Separate chapters devoted exclusively to interpreting the movement of tails, ears, and bodies are fascinating, and can often provide surprisingly quick insight into canine behavior. There's a tremendous difference between showing affection and showing dominance, and humans have a strong tendency to misread our dogs' behavior and reward them in exactly the right way to ensure the continuation of frustrating behavior. Coren maintains that dogs can often learn far more words than we give them credit for--certainly, we've all seen pooches go bananas at the words walk and cookie, but he also suggests we watch for learned behaviors from certain words. Perhaps office gets your spaniel waiting by the door, or baby results in your terrier checking in on your child's location--you may just think it's cute, but actually, it's a sign of your dog's linguistic ability.
Whether you own a dog or two or work in the field of animal care, this manual will be a most informative read and is sure to have a positive effect on the relationship between you and man's best friend. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
great information from a knowledgable writter about dogs--i learned a lotPublished 26 days ago by coppermoses
The simple title of this book belies the wonderful complexity within its pages! It is a fascinating read interspersed with humourous moments making learning and understanding fun! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Mom
This PHENOMENAL book should have been on the best seller list when it came out in 2000!!
If you, like me, are tired of dog books simply telling people how to house train... Read more
There was too much "history" for me. There wasn't anything in this book that I haven't already read a hundred times before by different authors or from my many years of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by I love big dogs
This book gives me a new perspective (from the dog) and it explained some myths. A good read if one has a dog.Published 3 months ago by Alan Hoffman
Was very unhappy with the way the author went about describing the dogs communication. Some information usaful for a new dog but nothing deeper than some basics.Published 4 months ago by Peter D Schneider