Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety and Fun joins a growing list of excellent resources to help the dedicated owner learn more about their dogs’ communication. Off-Leash’s information is comprehensible yet attainable, and the cost is within the budget of most dog owners.
Author: Robin Bennett
Brand: C&r Publishing
Number Of Pages: 160
Release Date: 01-01-2008
Details: Product Description
Learn how to read canine body language in groups of dogs, manage off-leash play, identify signs of trouble, and much more for pet professionals who work with groups of dogs in daycares, boarding facilities, and dog training classes and serious pet-parents.
A Book That Can Help With Introductions The observations and analyses of canine body language that are second nature to dog behavior professionals are sometimes a mystery to the owner trying to interpret the meaning of her own dog’s body signals. This just-published book joins a growing list of excellent resources to help the dedicated owner learn more about her dogs’ communication. Off-Leash’s information is comprehensible yet attainable, and the cost is within the budget of most dog owners. The book is liberally illustrated with excellent well-annotated photographs that clearly show and explain the rich variation of expressions that our dogs use as they meet, greet, and interact with each other. The text is science-based but very readable, with a clear bias toward positive training and management techniques in dog-human interactions. Although the intended audience for this book comprises professionals who work with canine playgroups, most of the information is hugely useful to anyone who has the opportunity to live in a multi-dog environment, including those looking to introduce a new canine family member to the home-pack. –Whole Dog Journal, January 2008
I am so glad. I’m delighted. My whole body is wiggling with delight. Well, if I was a dog, that’s what I’d be doing. For two reasons: That’s how dogs communicate, primarily with an extensive vocabulary of dog language (and no, they don’t automatically know what the English words “no” and “come” mean). Second, because here’s a book to teach humans what dogs are saying. If we don’t know, then we can’t be our dogs’ champions; we won’t hear if they’re trying to tell us something like I’m scared, or that dog is rude, and I might have to teach him a lesson. This little primer (though short, it doesn’t miss anything important) on off-leash dog play–really, on any interaction two or more dogs might have together–is intended for people who run doggy daycares and puppy parks. But most of it will also benefit any dog owner … because most dog owners (admit it!) don’t know that much about dog language. There’s always the ignoramus who says, Oh, my dog wants to play; as the beast stands erect and staring over your anxious pet, who’s trying her best to say, Please, someone, help me. This book is an excellent intro to what dogs are saying when they seem to be saying nothing, with lots of clear, explanatory photos and charts of stop and go behaviors, so you can intervene when necessary. Ears, tail carriage, vocalizations–if you know what these mean, you will be your dog’s best friend in return. And you can feel more assured you’re not going to end your fun session at the dog run with a trip to the vet. So here’s the operating manual that should come with every dog. And it’s the key that opens our companions’ most excellent experiences: running and playing with the pack. Educate yourself for your dog’s sake. And think of reading this book as taking a Berlitz course in a whole new way of talking. –Fetch Dog, Book Hound Dogs in Black and White, Dec 2008