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Understanding Your Dog For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Stanley Coren , Sarah Hodgson
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Book Description

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of getting a dog or nervous about caring for the one you’ve already brought home, now you can relax. Understanding Your Dog for Dummies helps you recognize not only why your dog behaves the way she does, but in a way that enables you to parlay that into a well-behaved companion who listens (and sits, and speaks, and comes, etc.).

Whether your pooch is a mixed breed or purebred, she has a distinct identity that makes her unique. The first step in understanding your dog is to respect the honorable task she was originally bred for and to identify how these inbred impulses influence her personality and behavior. In essence, you need to speak her language if you expect her to learn to understand yours.

Understanding Your Dog for Dummies gives you everything you need to learn to understand your pooch’s unique dialect of “Doglish”—and shows you how to take on the role as pack leader to give your dog the cues, guidance, and consistency she needs to shape and develop good behaviors. Inside you’ll discover how to:

  • Read your dog’s body language
  • Communicate with your dog
  • Interpret your dog’s breed-specific traits
  • Correct dog-behavior-gone-bad
  • Counter anxiety-based behavior
  • Understand and resolve aggressive behavior
  • And so much more!

Think of this book as Doglish 101—a prerequisite for every human member of your dog’s family. Now, let the training begin!

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From the Back Cover

Find out about canine communication and motivation

The fun and easy way® to get into your dog's head and be the leader of your pack

What makes Spot go? What makes Cujo psycho? This friendly guide helps you understand the emotional makeup and drives of your dog. All kinds of fun exercises, questionnaires, and charts help you determine what motivates your dog's attitudes and behaviors and use that knowledge, practical advice, and proven training techniques to nurture a great pet and a great relationship.

  • Nurture your dog's individuality
  • "Sense" things from your dog's point of view

  • Use motivational techniques effectively

  • Use appropriate training tools and methods

  • Bring out the best in puppies or older dogs

About the Author

Stanley Coren is best known to the public for his popular books on dogs and on general psychological issues. However, within the scientific world, he’s also a highly respected scientist, a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
His engaging writing style and his broad knowledge about the behavior of dogs and people have made his books The Intelligence of Dogs, Why We Love the Dogs We Do, What Do Dogs Know?, How to Speak Dog, The Pawprints of History, How Dogs Think, Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?, and Why Does My Dog Do That? all bestsellers.
Roger Caras, President of the ASPCA, and himself a bestselling author of dog books, noted “Stanley Coren has an incredible gift — the ability to take the most complex matters and make it all seem so simple and clear.” Perhaps this is why Coren was named Writer of the Year by the International Positive Dog Training Association and is a sought-after contributor to a number of national dog and pet magazines, including Pets Magazine, Modern Dog, AnimalSense, Dog and Puppy Basics, and AKC Gazette.
Many professional associations have recognized Coren’s work with service dogs, and he’s received awards from several major police dog organizations, including the California Canine Narcotic Dog Association and the British Columbia Police Canine Association. His work with and knowledge of dogs has often caught the attention of the media, and he’s been the subject of feature articles in People Magazine, USA Today, Time Magazine, Maclean’s, US News & World Report, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and others. His affable manner has also made him a popular guest with the broadcast media, and he’s been featured on numerous television programs, including Oprah, Larry King Live, Dateline, 20/20, Maurie Povich, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, and the Today Show. He currently hosts the national TV series Good Dog! in Canada.

