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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552670
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"A gold mine of information…. The author knows her retrievers." Mickey Strandberg, noted Golden Retriever breeder Praise for Golden Retrievers For Dummies® "What a thoroughly wonderful book!" — Joyce Kinghorn, Former President, Golden Retriever Club of America "A valuable, highly educational read for a range of people, from new to experienced dog owners." — Kaye Fuller, DVM, and Roger Fuller, former Western Director, Golden Retriever Club of America

Find out about your Golden Retriever's special needs

Get the lowdown on keeping your dog healthy and content There's much more to a Golden Retriever than its lush coat, sunny disposition, and desire to please. This fun and friendly book shows you how to prepare your home for a new Golden puppy, socialize and train your new pet, and much more.

Discover how to: Choose the right Golden for you Maintain your dog's good health Feed your dog properly Exercise and entertain your dog Handle behavioral problems

Get smart! www.dummies.com Attention pet owners! Get free Dummies Daily e-mail newsletters Sign up today for tips on dogs, cats, or birds Keep your pet healthy and content — the Dummies Way

About the Author

Nona Kilgore Bauer has shared her life with Goldens for more than 30 years. Her dogs have won many obedience and other working titles.

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Customer Reviews

Lots of easy to read information.
Jane E. Newton
The book does an excellent job of covering the basics of taking care of, maintaining and training Golden Retrievers.
Nancy Richards
A very informative book and worth the money.
Mary A. Cornwell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Baby's Mom on April 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
This woman knows and loves her goldens! What a valuable source of information! I first read it from cover-to-cover the first week I had my Golden Pup home (in between trying to housetrain her and keeping her from chewing on the pages...I had to flip forward to the parts that addressed those issues first!) I have since kept it as a reference to refer to when needed.
The book is well laid out, has little tidbits of information that could be used to impress your co-workers and friends with your "golden knowledge", is humorous, heartwarming, and very, very on-target. The author does not sugar-coat anything, and deals with the GOOD and the not-so-good aspects of this breed. I own other books on raising and loving your Golden, but this one's my favorite.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Having been considering a Golden Retriever puppy for some time, I read this book with great interest. There is not a stone left unturned (or toy left unchewed)in the book. The author knows her dogs and covers every aspect of puppyhood and EXACTLY what to expect. If you read this book and follow it's advice, I don't know how you wouldn't end up having a great dog, instead of just a "good" dog. She puts the responsibility squarely on the owner and that you can't just have a casual relationship with your dog. You have to make a commitment to the dog. I have recently adopted an older Golden (thus the reason I bought the book)and while I would love to enjoy a puppy and train it through the years, I also realize it could take more time than I have to give at this moment, so I am extra glad I read the book. As I said, it should be required reading BEFORE anyone considers getting a dog. Also, don't fear, you will not be committing many nights to read the book, it is broken down very well and is a quick read. The dummies books also make it very easy to look up something specific when needed.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Bayliss on March 26, 2001
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The author is a self-avowed golden nut who worships her dogs and lets them sleep in her bed (not as puppies though -- only after her dominance as the alpha dog is gained!). Every owner should have to read this before getting a puppy. Too many people think of puppies as cute little furballs but give little attention to their training. Even these adorable little dogs need strict training and discipline so they can rise to their best behavioral level. You'll learn all the things you SHOULD do to train your dog and many that you shouldn't like rubbing its nose in feces (who ever thought of that!). Obviously, some dog owners must be a bit daft. Do yourself a favor and read this book before committing to raising a puppy. No one should get a puppy unless they are prepared to work at being a good trainer. Even this forgiving and friendly breed needs structure.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Connor on July 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Golden Retrievers for Dummies is a solid contribution to pet maintainence and care. The book is by an author who has owned numerous golden retrievers. It shows here in the text. However, there are dozens of Golden Retriever books on the market, and some say the text is uneven and lacks detail. Many would not recommend the Essential Golden Retriever because of the lack of important information. Well, all of these problems are solved!
This book covers every essential fact for someone pondering getting a Golden Retriever. There are many categories to read, including vital health concerns, keeping your dog content, and feeding the correct dietary supplements. Another brief section is about coping with the loss of an animal, and caring for an elderly dog. Yet another talks about Hereditary & Behavior issues.
Out of the dozens of books on dogs available, this, without a doubt, would be the unsurpassed choice.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Richards on March 15, 2005
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I am a Director of the Golden Retriever Institute (<a href = "[...]">[...]</a>) - one of the world's leading organizations engaged in research into the welfare and training of Golden Retrievers.

I can tell you from my experience that this book should be required reading for anyone who is thinking of purchasing a Golden Retriever or already has one.

The book does an excellent job of covering the basics of taking care of, maintaining and training Golden Retrievers.

The sections on taking care of your Golden Retriever's health and ensuring that it has a long and healthy life are some of the best I have ever seen in books of this genre.

And the Part of Tens will give you dozens of ideas regarding fun things you can do with your dog.

Strongly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Luis Renato on May 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this and 3 others Golden books, but this is by far, the best I ever see! It covers all aspects for a happy life with a Golden Retriever. The info about house break in and basic training are the most efective. I put in pratice with my Golden and for a first time dog owner like me, it worked 100%. The "don't" do part of the book is great! It told me what not to do, and it works more than many oral comands. Thanks to this book, my Golden is a happy, obedient and healthy dog. Even living in Brazil, without much of toys, food, address, etc mentioned in the book, it is a must have book. I higly recommend for the first time Golden owner and for those who already has previously dog experience. And an extra bonun is the excelente price for so many good quality informantion. I hope the author will bring us another Golden book soon.
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