Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Secret Language of Dogs: a book review

The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet
by Victoria Stillwell
Published by Ten Speed Press on October 11, 2016

The Secret Language of Dogs is a non-fiction look at the behavior of dogs. Stillwell presents the psychology of dogs’ body language and actions in a way that is easy to understand. She answers whether dogs feel love, guilt, and a slew of other human emotions. She advocates for positive training rather than punitive training.

Although you will find the occasional training tip, this book is not a step-by-step guide for how to train your dog. It is purely about canine behavior and qualities. It will help dog owners understand what is going on in their dogs’ minds based on their posture and actions, which, in turn, may help the owner determine the best course of action, if needed.

The chapters are broken down into small subchapters, making the content very easy to digest. This also means you can pick it up and read a section in a spare moment without having to commit to a long reading session. (However, if a long reading session is what you want, you will breeze right through this book.)

The book itself is very high quality. It is a sturdy paperback measuring 7 x 9 inches with full-color photographs throughout. The photography is crisp, professional, and will elicit plenty of “awwws.” It makes me want to pull out my camera for a photo session with my pup.


Both educational and delightful, I recommend The Secret Language of Dogs to anyone who has a dog or plans to get one.

I received an advance-read copy of this book from the publisher, Ten Speed Press, via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review, and I have used affiliate links in this post. Please see my book review and affiliate disclaimer.

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