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On Talking Terms With Dogs Calming Signals Paperback – December 14, 2005
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This new revised edition is a must have! Even if you own the previous edition the photos and examples along with the writing are worth it. Turid has a wonderful gift of making everything so easy to understand and relate to...(she has made) an enormous contribution to mankind in our ever-increasing knowledge of man s best friend our dogs. --Pamela Dennison, author of Complete Idiots Guide to Positive Dog Training and Bringing Light to Shadow. A Dog Trainer's Diary
Invaluable! The insightful observations of Turid Rugaas can help all of us have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with our dogs. This beautifully illustrated book belongs in the home of dog lovers everywhere. --Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. author, The Other End of the Leash, Cautious Canine, Feeling Outnumbered and more
I personally owe Turid a great debt because her work validated my observations that dogs are trying very hard to talk to us. This book was my guide and added amazing volume to my knowledge base. Her book provided the confidence to continue watching and interpreting. What a lovely gift! --Brenda Aloff author of Aggression In Dogs and Canine Body Language, A Photographic Guide
About the Author
Turid Rugaas has been involved with dogs as long as she can remember. From her own classes held at Hagan Hundeskole, her beautiful farm in the fjords of Norway, to her world-wide seminars, Turid is helping dogs by helping their owners see and understand the signals they give us.
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I was astounded, and frankly my training style will never be the same. This book has, with excellent concrete examples and full-color photos, taught me that dogs have an intricate and reliable body language that they use as effectively as we use words. It has raised my esteem for dogs as beings, enlightened my behavior around them, expectations of them and abilities as a trainer. I can hardly believe I interacted with dogs without knowing these principles.
Turid Rugaas, the author, speaks in such an easy manner with her topic that it is clear how well she understands it. The book is concise, short and manageable. There are full color photos on nearly every page, depicting dogs engaged in the precise behavior patterns she is discussing (so you'll be able to start recognizing them in your own pups right away). It surprised me how things she described correlated with some of my own memories of doggie interactions. She even unraveled a few mysteries for me; for instance, does your dog seem happy for you to stand in front of him, looking down at him, but get nervous as soon as you crouch to his level? There's a social reason for that. Does your dog sit with his back to you? He's not being impudent; he's trying to reassure you. Seeing how dogs use these techniques with other dogs (and how those others respond in kind) is the enlightening selling point of this book. She never makes an unfounded claim, and has years of experience and success to back herself up. Skeptics rejoice!
It's startling how thoughtful a dog's behavior really is. It won't even take a day's worth of your time to finish this book, but learning about a dog's calming signals, stress signals, threat signals and how to employ them yourself to calm and communicate with your own buddy will be worth a lifetime. Turid gives humans the gift of a language dogs already communicate with. It's like a Babel Fish for you and your hound.
While waiting for a meeting at a Guide and Sportsman's Association, we walked our German Shorthaired Pointer down to let him swim in their pond. There were several black silhouettes around the edges of the pond, and one was a life-size coyote (which looked exactly like a dog). It was swiveling in the breeze. Our dog saw it, and approached casually, sniffing the ground, glancing occasionally at the silhouette as he approached, and looking away when the "coyote" moved. He approached until he was downwind from the silhouette, and when the metal coyote "ignored" him and there was no scent in the wind, our dog lost interest, and proceeded to happily retrieve sticks tossed in the water..
It's a fascinating book. Even though I've had dogs all my life, it has taught me how to appreciate and understand much of their subtle formalized behavior and body language.
I feel more confident walking with my little pup having read this book. Some dogs just don't care what sign you give them, they will just head for your dog (Chihuahua's do that all the time in my neighborhood) but the dogs that have normal manners will see your intentions.