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What Dogs Want

What Dogs Want interprets all the postures, expressions, sounds and actions exhibited by dogs individually and in their interactions with other dogs and people. The 100 behaviours are described over one or two pages each with a photograph and an explanation of why the dog is doing it and what he is telling its owner, such as showing attentiveness or being aggressive. Vet's Notes provide insight into potential medical causes and Breed Boxes shed light on genetic predisposition to certain behaviours. The 100 specific behaviours are divided among six types: Postures: Cowering, exposing belly, raising front paw, twitching while sleeping. Expressions: Opening mouth when snif!ng, lip licking, eyebrow raising, head tilting. Sounds: Yelping, high-pitched barking, howling, whining. Actions: Gutting stuffed toys, eating grass, shredding paper, circling before sleeping. Dog-to-Dog Actions: Placing head over another dog, licking another dog's muzzle, humping. Dog-to-People Actions: Shadowing, leash yanking, hogging bed, bringing objects. An informative appendix organizes behaviours into 16 types - e.g. Submissive, Attention-seeking, Compulsive, Fearful - and crossreferences them to the detailed explanations earlier in the book, e.g. Postures, Expressions, Actions. Where appropriate, advice on how to respond to the behaviour is provided. Suitable for all dog breeds, What Dogs Want will be welcomed by all dog owners who seek to better understand their beloved pet.
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About the Author

Arden Moore is an animal behaviour consultant and the author of 20 books on cats and dogs. She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, CNN Headline News, HGTV's 'Smart Solution', Martha Stewart Living Radio, NPR and hundreds of other programs. She is the editor of Fido Friendly and Catnip magazines, and host of 'Oh Behave!' weekly radio show on Pet Life She is also the creator of National Dog Party DayA', first celebrated in New York City and San Diego in 2011. Her website is


If you can't find something your dog does..., you likely own pythons.... It's like reading with the ghost of Barbara Woodhouse in your head.--Susan Clotfelter"Denver Post" (09/22/2012) Most illuminating for me: that small dogs sneeze as an expression of delight when playing with their favourite people.--Gloria Hildebrandt"Niagara Escarpment Book Views" (12/01/2012) Moore maintains the old adage that a well-exercised dog is a happy dog.--Terry Peters"North Shore News" (12/12/2012) Superb photography... succinct interpretations ... an easy read for any dog owner... I can't say enough good things about it.--Karen Steinrock"The Morning Call, Allentown PA" (10/15/2012) It's like reading with the ghost of Barbara Woodhouse in your head.--Susan Clotfelter"Denver Post" (09/22/2012)

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