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Am I Boring My Dog: And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2009

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Edie Jarolim who blogs at WillMyDogHateMe.com, writes regularly for Your Dog and has contributed stories about dogs to The Bark, Ladies Home Journal, and US Airways magazine. She is a self-described slave to her terrier mix, Frankie.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592578802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592578801
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,277,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric Goebelbecker on September 8, 2009
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Length: 2:27 Mins
A quick review of "Am I Boring My Dog" from a professional dog trainer's perspective.
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Reading this book is a lot like having a good, fun dog walk-and-talk with a well-informed and dog-loving friend. About once per page, I found myself wanting to discuss a particular answer with author Edie Jarolim. Am I Boring My Dog ? And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew is witty, up-to-date with the fast-changing world of dog training and veterinary medicine, and kindly disposed to the bewildered dog owner.
The answer to each question is relatively brief, but Jarolim supplies links to Web sites and other sources of more specialized information.
Jarolim knows all about bewilderment and canine companions - the Tucson, AZ-based author with a PhD in English literature was inspired to write Am I Boring My Dog? after she adopted her first pet ever, a shy and fuzzy rescued dog of indeterminate parentage named Frankie. And when Frankie developed diabetes, the former scholar set out to become an expert on diabetes care and treatment.
During the years I was rescuing dogs, I often wished for a concise, readable guide to hand new - and not-so-new - dog owners. Now we have it.
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This is a great read for any dog owner or admirer, but especially for anyone who's contemplating getting their first dog. Edie Jarolim KNOWS, because Frankie, the canine star of the book, is her first dog, and the first dog of a very urban person who never saw herself as a dog owner at all. Here she gives us, from her still fresh perspective, the joys, surprises, and pitfalls of canine companionship, along with a tremendous amount of useful information for anyone from veterans to neophytes. I can think of a few dogs (and even a couple of cats) from my past who would have been happier and healthier canines (well, not the cats, I suppose) if this book had been around for me to read. The real bonus is that it's the opposite of a kibble-dry dog manual. Ms. Jarolim's intelligence, clarity, and sometimes sardonic sense of humor light up every page, and there's very little she hasn't thought to include (Should my dog be a vegetarian? How about alternative medicine for canines? I don't see any recommendations for what my dog should be reading, but maybe I overlooked that section). The book is exhaustive, detailed, and meticulously researched, and the careful organization makes it ideal for a permanent reference manual. I predict there will be a lot of dog-eared copies of this book on shelves for years to come. Highly recommended!
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Am I boring my dog?

Actually, I never thought about that question until I read Edie Jarolim's humorous and informative book. I've been a dog adopter since 1998 and although I'm fairly knowledgeable about dog ownership (greyhounds in particular), there's always more to learn and when it's prefaced with humor and peppered with resourceful footnotes -Jarolim's book makes for an entertaining read.

I give it four paws up!
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I highly recommend Am I Boring My Dog. Edie Jarolim tells readers how to incorporate a dog into their lives in an amusing and personal manner that is easy to read and understand.

If you have a dog, read it and refer to it as needed. If you're thinking of getting a dog, read this book first. You'll learn about what is involved with bringing a dog into your household.

She begins with how she came to get Frankie, her first dog. "First dog" is the key here. Because she knew nothing about raising a dog. As an experienced writer and inexperienced dog person, she was in a unique position to research and write about dog care.

I've had dogs all my life, including raising two litters of puppies, and I learned a lot from this book.
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This is a priceless,humorous, extremely comprehensive guide to owning, caring for, loving, amusing, and traveling with your dog. I'm giving copies to everyone I know who is considering getting their first or fifth dog. GREAT gift. I've lived with a rescue poodle for 17 years and found plenty of useful info and tips in the book, so it's never too late.
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This book is packed full of information on every aspect of owning a dog, written with a sense of humor. It is very entertaining to read so you don't get the sense of reading a "how-to" manual. A must for those who have dogs or those thinking of getting a dog.
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If your thinking of getting a new dog or puppy, this the book for you!!!

As a certified pet dog trainer (CPDT), I LOVED the training portion of this book! Jarolim discusses the importance of keeping training positive and even mentions interviewing Ian Dunbar (the father of modern dog training) and Dr. Nicholas Dodman (the veterniary behaviorist who heads the behavioral department at the veterinary school at Tufts University). These are accomplishments that most dog book authors cannot claim.

In addition to that, it is obvious that the author took the time to really research the rest of the topics for this book as well. You will find the latest info on vaccines, how to find a high-quality dog food, information about crate-training, how to choose a vet and a trainer, and even advice as to where to get your dog from.

That said, Jarolim keeps it light and funny the entire way- you'll never get bored.

This is the book that I would write if I had the time and the moxy.

Crystal Saling, BS, ABCDT, CPDT-KA
Delightful Dog, LLC.
-A Truly Paws-itive Experience!
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