Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook


Reading canine body language is an important part of living and working with dogs. These outstanding photos and detailed explanations will improve dog-reading skills for canine professionals as well as enthusiasts.

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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.


About the Author

Barbara Handelman has been a Clinical Mental Health Counselor for forty years. Her early work focused on relationship therapy with non-verbal children. In that context, Handelman became a careful observer of human body language. Studying the ways dogs use their bodies to communicate became a natural extension of her work with children. She is now a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) specializing in training assistance dogs for people with disabilities. She is the author of Clicker Train Your Own Assistance Dog DVD/ CD. Barbara lives in Norwich, Vermont with her husband, Bob, their Aussie, Moon, German Shepherd, Luca, and their Collie, Pan.


“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

“The pictures speak for themselves and illustrate magnificently the various aspects of canine behavior. In addition, the accompanying text gives good and sound explanations and the author keeps it all in an easily accessible language. Highly commendable. All serious students of canine behavior should include this book in their libraries.” –Roger Abrantes, PhD author of Dog Language and Evolution of Canine Social Behavior

“It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words and Barbara Handelman shows how true this is. Dogs around the world will surely benefit from this easy to read book.” –Marc Bekoff , Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado, and author of The Emotional Lives of Animals

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 31 × 15 × 5 cm

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