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By Pilley Bianchi
Illustrations by Calum Heath

Foreword by Marc Bekoff Author of
Dog's Demystified

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Praise for For the Love of Dog: The Ultimate Relationship Guide


"All dog lovers will adore this book"

―Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of "Animals Make Us Human," and "Calling all Animals." 

“I couldn't stop turning the pages of FOR THE LOVE OF DOG, marveling at Bianchi's unique perspective on how people and dogs communicate.  I’ve read pretty much every human-canine book from the past decade and thought I had heard it all - so was blown away to discover a whole new way of  thinking and feeling about our relationship with dogs. I learned something that transformed my perspective on every page of this gorgeously illustrated book. FOR THE LOVE OF DOG will enhance anybody's joy and appreciation of their own pooch.  This book is truly a game-changer.”

–Tracie Hotchner, pet wellness advocate, author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know, and host of NPR’s Dog Talk

"There are many books on dogs and training, but it is a rare thing to find one that tackles both topics well. This book doesn't just achieve that, it is an absolute joy to read. "

Daniel Mills, PhD, author with Celia Haddon of Being Your Cat: What’s Really Going On In Your Feline’s Mind,


RCVS and EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine, University of Lincoln, UK - School of Life Sciences

“For the Love of Dog is filled with joy, wonder, and humor. It’s a wonderfully illustrated and written ode to the canine/human bond and how that unique bond both expands our horizons and keeps us living fully in the moment. Author Pilley Bianchi combines science, history, myth―and great practical training advice that focuses on respect for, and appreciation of our best friends. And her love for her father, John Pilley, and his brilliant dog Chaser shines through every page. Calum Heath’s illustrations capture the essence of dogs and their people with every ink stroke. I absolutely adored For the Love of Dog.”

―Cat Warren, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dog Knows

“Pilley Bianchi and Calum Heath have taken us by the hand on an illustrative, whimsical journey to better understand the dogs we love, or even just the dogs who wag past us on the sidewalk. For the Love of Dog is a joyful romp into the world of dogs, with a bright and original perspective ― much of it based in science ― that will forever change the way you look at your four-legged friends. For dog lovers or human lovers, this is the ultimate guide to any positive relationship.”

―Maria Goodavage, New York Times bestselling author of Top Dog, Secret Service Dogs, Soldier Dogs, and Doctor Dogs


Pilley Bianchi and Calum Heath have delivered an illustrated guidebook to the modern philosophy of dog. I for one, am wholly bought in.

            ―Alexis Devine, artist, author of I AM BUNNY and  human companion to the “talking” button dogs Bunny and Otter.

“...a wonderful, unique work written by a person who has a deep feeling towards our four-legged friends. For the Love of Dog is simply amazing!”
―Giovanni Padrone, canine historian and author of Origins: In Search of Ancient Dog Breeds, First Volume From Prehistory to Ancient Greece and RomaCanes Mundi, Second Volume of Origins: In Search of Ancient Dog Breeds

“For the Love of Dog offers all sorts of surprises, revealing what dogs are truly all about, starting here: What’s it really like to be a dog? Dogs are as complex and individual as humans, with emotions which run the gamut similar to our own…no one has forced humans to share our lives with dogs for thousands of years; humans make that choice for a reason, the benefit dogs offer is incalculable.”
―Steve Dale, CABC certified animal behavior consultant, host of Steve Dale’s Pet World, contributing editor Decoding Your Dog, and board of directors, Human Animal Bond Association

John Pilley and Chaser, the Border Collie taught us so much more than how dogs and humans can converse. They taught us how to form a sacramental relationship. Chaser learned and John Pilley taught, but John Pilley also learned from Chaser, the eager canine with the PhD in Dogness. Play was always the textbook both ways. The playground conversation of more than a thousand names stretched through many years. In FOR THE LOVE OF DOG, Pilley Bianchi has now given us a field guide to this singularly important relationship between John Pilley and Chaser and added her own deep insights and timeless connections. She was there, as daughter and collaborator. And now she has unleased what she learned. If we play along, we might discover something profound and change the world.
―John Lane, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, Wofford College and author of Coyote Settles the South

