5 Books To Help Improve Communication With Your Dog

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic

Do you speak fluent dog? If you need help finding the right way to communication with your dog, pick up these books that help break the language barrier.

“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.

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:

1. Editor’s Pick: For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in you and your Best Friend

By Patricia B. McConnell

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.

2. Runner Up: How To Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication

By Stanley Coren

Parlez-vous Doggish? If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on in your pooch’s pretty head, you’ll want to read this. How To Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication is based on research in animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and years of author’s personal experience and posits that a dog is able to understand as much of the human language as a two year old. With that in mind, the author provides sounds, words, actions, and movements you can use to actually communicate with your pooch, and breaks down the basics of dog body language to help you decipher what your pet is trying to tell you. Armed with knowledge, you’ll never again feel stumped at your dog’s actions- and you’ll be able to communicate with greater success.

3. Easy To Understand

By Caroline Spencer

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.

4. Best Positive Training: Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems

By Victoria Stilwell

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.

5. Honorable Mention

By Jennifer Arnold

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.

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.

Are there any tips on how to read dog languages?

Your pet might not speak human, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t communicate. The way dogs communicate, however, is mostly by body language, and you can easily learn how to decipher that language with just a little patience and dedicated observation. The key things to focus on are your dog’s facial expressions (for instance, surprise with raised brows), their posture (raised hackles indicate excitement), and other movements, such as tail wagging. A good tip for reading dog body language is to pay attention to the context- while a pooch might be licking their lips when you’re serving their meal because they are hungry and looking forward to food, if they do the same thing at the vet’s office or in a new environment, it can mean something completely different- a symptom of anxiety.

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Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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