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Siberian Huskies For Dummies
Siberian Huskies For Dummies
by Diane Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.69
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for anyone considering a Sibe!, February 6, 2001
I have been deeply involved in the dog world as a trainer, exhibitor (conformation and obedience), owner, fosterer and rescuer for a number of years and I love this book series. As a relatively new Siberian husky owner, fancier and rescuer, I found this book to be accurate, frank and totally fun to read. That last quality is especially important because I am finding increasingly that many people who acquire puppies or dogs have no real idea of what is involved in dog ownership. This seems to be especially true with a beautiful purebred like the Siberian husky. This book pretty much tells it like it is, from the fact that NO husky can be trusted not to run away if not on leash or fenced (they are bred to "run", after all)to the idea that Siberian huskies help remind you what is important in life--as long as it's not keeping a perfect house (they DO shed). It also has more information than any other single book I have found on general dog care, health, first aid, behavior, training (much of it specific for Siberian huskies--a great plus). This book even contains chapters on grooming, "working" huskies for fun and also very interesting information on the history of the Siberian husky as a breed. I would give this book 5 stars (or more) except for two things: 1) I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on finding and acquiring homeless Siberian huskies from rescue programs. This was mentioned, but only briefly. Siberians frequently find themselves homeless (I guess because not everyone has read this book and is prepared for them!) 2) I found the section on whether to have a Siberian husky live inside or outside--a major decision with great ramifications for the dog's life and the family's enjoyment of the dog--somewhat confusing. The book states that a secure fence is almost a necessity with dogs of this breed but also that they are escape artists, should not be permanently chained outside and that they need to be part of the family. It would seem that keeping such a dog inside is the only option, at least for the pet owners for whom this book is evidently crafted. But after saying these things, the book continues to tell readers how to keep their dogs living outside. Even those tips are excellent, though, and could be useful once the issue was resolved. In general, this book is a huge improvement over the textbook style of so many breed specific books and manuals for dog owners. It has an immense amount of useful information in spite of its small size and easy readability. The icons in the margins help immensely in making the book useful, too--noting which sections are "warnings" and "tips", etc. Oh, and the cartoons are wonderful too, as if the book itself weren't valuable enough!

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