Dogs for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764552740
ISBN-13: 9780764552748
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/11/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

These days, people's dogs have become bona fide members of the family. Moving from the kennel to the couch, they share our beds, family rooms, and holidays; and they are recipients of our kindest and utmost concern. A pet partnership is a lifetime commitment. Do it right, and your dog will become an important and valuable part of the family for many years. Do it wrong, and you've broken a sacred covenant between humankind and another living being. Dogs For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is for you if you are looking to adopt a dog, trying to improve the relationship with the one you have, or attempting to come up with fun things to do with your canine companion. This book is also for people who want to Choose the right veterinarian Explore the dog-breeding business Find breed-rescue groups Identify canine health problems Look for a purebred It's a "doggy-dog" world, and this easy-to-use guide will help you navigate it. Improve your chances at pet success by knowing how to raise and live with your dog properly. Discover which breed best suits your lifestyle, and if a puppy or adult dog is best for you. Dogs For Dummies, 2nd Edition, also covers the following topics and more: Caring for an aging dog Choosing collars, harnesses, halters, and leashes Considering euthanasia Feeding Fido the right way House training puppies and adult dogs Keeping up appearances with good grooming Participating in canine competitions Preparing your dog for a disaster Traveling with your dog Award-winning author Gina Spadafori says the lack of accurate information - not the lack of effort or concern - is often the reason for doomed people-pet pairings. With her help, you can avoid the agony. Dogs For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is full of useful tips, how-to advice, illustrations, and photographs (both color and black-and-white). You deserve a healthy, happy, and well-mannered canine companion; and you'll be the owner every pet wants and deserves -informed, responsible, and loving.

Gina Spadafori is co-author with Marty Becker of WHY DO DOGS DRINK OUT OF THE TOILET? and DO CATS ALWAYS LAND ON THEIR FEET?

