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Clever Dog: New Book Celebrates Man’s Best Friend

The dog is undeniably the most successful domestic animal of all time. He shares his life with us, has integrated into our society, and won the hearts and minds of millions of us. We call ourselves dog lovers because we do sincerely love them: they are fully-fledged members of our family, and we have elevated them to positions of authority in the human world. Assistance dogs, protection dogs, detection dogs, companion dogs … they all enhance our lives immeasurably.

Clever Dog! is a compendium of life lessons we can learn from our dogs, based on a combination of what we know about them and – indeed – what we think we know about them. It examines and discusses a whole raft of canine skills and talents, and endeavours to piece together how and why the dog has enjoyed such immense success. It considers the dog as a problem solver, conflict resolver, and health asset; as decision maker and hero. And most of all, as a loyal and trusted friend.

It’s a fascinating insight into exactly why people love dogs, how this has affected breeding, and how dogs can still behave according to their original instincts. Those who need to develop leadership skills to get ahead in their career can learn a lot from dogs, as author O'Meara explains. Unlike with humans, once a dog establishes its position as leader, it holds that standing for life. O'Meara writes: There is nothing a dog would expect members of his pack to do that he hasn’t done himself. He is the leader because the pack trusts him.

If we can show those we ask to trust us that their trust is always going to be repaid, we’ll never have to prove ourselves.

It's been proven that dogs actively benefit human health, be it by relieving stress, providing a reason to exercise, or – breaking news at the moment – actually detecting different kinds of cancers in humans. 
Humans can learn so many things about relationships from their dogs, and their happy-go-lucky, life-is-for-living approach.

He’s earned his epithet ‘Man’s best friend.’ In this book – the first of its kind –  the aim is to examine how he did it and how we might emulate his talents in order to enjoy the same fortune and fulfilment in our own lives. Be happy and successful: learn from the best!

Topics covered in Clever Dog! include:

The influential dog

Leadership: the canine way

How dogs benefit human health

Problem-solving: the canine way

Canine coping mechanisms

The canine magician

The secret to a happy, healthy, well-behaved dog

Communication: dog style

Dogs and the laws of attraction

The life lessons we can learn from dogs

About the author

Ryan O’Meara is the publisher of K9 Magazine and founder of the pet publishing company, K9 Media Ltd. A former professional dog trainer, Ryan has been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity of working in a hands-on capacity with more than 2000 dogs.

Since becoming a publisher, he has been actively involved in the launch of more than 400 pet-related websites, plus several magazines and books, and is the founder of the UK national dog adoption service

Ryan is proud to be the UK’s Ambassador for World Animal Day, and regularly appears in the media discussing a wide range of dog-related topics.

Where to Buy:

Find out more about Clever Dog HERE.

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