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Every dog owner knows that along with the joy can come the stress and frustration of behavioral problems, which are expensive to diagnose and treat. Enter Kim Brophey, award-winning canine behavior consultant. 

Using cutting-edge research, Brophey has developed a groundbreaking system that allows owners to identify what their dog is struggling with, why, and how they can fix it. Brophey's approach is unlike anything that has been published before and will give dog owners a new understanding of what motivates and affects their dog's behavior. Brophey's innovative technique rethinks the way we categorize dogs, and distills information from over 20 scientific disciplines into four comprehensive elements: learning, environment, genetics, and self. With revolutionary tips for specific dog breeds, this book will change the life of every dog owner and lead to happier human-canine relationships.

©2018 Kim Brophey (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Carlos
  • 23-08-18

Your book changed my way of interacting with dogs

Listened to your Audio Book. Game changer for me. We had to put my dog down at 12 months after violently attacking my wife. I thought I’d done everything right. Training, training, and more training. The best food. Cadillac health insurance. And tons of love. There was no explanation until now. After time, other resources bust most significantly listening to your book, I now know that the fault was with me. I’d done what I thought was my best. I’d only applied the “L” of LEGS and did not take into consideration the rest. Thank you!

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  • Jaegerares
  • 06-12-20

way too much stereotyping

This book contains some good information. you should consider the entire dog and her LEGS (learning, environment, genetics, self) model is a good one. But her over generalization of groups of breeds is rife with misinformation. It can be best summed up by her statement that birds cannot be taught to swim. aside from the obvious sea and shore birds, ducks, geese and penquins that are gifted swimmers, other birds including ospreys and eagles are also capable of swimming. she takes the same broad brush to groups of dogs claiming to breeds are ro.antic home bodies that don't enjoy exercise in spite of the fact that many toy breeds excell at athletic sports such as agility, barn hunt and flyball. she makes similar sweeping statements about every "group" of dog breed she talks about.

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  • Laika
  • 08-03-19

A dog's breed does NOT define behavior

While some aspects of this audiobook are interesting and useful, the general concept of looking at your dog's "genetics" is simply ridiculous. A dog breed that was meant to do races can run faster, a dog breed that was meant to sniff and find prey can sniff better, but these are physical aspects and don't define what your dog needs as dogs are individuals and taking 2 puppies from the same kennel will show you some behavioral similarities, but one might love to take long walks at a slow pace and the other one likes to participate in agility activities. Dogs are not unlike humans. Following the arguments from this book would mean that if a (human) family had a top athlete among them, the other family members must be top athletes as well and stress out if they can't do sports, because they have the physical capacities. Sure, I 100% agree that pugs have different needs than great Danes, but those differences are based on physical traits and not what the breed was meant to be. The the "self" part of "LEGS"... *SELF* is not only medical conditions or traumatizing events or "character quirks", but everything that happens to the dog and what we call personality. I have seen dogs from the same kennel, the breed designed to trace and hunt, one dog shy and sensitive and always looking for physical contact with his human and the other dog the total opposite, wild and fearless and full of energy. And still both were happy hunting dogs, but with different needs. And although both were bread to hunt, neither of them killed the other family pets, because dogs understand the life they are thrown into, they are not pure instinct, they understand, and that's why we can teach them and each dog adapts individually. Oh, and what about mutts? Mixed breeds? Does this produce schizophrenic dogs? I doubt it.
I recommend "Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do" as further listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-21

The new standard!

Filed under “The Best Books of the Decade” for many dog professionals, including myself! I’m inspired by, and thankful for, Kim’s insightful mind and delivery of such important information. Everyone should own this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-21

Highly recommend

Whether you're new to the "dog world" or you've been training for 30 years, Brophey's book gives an easy-to-understand walkthrough of how to extend grace to your dog while also extending grace to the reader.