Foreword
Introduction
We Love Dogs!
We Love Dogs ... to Death, Sometimes
How Do Dog Disasters Happen?
The awwwwwww factor
Puppy love is fleeting
A Preventive Approach
Improving the Dog You Have
Why You Need This Book
Becoming an Informed Consumer
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Some Additional Notes
Starting to Think Dog
Considering Canine Possibilities
Considering Canine Packaging
Letting Go of "Love at First Sight"
Starting from Scratch
Sizing up a breed type
Keeping up with your pup
Facing up to fur
Factoring in intelligence
Surfing Canine Cyberspace
Narrowing the Field
Playing Favorites
Mixed Breeds
Evaluating Breeds
Remember -- no dog is perfect
The sporting group
The hound group
The working group
The terrier group
The toy group
The non-sporting group
The herding group
A world of other breeds
Decisions, Decisions
Puppy or grown dog?
Male or female?
Cost considerations
Finding Out about Breeders, Shelters, and Other Sources
Welcome to the '90s
A different world
Different dogs
Purebred Puppies: Going to the Source
Breeders: The good, the ignorant, the unscrupulous
Pet stores: Proceed with caution
The Poop on Papers
Expanding the Possibilities
Shelters: A good choice and a good deed
Breed-rescue groups: A first-rate source for purebreds
Other Possibilities
"Career change" dogs
Private parties
All the Right Stuff
Canine Cuisine
The daily diet
Treat 'em good
Give 'Em Shelter
Barriers
Dog houses
Crates and beds
Bowls and Waterers
Collars and Leashes
The everyday collar
Training collars
Leashes
Lookin' Good
Combs and brushes
Nail trimmers
Shampoos and conditioners
Toys
Chewies
Squeakies
Fetchies
More Great Gear
Pooper scoopers
Smell and stain removers
Silly stuff
Bringing a Puppy or an Adult Dog into Your Life
Choosing and Bringing Home Your Puppy
Puppy Preparations
Puppy-proofing
Puppy gear
Puppy Picking
Working with a breeder
Puppy testing
Puppy Comes Home
The name game
Puppy's first night
Early Puppy Training
Shaping Good Behavior
Bonding
Socializing
Consistency
Praise -- and correction
Teaching What Every Puppy Should Know
Getting used to a collar and leash
Grooming
Sit for what you want
Fixing the Things That Drive Puppy Owners Crazy
Chewing
Improper greetings: sniffing and jumping
Barking
Nipping and biting
Working through the Rough Spots
Puppy Veterinary Care
Developing a Healthy Relationship
Puppy's First Veterinary Exam
Well-Puppy Care
Puppy shots?
Rabies prevention
Parasite control
Elective Procedures
Tail docks and dewclaw removals
Ear crops
The Birds, the Bees, and Your Puppy
House-Training Puppies (And Dogs)
A Positive Approach
A Puppy Potty Strategy
House-Training the Adult Dog
Adopting an Adult Dog
The Adult Dog Defined
The canine adolescent
Young adults
"Senior" dogs
New Dog Comes Home
Introductions
Establish a routine
Living with Your Dog
Maintaining a Happy, Healthy Dog
Keeping Up Appearances
Brushing and combing
Giving a bath
Trimming toenails
Controlling fleas
Controlling ticks
Working with Your Veterinarian
Choosing a veterinarian
Preventing illness
Recognizing signs of illness
Giving medication
Basic Training
A Few Words about Aggression
Developing the Right Attitude toward Training
Keys to Success
Be on the same team
Be positive
Be fair with corrections
Be consistent
Build on your successes
Tools for Teaching
Getting your dog's attention
Giving praise
Maintaining control and giving correction
Using a release word
Basic Things Every Dog Should Know
Sit
Down
Stay
Heel
Come
Great Things They Don't Teach in Obedience Class
Wait
Go to your bed
Paws up
Off
Don't touch or leave it
Getting Help
Problem-Solving
Problems from the Inside Out
Recipe for Fixing Behavior Problems
Ensure good health, inside and out
Minimize mischief opportunities
Substitute other behaviors
Let the situation teach the dog
Problems That Often Put Dogs in the Shelter (and Their Solutions)
Barking
Digging
Destructiveness when left alone
"Disobedient"
New baby worries
To Breed or Not To Breed
A Case Against Breeding
Health and behavior
Time and money
A Dog-Breeding Primer
Mating, gestation, and whelping
Raising Good Puppies -- and Finding Good Homes
Birth to 3 weeks
3 to 5 weeks
5 to 7 weeks
Finding proper homes
Caring for an Aging Dog
Special Care for Seniors
Nutrition
Exercise
Dentistry
Some Common Problems
Reasonable Accommodations
Knowing When It's "Time"
What if You Go First?
Finding Cool Things to Do with Your Dog
Traveling with Your Dog
Should Your Dog Travel?
Health concerns
Travel manners
What to Do if Your Dog Can't Go with You
Prepare for emergencies
Consider pet sitters
Boarding kennels
Travel Preparations
The well-equipped travel dog
The well-prepared dog lover
Travel by Car
Making car rides safer
Uneasy riders
Travel by Air
Dog-Friendly Vacations
Getting Past "No Dogs" -- It's Possible!
Keeping the World Safe for Canine Travelers
Canine Competitions
The Benefits of Organized Activities
Making Sense of It All
Dog Shows
Obedience Trials
Working Events
Field trials
Sled dog events
Protection dog events
Herding dog events
New Sports for the '90s -- and Beyond
Agility
Flyball
Freestyle obedience
Flying disk competitions
Getting Started
Choose a sport
Take a class, join a club
Making the connections
Keeping Things in Perspective
The Part of Tens
Ten Dog Myths -- Debunked!
One Dog Year Is Equal to Seven Human Years
A Hot, Dry Nose Means a Fever
A Dog Should Go through One Season before Being Spayed
Spaying and Neutering Makes Dogs Fat
If a Dog Scoots on His Rear, He Has Worms
A Dog's Mouth Is Cleaner than a Human's
Dogs Eat Grass When Their Stomachs Are Upset
Adding Oil to a Dog's Diet Solves Skin Problems
Brewer's Yeast and Garlic Control Fleas
A Barking Dog Won't Bite
Ten Ways to Have Both a Dog and a Nice Yard
Give Your Dog Lots of Exercise
Give Your Dog Mental Stimulation
Keep Potty Areas Separate from Ornamental Gardens
Don't Leave Dogs Unsupervised in the Yard
Put Special Plants in Safer Places
Discourage Digging
Teach the Wait Command
Give Your Dog Space of His Own
Work with the Patterns in Your Yard
Keep Things in Perspective
Ten Things You Need to Know to Prepare Your Dog for a Disaster
Have a Plan
Know What Your Veterinarian's Plans Are
Maintain Your Pet's Permanent and Temporary ID
Keep Vaccinations -- and Records -- Current
Have Restraints Ready
Rotate a Supply of Food, Water, and Medications
Keep First Aid Supplies on Hand -- with Directions
Know the Locations of Other Veterinary Hospitals -- and Animal Shelters
Keep a "Lost Dog" Kit Ready
Be Prepared to Help Others
Ten Silly Tricks to Teach Your Dog
Shake Hands
Roll Over
Beg
Jump Through (Or Over)
Carry and Fetch
Speak
Find
Spin
Dance
Say Your Prayers
Ten Questions to Ask When Buying a Purebred Puppy
How Long Have You Been in This Breed, and What Others Have You Bred?
What Are the Congenital Defects in This Breed?
What Steps Have You Taken to Decrease Congenital Defects in Your Dogs?
Do You Have the Parents on Site? May I See Them?
What Are the Good and Bad Points of the Parents, and What Titles Do They Have? Will You Explain Their Pedigrees?
Where Were These Puppies Raised?
How Have You Socialized These Puppies?
How Have You Evaluated These Puppies?
What Guarantees Do You Provide?
When Can I Take My Puppy Home?
Ten Must-See Dog Sites on the World Wide Web
Blue Dog Can Count
Dog Term Glossary
Dave's and Other Dog Lists
She Ate What?
The Mother of All Canine Web Sites
Cutting-Edge Net Vets
For Purebreds Only ... Mostly
And Now a Word from a Shelter
Good Dog (-e-zine)!
Bully!
Oh, What an Exciting Web We Weave
Additional Resources
Breed Registries
United States and Canada
Other countries
International Organizations
General-Interest Canine Publications
Annuals
Magazines and newspapers
Pet-Supply Sources
Index

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