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Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones Paperback – Illustrated, 6 January 2015

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  • ASIN : 0544334604
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 360 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780544334601
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0544334601
  • Customer reviews:
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Although this book has a scientific basis, it was written in a manner that is easily understandable for laypersons. Decoding Your Dog will be a valuable addition to the library of any small-animal practitioner or dog owner. Angela Bockelman, DVM, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups. Dog owners face a plethora of trainers offering a bewildering variety of advice. From rewards to dominance training, from to shock collars to clickers, there are too many theories peddled by too few trained experts. Finally, the board-certified specialists of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are here to decode how dogs think, how they communicate, and how they learn.

Combining cutting-edge science with accessible and adaptable real-life examples, this is a must-have dog behavior guide showcasing the latest veterinary-approved positive training methods. Decoding Your Dog will resolve the complaints, answer the curiosities, and, ultimately, challenge the way we think about our dogs.

[The] authors nimbly craft a basic primer for grasping dogs demeanor and in the process offer up the best life insurance policy you can buy for Fido. Ranny Green, coauthor of Good Dogs, Bad Habits

Decoding Your Dog is an important addition to the canine canon, one that will go a long way toward increasing your understanding of your best friend. Bark

Drs. DEBRA F. HORWITZ and JOHN CIRIBASSI are experts and leaders in the field of veterinary behavior, with decades of combined experience. Dr. Horwitz is a past president of the ACVB, and Dr. Ciribassi is a past president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

STEVE DALE is a nationally syndicated pet journalist and radio host who has written numerous books.

About the Author

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are the undeniable authorities when it comes to explaining why our pets do what they do, and also in dealing with the most extreme behavior problems. The ACVB is a professional organization of veterinarians who are board-certified in the specialty of veterinary behavior dedicated to advancing the behavioral health of all companion animals through education and outreach. ACVB members, known as diplomates, have undergone rigorous professional training and scrutiny, publishing peer-reviewed articles, speaking professionally around the country (many around the world) to veterinarians and others interested in behavior topics, and in general demonstrating that they are the leading experts in the field.

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I agree with all of the 1 and 2 star reviews on here...this book was a total waste of money and it told me what I already know and what I already do with my dog (which doesn't currently work, which is why I ordered the book). In the "to prevent this/do this" picture posted, I love how all of of these fixes are temporary. My dog is a year old. No, I will not put him in a separate room every time the doorbell rings (like I can predict that anyway?) for the next 9-12+ more years of his life. I want him to be ok with people who come in my house and not bark his head off constantly. Unfortunately, this book did not help me with that answer.
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