Decoding Your Dog – American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Title: Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones
Author: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Reprint: Mariner Books; Reprint edition
Page Length: 384 pages
I read this book at the request of an animal behaviorist I saw regarding my own pup who has anxiety.
In truth, I am not the average reader, as I have past experience working in animal environments where I learned many of the elements that are covered in this book.
Regardless, even for someone who is not a newbie to dog behavior, I found nuggets of wisdom within this text. Additionally, I feel this book is a good reminder/guide for all dog owners, especially those who may be seeing some strange behavior from their Fido.
This was an easy to read and understand dog behavior bible that all dog owners would benefit from exploring. It is one of the better texts I have come across regarding this topic.
If you are a dog owner, I feel it is worth your time. While I read the first edition, you can find a reprint on Amazon.
Synopsis: More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.
The key to training dogs effectively is first to understand why our dogs do what they do. And no one can address this more authoritatively than the diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, whose work, the culmination of years of rigorous training, takes them deep into the minds of dogs in an effort to decode how they think, how they communicate, and how they learn.
In Decoding Your Dog, these experts analyze problem behaviors, decipher the latest studies, and correct common misconceptions and outmoded theories. The book includes:
• Effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods
• Expert advice on socialization, housetraining, diet, and exercise
• Remedies for behavior problems such as OCD and aggression
With Decoding Your Dog the experts’ experts deliver a must-have dog behavior guide that ultimately challenge the way we think about our dogs.