Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Decoding your dog - new book on doggie behavior

Decoding your dog is a new book that strives to set the record straight about dog behavior. Debunking some myths might very well allow humans and dogs to coexist in a happier and more peaceful manner.

Dog owners face an explosion of trainers offering a bewildering variety of advice. Some are proponents of rewards-based training, and others suggest dominance and shock collars. There's a plethora of theories on all sorts of media, but few scientifically proven answers.

This book is written by 21 contributing authors from American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and it is edited by Debra Horwitz, John Ciribassi, and Steve Dale. The group of writers normally present their work in scientific journals, and this is the first time veterinary behaviorists have written a book for the general public.

Decoding your dog deals with all sorts of problems, from jumping to greet guests to lunging at other dogs on walks, and starts with teaching owners how to "speak dog".

According to an article in USA Today, behavior might be the biggest reason dogs end up in shelters and eventually die. The authors of Decoding your dog hope that avoiding behavior problems along with giving humans the tools necessary to deal with them will save the lives of many pets.

The book is available as e-book as well as print.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. I think behavior is the biggest reason people give up their dogs. Training takes a lot of time and work and that whole 1-2 years of puppy is something many people never think about when they adopt!

    1. I think so too, and it's such a shame. Dogs don't come pre-trained, but a lot of people don't realize it's a teaching/learning process.