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How to Speak Dog : Mastering the Art of Dog-human Communication - Stanley Coren

How to Speak Dog

Mastering the Art of Dog-human Communication

Paperback Published: 1st April 2001
ISBN: 9780743202978
Number Of Pages: 288

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Parlez-vous Doggish?

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 effectivecommunication a reality.

Drawing on substantial research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of personal experience, Coren demonstrates that the average house dog can understand language at about the level of a two-year-old human. While actual conversation of the sort Lassie seemed capable of in Hollywood mythmaking remains forever out of reach, Coren shows us that a great deal of real communication is possible beyond the giving and obeying of commands.

"How to Speak Dog" not only provides the sounds, words, actions, and move-ments with which we can effectively communicate with our dogs, but also deciphers the signs that our dogs give to us. With easy-to-follow tips on how humans can mimic the language dogs use to talk with one another, original drawings illustrating the subtleties of their body language, and a handy visual glossary and "Doggish" phrasebook, "How to Speak Dog" gives dog lovers the skills they need to improve their relationships with their pets.

Industry Reviews

Audrey C. Foote The Washington Post The best key yet to what dogs are thinking -- the closest thing we have to King Solomon's magic ring. Ranny Green The Seattle Times A must-read for all dog owners....This could be one of the most important literary purchases you ever make.

Prefacep. xi
Conversations with Caninesp. 1
Evolution and Animal Languagep. 12
A Dog Is Listeningp. 20
Is the Dog Really Listening?p. 36
Animal Noise or Animal Speech?p. 45
The Dog Speaksp. 54
Learning to Speakp. 72
Face Talkp. 82
Ear Talkp. 96
Eye Talkp. 105
Tail Talkp. 115
Body Talkp. 134
The Point of the Matterp. 151
Sex Talkp. 162
Signing and Typingp. 171
Scent Talkp. 183
Dogs Talking to Catsp. 198
Doggish Dialectsp. 211
Is It Language?p. 220
Talking Doggish and Doggerelp. 228
Postscript: One Last Wordp. 246
Visual Glossary and Doggish Phrasebookp. 249
Endnotesp. 267
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780743202978
ISBN-10: 074320297X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Type: New edition

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