Communication is crucial in any relationship - especially when one of you happens to be a dog. Drawing on substantial research in animal behaviour, Stanley Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can distinguish at least 140 words and can interact at a level approaching that of a human two-year-old. While actual conversation of the sort ...
Communication is crucial in any relationship - especially when one of you happens to be a dog. Drawing on substantial research in animal behaviour, Stanley Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can distinguish at least 140 words and can interact at a level approaching that of a human two-year-old. While actual conversation of the sort Lassie seemed capable of in Hollywood myth-making remains in the realm of fantasy, this book shows us that a great deal of real communication is possible between humans and dogs beyond the simple giving and obeying of commands. How to Speak Dog not only explains the sounds, words, actions and movements which will help owners to communicate most effectively with their dogs; it also deciphers the signs and signals our dogs are giving to us. With easy-to-follow tips on how humans can mimic the language dogs use to talk to one another, original drawings illustrating the subleties of canine body language and a handy visual glossary, How to Speak Dog gives dog lovers a whole new range of essential skills with which to improve their relationship with their dogs.
If you think of your dog(s) as just short people with a couple of extra legs, then this is a MUST read book. Researchers who say that dogs don't recognize objects on TV have never been at our house when a dog pops up on-screen. Great insight into their habits, behaviors and what you can learn by just watching your favorite 4 legged person. Book is well written, easy to read and it doesn't hurt anything to jump back and forth between chapters of interest.
Mar 19, 2009
excellent for anyone interested in language
I enjoyed reading this book so much that I even re-read it, right away. As a speech-language pathologist I was fascinated by the research on language use by other species (humans, apes, cats)as well as dogs.I feel much more connected to my own dog now.
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