Speaking Dog: Understanding Why Your Hound Howls and Other Tips on Speaking Dog


What does it mean when your dog rolls onto his back or sniffs your hand? Find out how your dog uses body language, barks, and howls to communicate with you and the rest of the world.

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What does it mean when your dog rolls onto his back or sniffs your hand? Find out how your dog uses body language, barks, and howls to communicate with you and the rest of the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Speaking Dog, part of the "Dog Ownership" Series from Capstone Press written by award-winning author Tammy Gagne, is a well-researched and easy-to-use guide to dog communication appropriate for ages 7 and up. For anyone wondering what their dog is trying to say, Ms. Gagne provides answers. In four concise chapters, "Man's Best Friend," "From Wolves to Dogs," "Your Dog's Five Senses," and "Barks and Body Languages" children learn about the human-dog relationship including pack behavior, smell, touch, gesture and all the ways in which we can "hear" our dogs. Captions with highly descriptive photos of a variety of dog breeds provide informative summaries for even the youngest readers. "Dog Data" sidebars located throughout feature interesting facts and behavioral tips about our relationship with dogs such as: "In 1977 scientists at Ein Mallaha, Israel, discovered the 12,000-year-old remains of an elderly person alongside the bones of a puppy. The person's left hand still rested on the dog's skull." The "Quick Guide to Canine Body Language" at the back of the book is an outstanding graphic that everyone who visits a dog park should carry with them. A nine-word Glossary, Read More and Internet Sites segments offer opportunities for further study and research and may require adult assistance. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429665285
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Dog Ownership Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tammy Gagne is a two-time Dog Writers Association of America Award nominee. She specializes in writing about dogs and other pets. Tammy has owned purebred dogs for more than 25 years. She lives in Northern England with her husband, son, dogs, and their other beloved pets.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Man's Best Friend 5

Chapter 2 From Wolves to Dogs 6

Chapter 3 Your Dog's Five Senses 13

Chapter 4 Barks and Body Language 20

Glossary 30


Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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