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Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior Paperback – December 1, 1997
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About the Author
RA has participated in many TV and radio programs all over the world. He has been adviser for the Danish Police Force, Technologic Institute, the Icelandic Kennel Club and guest lecturer at the Danish Veterinary University. He is in high demand as a speaker at international symposiums in Europe and America. He often guest lectures at several universities, including the University of Illinois in the USA.
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Apart for the first 30 odd pages of introduction, where the author explains aggression & fear as perceived by dogs ... the rest of the book is arranged in alphabetical manner ...
The book covers a wide range of dog behaviours ranging from Abnormal Behaviour, Body Control, Classical Conditioning to Visual Communication and Xenophobia ... making the book a good reference source.
For example, under the title "Dominance & Submission" ... the author explains the role that dominance plays within a dog hierarchy, and how the "dominance - submission" relationship between dogs, is more of a learned behaviour based on experience, rather than just based on the physical appearance/size of the dogs.
The drawback with the format is that it makes for rather disjointed reading and is not quite a book to read from cover to cover ... and requires the reader to jump from topic to topic ...
Content-wise, the book provides reasonable information, very sufficient for the new or first time dog owner. The more experienced dog owner will probably want to look at books by Patricia McConnell, Clarence Pfaffenberger and/or Stanley Coren.
That said ... it remains a useful book to have in the library ...
it lists a comprehensive array of 'dog language', ie facial expressions, signs and signals, behaviours etc. it also describes what each signal or expession means. however, it stops here, it doesnt tell you how to deal with it. an example is 'faeces eating', it tells you what it is, touches on why they do it but offers no solution. for a few items, it frustratingly neglects to tell the 'why' as well.
if you're looking for a book to tell you how to deal with our dear little friend who always growls at someone wearing pink, you won't find answers here. after reading though, you should know, if you observe carefully, if your dog is growling out of nervouness or anger or if it was a 'friendly growl' (haha)...
this is a good reference book if you're interested in knowing what certain signals mean, but it doesnt tell you how to solve any problems you have with dogs, nor to understand thoroughly how any problems develop. you'll learn to be able to tell if your dog is confident, happy, worried etc.
not a bad book to have for dog owners.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was expecting a book that discusses dog body language and behavior in detail and how to understand dogs better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I found it a good read but I can't give it full marks because there were several areas where the author's opinion overshadowed being objective and that turns me off when reading... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Guy
I use this book as a required text for a canine class. It serves it's purpose very well and the illustrations are excellent. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Blackstar5
eh, some interesting stuff. didn't finish it though. not what I expected.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer