The Rosetta Bone: The Key to Communication Between Humans and Canines (Howell Dog Book of Distinction (Hardcover))

The Rosetta Bone: The Key to Communication Between Humans and Canines (Howell Dog Book of Distinction (Hardcover))

Cheryl S. Smith

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0764544217

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Far too often, we humans expect our dogs to understand what we say to them. Though we may spend a lot of time talking to them, we're really not communicating. And without proper communication, it's impossible to train a dog properly-- let alone make your human/canine relationship a rewarding one.

Packed with unique insights and gentle training advice, The Rosetta Bone provides average dog owners with the know-how they need to decipher canine meanings, communicate effectively, increase training success, and share a deeper bond. Focusing on the behavioral basis-- the ""silent"" symbols-- for learning, understanding, and communicating, expert dog trainer and competitor Cheryl S. Smith reveals how you can use your own body language to send a message and even teach a dog what specific words mean. She reveals how a dog's breed can affect his personality and explains how to decode-- and correct-- common behavior problems. With the knowledge and solutions this book provides, you will train more effectively, enjoy your dog more, and ease your own stress. What's more, you'll apply what you've learned immediately, with solid, practical advice on:
* Learning the As, Bs, Cs, and Ds of human-canine communication
* Teaching English to your dog-- and, in turn, understanding ""Doglish""
* Using body language to assist in communication and help your dog learn
* Incorporating various kinds of touch to tighten your bond
* Making rewards and reprimands real, relevant, and reliable
* Understanding the relationship between kids and dogs

Supplemented with enlightening, easy-to-do exercises with your dog, as well as quotes from trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians, and humane society workers, The Rosetta Bone is a revealing guide to making life better in your human/canine household.

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vicinity and your dog isn’t falling asleep—the dog will sit when you say “sit.” But try the same thing in a new location or with other dogs (or, worse, squirrels) around or really any sort of distraction, and you may quickly find that “sit” doesn’t have the power you thought it did. The human communicator can also sabotage the learning process. If you get into the habit of repeating yourself (“Sit. I said sit. Sit now. Come on, sit.”), you will teach the dog that there is no need to listen until

together. The dog will certainly be listening. Some people will still tell you that you can’t bring a puppy to class till she’s six months old. Don’t believe it. By then, you’ve missed one of the most receptive times in your dog’s life. Puppies are little sponges, soaking up all there is to know about the basics of the world around them. Yes, there may be some slim chance of communicable 40 The Rosetta Bone disease, but the risk of behavior problems later in life looms much larger. The humans

Southampton in Britain, looked at 10 breeds of dogs to see whether they used any or all of 15 common wolf signals. The breeds, from least to most wolflike, were: • • • • • • • • • • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Norfolk Terrier French Bulldog Shetland Sheepdog Cocker Spaniel Muensterlander Labrador Retriever German Shepherd Golden Retriever Siberian Husky The Huskies exhibited all 15 signals, but the number decreased steadily through the list, with Cavaliers showing only 2 of the most basic

bristles only at the tip—an area Seeing Is Hearing 83 often denoted by a color marking—the dog may be feeling anxious or fearful. The Body As used here, “body” includes everything we haven’t discussed up to this point, mainly the trunk, legs and paws. As we’ve discussed in other sections, it’s important to read posture and leg movements in relation to what the ears, eyes, mouth and tail are saying. Invitations to play use a lot of full-body movement. Nearly everyone can recognize a play bow

aggressive? Can all our problems with our dogs be traced to breed characteristics? Of course they can’t. In fact, many of the behaviors classed as problems—barking, digging, chasing—are normal canine behaviors, expressed more strongly in certain breeds and particular individuals 120 Best of Breed 121 Stupid? Me? I don’t think so! than in others. Many of the comments you may hear about one breed or another are simply false, totally outdated or have a kernel of truth embedded in an exaggerated

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