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Byline: - Diana Peyton

If you've given up trying to communicate with your teen-ager or spouse, how about a little dogspeak with a canine?

Yip-howl, yip-howl means, ``I'm lonely, is there anybody there?'' according to Stanley Coren in his new book, ``How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication.''

The professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia says the average dog can understand language at the level of a 2-year-old, and he offers a Doggish Phrasebook at the end of his 266-page book to help humans learn hound lingo.

``Dog Speak'' is not just about yips, howls and barking. It also illustrates dog behaviors that communicate more than an itch, offering a visual glossary with drawings of dog bodies in a variety of communication stances.

There's face talk, tail talk, eye talk, ear talk, body talk, sex talk, scent talk, dogs talking to cats, and even dog dialects, according to the author.

Fair warning: According to Coren, if your canine's lip curls to expose some teeth - with mostly a closed mouth - look out! He's telling you, ``Go away! You're bothering me.''

Perhaps you could go buy the $13 paperback and start reading until he gives you a broad tail wag, which means, ``I like you. Let's be friends.''

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Title Annotation:L.A. Life
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 19, 2001
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