Listen to Me! Exploring the Emotional Life of Dogs

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We love our dogs and do our very best to provide a home and an environment that will make them happy.

So why are so many showing signs of stress? Theoretically, a dog has nothing to worry about; his food and shelter are provided for, and he is not exposed to external dangers that threaten his survival. But dog behaviourists have never been in so much demand as they try to rehabilitate dogs who are showing undesirable behaviour – becoming over-dependent, frightened or even aggressive – as they try to adapt to the lifestyle we are imposing on them. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In Listen to Me!, behaviourist Tricia Hollingshead focuses on the domestic setting and the everyday interactions between the dog and his family, which include:
• Greeting rituals
• Playtime
• Attention seeking behaviours
• Training
• Going for walks
• Meeting other dogs
• Encounters with strangers

Using close observation, backed up by extensive experience of interpreting canine communication, she shows us how to pick up on vital clues that tell us how a dog is feeling. By gathering evidence in this way, we can make small but important changes in the way we behave with our dogs. We can give a dog space when he needs it, we can become more sensitive when we show affection, or change our routine to avoid back chaining and the build-up of stress and anxiety. Simple things – but they can make a major difference to a dog’s mental wellbeing.

Illustrated with some 200 top-quality colour photographs, which will help you become expert in picking up emotional clues, Listen to Me! provides ground-breaking material which will have a significant impact on the way we treat our dogs.

“I am in constant awe of the generosity and patience of dogs. I often wonder if they view humans in the same way we would view a giant toddler; well-intentioned but clumsy with interactions, and unaware of the variety, meaning, and detail of non-verbal communication.
“This brilliant publication encourages canine guardians to see the world through the eyes of dogs, and will help strengthen and deepen the extraordinary bond we share with these giving, and forgiving, companions. A wonderful book that dogs would want everyone to read.”
Sarah Fisher, Animal Centred Education

About the Author

Tricia Hollingshead is a behaviourist who has spent a lifetime working with dogs in their domestic settings. She has her own home boarding/rehabilitation business which has given her the opportunity to observe a wide variety of dogs, and discover how they adapt, negotiate and find ways of coping with modern life. This sensitivity to canine body language, and subtle signalling, has become Tricia’s strength as a behaviourist, with valuable practical implications for clients and dogs alike.
Tricia has worked as a rehabilitation trainer with leading veterinary behaviourist Sarah Heath in the UK, handling over 1000 client cases. She has also trained in Norway with Turid Rugaas. Tricia has trained her own dogs in working trials, heelwork to music and agility – but her top priority is the dog as a companion, and her goal is to bring calmness and stability into the lives

Additional information

Weight400 kg

5 reviews for Listen to Me! Exploring the Emotional Life of Dogs

  1. padmin

    Bought at Crufts – Incredibly useful to me and my family – 2 legs and 4! – love the fact that the photos work so well with the text to show me what my dogs are saying.
    Made it easy to see my 10 month cockerpoo is really nervous at times with new dogs she meets..

    Thank you!

  2. padmin

    A must read book by a qualified dog Behaviourist which is perfect for experienced dog owners and first time owners alike. It explains a multitude of dog behaviour in an easy to understand way with pictures to illustrate. There is even a chapter on how best to introduce a new puppy to your home and tailor his/her introduction according to how confident they are. This book is a huge help in understanding what your dog is trying to tell you in day to day life such as how happy he is about being handled by a child, if he really is as happy to meet that new dog as you think and also is he in pain? There is also a ‘helping out’ tab which gives you some practical advice in dealing with certain situations. A must have book for anyone who wants to understand what their dog is trying to communicate and how best to enjoy a long and happy life together. There’s so much information in this book I’ll be referring back to it for years to come.

  3. padmin

    An amazing book – this will revolutionise your relationship with your dog. I thought I was an experienced dog owner until I read this and realised how many body language clues our dog was giving us which we were either failing to spot, or completely misinterpreting. The text in the book is very clear and well laid out, and illustrated with a myriad of photographs to make the point even clearer. It covers such topics as picking up on emotional clues, issues of personal space, interactions with unfamiliar dogs and the human canine clash. The chapter on ‘To love or be loved – is it reciprocated?’ was the most illuminating for me (for ‘illuminating’ read ‘made obvious my glaring errors in understanding dog behaviours and body-language, and totally challenged my understanding of what I thought was a sign of affection’. If like me, you thought that the dog that hurls itself at your feet on its back wagging its tail meant that it was begging you for a tummy rub, then this book is for you!

  4. Karen Carr

    This book is so easy to read that it is not immediately obvious how much information is in here. Tricia has teased out the highlights from her expertise and years of experience to help us develop our own ability to just look at a dog and understand it. The book goes beyond a a simplistic menu of cues, giving us broad perspectives which will help us develop a holistic insight into dog behaviour and personalities. Reading this book and dipping into it repeatedly will help us develop the ability to instinctively understand dogs. There are so many tips, indicators and behaviour patterns, and not just about the dogs but about us humans too. Tricia addresses why we do certain things that do and don’t work with dogs. There are many very valuable photographs. The book couldn’t work so well without them. You just need to keep going over the book and absorbing the content. Keep dipping into it. It is enjoyable reading. Over time, your brain will automatically put it all together in a way that helps you understand dogs instinctively. I say this as a psychology professor specialising in human learning and understanding. This book understands human as well as dog psychology ! Very highly recommended.

  5. Lydia Cheesman

    This book was perfect. We’d had dogs before and it still taught us so much about our puppy. It includes all the necessary training and understanding needed to help raise a well behaved and happy dog as part of our family. It has brilliant pictures too so you can really be sure of what you’re watching out for. Our dog was barking at other dogs and with the help of this book we could work out why and how to help stop this. I know this book will come in handy and that we will turn to it for advice in the future.

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