Dog Is Love is a lively and fascinating mash-up of science, memoir and anecdotes that reveals a simple and yet enormously profound insight: dogs are unique because they love us. That conclusion sounds obvious. It's not. Canine behaviourist Clive Wynne takes the reader on a vast, yet accessible journey through the genetics, the evolutionary theories, the science-and the mystery-of why and how this happened. Wynne doesn't shy away from challenging popular theories about dog behaviour and evolution, from detailing the brutal realities of dogs languishing in shelters across the United States, or from critiquing the ways in which we mythologize dogs and do them a disservice. But the reader comes away from Dog Is Love better informed, oddly cheered-and with a new and deeper appreciation for our amazing canine companions and their enormous capacity for love.
Dog Is Love is a riveting first-person account of how a behavioural scientist who was initially sceptical about animal emotions came to ask - and answer - the question, "What is it about dogs that makes them special?" Based on his own research as well as the latest findings in neuroscience, ethology, genetics, and animal welfare, Clive Wynne concludes that the bond between dogs and humans is based on their deep devotion to us. Part memoir, part scientific detective story, and part call to action, this book will change the way you look at dogs.
If you want to build an even stronger bond with your own dog, this book is a must read.
Science finally reveals the dog's secret: the unique capacity for love that separates them from all other animals. Superb.