The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet by Victoria Stilwell

Posted October 11, 2016 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet by Victoria Stilwell The Secret Language of Dogs: Unlocking the Canine Mind for a Happier Pet by Victoria Stilwell
Genres: Nonfiction
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Pages: 151
ISBN: 1607749521
Purchase at: Amazon
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Minx's Rating:

World-renowned trainer and star of Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog Victoria Stilwell reveals the secret language of dogs, allowing owners to recognize what their dogs are trying to say, then effectively communicate and change their dogs' behavior for a better-behaved and happier pooch.

Victoria Stilwell is a well-loved and trusted name in America's pet media, winning over audiences with her SuperNanny-like British mannerisms on her Animal Planet show, It's Me or the Dog. In this book, Stilwell uses the latest research on canine language and behavior to reveal what your dog is really thinking--and saying--through his body language, expressions, and actions. Unlike other guides to understanding how dogs think, Stilwell takes it a step further, providing training tips for changing your dog's behavior by recognizing what he is trying to express--as well as tips on communicating back to your dog. Filled with adorable full-color photographs and instructive line drawings, this insightful guide will make you a bona fide "dog whisperer."


As a dog owner and lover, I of course had to get my hands on a copy of this book. My dogs are the best dogs but they are naughty at times and do some crazy behaviors so I though that this book sounded helpful. I was not disappointed.

This book focuses on understanding your dog by learning how they think and experience the world. You will also learn how to interpret your dog’s body language. I enjoyed this book immensely. Ms. Stilwell really does a fantastic job of introducing an idea then explaining it using research findings, scientific facts, and experience. It makes for an easy and thought provoking read. While reading this book, I would think about my dog’s behavior and found some the material relatable and then I would find out the “why” they act that way they do. Yay!

The pictures in this book are fabulous! Not only are they adorable but also included are illustrations that help you to truly understand the concept that is being explained. I am ever so glad that I read this book because although it did not answer all the behaviors I had hoped to learn about (my pound puppies are truly unique), I did walk away feeling that I better understood them and where their behaviors come from. Now I find myself watching them to see if they are using the left or right hemisphere of their brain and even writing that down makes me feel smarter. ☺️ If you are looking for a book to help you understand what your dog is communicating with their body language and how to better communicate back to them and/or train them positively, then look no further.

*Thank you to Ten Speed Press & NetGalley for this ARC of The Secret Language of Dogs*

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