This reading group guide for Born to Bark includes discussion questions. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.Discussion Questions
1. Coren's love of many breeds of dogs comes through so beautifully in Born to Bark
, as well as his other books. His fondness for his Cairn terrier Flint is particularly strong, however. What is it about the terrier personality that you think he found so appealing?
2. Coren suggests that most people talk to their dogs and that there are different ways that people do this. Do you ever talk to your dog? What do you talk about? Do you actually supply the dog's answers, as Coren does, or do you just think them?
3. Coren's wife Joan, seems to have many more problems with Flint than with Wiz. Do you think that these had to do with the personality of the dogs or her personality or both?
4. Flint clearly had a helpful, therapeutic effect on Alice and helped break through her depression. Are there other places in the book, or in your own life or experience that you have seen dogs providing a psychological boost or improving a person's mood and combating depression?
5. Coren did not want to tell the members of his dog obedience club that he was a professor of psychology at first. Do you think that