An A-to-Z Guide to All Things Canine
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  • Author: Marc Bekoff
  • Product Code: 88166
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-816-6
  • Pages: 264
  • 1 Paperback / softback
  • Size: 6.00 x 9.00


An all-encompassing and fun reference from an award-winning scientist and dog lover

Dr. Marc Bekoff is an expert at turning cutting-edge science into practical, reader-friendly information. The encyclopedic entries in this book cover everything related to dog care, dog-human relationships, and dog behavior, cognition, and emotions, making this the accessible book that every dog lover should have. In concise, readable A-through-Z entries, Bekoff covers it all, from aggression to pack formation to zoomies, and explores why dogs do what they do; exactly how to meet any dog eye-to-eye, nose-to-nose, and ear-to-ear to understand their world better; and how tuning in to a dog’s unique personality leads to happier dogs and happier human companions.


“Dog owners are so lucky; Marc Bekoff has done it again. Dogs Demystified is beyond fascinating, and Bekoff’s sheer wealth of knowledge shines through, creating awe and wonderment. A page-turner!”
— Dr. Ian Dunbar, author of Before and After Getting Your Puppy and Barking Up the Right Tree

“Another terrific resource from dog expert and advocate Marc Bekoff: your canine questions asked and answered!”
— Jennifer S. Holland, author of the New York Times bestselling Unlikely Friendships series

“In Dogs Demystified, Marc Bekoff explains how to understand your dog’s personality and behavior and how to care for them. Grounded in science and full of fun, this compassionate and accessible book will appeal to everyone who loves dogs. Everything you ever wanted to know about dogs is here.”
— Zazie Todd, PhD, author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy

“Marc Bekoff’s insights into dogs’ minds are so compelling and important, I never want to miss a word he writes. Everyone should read his work with attentiveness and gratitude.”
— Sy Montgomery,
author of The Soul of an Octopus

“In Dogs Demystified, world-renowned dog expert Marc Bekoff gives us a grand tour of all things dog. The short and accessible encyclopedic entries help us understand our dogs better, and, fortified with this understanding, we can appreciate what our dogs need to live full, happy lives. Delightful and informative, Dogs Demystified is just what the dog ordered. Read this book. Your furry friend will thank you.”
— Jessica Pierce, bioethicist and author of Who’s a Good Dog?

“Animal lovers, scientists, and students will be drawn in and thoughtfully consider the entries written by prolific author and well-known animal cognition expert Bekoff. . . . The diverse topics — really a potpourri of entries, ranging from animal communication and animal-assisted therapy to object permanence, walking the dog, and xenophobia in animals — include references to scientific studies and detailed research.”
Library Journal

“Based on Marc Bekoff’s lifetime of research, personal experiences, and passion for dogs, Dogs Demystified delivers what its title promises — a unique whirlwind tour of the behavior and inner lives of dogs and our relationships with them. Covering topics ranging from animal-assisted therapy to canine zoomies, this book is a delightful potpourri that is both an authoritative reference guide and a great read. I learned something new about dogs on every page.”
— Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight about Animals

Dogs Demystified is an easy-to-read reference and is easy to pick up whenever you wish to dig up new dog knowledge. Demystified indeed, as Dr. Bekoff busts myths and explains curious behaviors. You’re sure to better understand our best friends if you read this book.”
— Steve Dale, certified animal behavior consultant, contributing editor of Decoding Your Dog, and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Steve Dale’s Pet World

“With whimsical drawings by Joan Baez and a laudatory foreword by Jane Goodall, Marc Bekoff’s Dogs Demystified provides a tidy guide to all things dog that will enlighten and amuse everyone who cares about these complex creatures. First-time dog owners and seasoned dog veterans alike should flock to read what Bekoff has to say.”
Mark Derr, author of How the Dog Became the Dog

Dogs Demystified is the kind of informative, insightful book that one would expect from Marc Bekoff, who combines his award-winning scientific background with his knowledge of what is going on in animals’ minds to enlighten and amaze even longtime dog guardians. You will come away fully aware of what complex individuals all dogs are and how each acts in purposeful, unique, and sometimes incredibly surprising ways. This excellent book will help garner respect for dogs for who they are and not who we want them to be.”
— Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA

