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BARKING - THE SOUND OF A LANGUAGE
by Turid Rugaas (See other books by author)

Publisher: Dogwise Publishing/DGWSE
Edition:
2008 Paperback , 112 pages
ISBN: 9781929242511
Item: DTB989

Summary: In Barking - The Sound of a Language, author and dog trainer Turid Rugaas, well known for her work on identifying and utilizing canine calming signals, turns her attention to understanding and managing barking behavior in dogs.

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Barking is more than just noise
Barking is natural and almost all dogs bark. It is one of the many ways dogs communicate with each other as well as with humans. In this book, author Turid Rugaas, well known for her work on identifying and utilizing canine “calming signals,” turns her attention to understanding and managing barking behavior.
Think of barking as your dog’s language. By learning to identify what your dog is expressing when he barks, you can take steps to minimize their negative effects.

You will learn
• How to utilize knowledge of canine body language to help you communicate with your dog before barking gets out of hand.
• Barking characteristics of different breeds and groups of dogs.
• How to recognize six types of barking and their causes.
• Step-by-step training methods to solve barking problems.

Canine experts endorse Barking - The Sound of a Language
Barking will really help people be realistic and logical about the barking dog instead of frustrated and angry. Turid gives us simple ways and easy techniques to understand and appreciate our furry friends and to modify behaviors. I particularly liked the “Barking Worksheet.”
Brenda Aloff author of Aggression in Dogs and Canine Body Language

In a world of complex solutions, Turid provides thought-provoking, SIMPLE advice to a common but misunderstood problem. She helps us remember that barking serves many purposes and suggests common sense solutions.
Ali Brown author of Scaredy Dog! and Focus Not Fear

Turid Rugaas delights us again with her no-nonsense style and flair for telling it like it is! She covers the most common types of nuisance barking, their causes and the basics of how to address them in an easy to read format.
Sarah Kalnajs author of The Language of Dogs and Am I Safe? DVDs

Dog trainer and behaviorist Turid Rugaas has been studying canine social language for more than 30 years. Her best-selling book and DVD On Talking Terms With Dogs - Calming Signals has changed the way we think about dogs and brought a greater appreciation for just how intelligent dogs are. Turid is also the author of My Dog Pulls. What Do I Do? and featured in seminar DVDs. When not lecturing, Turid lives in a small town in Norway.

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What reviewers are saying...

NORTH SHORE NEWS
“It is just one of a number of means of communications they use, but it can be one of the harder ones for us to understand. Turid Rugaas, dog trainer and behaviorist, has studied canine social language for 30 years and shares that knowledge in this easy-to-follow reference book. Learning to understand your dog’s communication signlas will help you build a better relationship with it and allow you to “minimize the negative impact of barking behavior.” Rugaas takes you through six common reasons for barking, and explains them from a dog’s perspective. In each instance she describes how that particular bark will sound and refers to activities normally involved with that behavior. She goes on to analyze what the dog is trying to communicate and to make suggestions for how you should react to it. There are plenty of training tips to help you adjust the dog’s reaction to a given situation and the accompanying photographs illustrate the various scenarios. With a bit of understanding you can distinguish the different types of barking and learn how best to respond to it.” Terry Peters

DOGS: NEW SOUTH WALES
“Barking is natural; almost all dogs bark. It is one od th amny ways dogs communicate with each other as well as with humans. In this book, author Turid Rugaas, well known for her work in identifying and utilizing canine ‘calming signals’ to interpret behavior, turns her attention to understanding and managing barking. By learning to identify what your dog is expressing when he barks, you can take steps to minimize the negative impact of barking behavior. In this book you will learn how to utilize your knowledge of canine body language to help you communicate with dog before barking gets out of hand, barking characteristics of different breeds and groups of dogs, how to recognize six types of barking and their causes, and step-by-step training methods to solve barking problems.” Editor

APDT CHRONICLE OF THE DOG
“I was very interested in reading this new little book by Turid Rugaas. Ms. Rugaas is known for her compassionate ability to see things from the perspective of the dog, and for helping humans understand why dogs do many of the things that they do. This book is advertised as a “Dogwise Training Manual” and as such presents as a slim, colorful paperback with a glossy finish to the cover... This presentation makes the book ideal as an aid for clients who are dealing with barking dogs. The author stresses that barking is part of the dog’s language; a communication… She then goes on to describe the many ways that dogs are communicating, such as calming signals, body language, and sounds: barking, whining, growling, howling. Ms. Rugaas emphasizes that barking is a “natural way for dogs to express themselves.”… Overall, this book is sensitive to understanding why a dog might be barking and gives detailed advice about how to work through these behaviors. Training techniques are also outlined, such as parallel walking and counter-conditioning. I would strongly recommend this book for beginning trainers and as an adjunct to training for clients with barking dogs. “Animals have feelings and emotions. When things happen to them, they react with emotions be it sorrow, anger, happiness, fear… We cannot let our human arrogance deprive animals of their emotions. We must learn to see them and respect them. We can, if we want to. We must, if we want to be human.” I could not agree more." Valerie Pollard


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Dealing with Barking has just been made Easier, March 29, 2008
Reviewer: Jacqueline Bailey
As the companion of a rather 'chatty' Collie, I was thrilled to learn that my dog does indeed have a lot to say and several ways of saying it. Too often, I've heard trainers and handlers alike treat ALL barking as if it were a problem to be solved, rather than a behavior to be dealt with and shaped. It is refreshing to read knowledgeable advice on what to do in the most common situations that tend to set off dogs and humans alike. This book is well on its way to being one of the most used references in my training library.
 
