Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Debra F.

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By American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Debra F. Horwitz DVM, John Ciribassi DVM, Steve Dale

Extra than ninety percentage of puppy proprietors think about their pets to be individuals in their family members. yet frequently, regardless of our greatest intentions, we're letting our canine down by way of now not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted habit is the number-one cause canines are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

The key to training dogs successfully is first to understand why our canine do what they do. And nobody can tackle this extra authoritatively than the diplomates of the yankee university of Veterinary habit, whose paintings, the fruits of years of rigorous education, takes them deep into the minds of dogs as a way to decode how they suspect, how they convey, and the way they learn.

In Decoding Your Dog, those specialists study challenge behaviors, decipher the newest reviews, and proper universal misconceptions and outdated theories. The booklet includes:

• potent, veterinary-approved optimistic education methods
• specialist suggestion on socialization, housetraining, nutrition, and exercise
• treatments for behavior problems reminiscent of OCD and aggression

With Decoding Your Dog the specialists’ specialists convey vital puppy habit advisor that finally problem the best way we expect approximately our canine.

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And both she and Dr. John Ciribassi (whom I’ve called a friend for many years) “herded cats,” rounding up their colleagues to contribute. I thank each and every “kitty” in the college for their insightful contributions. Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management was the real force to make this happen. Truly, without Jeff, no book—end of story. Of course, having a publisher helps (well, it’s kind of necessary), and I thank our editor, Susan Canavan, at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Beth Adelman compiled everything we needed for this book from contributors all over North America—no easy task.

Debbie Horwitz. I have long admired her talents as a behaviorist, a writer, and a speaker. This is the first book I have edited, and she has been behind me every step of the way and has been very patient with this neophyte. I could not have asked for a better person to work with on this, my inaugural literary endeavor. From Steve Dale I thank veterinary behaviorists for saving lives. Specifically, it was a veterinary behaviorist (and contributor to this book), Dr. Gary Landsberg, who helped spark the idea for this book.

The second dog holds his ears in a natural, relaxed position, and his mouth is wide open, tongue lazily protruding. The intent here is clearly different: The first dog is more likely to show an aggressive response than the second one, who is more likely to engage in a friendly interaction. In the end, always believe the message being sent by the whole dog. While the information being projected from the front end of the dog can carry the most weight in deciphering his intention, remember that a dog’s attitude at any given time is best understood by considering the sum of the body parts.

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