Understanding Your Dog for Dummies

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288 Pages.
May 2007.
ISBN 9780471768739

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of getting a dog or nervous about caring for the one you'dve already brought home, now you can relax. Understanding Your Dog for Dummies helps you recognize not only why your dog behaves the way she does, but in a way that enables you to parlay that into a well-behaved companion who listens (and sits, and speaks, and comes, etc.).

Whether your pooch is a mixed breed or purebred, she has a distinct identity that makes her unique. The first step in understanding your dog is to respect the honorable task she was originally bred for and to identify how these inbred impulses influence her personality and behavior. In essence, you need to speak her language if you expect her to learn to understand yours.

Understanding Your Dog for Dummies gives you everything you need to learn to understand your pooch’s unique dialect of "Doglish"—and shows you how to take on the role as pack leader to give your dog the cues, guidance, and consistency she needs to shape and develop good behaviors. Inside you'dll discover how to:

Read your dog’s body language
Communicate with your dog
Interpret your dog’s breed-specific traits
Correct dog-behavior-gone-bad
Counter anxiety-based behavior
Understand and resolve aggressive behavior
And so much more!
Think of this book as Doglish 101—a prerequisite for every human member of your dog’s family. Now, let the training begin!

Table of Contents:


Part I: The Fascinating World of Dogs.
Chapter 1: A Dog for Life: Dog Psychology 101.
Chapter 2: Understanding Your Dog.
Chapter 3: Communicating with Your Dog.
Chapter 4: Seeing Life from Your Dog’s Perspective.

Part II: Embracing Your Dog’s Identity.
Chapter 5: Identifying Your Dog’s Individuality.
Chapter 6: Interpreting Your Dog’s Breed-Specific Traits.
Chapter 7: Sensory Perceptions.
Chapter 8: Meeting the Needs of Your Growing Puppy.
Chapter 9: Reading and Communicating as Your Dog Ages.

Part III: Doggie Delinquency.
Chapter 10: Inspiring Behavior with Motivational Techniques.
Chapter 11: Helping Your Dog Learn from Everyday Living.
Chapter 12: Happy Training, Happy Tails.

Part IV: Dogs Don't Misbehave: Misperceptions and Solutions.
Chapter 13: Addressing and Solving Problem Behavior.
Chapter 14: Countering Anxiety-Based Behavior.
Chapter 15: Understanding and Resolving Aggressive Behavior.

Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Forms of Silent Communication.
Chapter 17: Ten Common Misunderstandings.
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Become Your Dog’s Leader.


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