The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet

By Victoria Stilwell   |   Published On: Oct 11, 2016
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Get the inside scoop on how to communicate with your pooch with The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet. Authored by the star of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog and world renowned trainer, in this book Victoria Stilwell reveals how to both interpret and “speak” the hidden language of dogs.

Recent studies into the minds of canines show that they have a rich intelligence, as well as a physical and vocal language as complex and subtle as our own. So with that in mind, Victoria Stilwell explores the inner world of dogs, helping you to understand your pooch, communicate effectively, strengthen your bond, and help dogs learn in the most effective way possible—so they feel confident navigating the human world with success. Along the way you’ll learn things like what different tail wags man, what being “right-pawed” says about your dog’s personality, how to tell the difference between boredom barking and warning barking, whether dogs feel guilt, even how they perceive human faces, and much more.

Filled with adorable full-color photographs and instructive illustrations, this insightful “dog decoder” will soon make you dog’s best friend!

About the Author

Victoria Stilwell was born and raised in Wimbledon, England, and is best known for her role as the host of Animal Planet's hit TV series It's Me or the Dog. She has also served as a judge on Greatest American Dog (CBS) and is involved with rescue groups around the world. Stilwell has been featured in numerous magazines and journals; has appeared on countless television and radio shows in the United States, Europe, and Asia; and her popular Positively Podcast series is heard by listeners worldwide. Named 2009's Dog Trainer of the Year at the Purina Pro Plan Dog Awards, Stilwell lives with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs, Sadie and Jasmine.

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    9 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Weight
    13.92 ounces
  • ISBN-10
  • ISBN-13
  • Pages
  • Format
  • Subject
    Training, Behavior
  • Author
    Victoria Stilwell
  • Publication Date
    Oct 11, 2016
  • Publisher
    Penguin Random House
Table of Contents

Introduction 1


1: The Loving Dog 13

2: The Thinking Dog 19

3: The Emotional Dog 35

4: The Sensing Dog 43


5: Lateral Language 59

6: The Language of Socialization 65

7: The Language of Fear 77

8: The Language of Aggression 87

9: The Language of Vocalization 97

10: The Language of Pain 105

11: The Language of Aging 111

12: Strange Behavior Explained 117

13: How to Speak Dog 125

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    A very interesting read

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    I learned several new things that I did not know. I thought it was going to be a training book, which it is not. I'm sure it said that somewhere and I didn't catch it. I have no regrets about ordering it though, and highly recommend it.

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    Awesome products

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    New puppy owners, great advice from staff, stella is making our home her home.

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    A must read!

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    A very informative and enlightening book that will touch your heart and help you really understand dogs. I highly recommend it!

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