There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there about dogs. We're looking at you, self-proclaimed Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. And Colorado has its own answer to Millan: Jake Page, author of Dogs: A Natural History. "I don't want my dogs rolling over on their backs and peeing on themselves in submission every time I walk in the door," says Page. "I like it when I walk in and they jump up and down and give me a big lick on the nose. I don't have to threaten them and bully them to make them nice dogs.
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"I think the more people know exactly how dogs work and how they think and even where they came from, it'll be easier on dogs and easier on people," notes Page. "The punitive training is really not a good idea, except in the most terrible circumstances. And I'm not even sure what those are." Find out how Page reached his conclusions (hint: It involved a great deal of the most current scientific research available) by picking up a copy of Dogs, which the author will sign tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street. Call 303-447-2074 or visit www.boulderbookstore.com for information.
Thu., Oct. 25, 2007