[UCP Books]: Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do by Marc Bekoff

“Everyone who owns a dog, breeds or trains dogs, or works with dogs should read this informative book.”

Library Journal


“Bekoff shares his own studies and others’ research, along with real-life stories, in a winning tone. . . . This book is cause celebre for letting dogs be dogs.”




Canine Confidential

Why Dogs Do What They Do

Marc Bekoff



Publication date: April 20, 2018  
International publication date: April 20, 2018 $26.00/£19.50



“With the discerning eye of a scientist and the compassionate heart of a dog lover, the incomparable Marc Bekoff illuminates the mysteries of dog behavior. Insights and surprises adorn every page of this wonderful book. But aside from being a great read, Canine Confidential offers deeper value: armed with fresh understanding of your dog’s senses, physiology and mind, you’ll find fun ways to make your life together even more meaningful and rewarding for both of you.”

Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of the Octopus


“Another thought-provoking, insightful manifesto from one of the most brilliant scientists of our time. Canine Confidential is a revolutionary perspective into the minds of our best friends, answering the questions everyone asks, as well as the questions no one has thought to ask. Well written, funny, and fascinating—you will never look at dogs the same way again.”

Brian Hare, author of The Genius of Dogs


Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Canine Confidential is an incredibly accessible, plain-spoken book about humankind’s most loyal, most faithful companion. The many insights here will help you to earn all that loyalty and love that they so freely give. The stories and observations here will make you a much better human for your canine family members.

Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: How Animals Think and Feel


“One of the world’s leading ethologists, Marc Bekoff has devoted his life to understanding nonhuman animals of all persuasions as sentient beings and to providing them the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest measure, according to their natures, and without being abused or slaughtered by humans. In Canine Confidential, Bekoff turns his considerable powers as an observer of canids wild and domestic to providing readers with the scientific knowledge and investigatory tools that will help them understand their dog companions. Mixing often humorous anecdotes with clear, concise reports from the cutting edge of canine science, Bekoff details what we know and outlines what we have yet to learn about our closest nonhuman friends. Canine Confidential is a must-read for anyone who has an interest in dogs. Even readers who think they know all there is to know about dogs may find themselves looking at and interacting with their companions in ways that enrich their time together.”

Mark Derr, author of How the Dog Became a Dog and Dog’s Best Friend


“Marc Bekoff’s vast experience, clear thinking, and unique philosophy come together to make this book a must-read for anyone wanting to know what makes dogs tick. A masterly work by the master.”

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS DACVB, author of Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry


“This is a gem of a book, packed with information that answers the questions you have always pondered, and some that you may not have considered. Canine Confidential deserves to become a primary resource for dog caretakers and those working professionally with dogs. Marc Bekoff, who is widely respected as a leading authority on ethology and animal emotions, shines the light of his immense experience and research on what makes our best friend tick. Written with eloquence, insight and humor, peppered throughout with anecdotes and photographs, this wonderful book is a must-have for everyone who cares for, loves, studies, and wonders about our canine companions.”

Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, principal of the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour



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