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The key to trainingdogs effectively isfirst tounderstand 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 ofrigorous training, takes them deep into the minds ofdogs 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 behaviorproblems 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."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-10-14
- Reviewer: Staff
To help dog owners better understand their pets’ behavior, Horwitz and Ciribassi, with colleagues from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, address common canine conundrums and offer suggestions on how to prevent or treat them. Chapters focus on various subjects ranging from aggression, interacting with children, and separation anxiety to house-training. The authors examine the causes of various types of dog behavior, and how owners can address potential problems. There is some reiteration of common dog-training knowledge, but the real insights come from the group’s behavioral perspective, which allows them to explain owners’ common misinterpretations of their pets’ behavior. Unfortunately, the behavioral insights are few and far between, as the book leans more heavily on dog-training 101 and advice for new dog owners. Tips on how to pick a dog, housetraining, and early socialization of puppies are fine, but they dilute the book’s strength. The team does an admirable job of separating fact from fiction, but readers hoping to correct a particular bad behavior may find this guide a little thin on concrete advice. (Jan.)