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Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell You What Your Dog Won't Paperback – 23 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (23 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263286
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dog lovers Conrad, writer/producer of television s Monk and White Collar; Johnson, a former adman turned writer; and Stefanides, a designer, provide a delightful and amusing collection of comical canine truths such as the closely guarded secret that dogs dream about Broadway musicals. Each admission is made by one of 11 endearing dogs of various breeds, each with a distinctive personality and voice, from Gabby, the long-haired dachshund, and Orson, the bulldog, to Axelrod, the yellow Lab, and Bandana, the border collie. They reveal the secrets we humans have only guessed at for centuries such as the science behind begging, why dogs chew furniture, and why they eat grass. Each confession is accompanied by a full-color photo of the confessor. The book s design also uses different handwriting typefaces for each dog that lends itself to a diarylike feel. Topics covered run the gamut from Gabby s in-heat dating philosophy to Axelrod s interpretation of human words that pretty much all translate to mean food. A whimsical delight for dog lovers everywhere, this book will charm and remind readers why they fell in love with Rover to begin with. --Publishers Weekly

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Hy Conrad is one of the original writers for Monk, the USA channel series, for which he received three nominations for the Edgar Award for best TV Mystery episode. Currently he is a writer and consulting producer on the TV show White Collar. Jeff Johnson spent most of his life working in advertising for giants such as J. Walter Thompson and D Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. He has created successful campaigns in nearly every consumer category.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Canis bonus on 4 July 2012
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I am a specialist dog trainer and forever nosedeep in technical behaviour books. This one was a welcome relief from the highbrow, science stuff for me. Actually, when it came to behaviour science, it mostly got it right. Only a few minor technical details here and there, but the general message is: use scepticism, common sense, and humour, when looking at your dog's behaviour. It's generally no big deal if only you stopped viewing it in the eyes of the latest en-vogue dog training theory.

This book that is also beautifully designed (kudos to the artwork designer and photographer: a real gem), pocket-sized, and nothing short of hilarious.

It's little letters written by dogs that encourage us not to be so naive and anthropomorphists. It encourages us to dedramatize their little behaviour querks and 'traumatic' past and see life as they do: day by day.

Loved it. Clever, funny, beautiful.
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Was a gift for my girlfriend as we have a Boston Terrier like the dog pictured on the front cover. fast delivery and she loved the book.

many thanks
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gitanjali Sondhi on 26 Sept. 2012
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It is absolutely hilarious ! I've only read a few chapters but I simply love it !! Every dog lover HAS to read it !!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Juckes on 28 Mar. 2012
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What a charming and funny book this was. A very entertaining and light read. As a dog lover I found myself chuckling and nodding in agreement at some of the antics and views of the dogs. My Chocolate Labrador doesn't need to learn any new tricks he pretty much could have written the book. Especially the part where one dog said he was constantly hungry and was never full...... mmm... I know a certain pooch who could certainly relate to that.

The layout was so refreshing it was colourful and quirky. It really was a joy to pore over the pages. At first I thought this book would be good for children too, but there was one dog story in there that wasn't quite suitable.

I like how the book first of all introduces all the dogs and gives a brief and hysterical description of their lives; there were some really sweet and nutty dogs mixed in. This would be a good present to give a dog lover. I know I would have loved it as a gift!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'd Rather Be At The Beach: Reviews 7 Sept. 2012
By Vicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a HUGE soft spot for dogs, so I was very excited to receive this book for review. Let me tell you, I LOVE this book!! Written from the dogs point of view, they tell you their thoughts on a lot of things you've probably wondered about, and why they do certain things.

One of my favorites was "The Questionnaire", answered by Rufus T. His answers are so funny!! One of the questions is "What makes you howl at the moon?" Rufus T. answers "I don't howl. I sing-anything but country." Thing is, he looks like that's the only thing he'd sing.

Another one was "Why Do I Eat Grass?" by Moonbeam. My dog eats grass every now and then and my husband has always said it's because she doesn't feel good. I really wanted Moonbeam to prove him wrong. So...did she? Read the book to find out!

