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Clever Dog: Understand What Your Dog is Telling You

Clever Dog: Understand What Your Dog is Telling You [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Whitehead
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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‘If I were a dog, this is the book I would scamper out to purchase.’
Daily Mail

‘More than just a guide book: it contains fascinating case studies from Sarah Whitehead's busy behavioural advice clinics, with practical advice thrown in.’
The Daily Telegraph

‘Well worth a read. Full of insight.’
Our Dogs

‘A clear, humane explanation of what really makes dogs tick, and how their natural affection for people is the only sensible basis on which to build the bond between dog and owner. Packed with useful tips and anecdotes that will engage anyone who loves dogs.’
Dr John Bradshaw, author of In Defence of Dogs

‘Insightful, captivating and written with terrific verve and wit: this is the one myth-busting book that your dog is dying for you to read. Sarah’s wonderful observations on how to be a stellar doggy companion will also help you with all your relationships – in the canine world and beyond.’
Dr Ian Dunbar, veterinarian, animal behaviourist and dog trainer

I recommend Clever Dog to any owner who wants to know what's going on in their pet's mind. All the secrets are here and it changes the way you look at your dog's behaviour. Sue Johnston, OBE

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Man is not ape. Dog is not wolf.

From startling facts about its origins, to the fundamental reasons behind dog and man’s unbreakable attachment, Clever Dog: Understand What Your Dog is Telling You explores the myths that so many pet owners have been led to believe – and forms conclusions as to how our future relationship with the dog needs to change in order to survive, and thrive.

With her unique understanding of the secret language of dogs and her belief that all dogs are ‘clever dogs’, Sarah uses amusing anecdote and useful case histories to discover the mysteries of dog behaviour and show us a way of communicating with the four-legged friend who shares our hearts and homes.

Dog lovers can look at their best friends in a new light and create the perfect bond. As a world-leading expert in canine psychology, and often acknowledged as the ‘trainer’s trainer’, Sarah Whitehead shares her unique understanding of dogs in Clever Dog. With sections on Life, Love, Health and Happiness, this is a book about how we can become a harmonious team with our best friend. Here at last are the secrets your dog wants you to know.

With fascinating case studies and expert practical advice, Clever Dog is much more than a guidebook – it is the book your dog would want you to buy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6146 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (5 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for all dog owners 7 Jan 2012
A perfect book for any dog owner wanting to have a better understanding of their pet's behaviour. Very easy and enjoyable to read. The book clearly explains the much misunderstood dominance theory, explaining instead exactly why your dog exhibits behaviours that are most certainly not dominant, but many still label them as such. Through the use of case histories she identifies a number of behavioural problems. These include aggression, separation anxiety, nervous behaviour, problems relating to a lack of early socialisation,and then gose on to explain how she helped the owners change the dogs behaviour through kind non-confrontational methods. She also includes examples of how owners who have used various methods of punishment and rough handling, have inadvertendly created more problems for both themselves and their dog. Her approach is soundly based upon identifiying the reason for the problem behaviour then setting out to change that behaviour in a kind non threatening way. There are no quick fixes but plenty of advice on how to avoid problems occuring. A must read for any dog owner. Try it, you will pick up lots of tips and have a very enjoyable read into the bargain.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Have just finished this wonderful book. I would recommend to any dog owner or those thinking of one.Easy to read couldnt put it down.The opposite of a dry "how to" book Through different cases of dogs with challenging behaviours the author has been involved with, the book demonstrates that once the problem has been understood from the dogs point of view, how the relationship between the dog and owner can be improved often quite dramatically with a sensible change in the humans behaviour, with out any need for"heroics"or alpha rolls. A must read for 2012. I would definitely recommend that those who have developed an appetite for more and want a bit more "meat" go on to read John Bradshaw's "In defence of dogs" The two books would sit very comfortably next to each other on a doggy bookshelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 27 Jan 2012
By Yumpy
Finally a dog book written by someone with knowledge & experience! Sarah's insight into the dog mind is what we've all been waiting for. Forget all those sham TV dog trainers and their incompetent advice - this is the book you need!! Go fetch!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best dog book 15 Feb 2012
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This is simply the best dog book I've read in a long time. It not only gives good information on do's and don'ts but illustrates with case histories so that the message sinks in in a subtle way. It's an easy and enjoyable read too. I read it in two sittings. If you still have lingering doubts about dominance, read this and put the dominance debate to bed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every dog owner! 18 Jan 2012
Over the years I have read many dog books as I have undertaken several courses in canine behaviour and training and this one is by far the best. Using easy to read simple terms the author explains everything a dog owner needs to know, from choosing the right dog for your family to how to prevent separation anxiety.

This book is hard to put down, as well providing valuable information and using kind and effective methods, it has been cleverly written in a light and humorous way.

I have been positively reinforced to keep reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Jan 2012
A wonderful book. Full of truths and insights, as well as blowing apart the myths that cause dogs to be understood. Am recommending it to all my dog loving friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written book. 5 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very readable. Contains lots of knowledge about dogs, and - most important - lots of love for dogs.

I found the book easy and enjoyable to read and finished it quickly. I'm lucky enough to live with a Jack Russell who doesn't have any major behavioural problems. I think reading the book has helped me understand him better and (hopefully) will keep me from giving him any issues in the future.

Recommend it highly!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading 19 Jan 2012
By sharon
Witty and very well written. Additive reading and very hard to pull yourself away from the stories and informative knowledgeable information. An easy read to be enjoyed by all. Thank you Sarah for this long awaited treasure!
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Published 7 days ago by CHAS CLOWES
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening information
I really liked the way the author used 'live' situations to describe the many different characteristics and scenarios presented by the many different dogs. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Llyndall Trotman
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book
Entertaining and informative
Published 2 months ago by Ben Tia
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy guide to understanding dogs
I found this book to be a real gem, and I'm going to read it again at a later stage.

It's full of case studies, written in a way that is easy to understand, and with a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie P
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful
Very interesting a lot of very useful information. Has helped me a lot in understanding my own rescue dog's behaviour.
Published 4 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, then read it again.
This book is so full of information and useful insight into what goes on in your dog's head that it is almost too much to take in on one read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. Hildred
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is a great book, and so easy to read. Very amusingly written, entertaining and very true to life. Loved it.
Published 6 months ago by Lesley Gornall
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulously helpful book for aspiring new puppy adopters like us
Great read very well informed and researched stands out from others I've read recently

The book I will refer back to from now on
Published 6 months ago by Kev Burnham
5.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into dog behaviour
I've recently read this book from cover to cover and found it to be a very informative and entertaining read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent practical advice
I liked this book it covered rescue dogs which is an area that is often not touched by other books as the authors seem rather hung up on the breeding and parentage. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MS
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