Tail Talk: Understanding the Secret Language of Dogs

Overview

What are dogs really trying to tell us? Is that smile a sign of happiness or nervousness? Is she yawning because she'stired or stressed? Such quizzical gestures and other canine conundrums are explained in this smart photographic primer. A pup's ears, eyes, head, mouth and teeth, back and legs, and tail all work in concert to convey his mood. This handy guide lays out the canine body-language alphabet, letter by letter, then neatly illustrates the various body parts "speaking" together. A refreshing approach to ...

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Overview

What are dogs really trying to tell us? Is that smile a sign of happiness or nervousness? Is she yawning because she'stired or stressed? Such quizzical gestures and other canine conundrums are explained in this smart photographic primer. A pup's ears, eyes, head, mouth and teeth, back and legs, and tail all work in concert to convey his mood. This handy guide lays out the canine body-language alphabet, letter by letter, then neatly illustrates the various body parts "speaking" together. A refreshing approach to understanding man's best friend, this expert-approved guide is indispensable for every dog owner.

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DOG FANCY
...helps people decipher their dogs\' body language. Using photographs that show different canine body postures, the book provides visual and verbal explanations of what your dog is trying to communicate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616873912
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
  • Publication date: 8/4/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Collins is a writer, editor, and pet lover. She and her talkative terrier live in the south of England.

Dr. Karen L. Overall is a veterinarian and former director of an animal behavior clinic. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     6
Introduction     8
The Alphabet
Ears     14
Eyes     22
Heads     30
Tails     38
Backs and Legs     46
Mouths and Teeth     52
Vocalization     60
The Phrase Book
Watch the Hound     70
Same Pose, Different Reasons     72
Calming and Deferential     74
Happy and Relaxed     84
Assertive and Aggressive     98
Fearful and Defensive     108
Test Your Vocabulary     118
Further Information     124
Index     126
Acknowledgments     128
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