288 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.7 in
April 17, 2001
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 074320297x
ISBN - 13: 9780743202978
Read from the Book
Chapter One: Conversations with CaninesThe argument was very sound,And coming from a master's mouthWould 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 Post by Eric
Table of Contents
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
From the Publisher
One of the most famous and beloved experts in dog psychology shows us how to communicate with our canine companions. This is the only book to show us what dogs are trying to tell us, not just how we can control them.
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 movements 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
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.
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.