I'm reading a really good book right now about dogs. The following excerpt really explained a lot about myself... and my dogs. Thought I'd share it here...Most people remember very little that happened before the age of four years. Certainly you were learning many things during the first three or four years of your life, and you did have many experiences that should have resulted in memories. You were probably toilet trained then; you learned how to eat with utensils and how to recognize your parents and other family members; and you probably knew a few children's games and had been to a few interesting places, like the zoo or the seashore. You did form memories of those events, but they were coded or registered in your brain as visual images. Once you developed more advanced language abilities, you changed the way you recorded memories and began to register nearly all of them in the form of language code. You also began to think by using language rather than images. Those early memories are still there, but because you now think in words, you can't retrieve them -- you have lost the key to that part of your past that was registered in images rather than in words.
Dogs do not have language, or at least not the word-based language that humans have. This means that their thoughts will be coded in a form that is quite different from that in humans. In the absence of language, dogs must resort to mental processes that may be similar to the sensory-based thinking that humans use as toddlers... their thought process is a set of images drawn from the experiences that their senses provide them.
Is this one of Temple Grandin's books?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
The book is titled: How Dogs Think. What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do, by Stanley Coren. It's a very fascinating book, but it's a hard read. Kinda reads like a textbook, but I am enjoying it and learning quite a bit too.
Ah! I knew it was Coren! I've read that, and it IS a fascinating book! I love him.
I got that new book by Alexandra Horowitz (title escapes me right this minute), and I got about halfway through and just kept thinking, "This is like Stanley Coren, but not quite as good."
ETA: The title is "Inside of a Dog." How could I forget that? It's such a catchy title.
Last edited by AngusFangus; 03-16-2010 at 10:51 PM.
Very cool and insightful.
Daisy, Hayshaker She's Utterly Unforgettable, CGC
Lola, our mellow yellow gal. Gotcha on 1-7-07
Dinozzo is one of the 'simple' Labs -
Q: Does it move?
Resonse: Chase it
Q: Does it move?
Response: Eat it.