“This is no ordinary book. Beautifully written and delightfully illustrated, Dogs Demystified is a journey you can read from cover to cover, a reference you can return to again and again, and an adventure you can open at random to find something surprising and new. Marc Bekoff is a true master of canine ethology — he will answer every question you’ve ever had about your dog and tell you everything you didn’t know you had to know in order to be a true best friend.”
— Dr. Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, New York Times bestselling authors of The Genius of Dogs

“No one manages to mix scientific knowledge, practical advice, and love for dogs as well as Marc Bekoff.”
— Angelo Vaira, author of Dritto al cuore del tuo cane (Straight to your dog’s heart)

Dogs Demystified is the ultimate anthology of everything scientific, sentient, and sensational about dogs, brilliantly organized in A-to-Z format. Marc Bekoff has crafted a masterpiece, and staying true to his dogness, he gives the reader a choice: You can read in sequence or easily skip around according to subject. I confess to doing both, and they are equally addictive. This book is like crack for dog lovers, filled with so much insight, field knowledge, storytelling, and curiosity. If Jeopardy had a canine game-show equivalent, I imagine it would be Dogs Demystified. ‘I’ll take “humping” for two hundred, Alex,’ or ‘Let’s try “zoomies” for six.’ With this book by my side, I’ll never need Google for anything related to Canis lupus familiaris again.”
— Pilley Bianchi, coauthor of For the Love of Dog: The Ultimate Relationship Guide and founder of the Chaser Initiative

“We owe much of our understanding of dog behavior to Marc Bekoff. Dr. Bekoff’s books and Psychology Today articles are founts of knowledge and wisdom that prompt us to form deeper, more compassionate connections with the dogs in our lives. The fascinating, fact-filled A-to-Z format of Dogs Demystified makes it even easier for readers to explore all things dog, and the accompanying illustrations by Joan Baez are wonderful. This is the go-to book for everyone who wishes to learn more about our canine companions.”
— Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, author and founder of the Dog Welfare Alliance and the International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour

“Vibrant, fun, and inspiring, Dogs Demystified is all about dogness. Dr. Marc Bekoff, an authority in the dog world, shares his remarkable experience and conveys the views of prominent experts in the most accessible way. The rich information can enthuse dog guardians, professionals, vets, and those considering adopting a dog. The dog world is rife with misinformation, untruthful news, debates, and myths, which are frustrating and reflect the struggles of dogs and people. Dogs Demystified conjugates clarity with reliable knowledge, making canine science easy for everyone. It directs our attention to the canine mind, emotions, cognition, and consciousness; reminds us how dogs expand our empathy and deepen our humanity; and integrates idioms, beliefs, stories, metaphors, and myths, widening our views about the multifaceted dog-human interaction. The A-to-Z entries guide the reader on a captivating journey of discovery, reflection, and transformation. Dogs Demystified is an extraordinary tribute to the real nature of dogs and a true gift to the dog-human community and all animal lovers.”
— Marco Adda, independent scholar, anthrozoologist, and dog behavior consultant

“Through Dogs Demystified, Marc Bekoff delivers an authoritative yet wholly refreshing take: the latest science, drawing on the minds of hundreds of research professionals around the world, often told through stories, relationships, anecdotes, and personal memories. If dogs could read, I’d tell them to read this book. I have a feeling they would heartily approve of each and every word.”
— Jules Howard, science writer and author of Wonderdog: The Science of Dogs and Their Unique Friendship with Humans

“In Dogs Demystified, Marc Bekoff shares his encyclopedic knowledge of dogs and dog behavior. In an easily readable and often personal manner, this book answers most of the questions that you might have about dogs. It should be on the bookshelf of every dog owner.”
— Stanley Coren, author of How Dogs Think

Dogs Demystified joins a growing call to look at dogs as individuals and not just members of their breed or species. It emphasizes their emotional lives and an appreciation for what we can learn from free-living dogs, or ‘streeties,’ as they are known in my part of the world. This type of open-minded, bold exploration is much needed in the world of dogs.”
— Sindhoor Pangal, author of Dog Knows: Learning How to Learn from Dogs
“There is no mystery to dogs when we open our hearts. They are mirrors of our humanity, and this book offers us some clarity and direction in these times when we are increasingly disconnected from the natural world and fellow creatures wild and domesticated whom we continue to harm.”
— Michael W. Fox, veterinarian, ethologist, and bioethicist