Synopses & Reviews
The American Kennel Clubs Meet the Miniature Schnauzer, endorsed by nations oldest and most prestigious dog organization, the American Kennel Club (AKC), celebrates Americas most popular terrier breed, whose jaunty personality and trademark beard and moustache make him recognizable to millions the world over. With the cooperation of the American Miniature Schnauzer Club, the AKC and I-5 Press have created a unique and colorful guide book for new owners of the Miniature Schnauzer. More than recap the history and standard of the breed, Meet the Miniature Schnauzer offers readers insight into what makes a Mini a Mini. Understanding how the breed was created and how breeders today continue to strive for the perfect dog, owners can improve their perspective on the breed and their own ability to bond with and train this smart little terrier. The book describes the breeds characteristics and personality traits, offering advice for new owners who are seeking to share their lives with an active and adaptable Mini. The book includes a detailed chapter on how to find a qualified breeder and to select the right puppy from the litter, including how and why owners should register their puppies with the AKC. Chapters on puppy-proofing, socialization, and smart shopping tips for puppy necessities prepare the new owner for the road ahead. A straightforward chapter on how to house-train a puppy includes information on how to use a dog crate safely and humanely. The AKC is a strong proponent of positive training methods, and the chapter dedicated to obedience training offers solid advice about how to praise and treat your puppy into good behavior. Fortunately, the Mini is one of the most attentive dogs and hes more eager to please than most of his terrier brethren. Owners will also find the chapter on feeding and nutrition of great benefit, as is the chapter on how to groom a pet Mini. The health care of any dog is of paramount importance, and Meet the Miniature Schnauzer offers advice about selecting the right veterinarian for your puppy, establishing a vaccination regimen, parasite control, dental care, and more. A chapter entitled Just Do It!” lays out the many opportunities that the AKC offers dog owners in terms of events and programs. The book includes information on the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program as well as dog shows, obedience, earthdog tests, and therapy dogs. The Resource section of the book lists websites, books, periodicals, and club affiliate programs that Miniature Schnauzer owners may find of interest.
The first official American Kennel Club publication dedicated to the Miniature Schnauzer, Meet the Miniature Schnauzer
offers accurate, up-to-date information for both new owners as well as experienced Mini lovers.
Inside Meet the Miniature Schnauzer, you'll find:
A portrait of the modern Mini, illustrating the breed's most distinctive qualities, both physical and temperamental, making it the most popular Terrier breed in the world.
A lively introduction to owning this smart and active little dog, from finding a qualified experienced breed and selecting the perfect puppy to getting the puppy acclimated to your home and lifestyle.
A crash course in house-training the young puppy, teaching basic manners for everyday life, taking advantage of the Canine Good Citizen program, and educating the quickly growing puppy in obedience.
A dietary primer, detailing the essentials of canine nutrition and choosing a sensible, balanced diet appropriate for the puppy and adult dog.
A health plan, outlining what's required to keep the Miniature Schnauzer healthy and trim, including the selection of a good veterinarian, establishing a preventative health-care regimen of vaccinations and regular visits, and obtaining basic veterinary insurance.
Fun and games for the Miniature Schnauzer and owner, great ways to get involved in AKC events, including dog shows, agility and obedience trials, earthdog events, therapy dog work and so much more.