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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929242352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929242351
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great tool for the dog professionals. A truly valuable work which will be used as a reference for my clients, as well as the behavior staff at the Marin Humane Society. Brenda s comments on canine communications are as valuable as the excellent images that form the bulk of the book. --Trish King, Behavior and Training Director of Marin Humane Society, author of Parenting Your Dog

Once I started reading it, it quickly became apparent that this book should be mandatory reading material for virtually every dog owner. Brenda s description of the canine language and the contexts in which they occur is very well documented. --Ali Brown, author of Scaredy Dog! Understanding & Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog

About the Author

Author Brenda Aloff is a professional dog trainer specializing in problem behavior. A large part of her practice consists of dogs that have been referred to her when traditional training techniques have failed. She works with owners on re-socialization of fearful and aggressive dogs as well as teaching puppy socialization, competition obedience, conformation, tracking, back-packing, musical freestyle, and agility classes at Heaven On Arf Behavior and Training Center in Midland, Michigan. She is a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and The Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Trainer s Forum and several other breed and training organizations. Brenda travels all over the United States giving talks on canine aggression and learning theory.

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Author Brenda Aloff is a professional dog trainer specializing in problem behavior. A large part of her practice consists of dogs that have been referred to her when traditional training techniques have failed. She works with owners on re-socialization of fearful and aggressive dogs as well as teaching puppy socialization, competition obedience, conformation, tracking, back-packing, musical freestyle, and agility classes at Heaven On Arf Behavior and Training Center in Midland, Michigan. She is a member of The Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Trainer's Forum and several other breed and training organizations. Brenda travels all over the world giving talks on canine aggression and learning theory.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone who either works with dogs or owns a dog.
Cheryl
I found the contents easy to read and the pictures very illustrative of the points the author was describing.
D. Petheram
This book helps understand the language dogs use to communicate - body language.
Carol Carlson

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194 of 196 people found the following review helpful By V. Cody on January 31, 2006
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I found this a fascinating book. I bought a copy on a whim for my dad for Xmas, then thought it looked so interesting that I bought myself a copy days later. It is along the lines of some of Turid Rugaas' work, talking about and showing in photos some of the body language dogs exhibit. I've always found it interesting that I can watch two of my dogs interacting and say "that's just play" whereas my parents think they are trying to kill each other, or they might think everything is fine but I saw an ear movement that tells ME there is trouble brewing. This book explains and shows some of the minute details of doggie body language that I am reading. And after reading the book, my dad was able to understand what he should be looking for, and he can actually see the dogs' communication much better. The photo quality in the book is not the best, but along with the engaging text, gets the message across.
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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on May 27, 2007
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I volunteer at a shelter and am fascinated by temperment testing. While I have the benefit of watching a wonderful temperment tester each week, reading this book has been an incredible education. Now when I watch dogs tested, I can see what our tester is seeing... the freezing, the whale eye, the stress behaviors, and so on. I'm learning to better judge how a given dog reacts to other dogs or to cats.

For me, the benefits include being better able to know how to handle the dogs because I can better judge their personalities and shape my behavior to them, know how the dogs I handle are reacting to various stimuli, and be able to tell perspective adopters more about the dogs than I previously could.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who either works with dogs or owns a dog. You can't go wrong. The photos are so clear and the writing so easily understandable, that everyone can absorb the information. Be warned though... you'll want to read this book over and over and over again until the pages are well worn. It's just THAT good!
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Kate Nicoll on March 24, 2007
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A great picture anthology of dogs being dogs. This is a very helpful book in that is captures a snapshot of canine emotion to help increase our awareness of dog-dog and dog-human communication. I have often utilized this book in my therapy work with children to help describe emotions. Well-organized by themes with clear photos.

Kate Nicoll, LCSW

author of Soul Friends: Finding Healing with Animals
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Boomadiidii on February 2, 2010
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I was very disappointed in this book. Since this book is supposed to be a photographic guide, I thought it would have good quality color photos in it. Instead, they are all grainy, blurry, black & white pictures. Some of the text is missing (?????????) on a couple pages, it just stops mid-sentence & does not continue onto the next page or anywhere else on the page. I did give it an 'It's Ok' rating though, because despite the bad photos & horrible editing, the author does explain in fairly good detail what specifically is going on in the dogs' minds when they are displaying certain looks or behaviors. But unless you have experience personally with dogs & can just know what the author is talking about, it would be hard to learn just from viewing the photos in this book. They aren't good enough quality photos for the novice dog owner/trainer to catch some of the more subtle 'looks' in the dogs pictured.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on February 18, 2008
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Good, but could be a lot more professionally written and photographed for the price. The quality of the photos is only very average. The explanations for each picture are at times too brief leaving the reader a bit confused. For example, I found it frustrating to be told some behavior is a displacement signal or a negotiation signal, but not define what the author means by the term displacement, etc. I was rather disappointed in this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2007
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I, and everyone I've shown it to, have found this book very educational. I thought I'd just use it as a reference, looking up specific body language as needed (which is a very good use for it), but I find myself reading it cover to cover because it's so fascinating. I've had dogs all my life, and trained them and loved them, but I can't believe how ignorant I was about their body language. As I read the book I see these behaviors in my dog and wonder how I could have been so unobservant. I think even folks who know a lot about dogs and training can learn some things from this. I plan to buy more to use as gifts.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Stanford on September 17, 2010
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This book is definitely worth purchasing, I just wish that someone had maybe... given it a look over before it got published? A few (only 2 I think) pages are completely blank when they don't seem like they should be. A few pages stop mid-sentence... One page only has a single sentence where it seems there should be an entire section. The part about the greeting stretch. I actually went to that page on purpose to read it and there's one line, something like "Notice the look in this dog's eyes as he stretches." ... Okay?

I still recommend it because despite what some have said about the photos, I think they're quite good. They're dogs. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been to get some of these photos at all, with both or all the dogs reacting as desired? It's meant to be informative and it is.

The writing is funny which I appreciate, and there's a lot of valuable insight in this book.
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