How To Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication
At long last, dogs will know just how smart their owners can be. By unlocking the secrets of the hidden language of dogs, psychologist Stanley Coren allows us into the doggy dialogue, or "Doggish," and makes effective communication a reality.
Drawing on substantial research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of personal experience,...more
"How To Speak Dog" by Stanley Coren
Postscript ONE LAST WORD
"There is one sound that dogs make which I have not included in my discussion of Doggish vocalizations. I didn't include it because it is an automatic sound, which probably was not intended by either evolution or the gods to be communication at all, but it has come to mean something to me. It is the sound of dogs breathing. At night, when I lie down to sleep, my old dog Wiz lies on the bed beside me, while Odin lies on a cedar chip pillo...more
And so, again, to this book. Dr. Coren is a skilful and entertainin ...more
I tried everything to stop my boy from barking at other dogs, I even hired a trainer who proceeded to make matters worse so I now shy away from them too.
First I want to say, I have a Pug, if you have one of these wonderful animals this may not be your go to book. As you are well away our Pugs do not have normal ears, tails and s ...more
Coren spends far too much time arguing (unconvincingly) that dogs have "true language". I don't really care if they do or not, but if this is the best argument that they do, I'm going to have to side with the linguists. He has presented no evidence that dog communication is any more complex or language-like than human body language or non-language verbalization (which aren't language either). He even compared dog communication with sign langua ...more
I have casually explored canine communication for a number of years, even doing a handful of science projects on the subject as a child. Recen ...more
How to Speak Dog decodes how animals use language to communicate with each other, and how dogs communicate with their bodies, ears, eyes, tails, and faces. Coren incorporates sociology and psychology to understand the behaviors of animals, and he ...more
This a a hugely elaborate, detailed, and insightful book about dog language. Not about how WE communicate with dogs, but how THEY communicate with us, and amongst each other.
The only point that irritated me was that I felt sligthly misled by the title: I would have called it "How dogs speak". For me, "How to speak dog" suggests that the reader learns ... well, how to speak dog language! Which would mean it teaches Behavior Training ...more
Also, has a charming little fable about how dogs and cats became to be enemies, with a following discussion about how their body language differs and results in "miscommunication" between these species.
I believe the information in this book is of great benefit, particularly to people who are not in crisis with dog behavioral cunundrums. the picture the author builds its cumulative and will help us live more harmoniously with our packmates.
it is far and away my favorite dog training aid since it reminds me that my signals van easily be misinterpreted.
Too much evolutionary hoo-ha.
Enjoyed the comparison of dog & cat communication.
Very anecdotal. His love of his dogs, and dogs as a whole, comes through & I found that reassuring - some writers of such books don't seem overly fond of dogs (yes, you, Brad Pattinson!) which is off-putting.
Diagrams & charts were clear.
Interesting tidbit: He's a Professor of Psychology at UBC and lives nearby.
Bummer. I hope I have learned enough to apply this myself without extra tutorials and examples.