Highlighting the value of canine instincts, Partners will increase the reader’s understanding and love for a species that has been walking at our sides for 26,000 years. It details the personal struggles of working teams – man and dog – as they learn to trust and communicate, while developing that all-important human/dog bond to accomplish together what cannot be done alone.
Partners celebrates the diversity of the canine contribution to our species, providing the reader with heart-warming stories of loyalty, perseverance and courage. Written by people that learned to trust their lives to the senses of a dog, and highlighting true examples of working dog behaviour, it enables all dog lovers to understand the inborn senses and instincts of their dog, which man can shape to his benefit.
Instincts tie these stories together: Bart finding a child lost on a mountain, Traveler pulling his blind partner from the path of a moving car, and Truman soothing the souls of abused children. With specific explanations of physiological attributes and innate characteristics – such as olfactory prowess, survival instincts, and intelligent disobedience – plus quotes from fifty canine professionals chronicling working dog behaviors, Partners demonstrates the similarities between the behaviour of a tender Cocker Spaniel that brought an abused child back to reality, and a tough law enforcement K9 that assured his handlers safety. This is the story Partners delivers – unity.
- 26 true stories from professional canine handlers
- Stories from five working disciplines: Scent-detection specialists, Police, SAR, Guide, Therapy
- Comparisons between disciplines based on work, not breed
- Inborn senses that drive behaviours affecting both working/companion dogs
- The struggle to trust your next step to a dog’s nose
- The ‘love versus tool’ concept
- The bond that has been present for millennia
- Quotes from over 50 noted canine experts
- Adaptability and versatility beyond reasonable explanation
- Learning to move on and start the process again
About the author
With 20 years of in-the-field experience in search and rescue, forensic crime scene recovery, narcotics detection, and therapy dogs, DeeAnn ‘Nan’ Walton has a unique understanding of dog behaviour.
She’s been there, experienced the training, the searches, the behaviour, the push and pull to accomplish what man wants in the face of the dog’s innate senses and inherent instincts.
Through her writing, DeeAnn aims to draw attention to the positive, essential, life-saving, and heroic qualities that all dogs are born with, and remind us how worthy of our love and respect these amazing animals are.