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Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog Paperback – November 1, 2005
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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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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!
It's true that some of the pictures are a little grainy/hard to see (and they're all in black and white), but it's still the best book available out there to learn about canine body language. It's helped me a lot while volunteering at an animal shelter.
It gives you the tools to know the difference between play and fighting as well as anticipate when a dangerous or potentially serious situation between dogs will occur. Will even help the reader themselves learn to avoid or foresee possible biting or attacks on humans from a strange dog.
I have been a vet tech for over 6 years and even studied wolf body language and behavior for one week ....and still there was a wealth of knowledge contained in this book even I did not know. The author, a dog trainer herself, obviously invested lots of time and study on the subject. That she would share such pearls of wisdom with others is a true example of the depth of her love & dedication to canines.
After reading this book, I put to use what I learned. It's not difficult, the concepts are simple. I am now able to calm my own dogs when they become nervous or anxious; read what they are communicating to each other as well as humans (me or others) and know when a situation is possibly or potentially explosive. I also learned that my own pets were using this language to tell me how much they loved/have deep affection and trust in me. That alone was worth the book price; To know the moment they are communicating their love and bond to me.
Buy this book if you want to deepen and enrich your love, bond and understanding of your companion. It's priceless.