Describes caring for a pet dog, including feeding and cleaning suggestions, plus provides information on the health, safety, and aging of a dog.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. TalcroftKids are often beguiled by the idea of owning a pet; unfortunately, taking responsibility for daily care may not be so exciting. This "Positively Pets" series, written with a veterinarian as consultant, is designed to provide easy-to-read information about the care of pets most often chosen. Starting with bright covers showing smiling children and their perky pets, the books stress responsibility while addressing eight topics important to future owners. In this title, dog-lovers will learn about necessary supplies like food and water bowls, a collar, an ID tag, and a leash. Other sections, each accompanied by a lively and well-chosen color photo, explain the essentials of feeding a dog, playing with it, shampooing it, and taking it to a vet (including spaying or neutering). Readers are warned to introduce dogs slowly to other pets and told how long to expect a healthy dog to live. One page in each book introduces wild relativesin this case, grey wolves; the last topicdecoding dog behavioroffers helpful insights; for example, "When dogs want to play, they drop their chests to the ground and raise their back ends in the air." In place of sidebars, a small cartoon dog (created by Kim Brown) speaks directly to readers: "I love treats. But don't give me more than two a day or I could get sick or fat." Each book in this useful, well-presented series includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.
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