Dogs in Translation – A Unique Journey of Observation and Interpretation

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Katja Krauss and Gabi Maue
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First Stone Publishing
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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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  • 5
    Canine Body Language

    Posted by Susan Johansen on 2nd Feb 2023

    FANTASTIC! Beautiful full color photos and clear explanations. Very happy I spent the money to purchase this large book.

  • 5
    This is an extraordinary book!

    Posted by Janella Radetich on 21st Jan 2023

    There is so much information for novice dog guardians/enthusiasts and professional trainers/instructors alike. There’s not one page without clear, full color photos – and most every page has from 2 to 6 photos – illustrating everything the authors are describing and using many breeds, sizes, ages, and short- vs. long-haired dogs (the latter being important in the ease or difficulty of observing and interpreting behavior). About half of the photos show a sequence of action, whether it’s changes in a dog’s expression or movement, or interactions between dogs. The contents are: Part One: What Does the Dog’s Body Tell Us? Section 1 Focus On the Head, Section 2 Focus On the Body. Part Two: Communication Signals. Part Three: The Emotions. That the book is written by Tellington TTouch practitioners makes it all the more compelling to me since I believe Tellington TTouch practitioners focus on subtleties that escape most people, and approach animals with awareness, kindness, patience, and an open-mindedness that is truly inspirational. Indeed, this book is worth every penny to me!

  • 5
    A gem of a book

    Posted by Christine Schwartz on 9th Jan 2023

    This book takes understanding your dog's body language to a whole other level. The German edition was on the Spiegel Bestseller list, which is the German equivalent of the New York Times Bestseller list. It has received over 340 5 star reviews on Amazon Germany and almost every reader commented that even though the book is expensive, it is worth every penny. We are lucky to finally have this gem of a book available in North America