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Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortableby Nicholas H Dodman
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The new gold standard in raising puppies for the enlightened dog owner: a unique whole-dog approach combining health, training, and behavior
If you feel bombarded with conflicting advice about what to feed your new puppy or uncomfortable rapping her under the chin, if the idea of a choke collar makes you wince even though youand#8217;ve heard itand#8217;s the right way to go, here at last is advice you can trust — and embrace. The faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, one of the most prestigious and pioneering veterinary schools in the world, now shares its accumulated knowledge and experience in this groundbreaking whole-dog approach to raising the healthiest, happiest, most well-behaved puppy possible.
The authors of Puppy's First Steps are singularly qualified to look at a puppy from all angles, physical, emotional, and behavioral. In contrast to a single breeder's or trainer's theory about what is effective most of the time, the recommendations in this book are scientifically proven to work. This integrative body-and-mind approach stands out from the one-size-fits-all mentality that pervades the dog-training world. And the advice here delivers not just during the puppy's first year — the most essential twelve months of a dog's development — but throughout the dog's life, ensuring a strong, happy bond between you and your new best friend for years and years to come.
Puppy's First Steps features:
* How to test a puppyand#8217;s temperament before you decide which one to take home
* The most nutritious, safest food for your puppy
* To crate or not to crate?
* Socializing your puppy with other people and dogs
* Easy-to-implement training methods based on reward, not punishment
* Housetraining in less than a week
* Overcoming puppyand#8217;s fears and phobias
* Keeping your puppy happy while youand#8217;re at work
* What to do in a medical emergency
You'll want to get your puppy off on the right foot, and now the best advice is in your hands. Comprehensive yet accessible, sensitive, and, above all, practical, Puppyand#8217;s First Steps is the only book a puppy owner will need.
One of the greatest myths in dog ownership is that once a puppy is housetrained and has graduated from a puppy training class, an ownerand#8217;s work is done. In fact, that work is just beginning.
Forty-two percent of dog owners in this country report problems managing their dogsand#8217; behavior. Our nationand#8217;s pounds and shelters are teeming with dogs who have been given up for just this reason. But it doesnand#8217;t have to be this way. As Dr. Dodman points out, almost every dog problem can either be treated or, better yet, prevented. Every dog has the potential to be happy and well adjusted.
In The Well-Adjusted Dog, Dr. Dodman shows you how, offering what he calls and#147;continuing educationand#8221; for dogs and their owners. A comprehensive, seven-step approach takes on the whole dogand#151;his health, behavior, and environmentand#151;and lays the groundwork for the proper care and training of your best friend, for life. You will discover and#149; how much exercise your dog really needs (and why) and#149; how diet can affect behavior and#149; how to communicate clearly with your dog and understand dog body language and#149; how to lead your dog, not dominate him and#149; how to prevent or deal with fearful conditions and#149; how to optimize your dogand#8217;s environment and#149; how to address medical problems that might underlie unwanted behavior In this essential new book, Dr. Dodman draws on some twenty-five years of clinical experience to bring together the artand#151;and scienceand#151;of dog ownership. His approach is based on the latest research as well as a unique understanding of the whole dog. Itand#8217;s also proven to work, and to work long term. Only in The Well-Adjusted Dog will you truly find what every good dog owner should know.
The gold standard guide to caring for your older dog.
and#160;The gold standard guide to caring for your older dog.
“Lots of practical, easy-to-understand advice about veterinary care for older dogs. Essential reading for making treatment decisions for your companion.” —Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation
The human-animal bond is never stronger or more tender than when your dogs muzzle turns gray and the spring in her step begins to diminish. After spending the better part of a decade or more with this beloved member of your family, making sure your canine friend ages comfortably, contentedly, and well is a natural priority. And no one knows how to ensure healthy aging better than the renowned faculty of the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, who treat more than eight thousand older dogs annually.
Good Old Dog brings their renowned expertise into your living room, providing you with essential advice on nutrition, health, and caretaking to see your dog through the golden years.
“A timely and complete reference for every owner who wants to take the best possible care of their well-loved older dog.” —Dr. Nick Trout, veterinary surgeon and author of Tell Me Where It Hurts
“Everyone with an aging dog should have this book.” —Stanley Coren, PhD, FRSC, author of The Modern Dog
Puppyand#226;and#8364;and#8482;s First Steps presents the new gold standard in animal care for the enlightened dog owner--a unique, comprehensive approach to health, training, and behavior. The faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, one of the most prestigious and pioneering veterinary schools in the world, now shares its accumulated knowledge and experience to aid new dog owners in raising the healthiest, happiest, most well-behaved companion.
Their integrative mind-body approach is scientifically proven and stands above the one-size-fits-all mentality that pervades the dog training world. This book offers crucial advice for the puppyand#226;and#8364;and#8482;s first yearand#226;and#8364;and#8221;the most essential twelve months of a dogand#226;and#8364;and#8482;s developmentand#226;and#8364;and#8221;and throughout the dogand#226;and#8364;and#8482;s life, ensuring a strong bond between owners and their best friends.
About the Author
LAWRENCE LINDNER is a best-selling collaborative author.
The CUMMINGS SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY treats more than 26,000 cases annually, and its emergency critical-care program is the largest residency training program in the United States.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader ix Tufts Faculty Contributors xi Preface xv
PART 1: BEFORE THE PUPPY COMES HOME 1. How to Select a Puppy 3
PART 2: UPON ARRIVAL 2. Getting Puppy Settled In 39 3. Puppyand#8217;s Physical Well-Being: Preventive Medical and Health Care 55 4. The Best Puppy Diet Ever 81 5. The Socialization Period 102
PART 3: PUPPY INSIGHTS 6. How Puppy Perceives the World Around Him 117 7. Young Dogs and Young Children Under the Same Roof 135
PART 4: SIT! AND OTHER TRICKS 8. Training Your Pup 157 9. Housetraining 187 10. Nipping Behavior Problems in the Bud 200 11. Environmental Enrichment 223
PART 5: IN THE EVENT OF ILLNESS 12. Is It a Medical Emergency? 249
Resources 261 Acknowledgments 265 Illustration Credits 269 Index 271
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