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How to Live with a Neurotic Dog Paperback – May 21, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0071418652 ISBN-10: 0071418652 Edition: 1st
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NOW, AT LAST, YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR DOG
You think your life is crazy. Try looking at the world through your dog's big melting brown eyes. If your dog is neurotic (and what dog isn't these days?), consider these helpful pointers:
• Don't interrupt your dog's naps—remember, he needs your bed far more than you do.
• Don't force your dog to play fetch just because you feel like it—keep in mind his busy schedule too.
• Never bark orders at your dog. "Please" and "thank you" work wonders with the neurotic dog.
• Give your dog a canine personality quiz—it's the first step before starting him on full-fledged psychoanalysis.
• If all else fails, feed him!

Stephen Baker's delightful HOW TO LIVE WITH A NEUROTIC DOG is sure to have both you and your canine companion rolling on the floor and begging for more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Can you cure your neurotic dog?

One of the more important relationships in your life is the one you enjoy with your dog. He is your constant companion, and his loyalty is unmatched by any other animal--or human. But no matter how much time you spend with Fido or how many rawhides you buy for him, he always seems moody, in need of constant reassurance, and overly suspicious of the cat. What can you do?

How to Live with a Neurotic Dog is like a bright red fire hydrant on an otherwise dark street. This book will help you understand your dog's idiosyncrasies, such as why your canine companion insists on squeezing between you and your partner in bed, his aversion to soap and water, and the break-neck speed at which he devours his food.

Inside, you'll find prescriptive techniques and sage advice for dealing with your pooch's quirks and calming his insecurities, such as:

  • Never buy a more expensive toy for the baby than for the dog at Christmas
  • Invite your dog to the dining table and let him know that what's yours is his and what's his is his
  • When shopping for your canine's clothes, avoid discount stores--he'll think you're cheap
  • In addition, you'll find a breakthrough method for keeping your dog off your bed.

How to Live with a Neurotic Dog may not solve your relationship problems with your four-legged friend, but at least it will keep you both laughing. Read it with a dog you love.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071418652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071418652
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,074,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Baker's title indicates that the dogs are the ones who are neurotic but I felt this hilarious book showed just how neurotic we humans are in our relationships with our dogs. The reading was light, fun and more acurate than most of us would like to think! A must for anyone who is sure their dog is "human".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Simko on June 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Everything in it reminds me of the fun and antics that I experience with my two Pugs. I would highly recommend this to any dog owner or soon to be dog owner. It is a lot of fun and has many "out loud" laughs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Bourne on January 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
I got this book as a gift and really enjoyed it! It made me laugh from beggining to end. Very funny and great as a gift for dog lovers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Rubey on December 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My daughter gave me this book for Christmas. It made my day! I could swear that my 4 year old Chinese Sharpei, Smokey, had written it! I looked over and he was watching me while I read and laughed my way through it. My neighbor has the world's "dumbest and biggest" bulldog, Duke and I am getting him a copy. My son is a Vet, and he is getting a copy! Read it and see your self in this Dog-Mirror!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fernando G. Dueñas Anaya on May 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading it 'til end.

It really make you feel the joy of having, more than a pet, a good companion in your life.

Entertaining book and give you some clues to build a better relation with those tender-annoying-wonderful four legged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna C on March 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Read this book and you'll get an idea of what's it's like every day of my life. My cousin gave it to me for my birthday (in May), part as a gag but really because everyone knows just how cracked out my dog actually is. He's not a bad dog, he's just hiding a little doggy bag of cocaine in his crate. Even if your dog isn't as insane as mine, you'll still get a kick out of this book.
Some of the drawings, by Fred Hillard, are just absolutely hilarious and eerily relatable. All they were missing was a picture of a twelve pound MinPin stepping on a person's throat in the morning in lieu of an alarm clock. That'd be the start of my day.

Although one bit certainly hit the nail on the head-

The early riser wakes with the sun and welcomes the day with a burst of enthusiasm. He likes to share his feelings with others. Having done so, he promptly goes back to sleep.

I can't tell you how many times my little bastard's done that, not only during the week but on the weekends as well. He gets up, all excited, can't stay still, wants to get out, wants to get out, wants to get out. I let him out, feed him and start doing my thing because I'm wide freakin' awake. Where does he go? Back upstairs, under my blankets and goes back to sleep for an undetermined amount of time.
Unfortunately the book was blissfully lacking in chapters on extreme chewing (not just on the wussy chewing they broached, my dog destroys Kongs, just so you know what I'm dealing with here, and just to remind you, he's a Miniature Pinscher) and peeing on my bed out of spite. I would have liked to have known the author's take on such a dilemma. Trainers said it was his "teen" years. Yeah, well, I didn't pop a squat on my mom's bed when she wouldn't let me have the car, now did I?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NHBunion on October 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
When I saw the title of this book I knew I had to read it. The book is a fairly slim volume but one of the few books that made me laff SO hard I was literally crying. As I read the book my neurotic Yorkie was napping on my lap--the perfect picture of dog owner bliss. Stephen Baker obviously owned some interesting canines, I saw my own dog's habits within the pages--both current & past ones.

The illustrations alone are a scream! Anyone who's got a sense of humor & has owned a dog will adore this book. Would make a wonderful gift for any dog owner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KnC Books on April 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
In "How to Live with a Neurotic Dog", Stephen Baker posits the ultimate question: "Can the neurotic dog be cured?" Of course to answer that question, we must first find out why the dog is neurotic to begin with.

In true psychoanalytical fashion, Baker delves into the canine subconscious, sorting through the mass of insecurities and phobias that make up the dog's psyche. It is no surprise (to the dog anyway), the root cause of anxiety for man's best friend is man.

The inhuman treatment that men (and women) inflict upon our four-legged friends is described in detail, and it makes the sensitive reader cringe to contemplate. Rigorous demands on the dog's system include our insistence they remain awake for minutes at a time, as well as restricting the quantity and quality of the food they eat. Every movement the dog makes is micro-managed, from where they sleep to where they go to the bathroom. It's small wonder that our pets are neurotic!

With the aid of illustrative examples by Eric Gurney, Baker gives us a roadmap to healing the divide between man and beast. If you love your dog, you owe it to yourself and your pet to read this book.
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