By Turid Rugaas
Yawning, lip-licking, sneezing, even scratching are just a few of the 30-plus signals that dogs use to communicate with one another. With On Talking Terms with Dogs, you can learn to recognize these signals and use them to interact with your dog.
Norwegian dog trainer and behaviorist Turid Rugaas has made it her life’s work to study canine social interaction. She coined the phrase “calming signals” to describe the social skills, sometimes referred to as body language, that dogs use to avoid conflict, invite play, and communicate a wide range of information to other dogs – and also humans.
* Learn to identify situations that are stressful to your dog so that you can resolve or avoid them.
* Rehabilitate a dog that has lost her ability to read or give calming signals.
* Become a keen observer of canine behavior at home, in the community, and among dogs to get better behavior and build a solid relationship.
Experts praise Turid’s work:
Invaluable! The insightful observations of Turid Rugaas can help all of us have a deeper and more meaningful relationship with our dogs. This beautifully illustrated book belongs in the home of dog lovers everywhere. Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. author, The Other End of the Leash, Cautious Canine, Feeling Outnumbered and more.
I personally owe Turid a great debt because her work validated my observations that dogs are trying very hard to ‘talk’ to us. This book was my guide and added amazing volume to my knowledge base. Her book provided the confidence to continue watching and interpreting. What a lovely gift! Brenda Aloff author of Aggression In Dogs and Canine Body Language, A Photographic Guide.
Turid has a wonderful gift of making everything so easy to understand and relate to…(she has made) an enormous contribution to mankind in our ever-increasing knowledge of “man’s best friend”—our dogs. Pamela Dennison, author of Complete Idiot’s Guide to Positive Dog Training and Bringing Light to Shadow. A Dog Trainer’s Diary.
Turid Rugaas has been working with dogs for more than forty years. At the end of the 80’s, along with her colleague, she studied, described and systemised “calming signals” in dogs. Her book and videos on the subject in their numerous translations have been, and are, among the best sellers in the specific field, where they constitute recognised points of reference all over the world. The competence and originality of the operative ideas and proposals complement and teach in such a way that Turid Rugaas is sought after for both her complete courses and campus and also for conferences and symposiums in every corner of the world. The message is loud and clear: instruction and “gentle” training based on positive association and exclude those based on the negative.