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

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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

About the Author

Sarah Whitehead, BA (Hons), MSc is a highly qualified and experienced pet behaviour specialist running a busy practice in the south of England. She specialises in resolving behavioural problems in dogs and cats, as well as running a chain of puppy and dog training classes under the banner of the Clever Dog Company® – with 18 branches now running.

As well as animal behaviour, Sarah has a special interest in human psychology. She is an NLP Master Practitioner (a branch of cognitive psychology) and has a passion for successful strategies in adult learning.

Sarah lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband, Matt, and dogs, Tao and Jackson – both rescue crossbreeds.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 31637 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OEFIXG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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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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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By Yumpy on 27 Jan. 2012
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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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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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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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What a fantastic read. I'm reading anything I can get my hands on at the minute with regard to canine behaviour but this book stands out as both a highly enjoyable read and practical reference book.

What is particularly lovely is that the author has such empathy for dogs and human beings alike and seeks to look at each individual dog and their owner before recommending any behavioural modifications - no one size fits all. I found the section 'Training in a foreign Language' absolutely fascinating and extremely useful. As human beings, we often fail to understand how our dogs make sense of the world around us and the fact that it is very different to our own perception of the world can often sabotage our relationship with them by inappropriately 'correcting' and punishing them. They're not being naughty, they're simply being dogs and this chapter uses a lovely example of how you can re-direct hard wired drives in dogs, which can be problematic if not addressed as these behaviours can't be 'trained out' or indeed 'corrected'.

A fabulous read and will sit alongside my all time favourite dog book reads - 'The Culture Clash', 'In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding' and 'The Other End of The Leash'. Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
If Amazon allowed 10 stars this book would earn them.
Read and understand why dogs do what they do. This great book dispels myths about dominance and pack leadership, teaches canine communication, how and why dogs learn and heaps more. Sarah even mentions SEX! The book is for anyone who owns a dog including all those trainers and behaviourists out there who are still telling owners their dogs are dominant.
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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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