogs,
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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
"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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Vilmos Csányi; Translated by Richard E. Quandt

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