Decoding Your Dog Helps Explain & Change Dog Behaviors #DogDecoding

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Decoding Your Dog Helps Explain & Change Dog Behaviors

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!

Decoding Your Dog Helps Explain & Change Dog Behaviors #DogDecoding | Optimistic Mommy

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?


  1. We are so lucky to have an amazing boxer, named Zoey. She is my daughters best buddy and the ultimate protector. It’s important to understand your dogs – especially for big life events like having a baby, moving, changes in your schedule ect.

  2. I need to get this book! We just got a puppy a couple months ago (She’s 4 months now) and it’d help to know what to do when they have an accident in the house. I ignore her, pick it up, and take her straight outside and let her pee the rest of the way. I have a chart I keep at the door so I write down when she last went potty/poo, and highlight it if she peed inside. I started this a week after we got her and she hardly ever pees in the house anymore. The only time she tells me she needs to go is when she has to poop. We’re working on getting her to tell us when she needs to pee so the chart can go away! Good luck and I hope the book helps you! :) I’m going to check it out now!

  3. This is great. I have two small dogs (chihuahuas) that I try to figure out. One is a year old and one is 3 months. They are spoiled!

  4. This sounds like something every dog owner should read! I have 2 dogs who are like family to us and just when I think we are smooth sailing something ALWAYS happens to make me think to myself WHY?!?! I will have to keep an eye out for this! Stopping by from the tribe!

  5. What an amazing-looking book! I no longer have a dog, but I do have cats, and I have to admit to spending a fair amount of time trying to figure out why they act the way that they do. It’s really interesting when you start looking at the thought processes behind animal behaviour!

  6. We don’t have a dog (yet though the kids are keen); we have two cats, I think I probably need the book “Decoding the Cats” as well! Thanks for linking up to the parenting pint it party :-D

  7. There is so much that goes into training dogs, that’s for sure! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  8. This sounds like a great book for us. We are so lucky to have found an 8 year old dog to rescue that already loves our lifestyle. She even has good manners. I think this book would help us better know what she needs and maybe we can avoid a few mistakes along the way. Thanks for the review.

  9. What a doll! That book sounds pretty helpful too; I’ve always wondered about rubbing their nose in the spot they go in. Good to know I’m right. Stopping by from SITS

  10. This book sounds like a great resource for dog owners.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  11. Jacqui Odell says:

    This looks like a good book. I should read it. I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! (

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