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on October 25, 2009
Granted, I'm a licensed veterinary technician, so what I think is "common knowledge" may not necessarily be that way. That being said, this book is VERY basic. I just bought it today hoping to find a few new tricks for dealing with separation anxiety in dogs. No such luck.
Its almost as if its the author's PERSONAL "how-to-get-a-dog for someone who's never EVER owned a dog." She tells you were to find a dog, how to figure out what kind of dog you want/need. If you've never owned a dog, this is a good book for you. It also has a bunch of "holistic alternatives" in one of the chapters. Personally, I believe in modern veterinary medicine. And I don't like that she puts all this in the book that is clearly designed for people who have never had a dog. People who have never had a dog need to build a doctor-patient-client relationship with a licensed veterinarian! Should your pet have an emergency, and you've been treating with all these holistic treatments there's a few things that will/could happen: a.) the veterinarian you bring your pet to in the emergency situation has no idea what sort of history your pet has b.) you don't trust the veterinarian fully or feel comfortable because you don't know him/her c.) holistic treatments haven't been working or have actually been harming your dog and thus GREATLY influence the treatment from the veterinarian, and possibly the outcome of the situation.
Then the author goes on through the book to tell you how to take care of your dog, after the ONE chapter on "bringing home your rescue dog," all the way up to euthanasia. This is a book of someone's opinions. My suggestion, call a qualified veterinarian and do some adequate research on your own. Stay away from pet stores - they get puppies from puppy mills, this includes chains. The people that work in chains DO NOT have any veterinary education. If you talk to someone with a LICENSE, you will get good, accurate information.
I apologize for my rant.