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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; New edition edition (April 17 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074320297X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743202978
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 M. Soden on May 9 2003
Format: Paperback
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 By John Dirksen on Oct. 22 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "finnao" on April 8 2004
Format: Paperback
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 when I was choosing a book to give to a young teen who had just adopted a German Shepherd from a Rescue Organization. Why? Quite simply, this books has wonderful drawings that give direct visual clues to the student of Dog-Speak which is essentially a marriage of vocalization and body langauge. In many cases, it is the placement of the Dog's ears, his posture and more that helps to communicate his needs and the simple yet charming illustrations give concrete examples of what your doggie should look like when he is saying "I wanna play" or "I'm scared and might bite."
Added to this enormous wealth of visual information is Coren's charming storytelling abilities. In each chapter, he draws on his own experiences with his dogs with obvious affection. This tenderness lends credibility to his explanations and also underscores the importance of understandig your dog's needs and motivations when assessing the meaning of the communcation in question. Coren also brings considerable experience in human affairs to the mix...being a practising Psychiatrist. He masterfully explains not just the rudimentary basics of learning to communicate with Fido and goes further to explore virtually ALL of the possible means by which Dogs communicate with us. Especially touching is his description towards the end of the book of the personal significance the sound of his own dogs' breathing in the quiet night has to him.
Mixed in with the discussions of the various woofs, howls and ear postions are some very charming anecdotes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Lohrey on Feb. 11 2002
Format: Paperback
I've been reading everything I can get my hands on lately in order to better my relationship with my dog Annie. We both have a lot of work to do (me definitely more than her). We've been through obedience training (beginner's and advanced classes), and are now working on the problem areas and reinforcing what we've learned. There are a lot of books out there with really great information. This one resonated the most. I've recommended it to several dog owners and lovers I know. Although my problems with Annie might not be the same as yours and your dog(s), you will still benefit from Stanley Coren's insight and experience handling these wonderful creatures. I've read some of his other books, and this is my favorite. His solutions are humane, intelligent and they work. There are books out there that are still encouraging choke collars and "jerk corrections" - they are SO out of date. There is no need for ANY kind of rough or aggressive handling with a dog. Annie has responded incredibly well to the lessons I learned through "How to Speak Dog," I am a much more confident owner and trainer, and we are both happier. The other day I was walking Annie and a woman pulled over, got out of her car and asked if I was a dog trainer. Imagine that!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yogi1ab on Jan. 24 2002
Format: Paperback
I have loved and grown up with dogs all my life. I came to understand much of what they try to say, but this book shed light upon the many shadows of misunderstanding we all have about dogs. Coren does an excellent job of helping dog lovers see what it's like from a dog's perspective and giving them a compassionate voice to us all. This book will give you an understanding that will make training, playing, interacting with your dog much easier and much more fun for you and doggie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on Jan. 27 2004
Format: Paperback
Another book I randomly plucked from the shelves of the local bookstore, I was expecting yet another shallow how-to book. But I was delightfully surprised to find exactly what I desired... a book which is truly about canine communication! Coren is in no way "wishy-washy" about the subject, nor does he dilute the doggy language in this book full of insight and thought provoking stories. Within its pages is an entire guide to understanding canine body language, verbal signals, and dog behavior. I would recommend this book to anyone who truly wants to understand their dog's communication!
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It is written in more of a "textbook" format, not "how-to." I personally prefer this type of book, and Coren's interjections of humorous stories and quotes make for interesting reading. I like this book because it is more of an understanding book and not a "quick fix."
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