5 Books To Help Improve Communication With Your Dog

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“Do you understand me?” This is a question that pet parents – and their dogs – ask themselves all the time. One of the biggest obstacles dog owners and their dogs face is the lack of communication or misunderstand what each other is trying to say. But communication isn’t just verbal – it’s also physical and emotional. Learning more about how your dog communicates will guide you to strengthening your bond with your dog.

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If you’re looking for details, information, tips and insight into your dog’s mind, pick up any of these books. They offer a clearer understanding as to understand what your dog is trying to tell you:

For the Love of a DogFor the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in you and your Best Friend: This book is excellent for pet parents who are baffled by their dog’s behavior. It gives insight into emotions, happiness, fear, anger, and more. This enlightening book will bring owners closer to their dogs and provide a deep understanding of their behavior. Pick it up on paperback for $11.12 at Barnes & Noble.  

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Canine CommunicationCanine Communication: How to Read Your Dog: How do you relate to your dog? This book focuses on how dogs communicate, helps owners relate to their pets, gives tips on how to prevent common behavioral issues, canine body language, anxiety, illness, building a relationship and more. Add this gem to your home library today for $11.40.

Why Does My Dog Do ThatWhy Does My Dog Do That? Understand and Improve Your Dog’s Behavior and Build a Friendship Based on Trust: This practical book is easy to understand, as it focuses on dog behavior and helps pet owners gain a better understanding of why dogs behave the way they do. It focuses on topics such as correcting undesirable behavior, developing a strong friendship and helps resolve issues such as separation anxiety, excessive barking, pulling on the leach digging up the yard, aggression and more. You can order this book on Amazon for $7.41.

Train Your Dog PositivelyTrain Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems: Written by Animal Planet’s Victoria Stilwell, this informative book provides insight into your dog’s mind and offers tricks and tips for understanding canine language. It teaches you to tap into your dog’s natural instincts, improve communication and build your bond with your best friend. Pick it up from Walmart for $9.65:

In a Dog’s HeartIn a Dog’s Heart: What Our Dogs Need, Want and Deserve – and the Gifts We Can Expect in Return: For more than 20 years, best-selling New York Times author Jennifer Arnold raises and trains service dogs for people with disabilities, affording her a unique and profound understanding of the human-dog bond. This book focuses on clear communication between pet owner and dog that is based on a willingness to see things through a dog’s eyes. Available at Amazon for $9.96.

From experience, you know that you can form a genuine and last bond with your dog. This natural evolution begins from the moment you meet and become family. Dogs have a different language than humans and they need to be understood.

Since you’re the one with the library card, it’s your job to absorb the information and guidance from books written by the experts. They will help your forge a stronger bond, focus on behavioral issues and communicate better with your furry BFF.

ShelliesShellie Sutera is a freelance writer from sunny Miami, Florida. When she’s not secretly smuggling her adorable dog Hercules into the local beaches for sun and surf, she’s a passionate writer that specializes in writing about dogs and all of their unique quirks. She spends her free time cooking Italian food, raft boating, volunteering and traveling to dog-friendly destinations.