Decoding Your Dog

  • by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook includes: Effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods. Expert advice on socialization, house-training, 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 challenges the way we think about our dogs.


What the Critics Say

"A fascinating and detailed exploration of the reasons behind common dog behaviors and of how to interpret dogs' communication signals in order to train them to be happy, healthy, obedient companions." (Library Journal Starred Review)


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Customer Reviews

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I thought there was an agenda

There was a lot of helpful information about dog behavior. However, I felt they over-stated the potential liabilities of adopting an adult mixed-breed dog, say from a shelter. They seemed to suggest that you'd be better off purchasing a pure bred puppy from a breeder. Puppies come with their own set of liabilities, which I felt they understated.
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- Karen


Would you try another book from American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and/or Karen White?


What was most disappointing about American College of Veterinary Behaviorists’s story?

It is a tie between the long bloated intro trying to prove only "they" are the true behaviorists, and the horrible reader that made it sound so very snotty.

How could the performance have been better?

Maybe a calm male reader or one that didn't sound so superior and condescending.

What character would you cut from Decoding Your Dog?

The whole "we are on tv" people involved in the book.

Any additional comments?

I just can't get past the first half hour, it is so condescending and desperate to prove they are on tv and famous as well as the ones not on TV have a large amount of education which makes them the professionals and only having a vet degree, and large amount of education makes them absolutely correct over other people.

I understand they need to prove why they should be acknowledged as professionals and have the education to write the book, but the way they went about it was extremely off putting. the fact they talk down about other behaviorist that are not signed up with them, in a snarky way stating they can't change their ways due to pride, is not very professional and does not instill my faith in them as a professional, because there is too much bias.

I have watched Stillwell's tv show, and I was not very impressed by the way she interacted with the families or the dogs. I did not realize she is associated with the writers of this book until I downloaded it. I am all for positive reinforcement and actually do clicker training with my dogs, thanks to Karen Pryor.

So based on their presentation, I am not confident in the content that may be in the book past their horn tooting. I feel that they come across too biased, and snotty. I will look for more Pryor like books and stay away from crap that tries to hard to be the new kings of the dog behavior world.

If you want to give the book a try, do yourself a favor and skip the intro and don't allow it to cloud your view on the book, and maybe you will enjoy it and find it beneficial.

The book, Science of dogs, is a good substitute if you want an interesting audible dog behavior book.

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- A. Solomon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio