Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs by Jon Katz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What I like about this book is its simplicity in defining a human-canine relationship devoid of complex training regime and overtly enforced ethical overtones on animal rights and so forth. Also, I can’t agree more to the following perspectives of the author as a kindred spirit: (1) Rather than relying heavily on professional training advice from books and the media, being a trainer of my own by observing and understanding my dog works the best; (2) being a “rational” dog-lover, who does not make moral/ethical decisions on the behaviors/fate of my dog, is a way of respecting my dog’s “animalness”; (3) it is possible that people and animals can be bonded by “psychospirituality”; and (4) dogs reflect the people we are and the people we want to be. This book is a must read for anyone who not only wants to but also is willing to include a dog in his/her life in tandem.