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The Psychology of Dog Ownership

1st Edition

By Theresa Barlow, Craig Roberts


84 pages

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What are the benefits of owning a dog on health and well-being? Why does a ‘problem dog’ behave as it does and how can owners deal with unwanted behaviour? How do dogs communicate with humans and each other?

The Psychology of Dog Ownership explores the nature of our unique relationship with dogs and its effect on our mental and physical welfare. The book uses psychological learning theory to examine dog behaviour and highlights the importance of determining between typical dog behaviour and behaviour disorders that need treatment.

Focusing on how dog owners can communicate effectively with their pets, and always with the dog’s best interests in mind, The Psychology of Dog Ownership enhances our understanding of the modern human-canine bond and shows how important and enjoyable this relationship can be.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The New Normal of Dog Behaviour

Chapter 2: The Lifespan of a Dog Owner

Chapter 3: The Dogs Neuticles!

Chapter 4: The Dog Whispering Fallacy

Chapter 5: Is My Dog Abnormal?

Chapter 6: Treating And Preventing Abnormal Dog Behaviour

Chapter 7: What To Do If I Need More Help

Further Reading




About the Authors

Craig Roberts is a teacher trainer and author of psychology textbooks for A-Level and GCSE. He has been teaching for over 20 years and is an experienced examiner with a number of national and international examination boards.

Dr Theresa Barlow has conducted canine research at the University of Southampton and has personally dealt with hundreds of cases of problem pet behaviour having worked in Pet Behaviour for over 22 years. She has specialised in dog aggression and presented her research findings at veterinary and behavioural conferences nationally and internationally.

About the Series

The Psychology of Everything

People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.

The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.

Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology