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Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs Paperback – June 6, 2000
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"I love Dr. Dodman's work!"
--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
"This witty, insightful guide explains the gamut of canine behavior, from the peculiar ('Honey, why does Buffy keep staring at the sofa?') to the problematic ('and why does ripper keep eating it?')."
"Owners will learn the ABCs of communicating with their dogs."
--The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
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Dr. Nicholas Dodman, expert animal psychologist and acclaimed author of The Dog Who Loved Too Much, gets us inside the minds of our pets to learn what makes them do the crazy things they do.
From aggression to zoonosis and just about everything in between, Dr. Dodman draws on case histories from his own practice at the prestigious Tufts University Veterinary Center and offers fresh and incredibly useful tips that apply the latest discoveries in canine behaviorism and pharmacology. Here are simple, sensible, step-by-step instructions on diet, exercise, environment, and lifestyle changes that any pet owner can safely implement to effect seemingly miraculous improvement in their dog's behavior. Authoritative, entertaining, and immensely practical, Dr. Dodman proves that when it comes to caring for man's best friend, he's the best friend we have.
Top Customer Reviews
There is but one topic for each letter of the alphabet and, thanks in part to the limited and lacking index, requires practically a cover-to-cover read to find all of the potentially useful topics in this book. Dog behaviors are like allergy symptoms in humans, no two dogs will have the same set of defects in their behavior. It's a waste of time to have to page through each of 26 chapters highlighting and focusing on your own dog's behavior, while tripping through chapter after chapter of other people's dog's problems.
Perhaps the worst part of the format is the series of chapters idiotically placed where other dog behaviors wouldn't fit. I? Imprinting problems (what?). K? Kissing. Q? Quarreling (doesn't that require the dog to be able to speak?). G? Geriatric Behavior Problems. X & Z? I'll let you ask somebody else, because you might not believe it from me. Come on, Dodman!
We bought three books to help us through our newly-adopted dog's troublesome first few weeks at home, and this is completely useless by comparison. The other 2 books we bought were 'Help for your Shy Dog' by Deborah Wood and 'The Dog Whisperer' by Paul Owens & Norma Eckroate. Both of these books have much better info, arranged for readers who aren't interested in random, sometimes bizarre topics.
I found the chapter on prey drive particularly useless. I was so terribly disappointed. This was the one problem for which the author offered absolutely no solutions or recommendations at all. Of course this was my problem.
I loved THE DOG WHO LOVED TOO MUCH, and found it helpful, but this book was not as useful. And a lot of time was spent expounding on Bull Terriers which while very interesting didn't really fit into the title.
I'm glad I read the book, but disappointed that I expected help and didn't get it.
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PERFECT FOR DOG OWNERS TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT MAKES DOGS BEHAVE...GET IT AND HELP YOUR DOG BE THE BEST DOG HE CAN BE.Published 9 months ago by D. J. Singer
Comprehensive book covering behavioral problems ranging from training issues to physical conditions. I May be a bit biased, because Dr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rex The TV Terrier
The problem with this book goes back to the subtitle "An A-to-Z Guide to Understanding & Curing Behavioral Problems in Dogs. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ushiwakameru
This book will tell you everything you need to know about dog behavioral problems. This is a must read book.Published on February 24, 2014 by Katherine A Fulkerson
I love his stories and approach and would recommend it with only one caveat, he seems to consider drugs in most of his case studies. Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by James Day
This is the 3rd book I've read by Dr. Dodman and everything he says really makes sense and is explained well. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by M. Chittenden