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The Akita: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet (Your Happy Healthy P) Hardcover – October 14, 1996

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At last, a book about your pet that emphasizes total care, training and companionship! You' ll not only learn about the species-specific traits of your special pet, you' ll also learn what the world' s like from your pet' s perspective; how to feed, groom and keep your pet healthy; and how to enjoy your pet through training and activities you can do together. The Akita is written by a breed expert and includes a special chapter on training by Dr. Ian Dunbar, internationally renowned animal behaviorist, and chapters on getting active with your dog by longtime Dog Fancy magazine columnist Bardi McLennan. Best of all, the book is filled with info-packed sidebars and fun facts to make caring for your pet easy and enjoyable.

About the Author

BARBARA BOUYET first became interested in Akitas in 1976. She is dedicated to the health and welfare of the breed, serving as Science Research Editor for ""Akita Review"" and Science and Health Editor for ""Akita News.""

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Product Details

  • Series: Your Happy Healthy P (Book 119)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (October 14, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876054912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876054918
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2001
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especially if you want a book that is devoted entirely to the Akita!! Half of this book is about dogs in general. The information is good, just not what I expected from a book entitled "The Akita: An Owner's Guide..." The real title of this book is what you find between the parentheses.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent reference book for people who are looking to buy an Akita, or the first time owner. The pictures were beautiful, and the text was straight forward and did not try to hide the goods or the bads about owning an Akita. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the breed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Closeted Bookworm on February 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you really want specifics and in depth information this book is barely the tip of the iceberg. This reminded me of an infomercial for petfood and veterinarians and retailers.
*Training issues and strategies were all but ignored.
*Dietary breed specific info was generic at best and IMHO potentially harmful.
*The whelping and puppy selection was just repeated info you find in any dog book.

I found more info by visiting the websites of Akita clubs. Friends of akitas, for example, is a great online community out of the UK, with in depth treasure of easy to access, online, free breed specific information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Orczyk on March 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As an individual considering the purchase of an akita, I was hoping to find a book that would offer me an indepth look at the breed characteristics, and specific items which would help me better determine if the breed is for me. While the book offers a nice introduction to the Akita breed, it offers no real insight into specifics that could help in my decision. The second half of the book is a generel overview of raising a puppy and training dogs. A great overview, but not what I was expecting.
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By Laura S. on November 18, 2012
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Anyone who has had, or has thought about getting, an akita knows research and education about this breed are absolutely necessary. This "guide" is like dipping your toe in the pool vs going for a good swim. I've also noticed a few typos in this book as well. But for $0.01 I can't expect the world, right? With a few exceptions you could insert pretty much any breed type inside, and on the cover of, this book.
This is a decent starting point about dogs in general, but if you are seriously looking for accurate, in-depthl information on Akitas invest in Barbara Bouyet's book "Akita- Tresure of Japan V2". It's worth the money.
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