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Turid Rugaas isn’t your typical dog trainer around these parts for many reasons.

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Date: August 28, 2009

Author: Katya Lidsky

August 29, 2009 - Turid Rugaas isn’t your typical dog trainer around these parts for many reasons.  First, she does her dog training in her native Norway and has been doing so for 25 years. Secondly, she frequents the conference and workshop circuit internationally!  That’s how acclaimed Turid is.  Third, and probably most importantly, Turid is the author of a bestselling book called On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, which focuses on the fascinating world of communication between dogs, as well as dogs and their owners.  Turid is known for her incredible ability to understand and read what dogs tell us, and is celebrated everywhere for her work on calming signals. 

When I first adopted my Belgian Malinois- Shepherd mix, I quickly realized I was in way above my head.  I had never had such a high octane dog before!  It was Turid’s books that helped me understand what my new dog was trying to tell me, and even more importantly, how I could use the same cues to communicate information back to her.  I am proud to say that a year and a half later, I’ve probably read On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals three times, and my Belgian-Shepherd is doing better than ever!  We couldn’t imagine life without her in our family and she definitely knows she’s one of the pack!


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