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

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

by Stanley Coren

Atria Books | April 17, 2001 | Trade Paperback

How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
Parlez-vous Doggish?
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, or "Doggish," and makes effective communication a reality.
Drawing on substantial research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of personal experience, Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can understand language at about the level of a two-year-old human. While actual conversation of the sort Lassie seemed capable of in Hollywood mythmaking remains forever out of reach, Coren shows us that a great deal of real communication is possible beyond the giving and obeying of commands.
How to Speak Dog not only provides the sounds, words, actions, and move-ments with which we can effectively communicate with our dogs, but also deciphers the signs that our dogs give to us. With easy-to-follow tips on how humans can mimic the language dogs use to talk with one another, original drawings illustrating the subtleties of their body language, and a handy visual glossary and "Doggish" phrasebook, How to Speak Dog gives dog lovers the skills they need to improve their relationships with their pets.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: April 17, 2001

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 074320297x

ISBN - 13: 9780743202978

Found in: Dogs, Dogs, Pets

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best dog book ever. period!!! Not only is this a great book about dogs, I would recommend this to anyone for a great read, dog lover or not. I learned soooo much from this book! THANK YOU!!!!!
Date published: 2010-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How To Speak Dog Wow.....We just got our first dog, a German Shepherd,. There were times we just couldn't figure out what he was trying to tell us. This book was amazing, it became suddenly clear to us what our dog needed. When we went on our walks we knew when he was agitated or annoyed. We actually felt like we were speaking with our dog. If you truly want to understand what your dog is trying to say , this book is a must!!!!
Date published: 2005-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! If you have a dog you need to get this book!!!! As a veterinarian this book will help you understand dogs better in terms of body language and dominance!!!
Date published: 2004-12-23

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

by Stanley Coren

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: April 17, 2001

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 074320297x

ISBN - 13: 9780743202978

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Chapter One: Conversations with Canines The argument was very sound, And coming from a master''s mouth Would have been lauded for its truth. But since the author was a hound, Its merit went unrecognized. -- Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) "The Farmer, the Dog, and the Fox" It is probably the case that virtually every human being has, at one time or another, wanted to be Dr. Dolittle, or to own King Solomon''s ring, so that he or she could understand and talk with animals. For me, the animals that I most wanted to speak to were dogs. I remember one Sunday evening, I was sitting on the living-room floor in front of the big family radio with my beagle, Skippy. I was leaning against the side of an overstuffed chair waiting for a regularly scheduled radio show featuring my favorite movie star. The theme music started -- I think it was actually the folk tune "Green Sleeves" -- and then a few moments later I could hear her voice. She was barking in the distance and coming closer every second... Long before our current wave of canine movie stars, such as Benji and Beethoven, and their television counterparts, Eddie, Wishbone, and the Littlest Hobo, there was Lassie. She was much more than a dog; she was a friend and devoted companion. She was a guardian of the right, a courageous protector, and a fearless fighter. The dog that may have done the most to shape the popular conception of dogs and their intelligence was a character born in a short story published in the Saturday Evening P
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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

From the Publisher

Parlez-vous Doggish?
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, or "Doggish," and makes effective communication a reality.
Drawing on substantial research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of personal experience, Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can understand language at about the level of a two-year-old human. While actual conversation of the sort Lassie seemed capable of in Hollywood mythmaking remains forever out of reach, Coren shows us that a great deal of real communication is possible beyond the giving and obeying of commands.
How to Speak Dog not only provides the sounds, words, actions, and move-ments with which we can effectively communicate with our dogs, but also deciphers the signs that our dogs give to us. With easy-to-follow tips on how humans can mimic the language dogs use to talk with one another, original drawings illustrating the subtleties of their body language, and a handy visual glossary and "Doggish" phrasebook, How to Speak Dog gives dog lovers the skills they need to improve their relationships with their pets.

About the Author

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

Editorial Reviews

Ranny Green The Seattle Times A must-read for all dog owners....This could be one of the most important literary purchases you ever make.
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