How to Speak Dog

Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication
Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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Has some humor and some tech

This book is one that EVERYONE should read. Dog owners to hear the newest news on the dog behavior (and language) and for the dog phobic to know how not to act in front of a dog.

I especially liked how he got into the languages humans have taught other species and how cat language compares to dog language (hint: it isn't all backwards like I thought. )

I would have liked to hear that we can imitate dog sounds (Cesar Millan described his approximation to a dog laugh that actually lead me to this book after I looked up "dog language. ")

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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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  • mark
  • 11-14-18

sorry not great

I've been studying canine communication and psychology for some time and I can't help but notice some familiar stories but changed slightly in this book from other psychologist.
It's well known now that even though dogs or 98per cent wolf they are nothing like each other at all schenkle has been proven wrong (wolf pack theory) hundreds of times he even admits his work was floored from the start wild wolves do not work as a pack they are a family unit there is so much more work to be done as regarding research. Alexander Horowitz is a far better book to read and is forward thinking in it's approach, would you ask a monkey for tips on how to raise a child so why ask a wolf regarding a dog ?

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  • S M GOULD
  • 03-22-18

a brilliant guide to dogs

a easy to follow guide to understand our dogs and their language. this is a valuable resource for a dog owner or dog professional.
I found myself nodding along to parts and amazed at finally understanding the actions of my dogs.

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  • Simon Austin
  • 06-12-20

Interesting but outdated

Genuinely interesting and some very insightful information regarding dog behaviour and body language, but regularly leans on concepts and behavioural teachings that would be considered by many as slightly archaic, a little outdated and in parts, playing on punishment techniques. Nevertheless, an incredibly thorough and fascinating look at dog behaviour with real-life examples and very well explained, just not the ideal guide for fear or force-free trainers.

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  • Sam
  • 03-25-20

Outdated concepts in first half hour

I have just requested a refund on this book, about 40 minutes into it. The author writes at a good pace, with charm, but uses some outdated concepts. For instance, wild wolves do not really have a dominant pack leader, they tend to live as families. The dominant pack leader idea comes from old studies on unrelated captive wolves, thrown together in a situation they did not choose. Additionally, dogs are not wolves.

I will agree that the point this author makes about keeper and dog speaking different languages is a useful analogy, so thank you for that.

I agree with another reviewer that Alexandra Horowitz’ Inside Of a Dog gives a better overview of current scientific consensus, and is a beautiful ode to her dog, too. It’s charming and kind, and available in audiobook.

John Bradshaw’s In Defence of Dogs is also a good read, but sadly not available in Audiobook.

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  • Rebecca Gorke
  • 12-14-19

Outdated views on canine behavior

While the author promotes force free teaching methods, he talks about dominance and the similarities between wolfs and dogs. These are outdated views. Anyone researching positive dog training and modern canine behavior will find that it has been proven that wolfs live in families. The dominance theory was establish by falsely studying wolfs in captivity that didn’t know each other in the wild.
I returned this book and can not recommend it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-10-18

Fascinating read

I confess the cover did not prepare me for such a well researched book. It was an engrossing listen. It made my brain work which I enjoyed.