“For the Love of Dog will guide you to build the kind of joyful bond with your dog that the author’s father John built with their family dog Chaser -- to their mutual benefit, as John often said, ‘Don't be surprised if you and your dog both make leaps in creative problem solving!’”
―Hilary Hinzmann, co-author of New York Times bestseller Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

“For the Love of Dog begins and ends as a beautiful love story about two souls who were made for each other, and who managed to accomplish extraordinary feats together. The in-between demonstrates how we can do the same. The most heartwarming, illustrative, and informative tale you will read this year―all the more incredible because it happens to be true.”
―Dr. Brian Hare, New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Dogs and Professor of psychology and neuroscience, Duke University

“For the Love of Dog is easily the most valuable relationship guide on the market. Nestled within its charming, easily read pages is everything you need to know about living with, and loving, a dog. This is a book well worth reading…again and again.”
―Jennifer Arnold, Founder/Executive Director of Canine Assistants, Inc. and New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes, In a Dog’s Heart, and Love is All You Need

This delightfully illustrated book written by Pilley Bianchi brilliantly captures the absolute joy and love dogs willingly share with us. There are so many timely and spot-on nuggets of knowledge in this book that you will want to read it over and over again. Bianchi’s statement that ‘the danger of clinging to incorrect or outdated mindsets is that they can have detrimental consequences to dogs and their relationships with humans’ needs to be heard loud and clear by anyone training a dog. This book gives caring owners a roadmap that not only honors a dog’s welfare needs, Bianchi walks owners through how to begin teaching their dogs the gift of naming things and using human sentences with their own dog – a gift and legacy left to us from her extraordinary father, Dr. John W. Pilley and his scientific mind that was willing to prove that dogs are capable of conceptual understanding and creative thought. And then there is Chaser herself. What a joy to learn more about her and what a gift she has was. As Bianchi writes – all dogs have innate genius in them just like Chaser did. It’s up to us to find the brilliance and allow it to shine.”   

―Annie Phenix, bestselling author of The Midnight Dog Walkers and Positive Training for Aggressive and Reactive Dogs. Certified dog behaviorist, member of The Pet Professional Guild

Through a series of engaging stories, delightful images, and insightful vignettes, author Pilley Bianchi and illustrator Calum Heath show you how to play with, talk to, and nurture the inner genius of your dog. If you want to train your dog like the famous border collie Chaser, who mastered more than 1000 words and grasped human sentences, go no further —For the Love of Dog: The Ultimate Relationship Guide, teaches you much like you should teach your dog, in discrete, energetic, truly fun sessions that will have you coming back for more, and more.

         ―Pamela Weintraub, Editor in Chief of Inside Your Dog’s Mind. 

I am obsessed with For the Love of Dog and equally obsessed with the legacy of John W. Pilley Jr.’s work and his dog, Chaser. What Pilley Bianchi and Calum Heath have created is an exceptionally written and brilliantly illustrated book for us dog lovers to fully absorb. There are so many wonderful nuggets, from the historical and scientific to the emotional and downright funny. My favorite quote encapsulates the spirit of this lovely book: “So even in our darkest days, dogs can turn on the light.” I will be giving this book to all of my dog-loving friends and family and it will live on my bedside table for many moons.                                                                                                                                                            

        ―John Bartlett, Award Winning Fashion Designer, Animal Activist, and Host of Dog Save The People podcast  


“A delightfully refreshing, forward-thinking take on dogs and our shared lives. Punctuated with marvelously descriptive illustrations, For the Love of Dog brings alive the uniqueness of the dog-human family…Pilley’s message is clear throughout. Dogs really do want to learn, communicate, and connect with us. It shows us we can do so much more for our canine friends. It is clearly our privilege to know them.”

―Karen Wild, CCAB certificated clinical animal behaviorist and author of Being a Dog, What your Dog Wants, and 21 Days to the Perfect Dog

"Take a beautiful clever dog, a wonderful smart man, and a loving relationship between the two of them and the result is a dog with astonishing abilities to understand human language. For the Love of Dog is a charming account of the journey dog and man have made together and why we should follow in their steps."

―Clive Wynne, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

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