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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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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.
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!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! I learned a lot and found places I could take my dog to. I also learned how to NOT BORE my dog!Published on December 5, 2013 by don medford
Bravo! "Am I Boring My Dog?" is my go-to book choice for dog owners. Especially new parents of furry ones. It's informative with a dose of humor so people actually read it. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Kate K
The title is totally misleading to me. I thought the book would have some new and creative ideas about things you can do with your dog but it is basically for first-time dog... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by Deborah Noack
The author, Edie Jarolim, is very funny. That is undeniable, but don't think, Am I Boring My Dog, is only a series of jokes or silly stories. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Karl Edwards
I work at an animal shelter and find that Am I Boring My Dog? is a great resource for new owners. A lot of dog books are written by behaviorists, trainers or other experts and can... Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Maggie
The title is really misleading. People who are interested in buying a book called "Am I boring my dog?" will very likely not find this information helpful. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by Patrick Duffy
The title alone certainly caught my attention, and once inside, Am I Boring My Dog turned out to be a humorous, thoroughly-researched tool that was so much fun, I didn't want to... Read morePublished on July 26, 2010 by Pauses4paws
This book should be required reading for anyone embarking on the tumultuous sea of acquiring (preferably, rescuing) a dog. Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Glenda S. Burnside
I grew up with dogs, had a mother who co-founded a kennel club, trained other dogs besides showing her own. I thought I knew a lot. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by S. Castellanos