Posted by: Karen | January 7, 2014

DECODING YOUR DOG by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Available now from Tantor Audio.B1826_DecodingDog_D

From the Publisher:

More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

The key to training dogs effectively is first to understand why our dogs do what they do. And no one can address this more authoritatively than the diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, whose work, the culmination of years of rigorous training, takes them deep into the minds of dogs in an effort to decode how they think, how they communicate, and how they learn.

In Decoding Your Dog, these experts analyze problem behaviors, decipher the latest studies, and correct common misconceptions and outmoded theories. The book includes:

  • Effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods
  • Expert advice on socialization, house-training, diet, and exercise
  • Remedies for behavior problems such as OCD and aggression

With Decoding Your Dog, the experts’ experts deliver a must-have dog behavior guide that ultimately challenges the way we think about our dogs.

My recording experience:

Well, let me sum up my experience with these before and after photos.  Here is my lovable, but fiercely protective 75 lb. mutt Elsa attacking the front door when she hears someone approaching:


In the past, I’d followed older conventional wisdom and kept Elsa away from visitors by spraying her in the face with water.  After reading this book, I decided to try the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists more positive approach and train her to sit “in her spot” when we answered the door.   At first, I gave her favored treats every time, but here you see her “gambling” that she’ll get a treat and offering the preferred behavior.


(Listen to the sample below to get what I am talking about.)


  1. I’d like to be entered in the drawing for Decoding your Dog. Thanks!

  2. Hi Karen! Peace would very much like a copy of this book, so please enter me (on his behalf) in the drawing! Hope all is well!

    • I think you and Peace would find it very useful! Hope you’re surviving without Dave (who I gather from FB posts is working in Chicago?)

  3. I would like to be entered in the drawing for Decoding Your Dog, as I have two dogs who desperately need decoding. Or, perhaps I should say I desperately need to decode them.

  4. Hi Karen, I’d like to enter the drawing for the Decoding Your Dog audiobook. Thank you!

  5. Looks like a very helpful book.

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