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Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

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Publisher Comments:

More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

The key to training dogs effectively is first to understand why our dogs do what they do. And no one can address this more authoritatively than the diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, whose work, the culmination of years of rigorous training, takes them deep into the minds of dogs in an effort to decode how they think, how they communicate, and how they learn.

In Decoding Your Dog, these experts analyze problem behaviors, decipher the latest studies, and correct common misconceptions and outmoded theories. The book includes:

• Effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods

• Expert advice on socialization, housetraining, diet, and exercise

• Remedies for behavior problems such as OCD and aggression

With Decoding Your Dog the experts experts deliver a must-have dog behavior guide that ultimately challenge the way we think about our dogs.

Review:

"To help dog owners better understand their pets' behavior, Horwitz and Ciribassi, with colleagues from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, address common canine conundrums and offer suggestions on how to prevent or treat them. Chapters focus on various subjects ranging from aggression, interacting with children, and separation anxiety to house-training. The authors examine the causes of various types of dog behavior, and how owners can address potential problems. There is some reiteration of common dog-training knowledge, but the real insights come from the group's behavioral perspective, which allows them to explain owners' common misinterpretations of their pets' behavior. Unfortunately, the behavioral insights are few and far between, as the book leans more heavily on dog-training 101 and advice for new dog owners. Tips on how to pick a dog, housetraining, and early socialization of puppies are fine, but they dilute the book's strength. The team does an admirable job of separating fact from fiction, but readers hoping to correct a particular bad behavior may find this guide a little thin on concrete advice." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The top dog behaviorists in the country - the top researchers, scientists, and veterinarians - have teamed up with a renowned media personality to create the most cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most popular behavioral issues that dogs face.

Synopsis:

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 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   xi

Foreword by Victoria Stillwell   xv

Preface by Barbara L. Sherman   xvii

Introduction by Steve Dale   xxi

1.   Cant We Just Talk?   1

      Learning to “Speak Dog”   

      Jacqueline C. Neilson, DVM, DACVB

2.   Choosing Your New Best Friend   

      How to Find the Best Match for You and Your Puppy   

      Meghan Elaine Herron, DVM, DACVB

      Patrick Yves Melese, MA, DVM, DAVCB   

3.   Creating a Mensa Dog   38

      What Learning Really Is, and How Dogs Learn   

      Katherine Albro Houpt, VMD, PhD, DACVB   

4.   Housetraining 101   59

      Do It Here, Do It Now   

      Leslie Larson Cooper, DVM, DACVB   

5.   Tools of the Trade   83

      Humane and Safe Training Tools   

      Lori Gaskins, DVM, DACVB   

6.   School Days   107

      Practical Advice on Getting from a Puppy to a Dog    

      Gerrard Flannigan, MS, DVM, DACVB

      Ellen M. Lindell, VMD, DACVB   

7.   I Know Theyre Normal Behaviors, but How

      Do I Fix Them?   127

      Common Problems That Can Drive

      Any Dog Owner to Howl   

      Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB

      Lore I. Haug, MS, DVM, DACVB   

8.   Lassie and Timmy: Kids and Dogs   150

      Creating a Family That Works   

      Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, DACVB   

9.   All Dogs Need a Job   177

      How to Keep Your Dog Happy and Mentally Healthy   

      Mary P. Klinck, DVM, DACVB   

10.   Aggression Unleashed: Do Dogs Mean to be Mean?   199

      If Aggression Leads to More Aggression, How Do You Respond?   

      Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, DACVB

      Stefanie Schwartz, MS, DVM, DAVCB   

11.   Loyalty Gone Overboard: Separation Anxiety   235

      The “Velcro Dog” Dilemma   

      ELise Christensen, DVM, DACVB

      Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB   

12.   I Know Its Going to Rain, and I Hate the Fourth of July      263

      Dogs Who Are Phobic About Sound   

      Emily D. Levine, DVM, DACVB, MRCVS   

13.   Tail Chasing, Leg Licking—Cant You Stop?   281

      Compulsive Behaviors   

      Melissa Bain, MS, DVM, DACVB

      Marsha Reich, DVM, DACVB   

14.   Dogs with an AARF Card: Growing Old with Grace   296

      Old Dogs Should Learn New Tricks   

      Gary Landsberg DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (Behavior)

Conclusion   317

Appendix    319

Glossary    321

Recommended Resources   333

About the Editors   337

About the Authors   341

Members of the American College of 

Veterinary Behaviorists   351

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547738918
Author:
Horwitz, Debra
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Author:
American College of Veterinary Behaviori
Author:
Dale, Steve
Author:
Horwitz, Debra F.
Author:
Ciribassi, John
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
PETS / Dogs / General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
54 b/w photos
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "To help dog owners better understand their pets' behavior, Horwitz and Ciribassi, with colleagues from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, address common canine conundrums and offer suggestions on how to prevent or treat them. Chapters focus on various subjects ranging from aggression, interacting with children, and separation anxiety to house-training. The authors examine the causes of various types of dog behavior, and how owners can address potential problems. There is some reiteration of common dog-training knowledge, but the real insights come from the group's behavioral perspective, which allows them to explain owners' common misinterpretations of their pets' behavior. Unfortunately, the behavioral insights are few and far between, as the book leans more heavily on dog-training 101 and advice for new dog owners. Tips on how to pick a dog, housetraining, and early socialization of puppies are fine, but they dilute the book's strength. The team does an admirable job of separating fact from fiction, but readers hoping to correct a particular bad behavior may find this guide a little thin on concrete advice." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The top dog behaviorists in the country - the top researchers, scientists, and veterinarians - have teamed up with a renowned media personality to create the most cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most popular behavioral issues that dogs face.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 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.

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