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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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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (23 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263286
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,321 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

About the Author

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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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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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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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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If you love dogs , you'll love this. A bit of fun.
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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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