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Dogs For Dummies Paperback – December 11, 2000
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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.
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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.
Especially good for people considering a second dog and how to integrate it into their home.
Dogs? I know a few things like wagging, the play bow, and "sit!". I am contemplating getting a dog, partially to keep my cats humble (a joke! OK?) and mostly to keep me company while I walk. I love to walk, so I figured a dog would be a great co-conspirator. We'll see if I do get one.
However, if I do get a dog, I understand now what is involved in keeping one. There's a discussion on breeds, which points to more sources of information on more obscure breeds. (An obscure dog might work better for me than the Dog in That Movie I Saw Last Week.) There is a lot of discussion about the work involved in raising a puppy and the aggravation of a "teenaged" dog being rambunctious and the mystery of the adult adoptee and the glorious karmic gift of taking in a senior dog.
There is not one, but two veterinary chapters. One is for puppies and one is for dogs in general. This is a good idea. As someone who has adopted adult cats and kittens, I can tell you that baby animals are a different, um, animal, medically than an adult.
There is a lot of coverage on behavior and discipline. You do have to be bossy with dogs. This is reiterated throughout the book.
One thing I was not aware of at all was the issue of grooming requirements. Anal sacs? Yeesh! Toenails? Gee, my cats have scythes and I don't care, but doggies need pedicures. Folks have told me they don't like to wash their dogs. It was a relief to read that you can wash your dog pretty frequently. I don't like smelly dogs. I do love freshly bathed dogs. Their fur is so yummy when they are clean.Read more ›
Although I never cared for the "For Dummies" titles of these books, I ignored that and purchased it anyway. I found this book to be a wonderful reference whether this is your first dog or tenth!
The text is very clear and straight forward. Great tips and practical information. Abundant topics, answers every question you can imagine.
F.Y.I. - We found our puppy at a shelter listed on the [related website]. Check out the dogs in the shelters before going to a breeder. (Please don't even consider a pet shop or puppy mill). This little guy is a wonderful dog and a happy addition to our family!
_Friends_, while very helpful in many regards, does not spend much time on the situation of two dogs together, particularly the introduction of a new adult dog into a household with another one (not to mention five cats!). The monks encourage owners to start with a puppy of the proper breed from a reputable breeder. That was our experience in the first situation, but not with Molly.
_Dummies_ actively encourages you to adopt a shelter/rescue dog and gives you tips on how to do so successfully. Thanks, Gina! And she thinks it's cool to adopt an older dog, too!
Of course, we also found this book to be excellent for helping with our first dog. One reviewer said it would be easy to go online to find the sort of information offered in _Dummies_. I disagree: there is no substitute for a comprehensive book like this from an author with excellent credentials, an understanding heart (whether in regards to people or pets) and the ability to present (in a fun and logical way) an overwhelming amount of information to someone who knows little about dogs but wants to learn.
From pests to travel tips, from canine sports competitions to how to brush your dog's teeth, it's all here.Read more ›
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