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This is the book on American working terriers you always always wished someone would write: Practical, common sense, terrier work for the beginner, laid out in a clear no-nonsense style with chapters on the history of working terriers in Europe and America, along with sections on introducing young dogs to work, tools, technique, American terrier quarry, hazards, and veterinary care for working dogs.

The sections on veterinary care and tools alone will save most people more money than the cost of this book, while the tips on digging, locator collars, skunk toxic shock, and handling quarry at the end of a dig, may save you more than money.

This book is about working terriers, but if you show, breed or judge any type of terrier, you will find this book an eye-opener. Chapter One, for example, explains why (and how) the development of dog shows resulted in the elevation of linked structural characteristics that have resulted in breed after terrier breed disappearing from the working field, while Chapter Four explains what is really required in a good working terrier.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (February 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141166082X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411660823
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew R. Mullenix on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you travel much along the back roads of the Mid-Atlantic States, along hedgerows and small farms or woodlots, you might spot a digger and his dogs. He'd be a quiet figure in workman's clothes, walking beneath a load of tools. His little patch-colored dogs would scuttle ahead in the same direction, obviously on to something good.

Investigate: If you're lucky, and anywhere near Arlington, Virginia, it might be Patrick Burns.

The rest of us will have to settle for American Working Terriers, Burns's rich and entertaining treatise on the topic of digging to dogs.

"When I refer to terrier work, I am not talking about ratting or bushing rabbits or working raccoons or possums in brush piles or barns, but honest earth work in which a dog disappears underground and out of sight, and then is dug to by someone with a shovel."

There is that and so much more: Burns manages in a few dozen wide-margined pages to tell the history of the terrier, first in England and then at home. Not satisfied with the sanctioned accounts, Burns ropes in the roles of social movements and class warfare, Darwin's theories, battlefield etiquette, the American Revolution, rat pits, Teddy Roosevelt, animal rightists and multi-flora rose to tell the story of the terrier complete. And that's just the opening.

The practicum starts with the size and shape of the subterranean dog. Burns blasts the modern standard that favors large dogs (fox terriers now literally too big to bolt fox) and show breeds so far removed from working stock they have to rename them. Typically utilitarian, Burns sets his own standard for a tunneling dog on the size of the tunnel.
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This is perhaps the best and most complete book on working terriers. It was very refreshing to read a book by an American Terrierman. This book seemed like a combination of an academic paper and a field manual. It was both well researched and drew from real and practical experience of the author. The book is focused on training and working with terriers to 'go to ground' and the handlers that dig in to the dens of American quarry, including groundhogs, raccoons, oppossums, foxes, and the American badger. I wish that I had a hardcover edition as this book is destined to be a classic.
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One of the best books on working terriers I have read.
The chapters on History,Tools and Techniques are worth the asking price alone.
Very specific to the American Pipe size. (As the title suggests)
I await Mr. Burns next book.
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enjoyed this book from start to finish, have hunted all my life but not with terriers. though book was well writen with plenty of information on going to ground. would recommed it to every one. jack
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