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Product Details

  • Series: Owner's and Instruction Manual
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; English Language edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931686858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931686853
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran veterinarian Brunner points out that "while most…highly developed consumer products come with instruction manuals, dogs do not"; he remedies that situation with this cleverly arranged and eye-catching little volume. Organized like a standard set of operating instructions (but with much cuter illustrations, by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum of Headcase Design), the book takes readers through a "parts list," an overview of makes and models, home "installation," programming (i.e., training), fuel requirements, maintenance and more. Brunner’s advice is straightforward and easy to understand, and it covers—if sometimes only briefly—just about any situation a dog owner might face. The authors highlight cautionary tips, and provide diagrams to illustrate processes such as trimming a dog’s nails and transporting an injured dog. With this guide, readers will find it easier to get a handle on their complicated canine.
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About the Author

A veterinarian for 25 years and operator of Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple Animal Clinic for 22 years, Dr. David Brunner specializes in treating small animals—cats and dogs. He has two daughters, Molly and Kendell, and two black Labrador retrievers, Lucy and Noel, both of whom come to work with him every day. Sam Stall is the coauthor of As Seen On TV: 50 Amazing Products and the Commercials That Made Them Famous and Dirty Words of Wisdom. He resides in Indianapolis with his three terrier mixed-breeds, Tippy, Katie, and Gracie, as well as his wife, Jami (who has no terrier blood whatsoever), and their cat, Ted. Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio Headcase Design. Their work has been featured in many design and illustration publications, such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Both graduated from the Tyler School of Art, where they now teach. While illustrating this book, Jude acquired a Boston terrier named Huxley, which he has since programmed to sit, stay, roll over, and mix cocktails. Paul’s dog, an imaginary Jack Russell named Crackers, was last seen romancing a pair of running shoes.

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And it's laid out like an instruction manual!
Devlin Skahill
When I got my new puppy, I received this book and "The Art of Raising a Puppy."
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I would recommend this book to all dog lovers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Laurich-Braton on July 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Average pet owner to professional trainer - you NEED this book in your library. In fact, you no longer need a library at all...this is the book to reference no matter what your canine question or concern. Easy to read and charming illustrations that offer a plethora of informaton covering any aspect of owning, caring, or training a dog. As a companion dog trainer, "the dog owner's manual" has become the most important book I will require my client's to read. Bravo Dr Brunner and Sam Stall!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a must-have for dog owners and fanciers alike! I bought this with my birthday money, and the humorous text urged me to snatch it from the shelves. It's a book to read when in the bowels of "Dog Ownwer Despair". If you love or like dogs, this is a book you NEED to have!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
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Great basic book for new owners of dogs. Truly a "how-to", the book walks the new owner step-by-step through choosing a dog type, introducing new pets to various members of the family (human and non-), equipment, training, and many other topics.
The manual is entertaining, from its design (the illustrations look like Ikea did them, but the instructions are clearer) to the mock-tech writing style. The result is an informative, easy to search and use reference book that will be useful to every dog owner for the length of the dog's life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara Watson on July 20, 2005
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Though informative, the real value is in the illustrations and amusing text which has been written in the style of a computer manual. In the section on dog anatomy, nipples are described as preinstalled docking ports for peripherals, noting that "the circuitry of the male model renders these valves inoperative." The book is liberally peppered with gems like these. Another reviewer mentioned that the illustrations are very Ikea and that was spot on--Ikea ought to consider selling this in their pet section. I would not personally use this book to replace a more text-base dog book with photos, but it's ideal as a gift, worth the laughs, and has some interesting facts and essential information.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2004
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What a great book! Having a few "models" myself, this book caught my eye and I enjoyed it from cover to cover. I heard "The Cat Owner's Manual" will be following it shortly. If it's anything like this book, I'll be buying a copy for my Mom and her cats to enjoy!
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By D. Adams on August 16, 2013
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Great Little book that provides helpful information in an entertaining way. Easy to read and works as a great gift for someone with a new puppy.
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By A.M. on April 15, 2013
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It is a great journal to keep for new pet. I wish the section to keep paperwork (legal documents) was larger.
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I have ordered pretty much all of these owners instruction manual books, including the bride, newlywed, cat, groom and baby books. All of the them have been gifts for others, and they all have enjoyed them. This one was ordered for my boyfriend a few months after we rescued a dog together, he enjoyed it. All of the books are absolutely hilarious and are a great gift for someone who has a humor side. Not only do they actually give good advice, and walk you through stages on the topic, they give it to you in a legit understanding way but with a comedian manor. Even if you get the book for someone who isn't much of a reader, the pictures and demonstration are pretty humorous. Would definitely recommend for anyone with has a funny side, and need a simple add on to make them laugh about things they are expecting or having in life.
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