Published: 28/09/2016
ISBN: 9781785898679
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I was born in a small village in Staffordshire in 1967. It seems I had an innate love of and desire to be with animals, right from the start. Unable to have a dog of my own as a child because of a ... read more

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A Dog Behaviourist’s Diary
by Denise Mcleod

This book will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think in a way you have never done before. It explores both the canine “condition” and the human “condition” too, as many ‘dog problems’ are in fact ‘people problems’ but with more legs.

Based on real life personal experiences of dogs that have come through our behaviour clinics or classes, it is a brutally honest and completely open expulsion of experience and knowledge expressed with great humour, insight and raw emotion.

With tales of hilarity, happiness and success through to depression, grief, suicide and death, it brings to the reader a sense of perspective and compassion for others.

Born of experience based on a lifetime of work with animals and close involvement with over 10.000 puppies and dogs, around 15,000 people, the breadth of experience is plain to see.

The primary purpose of the book is entertainment that educates. Written in plain English, with easy to understand analogies, it is simple and enjoyable to follow. No technical knowledge of dogs or humans is required.

As a public speaker I have learnt over the years, how people learn and what makes them laugh.

Covering some of the most dangerous and worrying of behaviours, like dogs that bite people, dogs that aggress towards others, dogs that chase and kill things, puppy farms and many more. The range of this book provides something for everybody. It also covers the most common behaviour problems of all. One of the chapters about long coated breeds not being able to see properly and the range of behaviours that occur as a result, will help millions of dogs and owners, instantly. The blindingly obvious is obvious, only once the blindness is lifted.

What could be better, puppies, dogs, people, laughter, success, heartache, real life quandaries, passion and finally, true love that conquers all. Literally.

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Sunday Telegraph – 30 October 2016 – Letters Page (21)

SIR – You report (October 23) that the Kennel Club wants dog owner to stop tying their animals hair up in bows.

In ‘A Dog Behaviourist’s Diary’, Denise McLeod, describes what she calls ”The biggest dog behaviour problem in the UK, but with the simplest of solutions”.

She lists a range of symptoms which include snapping at hands, bumping into furniture and cowering at loud noises. Dogs that display these symptoms may also struggle to connect with their owners.

The cause may be that these dogs’ eyes are covered by fur, and they cannot see the world around them. Cutting their fringes and eyebrows could make them happier animals. Sarah Smith, West Hill, Devon.



Book http://www.k9magazine.com/book-club-dogs-have-taught-me-about-more-than-animal-behaviour-theyve-taught-me-about-people-too/excerpt from k9 magazine.

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I could not put this book down!
ByAmazon Customeron 3 October 2016

A Dog Behaviourists Diary gives an understanding of dog behaviour using real cases experienced by the author Denise. It made me laugh, cry and even cringe in places when reading of mistakes made. Denise's passion for happy positive relationships between dogs and their owners is clear as is the depth of her knowledge and experience. This book is not a technical 'how to' book but more of a James Herriot type description of life as a dog trainer/behaviourist which can be enjoyed by all. I certainly recommend this book and hope that there is more to come from Denise.

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Byjohn warneron 28 September 2016

I don't normally read books but my wife left it on the table and I picked it up and started to read it after a few pages found I couldn't put it down. The authors writing was brilliant and well written about her life as a dog trainer all the ups and downs but all written with a depth of feeling. It is obviously a book that is easy to read and a must for everybody. john warner

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Not just for dog owners
ByL. Thomason 28 September 2016

thank you to who ever left this book outside the door to the library where I work. I wasn't sure if they left it for us to sell or to add to our stock so I had a little read. The first case study brought tears to my eyes, it was so moving and profound. If all the stories are as good as that then I am definitely adding it to our stock. These are real case studies of owners and dogs with behavioural problems. I am not a dog owner but I was many years ago but I do have a friend who is going through a very tough time dealing with a tragic loss of her husband and that first case study brought something in perspective.

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How do you review a book that is such a fabulous read.This author has managed to capture every emotion possible in her book based on her life as a dog trainer. Her depth of feeling and care for her work shines through in every chapter. You will laugh with her, cry with her but above all you will really love the book dog owner or not.

by Chris Warner


An extraordinary book, funny, sad, very well written. A great read, highly recommended to not just dog owners but everyone

by Nigel Hardy


Absolutely loved this book. I rarely get through the first chapter of most books without putting them down, this one I couldn't tear myself away from, and have read it twice now! It gives a unique and wonderful insight into the lives of dogs and their people. Superbly well written and easy to read. Each chapter draws you in so deeply you find yourself smiling, laughing, and yes, at times, crying! Denise has a natural skill for storytelling so this book is a great read even if you are not into dog behaviour, but coupled with her years of canine experience, well..... it's just an awesome book! Highly recommend it!

by Linda Shearman


Absolutely fantastic book, compulsive read! Really emotive and made me laugh and cry in equal parts. Also a tale of determination and fighting against the odds in respect of Denise herself. Meant to take it into work to read at dinnertime but couldn't put it down and read it all in a weekend. Definitely a book for anyone with a reactive dog.

by Allie Cullen


I loved this book! All of us who have been fascinated by dogs since childhood have realized that out of many strange experiences with dogs and owners, patterns start to emerge that can explain a lifetime of seemingly irrelevant mysteries.

Denise Cadelac McLeod is one of us, and tells her stories of detective work and problem solving are described with vivid writing.
This is not just another fun book of dog behavior and stories. Denise shares some discoveries she has made, that I believe will help so many dogs with "reactivity" based problems.

I'm experimenting with her "Turn and Face" method by following the book. If I was in the UK I'd be going to her working seminars to see the changes I have only seen in her clients via videos.

by Martha Hoffman


 

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