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How to Speak Dog

A Guide to Decoding Dog Language

Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
How to Speak Dog
Random House, Inc.
Do you speak dog? How to Speak Dog is a fun, informative, and photographically driven book that helps kids understand what their dog is trying to tell them through body language and behavior. Super-engaging dog photography, along with National Geographic Kids' signature bold and bouncy design, helps illustrate the key canine concepts. Quick-hit tip boxes, fun facts about mankind's best friends, and informative sidebars from the experts enliven the text. Readers young and old will respond to the irresistible call of the canine in this delightful book that will warm hearts and wag tails everywhere--a must-have in every home where pups are looking for love and understanding.

Baker & Taylor
A guide about how to understand a dog's body language and behavior illustrates such key concepts as barking, howling, panting, bared teeth, and wagging tail.

& Taylor

A whimsical, photographically driven guide for kids about how to understand a dog's body language and behavior illustrates key concepts through accompanying tip boxes, fun facts and informative sidebars. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. :, National Geographic,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 142631373X
1426315597 (lib. bdg.)
9781426315596 (lib. bdg.)
Branch Call Number: J636.70887 NEW
Characteristics: 176 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Weitzman, Gary


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Apr 25, 2014
  • bridge1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Interesting and cute. Kids should like this one.

Apr 07, 2014

Dogs communicate in many more ways than barking, yapping, growling and whimpering. A dog tells us what it wants or feels in non-verbal ways too - by the way it wags or holds its tail, holds its paw, points its ears, licks your face, looks (or stares) at you - and in other ways as well.

How to Speak DOG: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language demystifies a dog’s body language so that you will have a better idea of what it means when your dog rolls over, holds its tail straight, wags its tail slowly, pricks its ears or puts its paw on your knee.
More than fifty different puppy poses with detailed explanations of their meanings are provided, as well as fun facts about dogs and their abilities, training tips, advice about caring for dogs, hands-on activities, quizzes and - because this is a National Geographic publication - many wonderful colour photos too.

Some forms of canine communication may surprise you. A yawn, for example, might not mean that a dog is tired. Instead, it might be a calming mechanism at a time when a dog is feeling uncertain or stressed.

This is an excellent book for anyone who has ever wished that they knew more about their pooch’s body language. Further sources of information are listed at the end of the book.

Co-author Gary Weitzman is a veterinarian and president of the San Diego Humane Society.

Oct 22, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great source for learning the language of dogs! Between the descriptions, and mini tests you are sure to gain a better understanding of all the wiggles and waggles. The book is quick and easy to read, and contains amusing facts to hold your interest as well. This, and all the pictures, also makes it accessible to older children.


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Apr 07, 2014

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