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How to Talk to Your Dog

How to Talk to Your Dog

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by Jean Craighead George

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Find out what your dog is really saying — and talk back!

Jean Craighead George, Newbery Medal — winning author of over 80 books about nature and animals, demonstrates in words and photos how to communicate with your best friend.


Find out what your dog is really saying — and talk back!

Jean Craighead George, Newbery Medal — winning author of over 80 books about nature and animals, demonstrates in words and photos how to communicate with your best friend.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
Written for the age at which many children are ready for pet adoption, these informative, good-natured guides to pet behavior emphasize the importance of learning the ways in which pets communicate emotions through their actions, facial expressions, and body positions. The characterizations of animal-human relationships are grounded in their historical origins: cats and humans enter into a relationship of equals, while dogs expect a leader-follower relationship. A respect for animals is constant throughout the books—it is the responsibility of children to learn to interpret their pet's signals. In the same vein, anthropomorphic tendencies are avoided. Indeed, the full range of emotions that animals feel and express are explored and skillfully described. Carefull attention to the information provided in these books will prevent the scratches and bites unwitting children might otherwise incur when misinterpreitng or ignoring animal mood signals..
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Book)
In this companion volume to How To Talk To Your Cat, George turns her lens on the canine world. Those familiar with the animal-behavior aspect of George's JULIE OF THE WOLVES won't be surprised to see her detailed examination as the author explains vocalizations, tail positions, scent and sniffing, facial expressions, and various other aspects of doggy socializing. In this book too, some of the statements are a bit misleading (not all dogs strive for dominance, for instance), but the author is clear about the heirarchical nature of dogs and the impact of human leadership (Telling your dog he is good is his reward for living). The mixed photography (of George, representing the humans) and illustration (an endearingly scruffy yellow mutt is the main canine representative) is again effective. Truesdell's got a gift for casually cockeyed canines: there's a Feifferesque touch to her scrawled lines, and her panoply of pooches are expressive in the extreme with their motion lines and flying ears (the collection on the endpapers will send dogophiles into sighs of yearning). As with George's cat volume, this will be an accesible and perhaps paradigm-shifting introduction for young readers.
Publishers Weekly
Focused on the ways in which dogs and cats communicate their needs and moods, "these approachable and informative volumes belong on the shelf of anyone who lives (or is contemplating living) with a dog or cat," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 6-9. (Feb.)

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8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)
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4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.

Sue Truesdell has illustrated many children's books, including How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George and Betsy Byars's I Can Read! series about the adventuresome Golly Sisters. Ms. Truesdell lives in Tenafly, New Jersey.

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How to Talk to Your Dog 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My young son borrowed this from the school library. Both 6 and 7 year olds enjoyed reading and testing out each theory. It was well written for youngsters but not too detailed or lengthy to lose their attention. We liked it so much, we went right out to buy it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Regarding the review that cautioned using some techniques on dominant dogs, I agree, it takes more intensive training to dominate a dominant dog. On non-dominant dogs, however, these techniques work to help a child be the dominant one in the relationship, which is what you want, especially with bigger dogs. I just loved the illustrations, they're why I checked the book out of the library and then bought my own copy. That, and the fact that Jean Craighead George was a favored author when I was a middle school librarian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is 100% accurate with extremely great details on what to do to communicate with your dog. It tells you what your dog will do in response, and how you should respond to that. I tried some of the communication skills with my two dogs, and they worked completely! Be sure to get this book ASAP so you can enjoy the book with your friends and family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book about dogs. I have checked it out from the library at least 5 times, now I am buying it to share with my grandmother. She has a dog that we love. We think she is the best dog in the world because she talks to us a lot and now we know what she is saying. This book has taught me a lot. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this is a fun book to look at, and addresses a badly needed topic, this book contains some misleading, questionable, potentially dangerous advice. As a person who works with dogs and children, and who spends much of my time cautioning children about keeping away from a dog's face and watching their movements and body language around dogs, both familiar and strange, I cringe at the possible results of a chid following the advice, 'Sniff his nose to tell him not to be angry or confused.' I would not advise an adult to do that. Waving objects over the head of a dominant dog, as suggested in the text, can also be dangerous. Dogs see children as litter mates and tend to want to correct them as they correct each other, with their teeth. I urge you to approach the ideas in this book with extreme CAUTION!