Canine Behaviour


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Dogs have deliberate, subtle, and often humorous ways of expressing themselves. Canine Behavior – A Photo Illustrated Handbook includes 1,000 images of dogs, wolves, coyotes, and foxes. It was created for everyone interested in dogs—pet owners, trainers, veterinarians, ethologists, and behaviorists. Using the interdisciplinary language of photography, Barbara Handelman illustrates and explains canine behavior and communication. Her book establishes a common understanding and vocabulary for people interested in, and working with, dogs. 

Canine Behavior is structured in many user-friendly ways, including alphabetical organization of the terminology, cross referencing, and, both a detailed table of contents, and an index. Those interested in both wild and domestic dog behavior will spend hours, if not years, studying and learning from this book.

Barbara Handelman, M.Ed, CDBC has been a Clinical Mental Health Counsellor for forty years. Early in her career her work focus on relationship therapy with non verbal children. In that context, Handelman became a careful observer of human body language. Studying the way that dogs use their bodies to communicate became a natural extension of her work with children. She is now a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant specialising in training assistance dogs for people with disabilities. For the last twenty years, Handelman has had a second career as a photographer, using her caera to capture the moods and movements of people, horses and dogs.

Published 2008 Dogwise Publishing


“There aren’t many books out there with 1,000 photos of dogs (and also wolves) expressing themselves. You’ll see signs of mild stress, which range from a paw lift to lip licking to blinking. A yawn may simply mean a dog is tired, or indicate stress. Stretching can also be a sign of stress. Dogs are constantly communicating non-verbally. This book is a must for anyone truly interested in translating what canines are saying.” Steve Dale

“Dog and canine lovers are in for a treat if they pick up “Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook”. Featuring one thousand photos covering everything from common dogs to wolves, foxes, and coyotes, “Canine Behavior” is complete and comprehensive in its coverage of canine species. Alongside the black and white photography are examinations of canine behavior with tips for dog owners peppered throughout. “Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook” is a must have for any dog person and for community library pets/wildlife collections.” James A. Cox


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