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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2008
Turid Rugaas's books are short and are written in a simple, conversational way. But Barking, like her other books, deserves many readings. She discusses five commonly identified natural kinds of barking and adds a sixth---learned barking. Her calm, kind approach to dogs and their people offers solutions to dog owners who are troubled by barking, and adds to all dog owners' understanding of their dogs. She emphasizes that dogs are expressing emotions through barking,shows how management can help reduce barking that is creating a problem for human beings, focuses on reducing stress in dogs' lives, and reminds readers that recognizing and respecting animals' emotions is necessary for us to be human.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2008
With every book she releases, my admiration for Turid Rugaas grows. Turid is a role model for others in the dog world to follow - her compassion for dogs and reminder to try to understand their perspective, rather than always imposing our needs, is so important. (For example, imposing our need for quiet by using shock collars rather than understanding that the dog is upset/frustrated/lonely.)

In "Barking," Rugaas focuses on an age-old topic. Yet, she does so in such a straight-forward, enlightened and enlighting way that even people who have read a myriad of behavior books can benefit. Her emphasis is on the mental state of the dog, and on how to view and address the underlying source of the barking. Sure, others have taken this approach, but Rugaas's presentation is so simple and plain spoken that I recommend her book above all others on the subject - and to *anyone* who wants insight into this form of canine communication, not just to those who have a barking "problem."
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2008
I also read a great many dog books, and this is one of the best. Rugaas' descriptions are deceptively simple, and might appear to be nothing new. However, they portray barking as a language we simply don't speak, rather than as a problem to be solved.

Rugaas does provide solutions as well as descriptions and common causes for each type of barking.

This book is well worth the read, and for those of us who are dog trainers by profession or avocation, worth several reads over time. At the price, well worth it, and far better than many books at triple the price.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2008
I am a dog owner with a strong interest in dog training and animal behavior and have read many excellent books on those subjects - but I find Turid Rugaas to have a very unique voice. The author believes that dogs are dogs and in our arrogance as humans we have lost sight of that fact; we humans try to train away every natural instinct a dog has and have no tolerance for 'failure' or 'disobediance'. In this book, instead of attacking barking as a training problem to be solved she reminds us that barking is a natural form of communication for dogs and provides tips for how we can listen to what they are trying to tell us. There are, of course, suggestions and methods provided for how to curb excessive or problem barking (and how to determine what problem/excessive barking really is), but essentially her message is, "less shouting, more tolerance and listen!". Another great thing about her books is that they are simple, clear and concise. The average dog owner can read through them quickly and start using the techniques right away.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2008
As with other of Turid Rugaas's books, this might seem like too a short book to be of much value. Once you carefully read the book, and start watching your dog, you will begin to appreciate Ms. Rugaas's deep wisdom and understand of all things canine.

After having no success with bark collars, penny cans, and spray bottles - all the standard trainer suggestions - I started using these suggestions. I admit my dog has not stopped barking entirely, I don't want him to, but he is barking much less. Plus I understand now why he is barking and how to change perceptions and break the cycle.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2008
This book gave me an attitude change from 'how to deal with this beloved nuisance of a pet' to 'I am lucky enough live with a creature I can learn to understand'. This book gives a view of the world through the dogs needs and perceptions. It allows the human owner a way into that world. You realise that the dog is always trying to reach into 'our' world and we sometimes forget from how far the dog has to reach. Made me a better dog owner.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2010
Sometimes we don't see barking as an actual form of canine communication. Well..annoying as it can be at times, it is. I love all of Turgid's books. They're presented in a very factual way and she also shows alternate ways of dealing with this problem behavior. Listen to your dogs..they're barking for a reason!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2010
I found this book to be a handy guide when helping people deal with the different types of barking that dogs employ. It is written in an easy to understand way, with a section for each typ of barking. Not the be-all-end-all of instruction books, but handy to keep on hand along with other not so specific.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
The author has observed dogs and their behavior closely for years. She has learned how to correctly interpret their smallest gestures and expressions in order to better understand them. These mannerisms, together with different qualities of barking, are the way our dogs speak to us and communicate what is important to them. The author's insights are realistic and useful. This quick, easy read will definitely Help you better know your own dog and why he acts the way he does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As one who was raised by people who bred and trained animals, the action of training is second nature to me. Reading animals body language (horses, dogs and cats) is an automatic thing.
I've just read Barking: The Sound of a Language for the first time.
When reading Barking I was fascinated by how much I didn't know about barking. How much I did know was also fascinating.
It only took a day to resolve a couple of barking, hmm problems is too strong a term, but it'll do.
We live in the country and, for the moment, have critters in our attic. Since babies are involved this drives my female Cardigan Welsh Corgi wild. I just hadn't realized that she was barking so much and so loudly because she thought I wasn't listening to her.
A couple of times of walking over to where she was, looking and listening, and then saying "Yes, I hear them. Nothing I can do. And I'm not letting you up there because you'd fall through the floor." and she calmed down to the point where all I had to do was say "I hear them." after her first bark and she stopped.
I also was able to separate "excited" barking from "ya gotta do something right now" barking. Very helpful out here.
I already knew about the "don't leave us" barking, but didn't have any idea of how to resolve it. It is only a problem when I have them in the car and they bark themselves silly until I get back. That, I think, is going to take more than a day to resolve.
As always I enjoyed reading her book just for the style and vast amount of knowledge she can convey in such a small volume.
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