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How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication

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At long last, dogs will know just how smart their owners can be. By unlocking the secrets of the hidden language of dogs, psychologist Stanley Coren allows us into the doggy dialogue and makes two-way communication a reality. For the first time, instead of receiving an incomprehensible mash of mixed human signals, man's best friend will be treated to the proper use of dog language. Finally, effective communication can take place between canines and these "strange tall dogs" who have mystified them for so long.

Building on research into the simplified language of "baby talk" (that nearly universally recognized "motherese" with which mothers speak to their infants), Coren provides insights into the structure and form of the simplified language that many dog owners use to communicate with their pets. A better understanding of this language, "Doggish," is the key to improved two-way communication. Coren provides not only the sounds, words, actions, and movements with which we can effectively communicate with our dogs, but deciphers the signs that our dogs give to us. By giving us the information we need to interpret the wagging of their tails, the flapping of their ears, the movement of their bodies, and the lapping of their tongues as much as their barks, Coren allows us into their rich world of communication, giving dog-lovers the skills they need to improve their relationships with their pets. Original drawings illustrate the subtleties of their body language, and a handy glossary is included for easy reference.

As every owner will admit, dogs have an uncanny ability to respond to nuances of human speech. Although actual conversation of the sort Lassie seemed capable of in Hollywood mythmaking remains forever out of reach, research and observation show that a great deal of real communication is possible beyond the giving and obeying of commands. How to Speak Dog explores the limits of dogs' language abilities and charts the possibilities. It gives owners the key to interpret correctly not only information but emotional states. With easy-to-follow tips on how humans can mimic the language dogs use to talk with each other, Coren provides a surprising and fascinating window into the world of dog communication, why they speak and what they talk about.

Drawing on substantial research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of personal experience, Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can differentiate between 60 and 140 words, though some research suggests that dogs can hear many more and also pick words out of sentences and respond to them. How to Speak Dog examines people's beliefs about the ability of their dogs to communicate and contrasts those with the scientific reality. As Stanley Coren shows us, the gulf is more narrow than many people think — and the rewards of bridging it are endless.

Synopsis:

A lively "You Just Don't Understand" for dog lovers: An expert in the psychology of human and canine behavior shows how to speak to dogs--and how to interpret the tail wags, tongue lolls, and other signals of these most devoted companions. Line drawings throughout.

About the Author

Stanley Coren is a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of The Left-Handed Syndrome, The Intelligence of Dogs, Sleep Thieves, What Do Dogs Know? and Why We Love the Dogs We Do. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
1 Conversations with Canines
2 Evolution and Animal Language
3 A Dog Is Listening
4 Is the Dog Really Listening?
5 Animal Noise or Animal Speech?
6 The Dog Speaks
7 Learning to Speak
8 Face Talk
9 Ear Talk
10 Eye Talk
11 Tail Talk
12 Body Talk
13 The Point of the Matter
14 Sex Talk
15 Signing and Typing
16 Scent Talk
17 Dogs Talking to Cats
18 Doggish Dialects
19 Is It Language?
20 Talking Doggish and Doggerel
Postscript: One Last Word
Appendix: Visual Glossary and Doggish Phrasebook
Endnotes
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684865348
Subtitle:
Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication
Author:
Coren, Stanley
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Training
Subject:
Dogs - Care/Health
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Human-animal communication
Subject:
Dogs
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
98-504
Publication Date:
20000410
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 18.944 oz

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