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Tail Talk: The Secret Language of Dogs - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published August 30th 2018
All that bum sniffing means something
Tail Talk, the secret language of dogs, dog whisperer, books about dogs, dogs, dog behaviour

Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Tail Talk, by Sophie Collins, is a detailed guide to understanding things like dog's body language and vocalisations, which will be handy for dog owners and dog lovers.

The author, Sophie Collins, is a dog lover and author of several books on dog behaviour, including Why Does My Dog Do That?. The introduction is written by Dr Karen L. Overall, editor of the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, who has a phD in Zoology. The book features many, many colour photographs which clearly illustrate the features and actions being described. It covers things like how to tell a dog's mood from its stance, facial expression and actions like tail wagging (which doesn't necessarily mean they are happy). It also points out how some of these things can be harder to identify in certain breeds than others, like ear position in a breed with long floppy ears like a bloodhound vs. the large, expressive ears of a German Shepherd. There is also a section in the back of the book with suggestions of books and websites for further reading about dog behaviour.

This book would make a great present for a new, or prospective dog owner, but would also be useful for someone who just wants to understand their dog better.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

April 5, 2018
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