Even those dog lovers who feel that they understand their pets better than anyone else are sometimes bewildered by a mystery behavior or response. This, asserts Kevin Behan, is because our dog’s actions and attitudes are driven not by what we say or do but by what we feel. Two provocative conclusions follow from Behan’s argument: Because of unresolved emotions in our past, our dog may well know us better than we know ourselves. And because dogs know us “by heart,” they can help us connect with and heal our buried issues. Based on dogs evolving as cooperative group members, Behan’s approach offers practical ways to decode and change behaviors; and profound ways to learn from the mirror our dogs provide.
“Your Dog Is Your Mirror is a very thought-provoking book that will force you to reconsider who we are and who dogs are and why we are so attracted to one another. Kevin Behan calls upon his extensive experience with our best friends and makes the important point that in the emotional interactions between dogs and humans, it’s not the human reading the human in the animal but the animal reading the animal in the human. Whether you agree with Kevin’s provocative theories or not, the age-old adage that no one knows you like your dog clearly rings true. I learned a lot from this wide-ranging and unique book.”
— Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and The Animal Manifesto