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Dog Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Canine Questionsby Arden Moore and Matt Ambre
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It happens all the time. Just when Max's owner thinks she has him figured out, he exhibits a bewildering fear of the neighbor's skateboard. Or, despite endless corrections, Bailey still refuses to understand that she doesn't belong on the leather armchair.
Then there are the dogs that almost always behave appropriately and predictably but can still display a few surprise reactions in situations that disturb their routines. Houseguests might be ruining Buster's sense of order — taking over his favorite room and distracting his humans from important things like fetch and dinner. And that dog park near Sadie's new house is terrific, but she might be having a tough time understanding the rules of etiquette.
To all these situations and a hundred more, dog expert Arden Moore provides answers that clearly explain canine actions and reactions, and then helps readers with suggestions for modifying unacceptable behavior. For every canine misdeed, there is a human counter-response to fix the problem. Read about both sides of the story in these friendly questions and answers, taken from real-life situations with real dogs. There is hardly a behavior that will not have dog lovers nodding their heads in recognition.
The Dog Behavior Answer Book will solve the mysteries of canine shoe theft, food guarding, and grass eating for puzzled humans everywhere.
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, definitiveand#160;book on and#160;why our dogs do what they do and how we can prevent or solve common canine behavior problems.
More thanand#160;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 theand#160;guidance and directionand#160;they need.and#160;Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.
The key to trainingand#160;dogs effectively isand#160;first toand#160;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 ofand#160;rigorous training, takes them deep into the minds ofand#160;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:
and#8226; Effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods
and#8226; Expert advice on socialization, housetraining, diet, and exercise
and#8226; Remedies for behaviorand#160;problems such as OCD and aggression
With Decoding Your Dog the expertsand#8217; experts deliver a must-have dog behavior guide that ultimately challenge the way we think about our dogs.
Dog expert Moore provides answers that clearly explain canine actions and reactions, and then helps readers with suggestions for modifying unacceptable behavior.
About the Author
Arden Moore is the author of 13 books on cats and dogs, including The Kitten Owner's Manual and The Dog Behavior Answer Book. She is a regular contributor to leading pet magazines, the managing editor of Fido Friendly magazine, and has appeared on "CNN Headline News," HGTV's "Smart Solutions," and "Steve Dale's Pet World" radio show.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Nature of Being a Dog Find out what makes a dog behave like a dog. Learn about canine senses, emotions, and instincts. Discover fascinating facts about dog intelligence, puppy love, and breed-specific behaviors. Part 2: What Are You Talking About? Dogs and people have lived together for eons, but we don't always communicate well with our canine companions. Brush up on barking, learn about body language, and sharpen your ability to speak "canine-ese." Part 3: Why Does My Dog Do That? Our dogs often have habits that we find puzzling, amusing, and sometimes downright disgusting. Find out more about canine quirks and foibles and learn how to change the ones you can't live with. Part 4: Unleashing a Dash of Doggy Discipline Life with a badly behaved dog is no fun for anyone, including the dog. Explore training and behavioral issues and discover ways to raise a mannerly pup or to teach an old dog some new tricks. Part 5: Achieving Harmony at Home and Away We love our dogs, but sometimes they drive us crazy. And sometimes it's hard to tell who's the top dog in the house. Figure out a more peaceful existence with your best friend. Part 6: Changing Lives, Parting Ways Life is full of changes and choices, some of them difficult. Here are some tips for coping with death, divorce, moving, and more.
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