Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones (Paperback)
January 2014 Indie Next List
“Recent discoveries in the science of dog behavior merge with practical training approaches in this simple, direct guide for owners and caretakers at all levels of experience. In easy-to-read chapters, a variety of experts explain why our canine companions do what they do, so we can use this knowledge to create relationships with our pets that are more authentic and less problematic, and that can, ultimately, save the lives of many dogs.”
— Stacie M. Williams, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
“Although this book has a scientific basis, it was written in a manner that is easily understandable for laypersons. Decoding Your Dog will be a valuable addition to the library of any small-animal practitioner or dog owner.” –Angela Bockelman, DVM, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups. Dog owners face a plethora of trainers offering a bewildering variety of advice. From rewards to dominance training, from to shock collars to clickers, there are too many theories peddled by too few trained experts. Finally, the board-certified specialists of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are here to decode how dogs think, how they communicate, and how they learn.
Combining cutting-edge science with accessible and adaptable real-life examples, this is a must-have dog behavior guide showcasing the latest veterinary-approved positive training methods. Decoding Your Dog will resolve the complaints, answer the curiosities, and, ultimately, challenge the way we think about our dogs.
“[The] authors nimbly craft a basic primer for grasping dogs’ demeanor and in the process offer up the best life insurance policy you can buy for Fido.” –Ranny Green, coauthor of Good Dogs, Bad Habits
“Decoding Your Dog is an important addition to the canine canon, one that will go a long way toward increasing your understanding of your best friend.” –Bark
About the Author
The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are the undeniable authorities when it comes to explaining why our pets do what they do, and also in dealing with the most extreme behavior problems. The ACVB is a professional organization of veterinarians who are board-certified in the specialty of veterinary behavior dedicated to advancing the behavioral health of all companion animals through education and outreach. ACVB members, known as diplomates, have undergone rigorous professional training and scrutiny, publishing peer-reviewed articles, speaking professionally around the country (many around the world) to veterinarians and others interested in behavior topics, and in general demonstrating that they are the leading experts in the field.