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How to Speak Dog [Paperback]

Stanley Coren
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April 17 2001
Parlez-vous Doggish?
At long last, dogs will know just how smart their owners can be. By unlocking the secrets of the hidden language of dogs, psychologist Stanley Coren allows us into the doggy dialogue, or "Doggish," and makes effective communication a reality.
Drawing on substantial research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of personal experience, Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can understand language at about the level of a two-year-old human. While actual conversation of the sort Lassie seemed capable of in Hollywood mythmaking remains forever out of reach, Coren shows us that a great deal of real communication is possible beyond the giving and obeying of commands.
How to Speak Dog not only provides the sounds, words, actions, and move-ments with which we can effectively communicate with our dogs, but also deciphers the signs that our dogs give to us. With easy-to-follow tips on how humans can mimic the language dogs use to talk with one another, original drawings illustrating the subtleties of their body language, and a handy visual glossary and "Doggish" phrasebook, How to Speak Dog gives dog lovers the skills they need to improve their relationships with their pets.

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An invaluable language manual for people who need to communicate with dogs, How to Speak Dog is far more than a simple training guide. Author Stanley Coren discusses at length the evolution of language in many species, and focuses as much on body language as he does on verbal communication. This is a man with his own theories on language development--when disagreeing with Chomsky or Darwin, he backs up his arguments with plenty of thorough, firsthand experience.

Separate chapters devoted exclusively to interpreting the movement of tails, ears, and bodies are fascinating, and can often provide surprisingly quick insight into canine behavior. There's a tremendous difference between showing affection and showing dominance, and humans have a strong tendency to misread our dogs' behavior and reward them in exactly the right way to ensure the continuation of frustrating behavior. Coren maintains that dogs can often learn far more words than we give them credit for--certainly, we've all seen pooches go bananas at the words walk and cookie, but he also suggests we watch for learned behaviors from certain words. Perhaps office gets your spaniel waiting by the door, or baby results in your terrier checking in on your child's location--you may just think it's cute, but actually, it's a sign of your dog's linguistic ability.

