DOG TALK chronicles Harrison Forbes's life with dogs, from the first bond he formed as a boy with a Belgian Tervuren named Sabina, to the story of Lex, a police dog who attacked his owner’s wife, and was redeemed by Harrison’s intense love and respect for the breed. Forbes also offers practical aspects of understanding and dealing with whatever type of dog the reader may have. In DOG TALK, the pet owner will find fascinating insights into behavioral problems, as each chapter addresses a different situation or issue.
Here are some of Harrison's trademark insights into dog behavior and training:
*Energy management is the basis of behavior management : unwanted or aggressive behavior, is often the result of pent-up, frustrated energy
*Dog behavior should always be taken in context; a dog that is housetrained in its home isn't necessarily so everywhere else
*Every dog's make-up is individual and distinct--:a combination of nature and nurture
*Non-verbal communication, structure and clearly delineated limits, and the human-canine bond are basic building blocks in a good relationship
*Reasonable expectations are key to an enjoyable pet experience
DOG TALK is at times funny, irreverent, insightful, and touching, and it will deepen the reader's understanding of dog behavior and as a result will enable him to approach his own dog in a fresh and motivated way to begin, improve, mend, or strengthen a relationship that can last a lifetime.
"Harrison Forbes talks 'dog' fluently. As one of this country's leading dog trainers and behaviorists, he truly understands canines and can solve any doggy dilemmas in his unique, no-fuss style. Whether he's importing and training German Shepherds for high security police work or schooling Chihuahuas to cope with apartment-style living, he has some great stories to tell. If you love dogs, you'll love this book."--Sandy Robins, Pet lifestyle expert, author and regular pet contributor to MSNBC.com and DogCentral.MSN.com
“Harrison Forbes is a treasure for the pet-loving public. He has the combination of experience and intelligence that cuts to the essence of those topics that matter.”--Rolan Tripp, DVM, veterinary content consultant for Animal Planet and Founder of Animalbehavior.net
"In a compelling and engaging style, Harrison Forbes has recounted experiences with dogs throughout his life. In doing so, he reminds us of the extraordinary power of the human-animal bond and the special relationship we have with dogs in modern American culture."--Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States
“Harrison Forbes is who I use for all my dog advice.”--James Gandolfini, actor