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Great insights on how people interact with dogs (and with other people)
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 23, 2019
If you want to learn how to get your dog to do what you want, this book will help. If you want to learn how to get people to do what you want, this book may help with that, too.
I initially picked Team Dog for novel research – my work-in-progress features a German shepherd with a fairly significant role in the story. My goal was to learn more about how dogs communicate with and respond to people. This book delivered that. It also delivered something deeper – insight on how people communicate and respond to dogs and to other people.
As a former Navy Seal, the author provided valuable insight on how to use your voice and body to communicate confidence, power and authority. This encourages dogs to trust you and follow your lead. It can have the same effect on people. In fact, many of Ritland’s strategies and ideas apply not only to your relationship with your dog, but to all your relationships. A case-in-point: doing for vs. doing with. You provide the needs – food, shelter, safety. Yet, the author explains, “for many dogs it isn’t so much about what you do for your dog, but what you do with him.” The dog’s needs “to not be alone and to be out in the world seeking and playing” also must be met. When it comes to dogs (or children, or spouses, or fill-in-the-blank), I agree with Ritland that “doing with often matters more than doing for.”