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The Book Your Dog Wishes You Would Read

By: Louise Glazebrook
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Summary

Wouldn't you love to know what your dog was thinking? 

The truth is that your dog is communicating with you all the time, but unless you know the signs, you aren't picking up on what your dog wants you to know. Louise Glazebrook is a dog behaviourist, trainer and television presenter who specialises in teaching people how to understand and connect with their dogs. 

In The Book Your Dog Wishes You Would Read, Louise tackles everything from bringing the right dog home, understanding body language and breed behaviour, responding to common behavioural issues, to the toys and games that you and your dog will both love.

Most dog trainers focus on the dog, but Louise focuses on you, the owner, giving you the skills and confidence to interpret your dog's needs and behaviour and build a better, happier relationship for life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Louise Glazebrook (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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"Britain's top dog whisperer...a canine-human Esther Perel." (The Observer)

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Sorry but not for me

I’m sure this lady is knowledgeable, but I just found her very patronising throughout. Her voice is quite grating, and I found the celebrity name dropping very irrelevant and irritating. Got so far in and had to stop as just not useful at all for people that already have a dog. I get it’s important to choose the right dog, but many people have and are looking to deepen their understanding with their pet - so hours about choosing the right dog just makes the title look very misleading - call it “the book your future dog wishes you would read”.

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Essential reading

We all love dogs, but Louise loves them more - and she knows how to love them. If, like Alain de Botton says, love is a skill, then a lot of us are pretty rubbish when it comes to treating our dogs in a way that really makes them feel happy, safe and fulfilled. To my absolute horror, I've been doing so many things wrong for years. I actually feel really angry about this - the thousands of times I've walked along the pavement that goes through a meadow near my house, when I should have walked in the grass to let my dog sniff... The tone in the writing and the performance are quite serious a lot of the time, and I'm sure some people might not like this, but caring for a dog is a serious business so I think this is absolutely right. It's not all serious though - there's loads of great info about how to play with your dog effectively, in a way that will challenge them mentally. I think Louise might just love dogs more than anyone in the world - you can just hear it in her voice. It's really touching at times - it's absolutely no wonder she has celebrity clients, and I'm sure she'll have a lot more once the word gets out about this title.

I have never recommended a book to so many people before. I have been spamming my friends, and the ones who have started reading it feel the same way - this is a really special book. I'm not an idiot either - have got a whole shelf of books about bulldogs and dog training - just none quite like this. It breaks my heart to think how many sad, mistreated dogs are out there, really wishing that their owners could understand them better. And by mistreated, I don't mean the obvious abuse like kicking and starvation, but quieter and more subtle tragedies that are hiding in plain sight. Like people with vocal dogs - who have been bred specifically to be vocal for thousands of years - constantly being reprimanded for barking.

I'd say book is especially important for people who haven't got a dog yet. There is a ton of information that will make your life much easier. For example, I had always assumed that getting a puppy would be much easier than rehoming an older dog, but after reading this, I think it's a much more complex situation than that, especially if you add all these irresponsibly bred lockdown dogs into the mix.

If you do know someone who's thinking of getting a dog, please make sure the read this, as ultimately, bad decisions at this stage lead to dogs being euthanized. Very sad, but all too true.

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Insightful and informative.

Beautifully written. The author recognises the emotional connection between people and their dogs. She passionately advocates for dogs and their needs, which are often misunderstood or overlooked by the human world. In addition, her narration was very easy to listen to.

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Excellent advice

Hard listening at times because it challenges common dog rearing fashions, but an encouraging book

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Hard Truthful Read

Some points like over separation anxiety it would have been good to have more steps.
Some lovely tips and pointers too - carrot in sausage to train to give medication!
Bit about good breeders - agree but sometimes impossible to really know the truth.
Now do feel worried I should never have got my puppy!

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A winner!

I simply just loved it, I feel I understand our beloved Chihuahua Tilly, more now.

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lovely listen!! really informative and interesting

really good listen. very useful if considering buying a puppy from a breeder. liked how it was set in stages of a dog's life. however the end made me cry!!

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Outstanding knowledge

This book is a real gem. Outstanding knowledge backed by real world experience and practice. Not theoretical but realistic and grounded advice. I am studying advanced dog behavioural science and this book enhanced my own understanding immensely. I recommend it to my clients each and every day.

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Essential reading!

This book has been invaluable to me as I settle my new puppy in and look after my older dog. I realised how much out-dated advice I'd been given before which has actually been detrimental. Louise's advice has made my dog's lives, and mine, much easier and happier. She is matter-of-fact without being judgemental, full of compassion and helps you understand what your dog needs from you to help you make your life together an utter joy.

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Useful guide if you are yet to choose a dog.

As I already own three dogs, I found a good chunk of this book not especially useful or relevant to me.

Skip to chapter 9 to get beyond the advice for choosing a puppy. There are some useful tips and good insight shared for how dogs behave and how owners might inadvertently create bad habits.

I wasn’t overwhelmed by new information and there were only a handful of suggestions made that I can take on board. I was hoping for more advice for how to manage certain aspects of owning a dog. There is that to be found, but this book focuses more on understanding dogs rather than advising how to train or manage.

Overall, a useful text, especially if you are considering owning a dog for the first time. Some advice can be a little haughty, but it all comes from a good place.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-12-22

Exceptional book!

I train dogs and horses. I learned so much and will listen to the book again and again. So much to integrate@

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  • 02-05-22

Not at all what I expected

This book provides common-sense scenarios, waste of a credit. I wonder if I could get my money back.

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  • Kate Loyd
  • 20-04-22

Enlightening and truly useful

Louise Glazebrook reads her book clearly and with frankness. This professional dog behaviorist wants us to care about the well-being of the dog from the individual to the genus. I love my dog and dogs in general and needed no convincing. What I have taken away from the book is the importance of breeding, making a genuine and respectful connection with my dog, and learning to read the signals from my dog of what’s going on and what he might need from me. Having done extensive obedience training together I thought I already had the relationship sorted but Louise’s book is helping me to take our interactions to a level of greater enrichment than before. More time for sniffing, giving treats differently, better diet, and reading other dogs for friendliness or something different. Thank you for sharing your wisdom Louise!

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  • Oscar
  • 09-12-22

Rich in knowledge

I am now a dog expert. This is how I now feel after reading this golden book.
Thank you for your life’s work!

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  • julianaq
  • 14-10-22

Every dog owner needs this book

Whether you're getting your 1st dog, your next dog, or have a dog that you're just not seeing what you want from, you need this book for an understanding of communication with your canine companion.

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  • Gina Ard
  • 28-09-22

Very basic, only for first time dog owners

Don't bother if you already have a general idea how to teach a dog to walk on a lead, sit, etc. Such basic information, I found nothing helpful as a long time dog owner. A total waste of time and money for me.

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  • Robin Ontiveros
  • 04-02-23

Made it to chapter 5 got frustrated with author

This author is full of pet ownership nightmares.
I’ve found it to closely resemble self help diet books. Full of unnecessary drama when I’m looking to be educated on dog training

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  • Brian Merrill-Dog Trainer
  • 05-01-23

Get this book!

Before you get a dog read this book! I’m a dog trainer in the US and always recommend this book to all my clients.Thank you Louise for putting together such a valuable tool for dog owners!

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  • Carlos Casanova
  • 03-04-22

Increíble

La mejor herramienta para entender a capacidad la convivencia con una mascota. Desde todas las necesidades, expectativas y respeto que merece la mascota! Hasta hacerte llorar el final del libro!
EXCELENTE!