If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of getting a dog or nervous about caring for the one you’ve 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’ll 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!
Introduction 1 Part I: The Fascinating World of Dogs 7 Chapter 1: A Dog for Life: Dog Psychology 101 9 Chapter 2: Understanding Your Dog 15 Chapter 3: Communicating with Your Dog 29 Chapter 4: Seeing Life from Your Dog’s Perspective 47 Part II: Embracing Your Dog’s Identity 61 Chapter 5: Identifying Your Dog’s Individuality 63 Chapter 6: Interpreting Your Dog’s Breed-Specific Traits 83 Chapter 7: Sensory Perceptions 95 Chapter 8: Meeting the Needs of Your Growing Puppy 107 Chapter 9: Reading and Communicating as Your Dog Ages 123 Part III: Doggie Delinquency 137 Chapter 10: Inspiring Behavior with Motivational Techniques 139 Chapter 11: Helping Your Dog Learn from Everyday Living 159 Chapter 12: Happy Training, Happy Tails 171 Part IV: Dogs Don’t Misbehave: Misperceptions and Solutions 185 Chapter 13: Addressing and Solving Problem Behavior 187 Chapter 14: Countering Anxiety-Based Behavior 205 Chapter 15: Understanding and Resolving Aggressive Behavior 221 Part V: The Part of Tens 241 Chapter 16: Ten Forms of Silent Communication 243 Chapter 17: Ten Common Misunderstandings 249 Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Become Your Dog’s Leader 255 Index 261
Stanley Coren is best known to the public for his popular books on dogs and on general psychological issues. However, within the scientific world, he’s also a highly respected scientist, a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His engaging writing style and his broad knowledge about the behavior of dogs and people have made his books The Intelligence of Dogs, Why We Love the Dogs We Do, What Do Dogs Know?, How to Speak Dog, The Pawprints of History, How Dogs Think, Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?, and Why Does My Dog Do That? all bestsellers. Roger Caras, President of the ASPCA, and himself a bestselling author of dog books, noted “Stanley Coren has an incredible gift — the ability to take the most complex matters and make it all seem so simple and clear.” Perhaps this is why Coren was named Writer of the Year by the International Positive Dog Training Association and is a sought-after contributor to a number of national dog and pet magazines, including Pets Magazine, Modern Dog, AnimalSense, Dog and Puppy Basics, and AKC Gazette. Many professional associations have recognized Coren’s work with service dogs, and he’s received awards from several major police dog organizations, including the California Canine Narcotic Dog Association and the British Columbia Police Canine Association. His work with and knowledge of dogs has often caught the attention of the media, and he’s been the subject of feature articles in People Magazine, USA Today, Time Magazine, Maclean’s, US News & World Report, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and others. His affable manner has also made him a popular guest with the broadcast media, and he’s been featured on numerous television programs, including Oprah, Larry King Live, Dateline, 20/20, Maurie Povich, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, and the Today Show. He currently hosts the national TV series Good Dog! in Canada. Sarah Hodgson, president of Simply Sarah Incorporated, has been a trainer of dogs and their people in Westchester, New York, and Southern Connecticut for more than 20 years. She’s the author of eight dog-training books, including Puppies For Dummies, Dog Tricks For Dummies, Puppies Raising & Training Diary For Dummies, Teach Yourself Visually Dog Training, You and Your Puppy (co-authored with James DeBitetto), DogPerfect, 2nd Edition, PuppyPerfect, and Miss Sarah’s Guide to Etiquette for Dogs & Their People. In addition, Sarah has produced two videos, patented a dog training leash (the Teaching Lead), and invented many other products to simplify the shared lives of dogs and people. Sarah is frequently featured as a dog training specialist on network television, radio, and print media, including The New York Times, NBC, CBS, Animal Planet (Disney syndicate), FOX, CNN, WOR, Hollywood Pets, Parenthood magazine, and others. She has worked with many famous persons’ dogs, including TV personality Katie Couric, actors Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Chazz Palminteri, Chevy Chase, and Lucie Arnaz; business moguls George Soros, Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Mottola, and Michael Fuchs; and sport greats Bobby Valentine and Alan Houston. In addition, Sarah is a behavior consultant and education facilitator at the Adopt-A-Dog shelter in Armonk, New York, where she holds training and socialization programs, conditioning each of the dogs within a fully decorated home environment before their formal adoption.
Find out about canine communication and motivation The fun and easy way® to get into your dog's head and be the leader of your pack What makes Spot go? What makes Cujo psycho? This friendly guide helps you understand the emotional makeup and drives of your dog. All kinds of fun exercises, questionnaires, and charts help you determine what motivates your dog's attitudes and behaviors and use that knowledge, practical advice, and proven training techniques to nurture a great pet and a great relationship. Nurture your dog's individuality "Sense" things from your dog's point of view Use motivational techniques effectively Use appropriate training tools and methods Bring out the best in puppies or older dogs