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The real reasons that dogs do the things they do! You'll discover what's behind your dog's everyday actions, with intriguing, practical advice on topics such as: digging...chewing sticks...eating grass...and getting wet. The Secret Lives of Dogs reveals what dogs think, how they feel, and how they see the world and what you can do to make them happier than ever.The SecretThe real reasons that dogs do the things they do! You'll discover what's behind your dog's everyday actions, with intriguing, practical advice on topics such as: digging...chewing sticks...eating grass...and getting wet. The Secret Lives of Dogs reveals what dogs think, how they feel, and how they see the world and what you can do to make them happier than ever.The Secret Lives of Dogs is part of the Dog Care Companions, a series of books for pet lovers on behavior, health care, training, communication, and more....

Title : The Secret Lives of Dogs: The Real Reasons Behind 52 Mysterious Canine Behaviors (Dog Care Companions)
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ISBN : 9781579543129
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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The Secret Lives of Dogs: The Real Reasons Behind 52 Mysterious Canine Behaviors (Dog Care Companions) Reviews

  • Jennifer Masterson
    2019-06-19 12:18

    4 Stars for "The Secret Lives of Dogs"! What an interesting and informative book! Do you ever wonder why your dog eats grass? Cocks it's head? Why they like to drink out of the toilet bowl, or even just why your dog licks you? Well it's all here in this lovely book! The book actually uncovers 52 mysterious canine behaviors that most dog owners have seen at one time or the other. The author, Jana Murphy, spends about 4 pages per topic. There are also beautiful pictures of fabulous canines! I absolutely loved the photos!What I liked best about this book was that the author emphasizes that there is a reason why dogs act the way they do. That it mainly comes from instinct that was bred into them over thousands of years.I highly recommend this book for all dog owners and dog lovers!

  • Kayla K
    2019-06-24 06:52

    A Great Way to Understanding Man’s Best Friend"The Secret Life of Dogs" is a very informational read that explains all of the odd behaviors of our canine companions. Virtually any habit that a dog owner has observed is addressed in this book. Many of the reasons behind these unique behaviors trace back centuries ago to their ancestors living in the wild. The references to these ancient survival strategies are mentioned somewhat repetitively, but they communicate the importance of the history of dogs in their more comfortable, modern lives. Personally, I enjoyed the facts from science studies such as what colors dogs are actually blind to (red and green). And, the amount of research done to complete this book is very evident in every chapter. (My only other complaint is that the rather long titles and education of the people interviewed sometimes took up a paragraph occurring a couple times in a page.) Also, I was thoroughly impressed with the abundance of practical tips to either subdue unfavorable habits (i.e. chewing shoes) or enhance your dog’s playtime and health. Of course, there are cute pet stories sprinkled in as well! Overall, this is the perfect book for any dog owner that wants to better understand their beloved pet and learn some care-taking secrets.If you are looking for more canine-related works, "Devoted" by Rebecca Asher-Walsh has some amazing, heartwarming stories of several loyal, furry friends.

  • Andrew
    2019-06-17 12:17

    This book definitely accomplishes what it sets out to do. By the last page you'll be 52 canine behaviors more informed about why your dog (or other dogs) do the things they do.Each behavior is broken into an introduction, some further descriptions if applicable and then a section called, "Now that you know" which offers some suggestions on how to curtail the behavior if it's problematic. I stopped reading the introductions about 3/4 through. I just wanted to read the title of the section and get to the meat of how the issue is fixed. Of course I paid more attention when the issue was something I've observed in my dog.Since dogs have just as much personality variances as any group of people, be aware that if you read this book straight through chances are that you're going to notice some contradictions. While rawhides might be perfect for a dog with stank breath, they're not so good for dogs that are notoriously flatulent. Read it and you'll see why. While I found quite a few things to try with my dog, I think I spent most of my time thanking the stars that she doesn't do the majority of behaviors listed in the book such as digging holes, chewing wood furniture, unraveling toilet paper, saying 'hello' or showing submission by peeing....etc.Great read for anyone looking to understand why their dog may be acting in a certain way, and how to change it.

  • Eva Leger
    2019-06-02 07:02

    I read the first half of this completely through and then skimmed the second half. This wasn't because the last half wasn't interesting- it just either had less to do with my dogs or I already knew it. That being said, this is a nifty book. I can't say that it dropped any knowledge bombs- most of what's inside can be thought up on your own. The thing is, most people, myself included, don't stop to do just that. I never stopped to think about why my neighbors dog always puts his front paws on my dogs back, even though it's an obvious sign of "I'm tougher than you are, I'm the big shot here'. I never really thought about a lot of the things I'd read in here and I'm one of the biggest dog lovers around. This is very easy to read and also has some small breed specific parts. I would have liked those to be a little larger honestly. My family is very much into Labs and I would have liked to have been able to flip to the lab part and read away to my hearts content. I don't much care about what a Collie can see or what a Huskie likes to play with. But that's for another book I suppose and it didn't take away from this book for me. I'd recommend this easily to anyone wanting to dig a little deeper into understanding their dog(s). I'm happy I read it and I wish I had read it before now. I would have tried to help my Lab that passed away this month with his allergies more had I read this.

