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Beth Ostrosky Stern (aka Mrs. Howard Stern) presents a compendium of excellent advice for those new to the art of dog ownership with help from coauthor Grish. Stern, a longtime animal-rights activist and spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League, provides a lot of sensible advice as well as tips from veterinary experts for those entertaining the idea of dog ownership. In addition to determining whether your lifestyle will permit successful dog ownership, other topics include the true financial cost of dog ownership, picking a breed, adopting versus purchasing, and raising a puppy. While the book is written in an easygoing, conversational way, even longtime dog owners will find helpful information here. Designed for quick and easy reference, each chapter is packed with information, sidebars, and Ask Dr. Z! segments, a collection of questions about quirky dog behaviors and what they mean. A great resource for potential and current dog owners, this provides calm, rational, and, in some cases, step-by-step tips for navigating the world of dog ownership. --Kathleen Hughes

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"Whether you're an experienced pet parent, trying to decide on the type of dog you want, or you simply love animals, this book is a must-have. It is packed with practical information and a wonderful resource."
-- Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President, Operations, North Shore Animal League America

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439160295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439160299
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Chus on September 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
In which chapter does she talk about her own dog being trained by a professional? Or getting her dog from a breeder, despite telling others to adopt from shelters?
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64 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Jbodine on September 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Boring and full of nothing new. Alot better books out there, by far!!! Pass on this one.
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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Raytessa on July 15, 2012
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How does a person who didn't get their dog from a shelter and gets other peoples to train her dog, write a BOOK?!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By FlingDiddly on March 25, 2011
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I could probably find all of this for free via a google search, and even then I can guarantee I'd find some contradictory advice as well. Not as useful as I had hoped.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Ed on May 26, 2013
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After having read the book, I have to say a few things. First off, the supposed author (Beth Ostrosky) did not write this material. This book was clearly ghost written. Secondly, the supposed author Beth did not raise her dogs. She had a team of specialized breeders, trainers, and assistants at all times helping along with her rearing. This is not a first hand account by any means. Secondly, the vast majority of tips in this book come from a myriad of other publications. None of the advice is particularly novel or ground-breaking.

And lastly, if you check out the "author's" twitter (@BethStern), you will notice that as far as her pet cats are concerned, Beth seems to have an inability to maintain their proper health as well, as all of them are extremely overweight. As in morbidly so. She frequently posts pictures of herself with them, and you will notice they are HUGE.

I dare not suggest that anyone take advice from someone who takes such little care of their own pets. Stick with authors who actually write the books they label with their names and who have proper credentials for writing such a book in the first place.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tay42 on December 14, 2011
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Same old story told by a pretty face. Tried to find something positive about the book, but quite frankly, I have learned more from the yearly visit to the vet than I did trying to wade through glamour shots. There are far better informational books out there for serious pet owners. Talk to your vet. Even free pamphlets are better and you will have money left in your pocket for a new calendar.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By J. Hovda on November 27, 2011
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Horrible excuse for a book. Obviously written by a ghost writer. I really can't recommend this for anyone looking to train their pet as the "author" got a pet or two from a breeder.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Just an Unknown Professional Writer on April 4, 2013
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Exactly how does any person who doesn't even know how to save a document in Word in August (because, according to her pelican, she had her computer for a decade but only used it for online shopping and reading celebrity gossip columns) manage to complete an entire book manuscript and announce that it's "all finished" in time for Christmas that same year? That's some learning curve right there; must be an English major or something. Next, she should write an autobiography "about herself" to help out the rest of us dummies who needed her advice not to leave lit candles around unattended pets and to take them to the vet when they're obviously in need of immediate medical care. The only thing more useful would be a book about nutrition and health from a perpetually obese failed fad dieter who's confined to her apartment because she's dying.
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