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On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals Paperback – Dec 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise; 2nd edition 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 39 customer reviews
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At only 75 pages, I can loan this to everybody who I ever think could possibly interact with my dog, and force them to read it without them complaining! XD Its very concise, and very accurate. It's obvious more research has been put into this and a summary that came out is this book. Its written in a way that a child could learn from. LOADS of photos, which are clear and demonstrate exactly what the author was looking for. Although the information isn't *that* new to me from reading up online, I still feel this is a great book to own and is PERFECT for all beginners.
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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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As an animal shelter volunteer, this is the book I recommend to all employes and new volunteers. Learn how to communicate better with dogs - your dog(s) and also understand better what they are saying to each other! Watch - learn another 'language'! And then use the book as a constant reference book.

Attended a seminar of Turid Rugaas 1999-2000 and have been a fan ever since.
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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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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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Loved this little book! It was fascinating to observe my dogs after reading this book and watch the many ways they communicate that I never saw before. It is fun to use these methods to communicate with my own pups.
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This wonderful book explains to us about calming signals of dogs and how to use the signals to help our pets and others. It was easy to understand and the photos are very helpful and demonstrate what you should be looking for. This book was recommended to me and I have and will continue to recommended it to others.
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This book tells you what your dog is trying to communicate to you with his body signs. It really helps if you're training your dog, to know if it's working or not. It's easy to read and a good book to keep for reference.
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