  • Emily Ann Meyer
    2019-06-13 07:14

    Quick, fun read with a lot of fun photographs. Didn't really expand my knowledge significantly, but reinforced it. I'd recommend to dog owners who ask "good gawd, why'd s/he roll in that dead animal?" And are more inclined to laugh about it than scold.

  • Anna
    2019-06-05 14:52

    I think I saw this at Barnes and Noble one day long ago and it came up next on my "to read" notification from my book organizing program.It was quite an enjoyable read. It's clearly bare bones information, but still interesting to get some insight on more obscure dog behaviors. I was mostly intrigued by the small notes about breed discrepancies, like how Labradors have trouble on controlling their eating habits.

  • Daniel Brubeck
    2019-06-02 11:57

    Definitely a good book to read for people that is just starting to share their lives with a dog, one thing that I really enjoy of reading these type of books because I always learn something new even if you have read other similar books; I also enjoyed a lot all the side stories on the topics.

  • Jing
    2019-06-19 09:09

    I just have my girl Spark who is only 13 weeks. My friend gave me this book as a gift. It really broaden my knowledge of how to deal with dogs and know what they like which makes it easier to teach her and keep a good relationship with her.

  • Jeanne Daly
    2019-06-22 08:15

    Packed full of information for all dog owners who are trying to understand their dog's behavior and why they do what they do. You'll find this book helpful if you are new to the world of having a canine companion as well as if you've had a dog in your family your whole life. You'll probably want to keep this on your bookshelf to refer to from time to time when you're trying to figure out why does my dog do that or when you need a gentle reminder that dogs share some common behaviors that we struggle with and also enjoy. This is not I a book on how to train your pup but it will help you figure out how to recognize and correct some common problems.

  • Aaron
    2019-06-10 08:00

    Pint-sized snapshot into why some dogs do what they do. As this is a general book, not much is catered towards a specific breed, or individual pup. Generally, it is best if you can spend lots of time training, and do so consistently. Some of the actual dog examples are funny, and might make you not want to have one. Still, they can be great companions, if you establish boundaries, and stick to them.

  • Jenn Hailley
    2019-06-26 09:55

    I had higher hopes for this book than perhaps I should doesn't help that my dog is weird and doesn't even do most of the things in this book. But I did find little snippets of interesting or helpful information. For instance why dogs rub themselves on the carpet after a bath, or why they eat ANYTHING, lol. Could have gone farther though I think, and a couple of the chapters were a little repetitive. Worth a quick read.

  • Beth
    2019-06-13 10:14

    Why do they chew on sticks, eat dung, roll in disgusting smelling things, and hate bathes? This book answers those questions, has engaging illustrations, and an informative though occasionally cute) text. The authors also offer practical suggestions for stopping some of the more unlovely behaviors.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-29 14:11

    This book is very engaging and fun, but double-check the tips carefully. At one point it recommends baking soda to keep dogs from eating the trash, but I found online resources suggesting it's poisonous for dogs. It does have some good advice, but just double-check its ideas quickly before implementing.

  • RoseAnn
    2019-06-13 11:55

    I found this book entertaining. Although I've had dogs for over 10 years, I did learn a few new facts about why they do certain behaviors.I plan to pass the book on to a much younger dog owner, both so she can benefit from new knowledge about her pet and so she can work on her reading skills!

  • Allie Dorman
    2019-06-14 07:04

    Very interesting!! I read it to help understand my puppy more so I skipped some things we didn't have a problem with or that she doesn't do. But this definitely will also come in handy when I get another one!

  • Jamie
    2019-06-01 13:52

    Recommended to anyone who has a dog and wonders why they do what they do. 52 short chapters make this a fast read.

  • Ariannah
    2019-06-03 08:55

    Really helpful and insightful for those of us who have never had a dog but would some day like to!

  • Jayme(the ghost reader)
    2019-06-04 07:03

    I liked this book. I had five dogs and recognized many of the doggie behaviors. I learned a few new tricks myself. I recommend this book to all dog lovers.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-13 08:10

    quick, logical explanations of why dogs behave specific ways with tips on what humans can do when their dog exhibits those behaviors. References cited.

  • Abby
    2019-05-27 11:51

    Very elementary information about dogs, with only a few "secrets" revealed. My full review here:

  • Drusilla
    2019-06-09 08:09

    Basic but informative about 52 different behaviors dogs exhibit, what causes them and how to fix the problem - everything you could imagine as far as behaviors go. Quick read but good!