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Underlying behaviors in dogs

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A new book will be hitting the market for anyone in need of explanation about why their dog is acting the way that they are. This book has 19 contributing experts to explain away myths about specific canine behaviors. What this book proves, what true dog lovers already know, is that dogs are simply good. They are not neglectful, competing for attention or ‘bad’ underneath, they are simply put on this Earth to love their families to their fullest capacities and if we stopped long enough to understand why a dog is acting in a peculiar manner, we may just understand the dog itself and be able to relate to their feelings.

The book is entitled Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27). It will hit the shelves this week.

Just as The Dog Whisperer, Cesar, states ‘Communication begins with understanding. If you want to build a better relationship with your dog, you can start by working to understand the meaning and causes behind some of her most common dog behaviors.’

While the experts may agree with Cesar Millan on this point, there are others that will be disputed; the so-called ‘bad dog’ behaviors. Once you check out this book, edited by two veterinarians who specialize in pet behavior, Debra Horwitz and John Ciribassi, you will be able to determine for yourself which way of thinking best fits your dog.

The saddest truth that is spoken in this new book is the fact the more canines die as a result of perceived bad behavior than all cancers combined. When people don’t take the time to understand their pooch, the dog may end up in a shelter and get euthanized because they are tagged with having a behavioral problem or dogs simply die sometimes because of neglect and misunderstanding.

Instead of being a self-professed expert on the dog subject, how about learning something from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists instead. The facts listed in Decoding Your Dog are based on science, not human explanation. Perhaps after reading this, the human/animal bond that you may have felt was fractured, may end up being stronger because you now understand what it takes to be a better pet parent.

So check out Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones from the Naperville or Bloomingdale, Illinois Barnes and Noble Stores and become a better pet parent; one that your furry friend will truly look at as their ‘human best friend.’

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