4 out of 4 stars
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Dogs are famously known as man's best friend, but in a perfect world, humans would treat dogs like their best friends too. Dominic Tolson's book, iSpeakDogg, is a brief guide to help ensure that dogs are trained and taken care of as well as possible.
iSpeakDogg takes readers through dog ownership from choosing a dog to properly training and taking care of him or her. I particularly appreciated the concept of choosing a dog based on personality, not looks, which is easy to forget. Who hasn't gone into a pet store or shelter and had their heart stolen by some adorable animal?
The rest of the book is excellent as well. I was surprised by how much I learned in less than thirty pages! Most importantly, Dominic's guidance is insightful but also thoughtful. Each bit of training comes with signs to look for to see if the dog is mad, scared, or upset, as well as ways to overcome these negative feelings. Dominic teaches readers the best ways to play with a dog, how to overcome a fear of loud noises, how to encourage play between your dog and others, and more.
The book is full of great illustrations along with the written text. The artwork looks like it belongs in a children's book, and it does an awesome job of illustrating each scene. In fact, the art is so great that I'd love to see a series of children's books from Dominic in the future, possibly sneaking in lessons about how children can properly have fun with dogs as well. With that said, this book is not aimed at children despite its appearance. The vocabulary used would require a fair amount of explanation to young children, although parents looking to get a dog may want to take the time to share it with their children anyway.
iSpeakDogg is an approachable, fairly comprehensive starter guide for choosing and training a dog. It also functions as a great test to see whether getting a dog or not is right for you, as readers are shown the obligations they'll take on by getting a dog as a pet. The color choice in the book was a bit odd (yellow and blue text over a black background), but it worked well. The only negative thing I found was in the back of the book, where the author answers questions about each chapter. This section seems largely unedited; while I found no errors at all in the rest of the book, I found four errors there.
Despite the errors, I still highly recommend the book to anyone who has a dog or is looking to get one. I'd give the book 3.5 stars if I could, but I feel it deserves 4 out of 4 stars more than it deserves 3.
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