by Kimberly Davis
Here’s the set-up:
TEACHING THE DOG TO THINK is Kimberly Davis’ engaging memoir about her crash introduction to the sport of dog agility—with its jumps, tunnels, balance beams and weave poles. An award-winning poet and blogger, Davis vividly describes her frustrations trying to get her dog to “mind.” We then watch as her first steely-eyed agility coach shames her into giving up choke collars and scruff shakes in favor of the “positive” training methods used by agility instructors.
Davis’ breezy, often humorous account shows how these new techniques allow her to communicate with the “alien” mind of a dog. Also how they transform her unruly yearling collie, Willow, into a loyal, hardworking teammate. Davis ultimately carries the lessons she has mastered in dog training class into other areas of her life, particularly into parenting and teaching creative writing.
In the end, this memoir becomes a soul-searching exploration of how to get others to do what we want without bullying or cruelty—by using our heads and forcing ourselves to be a little smarter. A subtly subversive book about dealing responsibly with those less powerful than ourselves, Teaching The Dog To Think speaks not only to dog lovers, but also to anyone who has ever felt helpless, angry, or frustrated as a parent, teacher or pet owner.
“You MUST read this book if you have children or pets, and want to change their behavior without coercion!”–Richard McManus, Founder and President, The Fluency Factory
“An interesting story of how switching to clicker training vastly improved one agility fan’s dog and also changed her own approach to family life.”–Karen Pryor, author of Don’t Shoot the Dog and Reaching the Animal Mind
“A wonderful entry point for anyone learning about these important new methods for teaching skills and enhancing creativity.”–Catherine S. Mayes, Independent Autism Advocate and Autism Project Advocate, Massachusetts Advocates for Children
About The Author
Kimberly Davis is a poet and writer based in Hingham, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in the Mid-American Review, Nimrod Journal, The Iowa Review, Cairn, The Briar Cliff Review, Literal Latte, and other fine literary journals. Davis has her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her MFA from Emerson College. She writes Kim’s Craft Blog, a blog about creative writing craft and the writing life. A selection of her published poetry may be found online at Kimberly Davis/poems.
Davis was the winner of the 2009-2010 James Wright Poetry Award, sponsored by Mid-American Review. She was also a finalist for the 2010 Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First/Second Poetry Book Award. Previously, Davis won First Prize in Poetry and the Benefactor’s Prize at the 2007 Whidbey Island Writers Conference, and was nominated by Nimrod Journal for Best New Poets 2007. She has been a prizewinner in Literal Latte’s annual fiction contest. Kim’s Craft Blog has been featured on many lists of top writing blogs, and recently was included among the Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs compiled by Best Colleges Online.
Davis’ poetry chapbook, Alchemies of Loss from Bare Cove Press, is available for purchase in hardcover or softcover edition. See the Poetry page for details. Teaching the Dog to Think, Davis’ touching and hilarious new memoir about her crash encounter with dog agility training, is now out and available from Climbing Ivy Press, and may be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major book retailers. Check the News and Events page for information about the book launch and for special promotions.
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