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It happens all the time. Just when Max’s owner thinks she has him figured out, he exhibits a bewildering fear of the neighbor’s skateboard. Or, despite endless corrections, Bailey still refuses to understand that she doesn’t belong on the leather armchair.

Then there are the dogs that almost always behave appropriately and predictably but can still display a few surprise reactions in situations that disturb their routines. Houseguests might be ruining Buster’s sense of order — ...

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The Dog Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Canine Questions

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Overview

It happens all the time. Just when Max’s owner thinks she has him figured out, he exhibits a bewildering fear of the neighbor’s skateboard. Or, despite endless corrections, Bailey still refuses to understand that she doesn’t belong on the leather armchair.

Then there are the dogs that almost always behave appropriately and predictably but can still display a few surprise reactions in situations that disturb their routines. Houseguests might be ruining Buster’s sense of order — taking over his favorite room and distracting his humans from important things like fetch and dinner. And that dog park near Sadie’s new house is terrific, but she might be having a tough time understanding the rules of etiquette.

To all these situations and a hundred more, dog expert Arden Moore provides answers that clearly explain canine actions and reactions, and then helps readers with suggestions for modifying unacceptable behavior. For every canine misdeed, there is a human counter-response to fix the problem. Read about both sides of the story in these friendly questions and answers, taken from real-life situations with real dogs. There is hardly a behavior that will not have dog lovers nodding their heads in recognition.

The Dog Behavior Answer Book will solve the mysteries of canine shoe theft, food guarding, and grass eating for puzzled humans everywhere.

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It's hard enough for different people to live together let alone different species. What people often regard as doggy misdeeds are simply cases of dogs being dogs. In the Dog Behavior Answer Book, pet expert Arden Moore unleashes great advice on how to bridge the people-pet communication gap. Read this incredible book and you'll learn new insights into the canine world, prevent problems, and meet your dogs on a richer, deeper level. Go fetch this book!

Marty Becker, Host, The Pet Doctor, PBS

What a great way to learn how to better communicate with our dogs, and why it is they do what they do. This book addresses some quality questions with in-depth answers that help develop that strong bond with Fido. Arden’s writing style packages useful information in a fun and entertaining way.

Nick Sveslosky, Editor, Fido Friendly Magazine

“This concise, small-format book in a question-and-answer format takes you through puppyhood to greet-and-sniff to your aging pet. Baffling habits and destructive behavior are some of the many topics covered.”

Asbury Park Press, Jan. 15, 2007

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580176446
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 11/8/2006
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 717,917
  • Product dimensions: 4.69 (w) x 6.44 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Arden Moore is the author of 20 books on cats and dogs, including The Cat Behavior Answer Book, The Dog Behavior Answer Book, and Real Food for Dogs. She is the editor of Fido Friendly magazine, editor of Catnip, an animal behavior consultant and host of “Oh Behave!”, a weekly radio show on Pet Life Radio.com. She has appeared on Fox News, CNN Headline News, HGTV’s "Smart Solution," Martha Stewart Living Radio, NPR and hundreds of radio and television programs. She is known as "America’s Pet Edu-Tainer™" and gives pet talks throughout North America. Learn more by visiting her at www.ardenmoore.com.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Nature of Being a Dog Find out what makes a dog behave like a dog. Learn about canine senses, emotions, and instincts. Discover fascinating facts about dog intelligence, puppy love, and breed-specific behaviors.   Part 2: What Are You Talking About? Dogs and people have lived together for eons, but we don't always communicate well with our canine companions. Brush up on barking, learn about body language, and sharpen your ability to speak "canine-ese."   Part 3: Why Does My Dog Do That? Our dogs often have habits that we find puzzling, amusing, and sometimes downright disgusting. Find out more about canine quirks and foibles and learn how to change the ones you can't live with.   Part 4: Unleashing a Dash of Doggy Discipline Life with a badly behaved dog is no fun for anyone, including the dog. Explore training and behavioral issues and discover ways to raise a mannerly pup or to teach an old dog some new tricks.   Part 5: Achieving Harmony at Home and Away We love our dogs, but sometimes they drive us crazy. And sometimes it's hard to tell who's the top dog in the house. Figure out a more peaceful existence with your best friend.   Part 6: Changing Lives, Parting Ways Life is full of changes and choices, some of them difficult. Here are some tips for coping with death, divorce, moving, and more.

