For all the love and attention we give dogs, much of what they do remains mysterious. Just think about different behaviors
you see at a dog park: We have a good understanding of what it means when dogs wag their tails--but what about when they sniff
and roll on a stinky spot? Why do they play tug-of-war with one dog, while showing their bellies to another? Why are some
dogs shy, while others are bold? What goes on in dogs' heads and hearts--and how much can we know and understand? Canine Confidential
has the answers. Written by award-winning scientist--and lifelong dog lover--Marc Bekoff, it not only brilliantly opens up
the world of dog behavior, but also helps us understand how we can make our dogs' lives the best they can possibly be. Rooted
in the most up-to-date science on cognition and emotion--fields that have exploded in recent years--Canine Confidential is
a wonderfully accessible treasure trove of new information and myth-busting. Peeing, we learn, isn't always marking; grass-eating
isn't always an attempt to trigger vomiting; it's okay to hug a dog--on their terms; and so much more. There's still much
we don't know, but at the core of the book is the certainty that dogs do have deep emotional lives, and that as their companions
we must try to make those lives as rich and fulfilling as possible. It's also clear that we must look at dogs as unique individuals
and refrain from talking about "the dog."
Bekoff also considers the practical importance of knowing details about
dog behavior. He advocates strongly for positive training--there's no need to dominate or shame dogs or to make them live
in fear--and the detailed information contained in Canine Confidential has a good deal of significance for dog trainers and
teachers. He also suggests that trainers should watch and study dogs in various contexts outside of those in which they are
dealing with clients, canine and human, with specific needs.
There's nothing in the world as heartwarming as
being greeted by your dog at the end of the workday. Read Canine Confidential, and you'll be on the road to making your shared
lives as happy, healthy, and rewarding as they can possibly be.