What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog's Every Move


The facts behind 100 dog behaviors.

What Dogs Want interprets all the postures, expressions, sounds and actions exhibited by dogs individually and in their with other dogs and people. The 100 behaviors are described over one or two pages each with a photograph and an explanation of why the dog is doing it and what he is telling its owner, such as showing attentiveness or being aggressive. Vet's Notes provide insight into potential medical ...

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The facts behind 100 dog behaviors.

What Dogs Want interprets all the postures, expressions, sounds and actions exhibited by dogs individually and in their with other dogs and people. The 100 behaviors are described over one or two pages each with a photograph and an explanation of why the dog is doing it and what he is telling its owner, such as showing attentiveness or being aggressive. Vet's Notes provide insight into potential medical causes and Breed Boxes shed light on genetic predisposition to certain behaviors.

The 100 specific behaviors are divided among six types:

  • Postures: Cowering, exposing belly, raising front paw, twitching while sleeping
  • Expressions: Opening mouth when sniffing, lip licking, eyebrow raising, head tilting
  • Sounds: Yelping,
    high-pitched barking, howling, whining
  • Actions: Gutting stuffed toys, eating grass, shredding paper, circling before sleeping
  • Dog-to-Dog Actions: Placing head over another dog, licking another dog's muzzle, humping
  • Dog-to-People Actions: Shadowing, leash yanking, hogging bed, bringing objects.

An informative appendix organizes behaviors into 16 types--e.g., Submissive, Attention-seeking, Compulsive, Fearful--and cross-references them to the detailed explanations earlier in the book, e.g., Postures, Expressions, Actions. Where appropriate, advice on how to respond to the behavior is provided.

Suitable for all dog breeds, What Dogs Want will be welcomed by all dog owners who seek to better understand their beloved pet.

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Editorial Reviews

Denver Post - Susan Clotfelter
It's like reading dog-shaming.com with the ghost of Barbara Woodhouse in your head.
Globe and Mail
If you've ever wondered what your dog was trying to say, this may be just the book for you.
Niagara Escarpment Book Views - Gloria Hildebrandt
Most illuminating for me: that small dogs sneeze as an expression of delight when playing with their favourite people.
North Shore News - Terry Peters
Moore maintains the old adage that a well-exercised dog is a happy dog.
The Morning Call, Allentown PA - Karen Steinrock
Superb photography... succinct interpretations ... an easy read for any dog owner... I can't say enough good things about it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770850552
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/17/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 443,987
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Arden Moore -- The Pawsitive Coachâ„¢ -- happily wears many "collars" in the pet world: radio show host, author, professional speaker, editor, media consultant and master pet first-aid instructor. Her mission: bringing out the best in pets and their people. Each week, one million tune into her Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio. The founder of Four Legged Life and creator of National Dog Party Day, Arden shares her home with two dogs, two cats and an overworked vacuum cleaner. Learn more at www.fourleggedlife.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 10

100 Postures, Expressions, Sounds, and Actions


1 Cowering 12

2 Exposing Belly 14

3 Raising Hair on Back 16

4 Resting Head on Paws 18

5 Circular Tail Wagging 19

6 Stiff Tail Wagging 20

7 Play Bow 22

8 Raising Front Paw 24

9 Chasing Tail 26

10 Tail Tucked Under 28

11 Walking on Hind Legs 30

12 Rubbing against Furniture 32

13 Raised Tail 33

14 Twitching while Sleeping 34


15 Flattening Ears 36

16 Cupping Ears 38

17 Eyebrow Raising 39

18 Staring Intensely 40

19 Head Bowing 42

20 Squinting Eyes 44

21 Glancing Sideways 46

22 Open-mouthed Sniffing 47

23 Lip Licking 48

24 Open, Relaxed Mouth 50

25 Mouth Stiffly Closed 51

26 Head Tilting 52

27 Yawning 54

28 Sneezing 56


29 Air Snapping with Mouth 58

30 High-pitched Barking 60

31 Rapid Barking 61

32 Repetitive Barking 62

33 Growling 64

34 Howling 66

35 Panting 68

36 Whining 70

37 Yapping 72

38 Yelping 74

Solitary Actions

39 Chewing or Licking Paws 76

40 Chewing Objects 78

41 Gutting Stuffed Toys 80

42 Scotting 82

43 Roaming 84

44 Chasing Animals 86

45 Chasing Cars 88

46 Burying Objects 90

47 Digging in Dirt 92

48 Rolling in Smelly Objects 94

49 Eating Grass 96

50 Eating Inedible Objects 98

51 Raiding the Litter Box 100

52 Raiding the Garbage 102

53 Spilling Water from Bowls 104

54 Eating Feces 105

55 House Soiling 106

56 Drinking from Toilet Bowl 108

57 Circling Before Sleeping 110

58 Denning inside Crate 111

59 Pacing during Storms 112

60 Hiking Up Leg to Urinate 114

61 Shredding Paper 115

Dog-to-Dog Actions

62 Placing Head over a Dog 116

63 Front Pawing 118

64 Urinating on a Dog's Urine 119

65 Sniffing in Introductions 120

66 Licking a Dog's Muzzle 122

67 Humping or Mounting 124

68 Lunging on Leash 126

69 Body Slamming 128

70 Leaning Stiffly Forward 130

71 Sharing a Bed 131

72 Stealing Treats and Toys 132

73 Barking from the House 133

Dog-to-People Actions

74 Blocking Doorways 134

75 Leaning against Your Body 135

76 Licking Your Face 136

77 Mouthing Your Hands 138

78 Nipping 140

79 Urinating in Introductions 142

80 Sniffing Guests 144

81 Tug-of-war 146

82 Shadowing 148

83 Sitting on Your Feet 149

84 Hogging the Bed 150

85 Jumping on People 152

86 Herding 154

87 Stopping during Walks 156

88 Mouthing Leash on Walks 157

89 Nosing You Awake 158

90 Pawing People 159

91 Leash Yanking 160

92 Limping 162

93 Sleeping under Covers 164

94 Watching Television 165

95 Bringing Objects 166

96 Begging for Your Food 168

97 Sensitive Toes 170

98 Refusing to Eat from Bowl 172

99 Stealing Objects 174

100 Fetching 176

Behavior Types

Affectionate 178

Aggressive 178

Anxious/Stressed 179

Attention-seeking 179

Bored 180

Confident 180

Curious 181

Dominant 181

Fearful 182

Happy 182

Obsessive-Compulsive 183

Playful 183

Predatory 184

Sad 184

Sexual 185

Submissive 185

Index 186

Acknowledgments 192

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