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Safe Dog Handbook: A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out

4.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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About the Author

Melanie Monteiro began her journey into the world of canine safety in 2002, after adopting the world’s most thrill-seeking, accident-prone Labrador puppy, Taiga. Since then, she’s become a certified pet first aid instructor and canine safety lecturer to countless dog parents, canine professionals and humane organizations.

A dedicated dog lover, Melanie has been a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, a grooming crewmember for SPCA-LA, and volunteer for several other L.A. area rescue organizations. In her quest to help dogs lead safe, healthy lives, she has trained with the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, The American Red Cross and the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, where she earned a certificate in canine nutrition.

In her past life, Melanie was an award-winning advertising writer in Los Angeles. During her twenty-year career, she created campaigns for many national brands including PetSmart and Pedigree, which provided the foundation for her unique insight into the concerns of pet owners.

An L.A. native, Melanie currently lives in Sisters, Oregon, with her husband Mark, the infamous Labrador Taiga, and a constantly revolving guest roster of dogs.

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; 1 Spi edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592535194
  • ASIN: B003YCQG7C
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,435,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Mackenzie-Smith on April 14, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is a gold mine of information for the care and safety of our beloved pooches. I got it thinking I would use it as a reference / first aid manual for my rambunctious terrier but the minute I opened it to "skim through it" I got hooked and read it cover to cover. Did you know grapes can cause kidney failure in some dogs? Or that the Sago Palm, very common in Southern California gardens, is lethal? A couple of nights ago I turned my back for a second and my dog gobbled up my pasta which was covered with a sauce made with huge chunks of garlic. I remembered seeing garlic on the list of toxic foods so I grabbed my book and turned to pg. 57 and to the most important list all dog owners should have taped on their refrigerator door. The information on separation anxiety (pg. 45) could have saved my dog years of 4th of July stress and if I had seen the safety tip about bolting out front doors earlier (pg. 23) I probably could have saved $5000 on expensive TPLO knee surgery recently. Beautifully written and designed and meticulously researched, this book should be mandatory reading for all dog owners. In fact, I think it should automatically come with all new puppies and rescues as an instruction manual!
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Let me start off by saying that we are owners of a cage free dog boarding facility and have what I thought to be in depth knowledge of dogs. But, as the saying goes, "You don't know everything" couldn't be more true! The Safe Dog Handbook is loaded with information on not only how to keep your dog safe in the outdoors as well as indoor environments but great dog behavior tips as well. The book has an interesting design feature in that it has a spiral binder that allows for easy page access and long term durability. This book should be kept close by for quick reference in a dog emergency, it even comes with two handy bookmarks. I plan on keeping close by at our business and to make sure all our employees read it too. It is extremely well written and photographed and makes the perfect gift for any dog lover.
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I would definitely recommend this book to others. If you are considering obtaining or have just gotten a pet, reading through this will prime you on most everything you need to know. Unfortunately, the two times I've been seriously concerned about my puppy's health, it was not covered in the book (he ended up being fine, though). The index could also be improved upon. I still recommend it highly to keep around, though. The spiral bound aspect is nice. Includes things like outdoor safety, choking, collar safety (often overlooked) and symptoms to watch out for. I keep it right on top of my dog's crate in a basket for quick reference, and I do reference it often. Remember it's ALWAYS best to call the vet if you have any concerns that are not obvious fixes!!! Also check out the author's you tube page which is helpful.
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As a dog lover (I rescued a golden retriever three years ago) this book is a very valuable book in handling almost every emergency of care for your dog. It is wire-bound which makes for easy opening and reading. If you really love your dog and want the best care, besides a veterinarian, then please consider this book. The author is found with different techniques on YouTube, so you might want to check them out also.
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This is well written, has everything you need to know (and stuff you didn't even know that you needed to know but you do), and really cute pics. I highly reco this book for anyone who loves dogs and wants to care for them as best they can. Very informative and very easy to read.
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Purchased this book used, looks brand new, in great shape! I couldn't beat the price ($4.00 including shipping). It even has colored pictures and an index. Found it to be very helpful and informative. I'm a new dog owner and would recommend this book to any owner. Great to have on hand!!
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By Jspr86 on December 5, 2012
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If you love your pet this is a great reference book. Jamb packed with ideas for health, safety and fun for your pet. Simple steps you to take charge of pets well being. Knowing your dangers in your back yard for instance with plants etc and house hold items that your pet can get into includes the reasons why your pets do what they do. Book covers straight forward hands on first aid for your pet. Even has some recipies for dog treats. I am happy with the purchase and would highly recommened.
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This is the best pet first aid guide I have read. If you can think of a question, you'll find the answer here. I refer to it often. As a petsitter I have dealt with many emergencies, so i keep a copy in my car as well as at home.
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