Kim Brophey, CDBC, BA, is a nationally certified and award winning canine behaviour consultant, and the owner of Dog Door Behaviour Centre in Asheville, NC. She was chosen as Outstanding Trainer of the Year by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 2009, and has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Asheville Humane Society.
In a sea of dog-behavior-information overload, Brophey's new book
provides a refreshing perspective and innovative new paradigm for
understanding how our dogs think and behave. A dog owner's or
prospective dog owner's dream guide, Meet Your Dog dispels
countless myths about dogs that keep them entrenched in a
netherworld where they must be subservient, one-dimensional, and a
good dog who welcomes overtures from people and other dogs; the
book promotes respect for a dog's personal space, which is key to
healthy dog-human relationships.
In Meet Your Dog, nationally known behavior consultant Kim Brophey introduces L.E.G.S. (Learning, Environment, Genetics, and Self), an innovative model for understanding how dogs think and why they behave the way they do. Based on the latest findings in the field of canine cognition and behavior, this book is an invaluable resource, both for experienced dog lovers and for individuals seeking their first four-legged friend.
-Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals
It's refreshing to finally find a book that takes into consideration the many predispositions to behavior problems in dogs. Many written works and theories do not take this into account, yet it is one of the major keys to understanding, and subsequently changing, canine behavior. This book is unique as it considers the whole dog. Dogs are different. They have different personalities and breeds have specific tendencies. Kim does not ignore this. On the contrary, she teaches us simple and practical ways to use these differences and tendencies to not only give dogs a better life, but also to have a more harmonious relationship with their human. This publication is a game changer because it teaches us to really see the dog in its entirety. It present us with a framework to understand all the major factors that are essential in understanding canine behavior.
-Alexandre Rossi, star of Pet Mission (National Geographic, Brazil), and author of A Dog at the Keyboard
Meet Your Dog is an original book that will lead even the best of us dog people to think about both dog behavior and our own behavior in new ways. It is an important book that creates a bridge between behavior science and its daily practical application by dog owners and trainers. I truly wish I had had this book to read fifty years ago.
-Ray Coppinger, author of Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution, What is a Dog?, and How Dogs Work
Whether you have a dog, you are thinking about getting a dog, or you are a dog professional-there is something for you in Meet Your Dog! Packed with good advice, both in general about dogs, but also specifics about breeds and canine behavior challenges, you will be prepared and more confident to take on the responsibility of having a dog in our modern day lifestyles. Meet Your Dog and the LEGS approach is certain to be an enduring contribution to the dog training field.
-Jon Luke, Dogwise Publishing