Today I’m writing a review of one of the books I got for Christmas: On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, by Turid Rugaas. For a long time I’ve been interested in learning about dog behaviour and language, and since we got Nix, I feel that it’s important to be as knowledgeable as possible.
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals explains how dogs communicate with each other to calm themselves down and to give the message to others that they come in peace. It’s a short book, about 80 pages, but it’s very nicely designed, it’s very well-structured (and thus, it’s easy to follow which in turn makes it easier to learn from it) and all the signals come illustrated by many colour photographies and real-life examples.
I found the book very easy to read, understand and digest. I fully recommend it. I think every dog owner should read it to better understand what their dog is trying to tell them and other dogs. It’s very useful to be able to read these signals, as they can indicate that the dog is uncomfortable or stressed, and therefore it is possible to act, if necessary, before the feeling escalates into aggression or flight.
Turid Rugaas, the author, is a Norwegian dog trainer. She has her own dog training school called Hagan Hundeskole, and has written at least two other books and gives seminars around the world. For more information about her, you can check Wikipedia and her own website. I’m definitely looking forward to reading her other books.
The book can easily be found in any online bookstore. There’s a paperback and an electronic version. I’d recommend the paperback edition because it’s very light and I personally feel it’s faster to browse through a printed book than an electronic one, unless you’re searching for a very specific term.
Rugaas, Turid. On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals. 2nd Edition. Wenatchee, USA: Dogwise, 2006.