How to Speak Dog: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language

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Do you speak dog? How to Speak Dog is a fun, informative, and photographically driven book that helps kids understand what their dog is trying to tell them through body language and behavior. Super-engaging dog photography, along with National Geographic Kids' signature bold and bouncy design, helps illustrate the key canine concepts. Quick-hit tip boxes, fun facts about mankind's best friends, and informative sidebars from the experts enliven the text. Readers young and old will respond to the irresistible call ...
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Overview

Do you speak dog? How to Speak Dog is a fun, informative, and photographically driven book that helps kids understand what their dog is trying to tell them through body language and behavior. Super-engaging dog photography, along with National Geographic Kids' signature bold and bouncy design, helps illustrate the key canine concepts. Quick-hit tip boxes, fun facts about mankind's best friends, and informative sidebars from the experts enliven the text. Readers young and old will respond to the irresistible call of the canine in this delightful book that will warm hearts and wag tails everywhere--a must-have in every home where pups are looking for love and understanding.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
What is butt-sniffing all about, anyway? And how about scooting? What does it mean when a dog pricks up its ears? This compact guide book to dog communication demystifies dog body language and behavior using photographs of a variety of breeds. Newman and Weitzman (a veterinarian) zero in on how specific facial expressions, tail movements, barks, and other sounds connote different canine emotional states. On “the begging stare,” the authors write, “Don’t cave! That little beggar... staring directly at you while you eat is not starving. What he is doing is controlling you.” Theoretical scenarios encourage readers to take an active role in interpreting what a dog is attempting to communicate. Advice for handling separation anxiety, house training, tips, and quizzes round out a prime resource for young dog owners. Ages 8–up. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“This book is geared toward kids but is fun for dog lovers of all ages.” –Have Sippy Will Travel blog
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
We can learn to communicate with dogs by understanding their behavior and what they are trying to tell us. That is the basis for this nonfiction text written by veterinarians that covers everything from a dog's bark to the shape of his tail. A dog's body talk is explored and meanings are given about a dog's full-body shake, freezing in place, and pointing. Another section discusses a dog's face and how we may interpret a begging stare or pricked ears. The "Nose Knows" chapter tells about the reasons dogs sniff and smell so many things. There are chapters about tails and another about sounds. "Trouble Talk" is about occasional odd behaviors such as ear scratching, tail chasing, and chewing on the woodwork. "Doggie Demeanors" explores how dogs express emotions. Each section is followed with a related scenario and diagnosis along with a list of training tips. A timeline shows the significance of particular dogs through the years, and there are several explanations of things to make such as puppy prints and treats. A table of contents, a short quiz, resources, and an index are included. Excellent color photographs are plentiful throughout the text. This National Geographic text is an outstanding resource for libraries and schools. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426313738
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 131,203
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

ALINE ALEXANDER NEWMAN is a longtime contributor to National Geographic Kids magazine and a former teacher. She's a life-long animal lover who has written over 50 stories about animals from dogs to cheetahs to dolphins. Her previous books for National Geographic include two chapter books: Ape Escapes! And more True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly and Animal Superstars! And More True Stories of Animals with Amazing Talents.

DR. GARY WEITZMAN, veterinarian and President of the San Diego Humane Society, is the former CEO of the Washington Animal Rescue League, and an expert on the public radio show The Animal House. 

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