Synopses & Reviews
"Dogs For Dummies is an intelligent, thorough, and humorous reference that should be on any dog lover's list of must-haves." Duncan C. Ferguson, VMD, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP, Professor, University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine "This book represents the best dog writing of the year. We honor it with pride." Mordecai Siegal, DWAA President and Editor of the UC Davis Book of Dogs "Written with intelligence, wit, and heart. If your dog had a credit card, he'd buy you this wonderful guide." Carol Lea Benjamin, Author of Mother Knows Best, The Natural Way to Train Your Dog "
filled with a wealth of practical information for dog owners that stands tails above the rest two paws up." Darris O. Hercs, Executive Assistant Director, SPCA, Oakland, CA
Named "Best of the Best" by the Dog Writers Association of America!
Have you considered buying or adopting a dog but aren't sure where to begin? Are you intimidated and confused by the hundreds of dog breeds from which to choose? Do you know how to properly bathe, groom, feed, and care for your new puppy or dog once you've gotten home? Dogs For Dummies® is your handy guide to selecting, buying, and caring for the puppy or dog who's right for you! This fun reference covers all the dos and don'ts as well as the rights and responsibilities of dog ownership, providing you with plenty of tips on everything from how to train your dog to what kind of toys, food, and treats to buy! Inside, you'll discover how to:
- Choose the right dog to fit your lifestyle
- Purchase a puppy or dog from a reputable breeder
- Adopt a dog or puppy from a shelter or rescue group
- Buy all the doggie equipment and accessories you need, including toys, bones, bowls, collars, and leashes
- Raise and maintain a healthy and happy dog through proper diet and exercise
- Choose a veterinarian who's right for you and your dog
- Solve your dog's simple behavior problems or determine whether obedience school is needed
- Make traveling with your dog a breeze
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 — notthe 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.
"I enthusiastically recommend this book to all of my clients and to millions of pet lovers." Marty Becker, DVM, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul "Two paws up!
A wealth of practical information." Darris O. Hercs, Humane Society of Sonoma County Praise for the 1st Edition of Dogs For Dummies®
"Written with intelligence, wit, and heart. If your dog had a credit card, he'd buy you this wonderful guide." Carol Lea Benjamin, author of Dog Training in 10 Minutes "An intelligent, thorough, and humorous reference that should be on any dog lover's list of must-haves." Duncan C. Ferguson, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine "This book represents the best dog writing of the year. We honor it with pride." Mordecai Siegal, President, DWAA, and author of Good Dog, Bad Dog
The indispensable guide to selecting, training, and caring for your dog
From mixes to purebreds, puppies to seniors, this friendly guide tells you what you need to know to choose, train, and enjoy living with a dog. Get the best and latest information on nutrition, preventive health care, common diseases, and more along with tips for traveling with your pooch, dog gear, and even the hottest new dog sports.
Discover how to: Choose the right puppy or dog Keep your dog groomed, fit, and healthy Know what to feed your dog Solve common behavioral problems Have fun with your dog
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -342) and index.
About the Author
About the Author Gina Spadafori is an award-winning pet care columnist for the Universal Press Syndicate whose articles have appeared in newspapers across the country. She is coauthor of Cats For Dummies® and has written for several national magazines, including the AKC Gazette, the official magazine of the American Kennel Club. Gina currently has her own section in the Pet Care Forum of America Online called "Gina Spadafori's Pet Connection." Her love for animals keeps her active on the board of directors for the Dog Writers Association of America. The DWAA twice awarded her with Best Newspaper Column honors and named Dogs For Dummies as the best general reference of 1996.
Table of Contents
PART I: Starting to Think Dog.
Chapter 1: Considering Canine Possibilities.
Chapter 2: Narrowing the Field.
Chapter 3: Finding Out about Breeders, Shelters, and Other Sources.
Chapter 4: All the Right Stuff.
PART II: Bringing a Puppy or an Adult Dog into Your Life.
Chapter 5: Choosing and Bringing Home Your Puppy.
Chapter 6: Early Puppy Training.
Chapter 7: Puppy Veterinary Care.
Chapter 8: House-Training Puppies (And Dogs).
Chapter 9: Adopting an Adult Dog.
PART III: Living with Your Dog.
Chapter 10: Maintaining a Happy, Healthy Dog.
Chapter 11: Basic Training.
Chapter 12: Problem-Solving.
Chapter 13: To Breed or Not To Breed.
Chapter 14: Caring for an Aging Dog.
PART IV: Finding Cool Things to Do with Your Dog.
Chapter 15: Traveling with Your Dog.
Chapter 16: Canine Competitions.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Dog Myths Debunked!
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Have Both a Dog and a Nice Yard.
Chapter 19: Ten Things You Need to Know to Prepare Your Dog for a Disaster.
Chapter 20: Ten Silly Tricks to Teach Your Dog.
Chapter 21: Ten Questions to Ask When Buying a Purebred Puppy.
Chapter 22: Ten Must-See Dog Sites on the World Wide Web.
Appendix: Additional Resources.