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.
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.
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 13 months ago by Colleen Vinson
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... Read morePublished on June 7 2013 by Thomas A Aman
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... Read morePublished on March 13 2013 by Dorothyanne Brown
This is a well researched book, and you know it at every turn of the page.
The author is 'thorough' to a fault. Read more
It would be so wonderful if Stanley Coren's books were mandatory reading for all dog owners or would be dog owners. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2011 by ionicquest
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2005 by J Dent
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