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The Secret Language of Dogs
Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet
by Victoria Stilwell
Ten Speed Press
Pub Date 11 Oct 2016
Unlike other popular animal trainers, Victoria Stilwell throws the “alpha” training ideal out the window, preferring a positive, common sense approach based on a knowledge of modern dogs, their behavior and methods of communicating. In The Secret Language of Dogs, Stilwell teaches pet parents how to accurately interpret the body language of their beloved pets. Better understanding leads to better communication and ultimately a better relationship with fewer behavioral issues. Far too many trainers rely on force and fear - techniques that ultimately backfire and create problems. The Secret Language of Dogs is filled with pictures and diagrams that allow the reader to see what Stilwell is describing and know what to look for in their own pet.
The Secret Language of Dogs won’t teach you how to train your pet. Instead the book helps pet parents to build a relationship, an important step in the training process and essential for a long and happy family life. There are a multitude of dog training books available. It can be overwhelming. Personally, I feel that The Secret Language of Dogs is a book that every dog lover should have. Even if you are already aware of much of the information within, the diagrams are always useful and the information is put in a format that makes it easy to share with others.
I received a copy of The Secret Language of Dogs from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
World-renowned trainer and star of Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog Victoria Stilwell reveals the secret language of dogs, allowing owners to recognize what their dogs are trying to say, then effectively communicate and change their dogs' behavior for a better-behaved and happier pooch.
Victoria Stilwell is a well-loved and trusted name in America's pet media, winning over audiences with her SuperNanny-like British mannerisms on her Animal Planet show, It's Me or the Dog. In this book, Stilwell uses the latest research on canine language and behavior to reveal what your dog is really thinking--and saying--through its body language, expressions, and actions. Unlike other guides to understanding how dogs think, Stilwell takes it a step further, providing training tips for changing your dog's behavior--as well as tips on communicating back to your dog. Filled with adorable full-color photographs and instructive line drawings, this insightful guide will make you a bona fide "dog whisperer."