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The Secret Lives of Dogs

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  110 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
If you've ever wished you could demystify the strange behaviors displayed by your curious canine, you should get your paws on The Secret Lives of Dogs—the book that explains the seemingly silly things dogs do that don't make much sense (to humans). Packed with practical information on canine care, it reveals the real reasons behind fifty-two actions exhibited by man's best ...more
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published December 15th 2008 by MJF Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jan 29, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely accomplishes what it sets out to do. By the last page you'll be 52 canine behaviors more informed about why your dog (or other dogs) do the things they do.

Each behavior is broken into an introduction, some further descriptions if applicable and then a section called, "Now that you know" which offers some suggestions on how to curtail the behavior if it's problematic. I stopped reading the introductions about 3/4 through. I just wanted to read the title of the section and get
Eva Leger
May 15, 2009 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to really decipher their dogs behaviors
Recommended to Eva by: saw it on Jeannie's page
I read the first half of this completely through and then skimmed the second half. This wasn't because the last half wasn't interesting- it just either had less to do with my dogs or I already knew it.
That being said, this is a nifty book. I can't say that it dropped any knowledge bombs- most of what's inside can be thought up on your own. The thing is, most people, myself included, don't stop to do just that.
I never stopped to think about why my neighbors dog always puts his front paws on my
Kayla K
Feb 17, 2016 Kayla K rated it really liked it
A Great Way to Understanding Man’s Best Friend

"The Secret Life of Dogs" is a very informational read that explains all of the odd behaviors of our canine companions. Virtually any habit that a dog owner has observed is addressed in this book. Many of the reasons behind these unique behaviors trace back centuries ago to their ancestors living in the wild. The references to these ancient survival strategies are mentioned somewhat repetitively, but they communicate the importance of the history of
Emily Ann Meyer
Nov 16, 2008 Emily Ann Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs, 2008
Quick, fun read with a lot of fun photographs. Didn't really expand my knowledge significantly, but reinforced it. I'd recommend to dog owners who ask "good gawd, why'd s/he roll in that dead animal?" And are more inclined to laugh about it than scold.
Dec 28, 2015 Drusilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basic but informative about 52 different behaviors dogs exhibit, what causes them and how to fix the problem - everything you could imagine as far as behaviors go. Quick read but good!
Feb 17, 2015 Ariannah rated it liked it
Really helpful and insightful for those of us who have never had a dog but would some day like to!
Jenn Hailley
I had higher hopes for this book than perhaps I should doesn't help that my dog is weird and doesn't even do most of the things in this book. But I did find little snippets of interesting or helpful information. For instance why dogs rub themselves on the carpet after a bath, or why they eat ANYTHING, lol. Could have gone farther though I think, and a couple of the chapters were a little repetitive. Worth a quick read.
Mar 17, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok
This book is very engaging and fun, but double-check the tips carefully. At one point it recommends baking soda to keep dogs from eating the trash, but I found online resources suggesting it's poisonous for dogs. It does have some good advice, but just double-check its ideas quickly before implementing.
Jul 19, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why do they chew on sticks, eat dung, roll in disgusting smelling things, and hate bathes? This book answers those questions, has engaging illustrations, and an informative though occasionally cute) text. The authors also offer practical suggestions for stopping some of the more unlovely behaviors.
Allie Dorman
Dec 03, 2013 Allie Dorman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting!! I read it to help understand my puppy more so I skipped some things we didn't have a problem with or that she doesn't do. But this definitely will also come in handy when I get another one!
Sep 12, 2011 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very elementary information about dogs, with only a few "secrets" revealed. My full review here:
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Dec 06, 2009 Jayme(the ghost reader) rated it it was amazing
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I liked this book. I had five dogs and recognized many of the doggie behaviors. I learned a few new tricks myself. I recommend this book to all dog lovers.
Aug 22, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who want to understand why dogs do what they do.
Recommended to Jennifer by: the colorful book jacket & reader-friendly index
quick, logical explanations of why dogs behave specific ways with tips on what humans can do when their dog exhibits those behaviors. References cited.
Nov 17, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it
Recommended to anyone who has a dog and wonders why they do what they do. 52 short chapters make this a fast read.
Sep 10, 2009 Jannise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious "woofery" explained!
Why canines do what they do.
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