For readers considering a purebred dog, Spadafori provides extensive information on selecting a breed that will fit an owner's lifestyle, including sources of possible breeders such as magazines, Internet sites, and AKC breed clubs, and tips for screening breeders to weed out the unscrupulous or the ignorant. She strongly encourages adoption of shelter animals, though, pointing out that many of the dogs who wind up in shelters are healthy, young, and lovable animals who would make excellent pets for the right people. She recommends proceeding with caution when shopping pet stores for puppies due to the high percentage of pet store puppies that come from puppy mills where animals are bred indiscriminately and often kept in horrifying conditions. Likewise, she discourages purchasing puppies from "backyard breeders" believing that this only encourages irresponsible pet ownership by giving owners a reason to keep breeding their pets rather than altering them.
Once a breed or type of dog has been selected, Dogs for Dummies moves on to the practical aspects of ownership, including bringing home a puppy or adult dog, feeding and grooming, veterinary care from puppyhood to old age, training and dealing with behavioral problems, and traveling with pets. One of the most interesting chapters of the book debunks common myths about dogs--that a barking dog won't bite, for instance. Spadafori even includes a chapter on silly tricks to teach your dog and another on "must-see" dog sites on the World Wide Web. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is organized very well, and great to use for a quick guide.
So much good information on dog pack behavior and adopting an older dog I recommend it to everyone thinking about adding a new dog to their family.
Everything from choosing the right breed, to more of the detailed physical care every puppy/dog needs.
Easy reading lots or Ideas we enjoyed the tricks suggested! hope you do too. Easy reading lots or Ideas we enjoyed the tricks suggested! hope you do tooPublished 9 months ago by Kingfish137
Pretty general....so if you know what breed of dog you are getting (or have) you may want something more specific but I found it perfect for what I was looking for. Read morePublished 12 months ago by sarah k
This book is useless. It has very little information that is useful. Read the description very carefully before you purchase it.Published 15 months ago by T
I had read this book 12 years ago when we got our dog and found it full of logical practical advice. Read morePublished 18 months ago by pafarmer
Did not get the specific answer I hoped for, but will always keep it in the "reference" section of my book case.Published 19 months ago by Sue Patterson
Although I recently got a much older rescue dog, this book has still been quite
helpful. If I was going to start out with a puppy it would be even better. Read more
start with this book if you are thinking to get a dog and then you can follow up with specialized reading.Published 22 months ago by Erika
Thought I might be to advanced for this but turned out to be rather informative. Good to rethink the basics and gave me new ideas I never knew. Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by Seth Johson
As expected this is a good book for new dog owner's. It is organized very well, and great to use for a quick guide.Published on November 3, 2010 by gary B.