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By American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Debra F. Horwitz DVM, John Ciribassi DVM, Steve Dale

Extra than ninety percentage of puppy vendors give some thought to their pets to be individuals in their kinfolk. yet usually, regardless of our greatest intentions, we're letting our canines down via no longer giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted habit is the number-one cause canine are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

The key to training dogs successfully is first to understand why our canine do what they do. And not anyone can deal with this extra authoritatively than the diplomates of the yankee university of Veterinary habit, whose paintings, the end result of years of rigorous education, takes them deep into the minds of dogs as a way to decode how they suspect, how they impart, and the way they learn.

In Decoding Your Dog, those specialists study challenge behaviors, decipher the newest reviews, and proper universal misconceptions and outdated theories. The publication includes:

• potent, veterinary-approved optimistic education methods
• professional suggestion on socialization, housetraining, nutrition, and exercise
• treatments for behavior problems corresponding to OCD and aggression

With Decoding Your Dog the specialists’ specialists bring vital puppy habit consultant that finally problem the way in which we expect approximately our canines.

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Without his patience and support there would have been no way for me to achieve what I have. His love and care of all creatures has been an inspiration. Additional thanks to Steve Dale not only for his personal support of me as a veterinarian and behaviorist but also for his support of the veterinary profession and the pet-owning public. He has been a defender of animals locally, nationally, and internationally. I also thank him for bringing Beth Adelman on board for this project. She has kept everyone on track throughout the process and her insights into writing and animal behavior have greatly improved the quality of this book.

Facts, Not Fiction Thanks to decades of research on companion animals, we have quite a bit of information regarding breed dispositions, gender compatibility, and predictors of behavior in dogs. For example, we know that by selective breeding, certain breeds were designed to perform specific tasks. We also know that the basic temperament required to perform such tasks is directly related to certain behaviors that a breed may show in a home environment. Australian Shepherds, a herding breed, may nip at the heels of children.

Use Cues That Work for Dogs How can we best get our messages across to dogs? Since dogs are primarily nonverbal communicators, it makes sense that dogs respond better to visual cues than to verbal cues. In other words, dogs respond more readily to what we do and how we act rather than to what we say. In one study, researchers taught dogs two new signals for two specific actions. Each action was taught with both a word and a hand signal, given simultaneously. When the dogs had learned the signals, the researchers tested them on their response rates when given just the word or just the hand signal.

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