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Rye rant ray rone. What’s that you’re saying? Oh, you want a bone! If you had trouble deciphering that dogspeak, you’re in luck: this is a guide to decoding canine sounds and body language, from butt sniffing to pricked ears. For instance, “dry shaking” could mean your dog is trying to calm itself down. Belly up? That’s a submissive pose, and as you might have guessed, it means “pet me, pet me.” Grass eating is apparently normal, kind of like chomping on a salad. There’s one behavior per spread, and with 150-plus pages, that’s a lot of insight into your dog’s psyche. But it’s not the in-depth, accessible paragraphs that will catch your attention first; no, it’s the all-out adorableness of sad eyes, floppy ears, and upturned tummies appearing in more than 100 photos. Rounding things out are quizzes, safety tips, resources, and a dog breed guide, plus an intro from veterinarian Dr. Gary, one of the coauthors. It’s a good thing kids can turn to this book for help; after all, you’ve got to be able to understand your best friend. Grades 4-7. --Ann Kelley

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Winner of the 2014 Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award

“This book is geared toward kids but is fun for dog lovers of all ages.” –Have Sippy Will Travel blog
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0810 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142631373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426313738
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott E. High TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2013
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A nicely composed and well-documented book that shows great pictures of many different breeds exhibiting various behaviors. This is an easy to read format with interesting factoids that keeps the book concise and yet entertaining. If your dog waives his/her tail in different ways, what exactly does that mean? If you lean over your dog, how does your dog react to that? Read it and learn something new. The more that you and your dog understand each other, the better bond in your relationship.

This is the first book that I've found that reinforces several behaviors that I've observed over 40 years of owning and training dogs. All of the dogs that I've owned (or owned me) had their own distinct personalities. Once you learn to hear and speak 'dog' it makes it easier to understand both their needs and feelings.

I would heartily recommend that every new dog owner has a copy of this book on hand to help him/her bond quickly with their new puppy. It will be even more valuable for someone rescuing an adolescent/adult dog from a shelter. These dogs typically have their own unique behaviors and have to be taught to speak clearly so that their new owner can communicate effectively with them. Good luck to both of you!
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Helpful info, clearly explained for kids but not too cute and simple for adults. Lots of good photographs. I would recommend this book.
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It was fascinating. I loved all the pictures and the interesting factoids. Great book for children 10 years old to adults.
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When you have a 7 year old who loves dogs - and loves to communicate with animals - this book is perfect...
she has learned so much - and the patience she has with the dogs is amazing - so glad we got this for her.
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I bought 2 of these--one for me (as a future dog owner, don't have one yet), & one for nephew with 2 small children who have a small darling mixed breed (toy poodle & Jack Russell terrier). He works in an animal kennel that boards and gives shelter, and he's very knowledgeable & loves dogs. This book is excellent in its understandability; vivid photos & illustrations; and information presented. I learned a lot from reading it. My nephew loved it too, read it to his kids too & showed it to others at the kennel. Impressed with the authors knowledge & credentials too.
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We got this for an 8-yr-old who has been begging for a dog. She liked the book a lot and learned a lot from it. It was helpful for her in getting ready to help care for our puppy. It is one of the books she keeps on her nightstand and she has probably read it ten times now.
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Love this book. Seems really nice. Wish there was a little bit more detail, but gives good basic information. This would be really great for a child to understand dogs. I was looking for more information on a shy and scared dog being as I got one a couple months ago that seems like she was abused. I am needing to find more information on this, but this did give me some basics. Thank you!
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This was a perfect gift for my dog loving husband. He thinks it is right on the money, as does our Golden, Buddy. Paul Isn't a vicarious reader, but this book kept his interest. In fact, he recommended that we buy it for another dog-loving friend, who also loved it. The book is divided into chapters that spell out the different ways dogs communicate, and how they react to each other and the world around them. Really enlightening!
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