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  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise; 2 edition (Dec 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929242360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929242368
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In books about wolves you will find the body language of wolves described as "cut-off" signals, as the observers saw how they were cutting off aggression in other wolves. Read the first page
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Yeu on Dec 18 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is brief and contains great photographs that illustrate the physical language that dogs use to maintain order and harmony when meeting one another or in groups. Most somewhat knowledgeable dog owners know the basics (avoiding eye contact, approaching from the side/circling, etc.) but this book really puts in together. What is very interesting to me is that many of the urban city dogs that frequent our dog park (usually the yappy ones that have no obedience training) have lost this art of communication that Turid speaks of. In contrast, dogs that appear, even at a distance, as mature, well-behaved and trained dogs exhibit many of these communication signals with grace and expertise. This book is a must-read for any new dog owner. Think of it as a book on dog-to-dog manners!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dave Morefield on Nov. 10 2003
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During my five, post-retirement years as a shelter volunteer, I've accumulated over six shelf-feet of dog books, most relating to behavior and training. Many were skimmed and forgotten; others required several readings to achieve maximum effect; some I kept only as examples of what I have come to consider bad practice.
In contrast, OTTWD produced an immediate "Ah ha!" reaction, and I reread it occasionally as much to renew the sense of inspiration as to glean more information from its scant pages. (As other reviewers have pointed out, there are other, far more exhaustive treatments of the vocabulary of dogs -- such as those by Roger Abrantes and Stanley Coren.)
I had barely finished reading the author's first, rather sketchy, case-study (which describes the role of her dog, Vesla, in communicating with the client's dog -- a recurring theme throughout) when I started to think about a pair of Border Collie mixes, Amelia and Cinder, at our shelter.
They are as close to feral as any dogs I've ever been around. We suspect they grew up from puppies as junkyard dogs. Among the dozens of our all-volunteer staff who have tried to befriend them, only three of the most empathetic, female volunteers have progressed to the point where they can leash them for a walk. Amelia and Cinder always responded to me by barking and retreating, even though I already knew to avoid assertive body posture, eye contact, use of my deep, male voice, etc. I eventually quit trying to connect with them.
The possibility that Ms. Rugaas opened for me was to use another dog as an intermediary. I decided to enlist the services of Mercedes, a young, high-strung, female Pit Bull that I was already teaching basic obedience.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By bok on July 3 2004
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this is a very light read, this book contains only 30 pages of material. it is written is an easy style, easy to read and easy to understand.
the basic of this book is to tell us that dogs have their own language. the author has spent 1.5 years studying this 'dog language' and has compiled them here as 'calming signals'. ie she has listed those signals that dogs show when trying to calm things down.
she would list all the signals in a chapter. describing each and giving an example on when they're used.
the next chapter gives a few case studies. this is followed by a chapter about stress on dogs and how knowing these calming signals can help such dogs that are in stress.
what is suggested is that we learn these signals, so that we can see how how dogs interact with others. also, it will also allow is to calm our dogs or other dogs with these signals.
very useful information for people who interact with dogs. it's a short book and easy to read, so it'd be good to have the knowledge to better interact with dogs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trainergirl on Jan. 24 2008
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Turid Rugaas is the most intuitive and well thought of dog trainer of her kind. On Talking Terms with Dogs is a marvellous book full of those moments when you suddenly realise that your dog has been telling you something all along and you just haven't understood the language. I also recommend buying the DVD which then demonstrates what you have read. This adds to your understanding. I have a particularly anxious giant breed of dog and after watching the DVD I really felt that I understood alot more about his reactions to things and could see him exhibiting the behaviour shown in the book and DVD. I wish I sitll lived in Europe as I would love to go to one of her seminars. Buy anything by this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By boyde on Aug. 22 2010
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The book is invaluable as a tool to understand what your dog is trying to tell you and how you can get a message through to him/her. The book itself is much too wordy, but, a bit of perserverance pays off big time whether you are dealing with your own dog or someone else's. No training should be considered without this knowledge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sprite'smom on Nov. 30 2011
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we have learned alot from this book, and now have a few methods that clm our dog down when he's really excited and playfully agressive. It was also really helpful in teaching us what not to do to get him in that state. A short read with a lot of information packed inside. Great for anyone who owns a dog, or often comes in contact with them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on Oct. 24 2012
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I was very impressed by this book. Turid clearly understands canine responses and body language and the book explains why people are so wrong in thinking their dog is not listening when he/she looks away from you. It is likely your voice or manner is stressing the dog and he/she is avoiding confrontation and not acting guiltily as we so often think. The dog is using canine body language to try and soothe both by giving showing the side of his/her face and being non-confrontational.

I think she clearly understands how to communicate with dogs and shows us how much we can learn from their behaviour without always trying to be on top 'the pack leader' etc. Ideally, we wish to be one of the pack and this book shows us how to get there.
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