• How to Speak Dog

  • Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication
  • By: Stanley Coren PhD
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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How to Speak Dog

By: Stanley Coren PhD
Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
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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 effective communication 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 movements 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, How to Speak Dog gives dog lovers the skills they need to improve their relationships with their pets.

©2000 Stanley Coren (P)2017 Tantor

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Expert? I disagree...

This is a very self righteous author who believes we need to maintain dominance over our dogs by way of threat if necessary. I couldn't get through the first chapter because of all the bad advice. I recommend Patricia McConnell instead.

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Very descriptive of dog language, excellent, useful.

Excellent, detailed descriptions. Although this is an audiobook, I truly wished for video illustrations many times as visualising bodylanguage is challenging especially when it happens fast as it generally does in annimals. For sounds I wished for actual dogsounds rather than immitated by human voice.
I train my GSD's for SAR and we compete. I found this infomation very useful since understanding and communication is the basis for all training. Techniques are important, but usless unless you can read you training companion and arrive at the result together. And awesome feeling of accomplishmenr and bonding for both!

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Body Language galore.

I listen in my car. im on chapter 4, so far its not so much NEW information , but does refresh me in my current knowledge. i am not done yet, but ill try to revisit this review when i am.

i am a dog trainer or rather a dog translator for humans. most of my knowledge is self learned , but i am looking to get into some kind of schooling , as to continue to grow.

for anyone just starting out , the beginning should prove very insightful and if anything help you decide if youre on the right path.

Edit: Just finished and have found a lot more useful, new information in the later chapters. HIGHLY recommended!

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how to speak dog

I was rather surprised that a story about the dog language would be so long. it turns out to be much more complex than woof and bark. Listening to your dog speak requires you paying attention to the whole dog. Great book, well read.

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Don't be fooled

Don't be fooled by the cover art or the title. This is not a fun book or a particularly instructive book. This book is about the author's ego. Undoubtedly he is an expert and has a lot to offer, but I didn't come away much better equipped to work with my dogs. There are some nuggets, but don't expect too much.

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wonderful book for dog enthusiasts

First off, the narration is pretty slow but if you speed it up to your preference it helps. Otherwise, the narrator did a wonderful job bringing this book to life. This book is just jam packed full of knowledge that listening to it more than 1 time is probably recommended if you want to soak up the immense knowledge this book has to offer. This is a great book if you're fascinated about canines and how they communicate to each other and how we communicate to them as well as studies and history lessons in regards to canines and language. This is a marvelous book. I will defiantly be listening to it again.

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Out-of-date ideas

I can't even finish this. The idea of dog behaviors based on wolves has been debunked. Dogs have been greatly changed from wolves by our breeding. Looking for something more timely, not historical behavioral psychology!

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Excellent insight into dog and human interaction

This audiobook is full of valuable information in understanding dog body language and behavior. The examples presented are well described and spot on. The reader is very pleasant to listen to, and gives wonderful impressions of signals and sounds--a real bonus to listening vs silently reading.

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The narrator sounded like a Male robot.

Really slow and awful narration. I tried it at 1.25x speed even worse than the slow regular pace.

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Too boring.

I only got part of the way thru it. Not worth spending the time to listen. Boring stories. Not what I was hoping for.

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