Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy and was compensated in exchange for my post thanks to BlogPaws. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own!
Do you have a dog? Are you sometimes perplexed by your dog’s weird behaviors… why do they have to lick there?! Why do they not go potty outside, even if they are housetrained. There’s so many questions about a dog’s behavior. And everyone has their own “answers” to these questions. I’ve been introduced to a great book written by some people that truly understand dog’s behaviors, and I am so glad I have this book now!
Decoding Your Dog is all about explaining common dog behaviors and helping you to prevent or change the unwanted ones. Written by two people that are associated with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Debra Horwitz and John Cirisbassi) as well as a nationally syndicated pet journalist and radio host who has written books, you can guarantee that they know what they’re talking about. This book gives you effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods, remedies for behavior problems such as OCD and aggression and expert advice on socialization, diet, housetraining and exercise. This book is definitely worth the money if you have dogs!
I definitely needed to read this book. I want to share with you a story of how this book has helped me in such a short time.
See that sweet girl above? That would be our girl, Annie. She’s about 3 years old. We adopted her after her previous owners said they could no longer take care of her because she wanted a lot of attention and to play and they were gone a lot. Perfectly fine, I’m a stay-at-home mom and Annie was too sweet looking to pass up. She has become a great asset to our family, and we love her very much. But she does come with a couple of bad behaviors, one of which is really bad – she likes to go potty on the carpet. My husband will take her and Frankie, our other dog out, and he’ll stay out for almost half an hour and she’ll still come inside and go potty on the carpet! It’s really been frustrating us.
In chapter 4 of Decoding Your Dog, Leslia Larson Cooper, DVM, DACVB tackles Housetraining 101. I love how she gives you tips for not only a puppy but an adult dog as well. I know one of the problems we have is a schedule, which Leslie talks about. I never knew that we needed to take Annie out after play time or after waking up from a nap.
My dad told us to make sure we rub Annie’s nose in the the carpet where she went. I learned that there are several reasons not to do this, one of them being because the dog will learn to avoid the area where the accident took place and may go in a more less-conspicuous place next time. I am starting to do some of the tips that Leslie reccomends. Hopefully it will help us!
There’s so many tips and tricks in Decoding Your Dog. I can’t wait to read the whole thing! Even if the behaviors don’t pertain to our two doggies, I’m very interested in how a dog behaves and how to deal with the behavior itself. If you have any questions about your dog or are just curious about how they act, I definitely recommend this book! It’s a must read for any dog owner! You can pick up your copy here!
What behavior would you like to change in your dog?