There have been a number of fine books that have attempted to penetrate and unravel the complex manner in which dogs communicate with dogs, humans and other species. But Dogs In Translation, the work of two of Europe’s leading behaviourists, Gabi Maue and Katja Krauss, takes this journey of exploration to a new level.
The authors have taken every opportunity to witness situations and interactions to build their knowledge, and spent over a decade collating a library of photographs which demonstrate the myriad ways in which dogs indicate their mood and intentions. The result is this extraordinary pictorial journey through the emotional world of the dog, with more than 1300 photographs, all expertly analysed.
Making use of split-second photography, we can see the most subtle of signs that tells us what a dog is experiencing, moment by moment, and how he is processing that experience. Not only does this provide a fascinating study of canine behaviour, it also gives us the tools to predict outcomes. Armed with this knowledge, we can step in, where necessary, and prevent our dogs suffering discomfort, stress or trauma.
Part One focuses on the head, and the parts of the body, showing how dogs use their physicality to expresses their emotions, and as a means of communicating with other dogs and with their guardians and caregivers. Communication signals come under the microscope in Part Two, detailing the repertoire of behaviours that are used in daily interactions, and how these are perceived by other dogs. The final part of the book looks at each of the emotions – fear, sadness, annoyance, anger rage, revulsion/disgust and joy – and provides evidence of how dogs experience these feelings.
Dogs In Translation is a landmark publication that fully acknowledges dogs as sentient beings. The remarkable range of photographs, coupled with sensitive and perceptive commentary, gives us the means to understand, and help, our dogs as never before.
What the experts are saying…
“Dogs in Translation changes the game from the traditional human-to-dog monologue to human-with-dog dialogue style of communication that marks the modern, compassionate trainer. With due consideration to breed and circumstances, this book is a stunningly comprehensive pictorial and narrative reference of what dog behavior can mean to those caregivers who are ready to listen.”
Susan G. Friedman, Ph. D., Behavior Works
“Rarely does a book come along that sets a new paradigm in the dog world. This is such a book. The spectacular format, 1300 large photos and descriptive explanations will give readers new possibilities for understanding dogs.”
Linda Tellington-Jones Ph.D (Hon)
“I wish the average dog owner could accurately predict near-future behavior from a dog’s postural behaviors. Dogs in Translation would fit the bill quite well and would be a useful read for those working toward becoming a professional in the dog training/care business as well.”
Dr. James O’Heare
Behaviorologist. Owner, Companion Animal Sciences Institute Author, The Sciences and Technology of Dog Training
“An astonishingly rich compendium of every possible movement a dog might make: from the biggest yawn to the smallest twitch of an eyebrow. Sure to delight every close observer of dogs in action.”
Clive D. L. Wynne, PhD, FLS,
Professor, Department of Psychology, Director, Canine Science Collaboratory, Arizona State University,
“We have the opinion and the dogs have the facts.” So says one of the authors of this amazing book, acknowledging that we are always guessing about how a dog is feeling. But that important caveat introduces us to an astounding array of excellent photographs, detailing every possible visual signal a dog could give us that might signal its internal state. This book is an accomplishment to celebrate, refining as it will our abilities to observe subtle but important visual signals from our dogs. If you’re serious about canine behavior, put this on your “must have” list!
Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
About the authors- Gabi Maue is a Level 3 Tellington TTouch practitioner for dogs and small animals. She hosts seminars and lectures on the Tellington TTouch method, on communication, learning behavior and behavioral problems as well as on the neuropsychology of dogs.
Katja Krauß is a state-approved dog expert, TopTrainer, and runs the dog school GREH in Berlin. She is also a Tellington TTouch Instructor, of which there are only around twenty in the world, for dogs and small animals. She has already written three dog books for various publishers and has released a DVD. Her best-known client is the sheikh of Dubai, to whom she has been flying for years to train the trainers there.
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Excellent resource book. Pictures are well chosen. I’d highly recommend
Dogs in Translation is a terrific book that would be helpful for trainers at any level. The layout of the book is well done and the imagines are fabulous. I look forward to using this as a reference for clients for many years.
Wonderful examples of communication.
Beautiful quality, amazing photos, great observations
This book is phenomenal in many ways: the photographs are excellent, varied and numerous. A lot of my wonderings over the years (what might dogs think of dogs with split-colored faces for example) are presented, and dividing the dog's body into sections to address what is being expressed is that body part or area. I will be absorbing this book for months I'm sure. And then I'll do it all again and again.
Body language is the only language we share with animals. DOGS IN TRANSLATION is a fabulous addition to the literature on this subject. The book hits the mark at a new level. Anyone dedicated to clearly understanding and communicating with dogs should consider adding it to their toolkit. Pricey, yes, but it's like having a professional behaviorist at your side.
I cannot imagine how much work went into producing this beautifully photographed comprehensive guide to canine body language. Going far beyond most books on the subject, Dogs in Translation not only breaks body language down into its separate parts (ears, nose tail, etc.), but features many photos of dogs displaying the signaling around other dogs. As a trainer, I believe the dog-dog interaction photos will be especially helpful for owners. Here too the minutiae of body language can be seen, with descriptions such as “slightly annoyed but still relaxed”. Useful too are photos of the same dog but with different expressions. The authors also cover stress signals and warning signals, which are crucial for owners to recognize. Kudos to the authors for this beautiful, thoughtful, well laid out guide.
This book is absolutely amazing. It's a BIG book with so many high quality photographs of dog communication. Great reference tool for trainers, clients and dog lovers alike.
Yes, this book is expensive. But what a gift for all the people and dogs who interact around here. It's big: we've just started getting acquainted with it, and it's a treat each time we open it and discover more of its contents. There's far too much to take in all at once; fortunately, we can fit in sections with whatever amount of time is available.