If you are a dog lover, you'll love this book. If you're not a dog lover, you'll love this book. Go get one now, and get a few more for the dog lovers in your life. They'll thank you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A+ For Dog Lovers 6 April 2012
By M. G. Gagliano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The 411 by Maria:

We LOVE this book. Back in the day I had blogs dedicated to the kids that were written in their voices. This reminds me so much of that. Written by 11 dogs to their owners, each dogs personality shines through on colorful, journal like pages. My particular favorites are the parenting advice the dogs have for their owners. "whose idea was it to put a new rug down at exactly the same time I had puppies" and "there have to be rules dear". This is the perfect book for dog lovers of all ages. Even my kids have started asking me to read the book to them. I have had to skip over and change some words but not often. They think the dogs should have their own show. They even have favorites. Goddess likes Tinkerbell and Handsome likes Dimples. Personally, I like Moonbeam, he cracks me up. Each dog has a distinct personality and you will find yourself wondering what your dog is thinking about. A+ for a fun, beautifully crafted book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dog Lover's Delight Gets Three BArks 16 July 2012
By Margaret T. Buchholz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you don't like dogs - wouldn't have one around the place and can't understand people who do - forget this charming, insightful and often very funny little book. Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know (Sourcebooks.com) is, on the other hand, just about perfect for dog people, whether casual owners, enthusiastic canine cultists or dog professionals of every variety. Buy it for a friend with a new dog, a chagrined host whose eager mutt adorned your new dress with muddy paws, the harried dog walker in your building or your much snarled-at mailman.
Authors Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson have taken eleven very real dogs of various breeds, sizes and personalities (pictures are included) and literally put words in their mouths about all the doggy-things you've always wanted to know. Why do dogs love toilet bowl water and hate it when you add air freshener? Why do dogs display embarrassing signs of horniness after they're fixed? You get the idea. And the answers come in straight dog talk. Believable, informative and, for the most part, not overly cute. All-in-all, a nice little addition to your bathroom reference shelf or anyplace else you need a few minutes of relaxed reading with some laughs along the way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Simply Irresistible 18 Dec. 2012
By the GreatReads! - Published on Amazon.com
This is one simply irresistible book for all dog lovers. The authors take you into the hearts and minds of these wonderful animals and show us human beings what life is all about. An engrossing book, you'll love it from cover to cover.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you are in doubt . . . "Click to Look Inside." 4 Nov. 2012
By Diane Walters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a darling book and I was thrilled when it came in the mail. My initial reaction when I started reading the book was one of confusion. I was expecting essays of a more serious/personal nature, perhaps, with a little comedy on the side. I didn't realize that the book was going to be full of comedy sketches. Once I tuned in on that aspect--I had great fun with it.

The graphic design is excellent! It is brightly colored in the style of a scrapbook. Each dog has its own page design and font for the letters he/she writes to you. Every personality has a different voice and story to tell. The authors did a great job in matching the personality to each breed. The breeds are: Yellow Lab, Border Collie, Boxer, Chihuahua, Bull Dog, Cocker Spaniel, German Shepherd, Miniature Schnauzer, Mixed Breed, Long Haired Dachshund, Blood Hound.

Some books you read and can't wait to give them away. This book? You'll want to pass on to other people, but only with a new copy because you won't be able to part with its perky design and the delightful little stories. It is a great little coffee table book, great for a gift, great for the holidays, and just a lot of fun all the way around. Be forewarned . . . if you dare take it to work to show your colleagues--I guarantee you'll never see it again.

So, go ahead . . . "Click to Look Inside this book" and see why most everyone gave it a great review.

**Note to Orson--don't eat any more grapes. They are toxic to dogs. You'll get sick and maybe die.

I'd like to thank the authors: Jeff Johnson and Hy Conrad, and the art director Dean Stefanides for this beautiful copy and all the joy they've provided with this adorable book; and, to [...] for this opportunity to--review the book.
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