Deceptively simple advice, April 16, 2008
Reviewer: Randi Knutson
I read a great many dog books, and this is one of the best. Rugaas' descriptions are deceptively simple, and might appear to be nothing new. However, they portray barking as a language we simply don't speak, rather than as a problem to be solved.

Rugaas does provide solutions as well as descriptions and common causes for each type of barking.

This book is well worth the read, and for those of us who are dog trainers by profession or avocation, worth several reads over time. At the price, well worth it, and far better than many books at triple the price.
 
As essential as On Talking Terms with Dogs, April 17, 2008
Reviewer: Birgit Hartoft
'Barking' is built up much like 'On Talking Terms with Dogs', and as such is deceptively simple to read and understand. As 'On Talking Terms with Dogs' does for canine body language, 'Barking' suggests ways of using the canine vocal language positively as well as suggesting ways of managing unwanted vocalization.

Turid Rugaas' books are more than descriptive - they provide advice on how to use the language of dogs in our communication with dogs (who do not speak 'human', though they understand our body language better than we do ourselves), and used intelligently can be the best DIY books for dealing with unwanted behaviours in a simple and effective manner.

Mine are read and re-read, consulted and dragged along, until they fall apart. I recommend every dog lover, owner, or trainer to do the same.
 
Another Fantastic book from Turid Rugaas, April 27, 2008
Reviewer: Elizabeth Coburn, CPDT
Once again she delivers a wonderfully laid out book on how to understand the vocal side of dog communication. Her approach is patience and for the dogs state of mind. I read the book immediatley upon receiving it and think anyone who wishes to learn more about dog communication make Turid Rugaas's books a part of their library.
 
Great Read!, June 12, 2008
Reviewer: Victoria Graff
This book is an easy read. There is a lot of information in less than 100 pages. I recommend it for anyone with a dog.
 
Great Help with Barking!, October 30, 2008
Reviewer: Kathy Diamond Davis
This book is wonderful. It's short, complete, to the point, and well, just wonderful.

I have a Standard Poodle named Worthy who is nearing 19 months old, and is my budding assistance/service dog. Poodles bark with excitement. Reading this book helped me to identify his reason for barking--it's the nicest of all reasons!

The book also gives great direction for redirecting the barking into quiet, without making corrections that could create NEW problems. It has great ideas, very solid information. I'm so glad I got it and read it.
 
Excellent Learning Tool, March 26, 2009
Reviewer: Karen Allen
I enjoyed this book immensely. I am not a breeder just a dog lover with three dogs, one of whom is a dachsund who really loves to communicate, and I enjoy working with other dogs at the local shelter. It just amazed me to find out that we have encouraged the barking without really realizing it. I am currently using the methods for the 'Excitement Bark' when we arrive home as it is continuous for about 5-10 minutes and 'Warning Barks'. With only about 3-4 times of using the suggested methods we are already seeing great improvements. I have mentioned this book to several at work with issues and have decided to purchase another that I can share with others. Thank you for this wonderful book, I would recommend it to anyone even if they do not have barking issues, it is just a great resource to better understand your dogs and others.
 
Great Resource, September 11, 2009
Reviewer: Robin Madison
The book's straightforward approach, clear descriptions of the types of barking, and step-by-step instructions are perfect for any dog owner. I especially appreciate the sections that describe what NOT to do. The explanations of why certain responses don't work is very effective, not only in dealing with barking, but in helping owners understand and relate better to their dogs.
 
Clear and Easy!, March 4, 2010
Reviewer: Dana E.
The book is really clearly written with good descriptions of the different kinds of barking. It is detailed and clear enough that anyone can read it. A pet owner could read this book to better understand their dog's barking and a trainer could read this book to help understand different kinds of barking. I especially liked the chart. I used it to record my dog's barking and thought it was a fun way to get a practice at understanding the different kinds of barks. Overall, I enjoyed it. It was a quick read and informative.
 
, December 28, 2010
Reviewer: Natalia Scott
I strongly recommend this book. Very easy to read & very complete.
 
Very helpful, February 22, 2012
Reviewer: Jody Freeland
Turid Rugaas in an expert in the field of canine communication. This book is very helpful in understanding barking in dogs.
 

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