The Rosetta Bone: The Key to Communication Between Humans and Canines (Howell Dog Book of Distinction (Hardcover))
Cheryl S. Smith
Packed with unique insights and gentle training advice, The Rosetta Bone provides average dog owners with the know-how they need to decipher canine meanings, communicate effectively, increase training success, and share a deeper bond. Focusing on the behavioral basis-- the ""silent"" symbols-- for learning, understanding, and communicating, expert dog trainer and competitor Cheryl S. Smith reveals how you can use your own body language to send a message and even teach a dog what specific words mean. She reveals how a dog's breed can affect his personality and explains how to decode-- and correct-- common behavior problems. With the knowledge and solutions this book provides, you will train more effectively, enjoy your dog more, and ease your own stress. What's more, you'll apply what you've learned immediately, with solid, practical advice on:
* Learning the As, Bs, Cs, and Ds of human-canine communication
* Teaching English to your dog-- and, in turn, understanding ""Doglish""
* Using body language to assist in communication and help your dog learn
* Incorporating various kinds of touch to tighten your bond
* Making rewards and reprimands real, relevant, and reliable
* Understanding the relationship between kids and dogs
Supplemented with enlightening, easy-to-do exercises with your dog, as well as quotes from trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians, and humane society workers, The Rosetta Bone is a revealing guide to making life better in your human/canine household.
facewashing? b. look at you for a second, then roll over and go back to sleep? c. run out of the room and peek at you from around the corner? Contrary to what you might think, none of these answers is automatically bad. Context counts. So, if you ordinarily sit on the floor to clip your dog’s nails (as I do), then “c” might be a logical response on your dog’s part. However, the dog should come over to you willingly if you call. If you’re in the habit of sitting on the floor to watch television,
their faces from eyes to nose. Our small dog, Diamond (a pound dog, possible a Poodle/Bichon mix), walks up and down the length of a couch, pushing her head and chest against the furniture. You’ll often see these behaviors before or after you feed your dog. A hip nudge was a favorite move of my dear departed dog Serling. The dog walks up to you, turns around and presses against you with a hip or the butt. This is a demonstration of trust and friendship. Similar to our human handshake, which was
depressed and show no interest in anything happening around them. This is not their true character. Many shelters today do a much better job of walking dogs and playing with them on a regular basis, even noting on their pens how well they walk on leash, how they do when greeting other dogs and other pertinent information. Most have a room or a yard where you can be alone with your prospect to try to get a truer idea of personality. Keep in mind that plenty of people have chosen what they thought
beneficial, and poking in the wrong places can actually be hazardous. As veterinarian Dennis Wilcox points out, the points used in acupressure and acupuncture are precisely the same points referenced in martial arts. They can be used to heal or to harm. This is why I don’t recommend that amateurs try to use acupressure techniques. Sticking to more general massage is safer. Third, while massage can be a wonderful thing for older dogs or those recovering from physical ailments, you do need to be
work, have the dog sit and stay while you put the bowl down. Children should not bother dogs while they are eating, but in case they do, you don’t want the dog to turn instantly into a slavering beast bent on defending her meal. Families with children can become quite loud at times. While it’s certainly understandable for dogs to react to sudden loud noises, they shouldn’t take it out on the noisemaker or whoever happens to be standing closest to them at the time. The best family dogs can sleep