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Culture Clash

by Jean Donaldson

The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are - stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable "can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me" philosophy. Jean's tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog's mind. Relentlessly, she champions the dog's point of view, always showing concern for their education and well being. Understand the role of conditioning on a dog's intelligence & morality; predatory & social behavior; socialization, conflict resolution, fear & aggression; behavior problems & solutions.


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Dogs are From Neptune

by Jean Donaldson

This book is set up as a series of Questions and Answers from people asking for advice on specific dog problems. Uses positive reinforcement training throughout, including for the resolution of serious problems (aggression and resource guarding). The book also covers problems with obedience training, anxiety issues, and behavioral problems. Gives good ideas on how to prevent these problems in the first place.


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On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals

by Turid Rugaas

Dogs have a language for communication with each other, consisting of a large variety of signals using body, face, ears, tail, sounds, movement and expression. If we study the signals dogs use with each other and use them ourselves, we increase our ability to communicate with our dogs. A practical, down-to-earth, logical understanding and use of the body language of dogs.


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Dogs: A Startling New Understanding Of Canine Origin, Behavior, And Evolution

by Raymond & Lorna Coppinger

Dogs have a language for communication with each other, consisting of a large variety of signals using body, face, ears, tail, sounds, movement and expression. If we study the signals dogs use with each other and use them ourselves, we increase our ability to communicate with our dogs. A practical, down-to-earth, logical understanding and use of the body language of dogs.


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Feeling Outnumbered?

by Karen London & Patricia McConnell

A small book that answers the questions that come up when living with more than one dog. Use positive reinforcement to teach the dogs to be patient and polite instead of pushy and demanding. Many practical solutions that will make living with your pack much more fun.


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The Other End of the Leash

by Patricia McConnell

This book looks at typical human (primate) body language and how dogs (canids) interpret it, and how a lot can get lost in the translation. The author looks at ways that we can improve our communication with our dogs by trying to use body language that makes sense to them. Also covers some common dog behavior misconceptions. Written in an easy to understand style, with a mixture of science, professional training, and true stories.


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Dogspeak: How To Understand Your Dog And Help Him Understand You

Edited by Matthew Hoffman

This book is a wonderful resource, full of photos, descriptions and gives a wealth of information about how dogs communicate. Many experienced dog owners, trainers and veterinarians contributed their expertise, giving a broad range of perspectives. The book has over 170 colour photos and illustrations so you can see exactly what to look for. This book is easy to read and even viewing just the photos will help you to better understand your dog. Longer Review (opens a new window, close to come back to this page)


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How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication

by Stanley Coren

This is an interesting book, that takes a more academic approach to understanding dog communication. It has many examples drawn from the author's years of experience in studying and training dogs. Sketches illustrate a variety of dog communication postures and facial expressions. By taking a theoretical perspective, it becomes more useful as a reference book on dog communication than as a book that can be used during training. Longer Review (opens a new window, close to come back to this page)


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Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior

by Roger Abrantes

Why dogs do what they do and how we can express ourselves so that our dogs understand us better. Numerous line drawings illustrating over 150 different dog expressions, and body language.


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Help! My Dog has an Attitude

by Gwen Bohnenkamp

This book helps you to understand how dogs end up with an attitude, how to prevent it from happening, and what to do about it if it's already happened. Talks about socialization, fighting, play biting, guarding, aggression, and building trust and confidence. Practical, humane solutions to common problems.


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The Dog Who Loved Too Much

by Nicholas Dodman

Dogs experience the whole range of psychological problems that humans do; depression, anxiety, fear, aggression, and grief. A Professor of Behavioral Pharmacology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, author Dodman's approach includes an in-depth understanding of behavior, making key changes in diet, exercise, environment, and at times, prescribing state-of-the-art medication. He tells their stories here: fearful dogs (such as the dog in the title, who cannot bear to be separated from her owners), phobic dogs and dominant dogs, among others. Dodman's personal interest in each dog and owner, enhances this interesting story of how we can better understand our dogs' behavior and the treatments that can help solve problem behaviors.


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Dogs Behaving Badly

by Nicholas Dodman

Dr. Dodman gets inside the minds of our pets to learn what makes them do the things they do. He addresses 26 of the most common canine behavior problems and offers practical treatment plans that focus on understanding what your dog is trying to communicate through his behavior. Draws on the latest research in canine behaviorism and pharmacology and case histories, offers easy to follow, effective techniques for curing even the most destructive behavioral problems. You'll find practical solutions to behavior problems and enjoyable reading, too. Simple, sensible instructions on diet, exercise, environment, and lifestyle changes any pet owner can safely implement to change behavior. Extensive appendix of behavioral techniques and how to recognize a problem that requires professional help.






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