Sarah Hodgson, president of Simply Sarah Incorporated, has been a trainer of dogs and their people in Westchester, New York, and Southern Connecticut for more than 20 years. She’s the author of eight dog-training books, including Puppies For Dummies, Dog Tricks For Dummies, Puppies Raising & Training Diary For Dummies, Teach Yourself Visually Dog Training, You and Your Puppy (co-authored with James DeBitetto), DogPerfect, 2nd Edition, PuppyPerfect, and Miss Sarah’s Guide to Etiquette for Dogs & Their People. In addition, Sarah has produced two videos, patented a dog training leash (the Teaching Lead), and invented many other products to simplify the shared lives of dogs and people.
Sarah is frequently featured as a dog training specialist on network television, radio, and print media, including The New York Times, NBC, CBS, Animal Planet (Disney syndicate), FOX, CNN, WOR, Hollywood Pets, Parenthood magazine, and others. She has worked with many famous persons’ dogs, including TV personality Katie Couric, actors Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Chazz Palminteri, Chevy Chase, and Lucie Arnaz; business moguls George Soros, Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Mottola, and Michael Fuchs; and sport greats Bobby Valentine and Alan Houston.
In addition, Sarah is a behavior consultant and education facilitator at the Adopt-A-Dog shelter in Armonk, New York, where she holds training and socialization programs, conditioning each of the dogs within a fully decorated home environment before their formal adoption.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4577 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 24, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WPXTA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Addition to Dog Literature April 20, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having much appreciated other dog books by Stanley Coren, PhD--and having a new dog myself now--I had hopes this book would be worthwhile when I ordered it. I just finished reading it last night, and it is very, very good.

One thing that impresses me in the book is that the reader isn't just told what to do to handle the dog, but is also told why that is what to do. Another thing I like is the authors recognized that all dog owners do not want the same details in lifestyle with their dogs, and presented various options on safe ways to handle things.

The "for Dummies" series includes some duds and some amazing books that are full of extremely valuable details. This is one of the most valuable. Whether you are a new dog owner or an experienced one, you are sure to encounter something new to you and helpful in this book.

The book also does a good job of telling owners when to get in-person, professional help with their dogs. This is vital. There are times when help simply cannot be communicated for the specific problem via the Internet or the telephone. And dogs are here and now beings. Sometimes the expert has to see the situation in person to diagnose the problem.

My young Standard Poodle named Worthy will surely benefit from this book. And so will I.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly helpful tool July 30, 2008
This book is a very useful tool for owners in terms of helping them understand a dog's mind. The book is incredibly detailed and extensively describes the stages in a dog's psychological development. It also has sections on handling problems as well as training. The best thing about this book is it gives concrete step by step instructions on training and commands that are easy to understand and follow. It also has an extensive section on interpreting body language and barks. I've read Cesar Milan's books and I find them useless because they're too abstract. They're more a testimonial to his skills than useful information for the average owner. This book is much more informative and helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars formatting April 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is very good and informative. The main problems is that it has many sections that are broken down into columns and these become difficult and sometimes impossible to read. Do not buy the e book if you really are looking to understand your dog. Go the few extra bucks and get the paperback one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book hampered by poor Kindle formatting September 12, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The content itself is excellent, with clear, easy to read, and helpful advice throughout, well organized, and focused on the stuff you need to know. There was more of the background information than I usually expect from a For Dummies book, but I found this to be helpful and ultimately necessary, so that's just as well.

However, the Kindle edition of the book was seriously hampered by poor formatting. Like many For Dummies books, this makes extensive use of tables, but the tables simply didn't work in the Kindle edition. They often spilled off the right edge of the screen leaving some parts entirely unreadable. Even the bits on the screen were mangled with no space between columns (so words bumped right up against one another), confused word-wrapping, lines repeated, and parts not lining up.

In some places, graphics were hard to read. Even the little comics on each chapter were sometimes impossible to make out.

The book was still useful as the body text covered the biggest and most important parts, and the tables and graphics only extended the topic. But I would be hesitant to buy more For Dummies books for the Kindle until I learn that they're making more of an effort to make them work on the Kindle. My guess is they fed their source files into some converter program and then shoved the result out to the world without doing a review or any tweaking, and it shows.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version is unreadable April 21, 2009
First let me say that my one star is no reflection on the content; that is great. I have the Kindle version and virtually none of the charts or tables is readable. They are simply a jumbled mess. Why they cannot be formatted correctly escapes me, but even more - why publish a kindle version that you know is unreadable? I am a big supporter of e-books and I hate to see this type of shoddy work go out. If you are unable to format 2 and 3 column charts, so be it. But do not publish them! I feel I should ask for my money back but I won't because I want to continue to support e-books.
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More About the Author

Stanley Coren, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, is a recognized expert on dog-human interaction who has appeared on Dateline; The Oprah Winfrey Show; Good Morning, America; 20/20; Larry King Live; and many other TV and radio programs. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with a beagle, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and a Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever, as well as his wife and her cat.

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