Think like a Canine describes, step-by-step, the stages of a dog’s life with a detailed approach to appropriate training for each stage with emphasis on canine communication and critical stage development.Written in layman’s language giving a clear understanding of how dogs communicate and how and why they react to our communication. Training instructions are clear and easy to follow.Sykes puts his 50 years experience in working stock dogs for herding and livestock guarding into covering canine communication, critical stage development, instinct conditioning training and livestock guarding, subjects missing from most dog training books. He draws on extensive research from a broad field including findings by guide dog researchers, armed forces dog trainers, and the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre. He is feature writer for Australian Working Stock Dog Magazine. Sykes runs regular training days for livestock producers, and gives working dog demonstrations. He is a successful competitor in sheep dogs trials. Dog training, he says, is a lifelong learning experience.