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The Dog Decoder: The Essential Guide to Understanding Your Dog's Behavior

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Often, when a dog owner finds that his pet has become excited, he can't tell if the excitement indicates joy or anxiety. This book shows how to pick up on all the signals that dogs send out through their voices, body language, postures, tail-wagging, and more. The Dog Decoder helps readers understand what dogs are trying to say to their human masters. Aided by vivid color photos, author David Alderton describes how dogs communicate inside the home, out on the street, encountering visitors and other animals, ...
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Overview


Often, when a dog owner finds that his pet has become excited, he can't tell if the excitement indicates joy or anxiety. This book shows how to pick up on all the signals that dogs send out through their voices, body language, postures, tail-wagging, and more. The Dog Decoder helps readers understand what dogs are trying to say to their human masters. Aided by vivid color photos, author David Alderton describes how dogs communicate inside the home, out on the street, encountering visitors and other animals, walking off their lead, and at play in the park. Alderton has carefully selected, captioned, and annotated photos to help fellow dog owners gain a clear understanding of their pet's behavior. He advises on how to predict a dog's reaction to a particular situation, enabling owners to use that knowledge for a more enriching and less stressful relationship with their dog. More than 100 color photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764147258
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 672,484
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


David Alderton is a writer specializing in pets and natural history. His articles on pet care appear in many magazines and newspapers, and his books have been translated into 30 languages.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

At Home with Your Dog: Day-to-day routines and activities 8

Resting 10

Sleeping 12

Scratching 14

Drinking 16

Begging 18

Stealing food 20

Seeking attention 22

Rolling over 24

Excitement 26

Jumping 28

Vocalization 30

Play 32

Greetings 34

Visitors 36

Strangers 38

Talk the Talk: How to communicate with your dog 40

The origin of dogs 42

Understanding the wolf pack 44

Wolflike behavior 46

Reading the signs 48

Reading ears 50

Reading tails 52

The tongue 54

Canine attraction 56

Intimate behavior 58

Breeding behavior 60

The sick dog 62

The veterinarian 64

The old dog 66

The importance of training 68

Agility training 70

Behavior when traveling 72

Young at Heart: Understanding your puppy 74

Life in the litter 76

Newborn puppies 78

Growing puppies 80

Puppies at play 82

Leaving the litter 84

Venturing out 86

Nervousness 88

Easing worries 90

Interacting with older dogs 92

Toys for puppies 94

Chewing 96

Test of strength 98

Tall chasing 100

Out and About: How your dog behaves outside 102

Scent detection 104

Scentmarking 106

Making a mark 108

Meeting other dogs 110

Aggression 112

Hostile meetings 114

Fighting 116

Out on the street 118

In the countryside 120

Livestock 122

Dogs and other animals 124

Digging 126

Odd friendships 128

Lost dogs 130

Special Skills: All kinds of dogs with special attributes 132

How dogs differ 134

Specialist breeds 136

Companion dogs 138

Assistance dogs 140

Guard dogs 142

Herding dogs 144

Terriers 146

Pointers 148

Retrievers 150

Sighthounds 152

Scenthounds 154

Search and rescue 156

Sled dogs 158

Water dogs 160

Military dogs 162

Drug detection 164

Cancer detectors 166

Glossary 168

Further Reading and Resources 172

Index 174

Acknowledgments 176

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