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  • Chris Wassmer
  • 05-07-21

best blend of science and practical guidance

This book artfully intertwines history, science and reality to give practical guidance on how to tune into your dog so that he or she can live according to his or her predisposition.

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  • Madison
  • 16-12-20

wonderful book for novice and professional owners

The narrator did wonderful reading this book. She kept me engaged the whole time. The book was absolutely wonderful when it comes to explaining the different types of dog breeds, their history, tendencies, trainability, personality etc. The book also covers other things such as puppy hood and much more. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs or is just interested in them. it gives you an insight on why your specific dog might be doing something you don't like and also how to better understand your dog as well.

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  • Ileen Green, CPDT-KA
  • 24-11-19

READ THIS BOOK BEFORE ADOPTING OR BUYING A DOG!

I am a CPDT, "certified professional dog trainer".
Five+ decades of experience; showing in; conformation, training family dogs, group & private lessons, nose-work & all things fun!!
Using Positive Reinforcement methods only!

I love this book and quote many parts to my clients..
Your breed match-descriptions are "dead-on".,
I love the fact your groups were put together better than the AKC-group/descriptions..

I see so many mis-matched pup/owner pairs!!
I will recommend your book on my website-
Fondly,
Ileen Green, CPDT-KA

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  • Melinda Noah
  • 24-09-18

Great book for all Dog people.

I have learned a tremendous amount of information about our new BIG Puppy and our 10 year old puppy 😎🐕. I loved the history of the different dog types.

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  • R. Cope
  • 19-08-21

Great at helping you "meet your dog"

I learned a great deal from this book about what motivates my dog to behave as he does and how I can best meet him where he lives. Not a training book per se, although there are a couple of short sentences specifically related to how to get your dog to perform a specific action. This book does a great job of pointing out how dogs have been genetically manipulated by humans to perform very specific roles such as herding, guarding, fighting, hunting, or killing small animals (terriers). It does a good job of pointing out that just because most of us don't need our dogs to perform these jobs doesn't mean that their desire to do what they were bred to do has gone away. Knowing how our dogs were bred and for what purposes can really help us better meet their needs instead of just insisting that they meet ours.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-21

Everyone should read this book!

Every dog owner, trainer, lover or even those who are just around dogs should read this book. So.. everyone!

I'm a behaviourist and have been recommending this book to all my clients to help them understand their dogs better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-20

Short book with disappointing little actual content

The first chapters of the book feel more like a self promotion or marketing brochure. What follows is a categorization of dog breeds which is easier googled than listened to in an audio book.
There are a few good points mentioned in the book but they could be summarized in a few pages.

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  • Mrs S L Kudirka
  • 04-06-20

A great listen and some invaluable information.

A great listen and some very invaluable information regarding different breeds .would highly recommend it.

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  • Petroula Palomino
  • 04-05-20

This is no ordinary book

A really unique concept for me was introduced in this book. As I have adopted a complete mutt with terrier-like insticts I have to deal with behaviour like chasing bikes/cats/runners and also instictive fearful behaviour like barking at strangers coming towards her. As owners we need to educate ourselves so that we can understand deeper our dogs as long we have them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-18

Useful book for understanding all dogs

This book is great for helping people to understand the history of dogs of different breeds and what that means with regards to the way they behave. It helps to shape our expectations of them - when a terrier has been bred for generations to be a hard-hunting ratter, can we ever expect to suppress that behaviour? Moreover, should we?
This is not a book that teaches you how to train your dog - I found the few training tips rather eyebrow-raising - but nor does it pretend to be. It's more important than that, and I would suggest that the majority of dog owners would benefit from it.

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  • Nonna
  • 11-06-21

So happy to find this book.

Great book, so much fun to listen it, so much to relate to as well.
I have listened to one of the podcasts where Kim has talked about concept of LEGS and her ideas about modern world and expectations of Canine in it. It was so informative that I couldn't resist to get her book.
Amazing! Well done Kim! Thank you!