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Preface

As dog owners, my wife Jenny and I were — I won’t mince words here — totally clueless. We picked out a puppy without first researching breeds or their personality traits. We didn’t insist on meeting the sire. We went on curb appeal alone, choosing looks over temperament. We ended up falling in love at first sight with an adorable yellow Labrador retriever pup who quickly morphed into a 97-pound steamroller of unbridled energy. We named him Marley and spent the next 13 years trying to get him under control, never quite succeeding.

I, only half jokingly, dubbed Marley the world’s worst dog, and in many ways he was. He crashed through screens, dug through drywall, gnawed furniture, swallowed jewelry, stole food off the kitchen table, and rooted through trash. He yanked at his leash and drank from the bathtub. He joyfully lunged at guests, leaping up on them with muddy paws to plant wet kisses on their faces. He sniffed crotches and flung drool through the air. Not even dog lovers appreciated it.

What I now realize is that Marley wasn’t the worst dog, only one of the worst trained dogs. Jenny and I ran our house like a democracy, and Marley soon learned he had an equal vote. Obey orders? No way! He never did quite get the whole chain-of-command thing.

That’s where Arden Moore’s The Dog Behavior Answer Book could have helped us in a big way. Had we had Arden’s commonsense expertise then, we would have better understood what motivated Marley’s bad-boy behavior and been able to formulate a strategy to change, or at least temper, it. Good, solid advice from knowledgeable experts is the first step to having a reliably well-behaved pet who will bring joy and pleasure to its owners, not frustration and heartache.

Then again, had I followed Arden’s wise advice in this book, Marley might have been so good I never would have been tempted to write a book about him. No doubt about it, bad dogs make for good reading. But good dogs are what every pet owner wants —and deserves. Arden Moore and her team of animal-behavior experts can show you the way.

John Grogan

Author of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

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Introduction

As dog owners, my wife Jenny and I were -- I won't mince words here -- totally clueless. We picked out a puppy without first researching breeds or their personality traits. We didn't insist on meeting the sire. We went on curb appeal alone, choosing looks over temperament. We ended up falling in love at first sight with an adorable yellow Labrador retriever pup who quickly morphed into a 97-pound steamroller of unbridled energy. We named him Marley and spent the next 13 years trying to get him under control, never quite succeeding.

I, only half jokingly, dubbed Marley the world's worst dog, and in many ways he was. He crashed through screens, dug through drywall, gnawed furniture, swallowed jewelry, stole food off the kitchen table, and rooted through trash. He yanked at his leash and drank from the bathtub. He joyfully lunged at guests, leaping up on them with muddy paws to plant wet kisses on their faces. He sniffed crotches and flung drool through the air. Not even dog lovers appreciated it.

What I now realize is that Marley wasn't the worst dog, only one of the worst trained dogs. Jenny and I ran our house like a democracy, and Marley soon learned he had an equal vote. Obey orders? No way! He never did quite get the whole chain-of-command thing.

That's where Arden Moore's The Dog Behavior Answer Book could have helped us in a big way. Had we had Arden's commonsense expertise then, we would have better understood what motivated Marley's bad-boy behavior and been able to formulate a strategy to change, or at least temper, it. Good, solid advice from knowledgeable experts is the first step to having a reliably well-behaved pet who will bring joy andpleasure to its owners, not frustration and heartache.

Then again, had I followed Arden's wise advice in this book, Marley might have been so good I never would have been tempted to write a book about him. No doubt about it, bad dogs make for good reading. But good dogs are what every pet owner wants --and deserves. Arden Moore and her team of animal-behavior experts can show you the way.
John Grogan
Author of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
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  • Anonymous

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    Great book!

    This book is informative and funny! You don't have to read from start to finish. You can pick and choose different things in it to read. I recommend it for dog lovers!

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