Whether you own a dog or two or work in the field of animal care, this manual will be a most informative read and is sure to have a positive effect on the relationship between you and man's best friend. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Coren's premise is that to communicate effectively with a dog the owner must first learn the dog's language, including vocabulary, grammar, and how to form "sentences that can be used to send and receive meaningful messages." The goal of such enlightened communication is to prevent the misunderstandings that often lead to problem behavior (e.g., aggression) and result in hundreds of thousands of dogs being surrendered to shelters for placement or euthanasia. Using anecdotes and examples, Coren (psychology, Univ. of British Columbia; Why We Love the Dogs We Do) speaks with knowledge and authority. He makes slow but steady progress toward understanding how the canine mind works, why it works that way, and how owners can make the best use of that knowledge to train their dogs to be model companions. Chapters cover vocalization, face talk, tail talk, body talk, scent, and dialects. A useful visual glossary (with line drawings) and a doggy "phrasebook" are also featured. The book is written for the above-average pet owner who wants to build a better relationship with his/her dog. Recommended for larger public libraries or where pet interest runs high.DEdell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By far, this is the best book I've read to date that's provided a complete understanding of my dog and her behavior. I couldn't believe how many dog "body postures" I've been misinterpreting. I tried using a few of the "signals" explained in the book on my dog that another dog would use to communicate - and my dog actually seemed to understand. She definitely reacted the way I thought she would! Every dog owner should read this book. I also believe this book should be required reading for anyone who works in a shelter setting or in any capacity where they're dealing with strange dogs. A big thanks to Stanley Coran for improving and enhancing my relationship with my Rottie-mix, Molly!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand, you will learn "doogish" Oct. 22 2001
This is the greeatest book I have ever read about dog language. The way Stanley Coren have build up the book is perfect, for both beginners, and people who already know, how to speak dog.
It is put up in a way so that you read about different bodyparts communications in different chapters. Face talk, body talk, eye talk, ear talk and so on. Each signal from the dog, whether it is a tail wag or a growl is being translated to Human language, so that you better can understand the meaning, ( "If you dont back off, I will fight you" ) even when you have finish the book, you will rememeber the meaning.
The book also gives you a big laugh, when Stanley Coren tells about his own experiments with dogs.
The book is also wery easy to read for "not american " people.
I know because I am from Denmark.
Read this book and learn "how to speak dog".........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for anyone with a dog March 25 2004
This book had so much information, not just on dogs alone, but dogs and cats as well as how their behavior related to human, primate, and wolf behavior. Absolutely fascinating!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Catchy title - but doesn't deliver May 29 2000
By Debbie
Coren's catchy title leaves potential readers with the impression that they will learn how to to 'speak' to their dogs. However, this volume is mostly a rather academic study of what dogs are communicating to others (through their body language, vocalizations, etc.), as well as a presentation of general theories of language development and related research. While the reader may learn what the dog is trying to say to other dogs, animals, or humans, there is only a very small amount of attention devoted to how humans can use any of this information to communicate better with their dogs. ("The Horse Whisperer" gave much more information about how humans can use knowledge of a horse's methods of communication to make the communcation a two-way process.) Coren clearly understands dogs and what they are trying to tell us. However, the book does not really tell readers how to 'speak dog'; a better title would have been "What Your Dog is Trying to Tell You."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all dog owners June 7 2013
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This book is great way to help understand your dog. Once you really spend time really trying to understand what your dog is saying, he/she becomes much more pleasurable to have around.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Never worked March 13 2013
By Dorothyanne Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I read this and still couldn't speak to my dog in ways he would understand. I mean, he was absolutely no good in debates about today's governmental issues, or where I should be investing my retirement funds.
On the other hand, for someone who really doesn't understand the way dogs interact with us, it's a help. Well-written but too academic to keep me and my puppy interested for long. He preferred getting out for a walk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Muggins MacLean Nov. 20 2012
By muggins
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This is a well researched book, and you know it at every turn of the page.
The author is 'thorough' to a fault.
There are times when all the 'background' that leads up to the
'part for which you have paid your money', gets a bit tedious...I
think it could have been fine-tuned a bit more in places.
That would be my only 'down side' with this book,
and should not discourage anyone from purchasing this product.
It is very inclusive (no doubt about that), and if you enjoy a lot
of 'background' and detailing, then you will be in paradise.
It has a lot of facts & stories & some helpful pics (and more would have
been helpful).
All and all though, a very good book and I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding book by Stanley Coren Dec 21 2003
As a dog trainer and owner of 4 dogs (all of whom are geniuses I might add!), I found this book to be fascinating and to validate a lot of what I see in my daily dealings with dogs and people. Very readable and yet packed with important information. I recommend this to everyone who loves dogs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still reading it but it's been a big help ...
I'm still reading it but it's been a big help so far, especially watching to make sure my young dog is meeting other dogs safely.
Published 1 day ago by Colleen Vinson
5.0 out of 5 stars For any dog owner!
It would be so wonderful if Stanley Coren's books were mandatory reading for all dog owners or would be dog owners. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2011 by ionicquest
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Paws Up!
I really enjoyed this book! Sme people might think I'm nuts yawning at my dog but now I can read what my furry brown clown is telling me and I feel I can express my self more... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2005 by J Dent
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!
This book is a must have for anyone who is really
interested in better communication with your dog.
I love it. I have a hard time putting it down. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Lynn Sparling
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the very best and most enjoyable Dog books!
Having bought this book when it first came out, and having bought many others since then with similar content but slightly different approaches, I came back to HOW TO SPEAK DOG... Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by "finnao"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for the "Student" of Doggy Language
Another book I randomly plucked from the shelves of the local bookstore, I was expecting yet another shallow how-to book. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004 by A. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I thought
I was hoping for a "how to" on reading my dog's body language. That's not what I got. Instead it was a book about the author's dogs and how much fun he has with them, how... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003 by Marian Nicola Spencer
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