Dog about Town: How to Choose and Care for Your City Dog

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A city dog has to remain healthy with limited exercise, should be bred to live with people, cannot have such sharp hearing that a car backfire is actually painful or so high strung that the normal hustle-bustle of city life is unendurable. In this timely resource book, Pat Farley shares her decades as a "working mother" of an array of city dogs, helps readers choose the right dog for them and their lifestyle, offers "shop smart" tips for buying pet products, and presents a viable training program for both puppies...

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Overview

A city dog has to remain healthy with limited exercise, should be bred to live with people, cannot have such sharp hearing that a car backfire is actually painful or so high strung that the normal hustle-bustle of city life is unendurable. In this timely resource book, Pat Farley shares her decades as a "working mother" of an array of city dogs, helps readers choose the right dog for them and their lifestyle, offers "shop smart" tips for buying pet products, and presents a viable training program for both puppies and adopted older dogs. She guides readers through "city" manners, street smarts, travelling, and every aspect of an active urban lifestyle for dogs and their owners. The book also includes a chapter on handling illness and emergencies and a great appendix of resources. This comprehensive guide tells you everything you need to know to select, raise, and live with a happy dog in the city — including Dog Breed Selection Chart, Personal Pet Selection Tests, Emergency Help Kit, Travel Resources, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892123107
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Farley has shown and trained her own dogs, served as an assistant trainer in formal obedience classes and run her own training classes. She has served as a consultant for problem dogs for years, guided many people in choosing and raising their dogs, studied canine behavior, organized and run community pet shows and worked as a volunteer adoption counselor at a large shelter. When she is not enjoying her dogs, Pat is a professional writer and award-winning direct marketing copywriter with a focus on fund-raising for a wide range of clients including Fidelco Guide Dogs, Las Vegas Humane Society, Humane Animal Rescue League, The Association of Sanctuaries, Primarily Primates Sanctuary and others

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Table of Contents

Yes, You can Have a Dog in the City 1
Do you believe dogs aren't happy in cities?
Do you think your schedule or lifestyle prohibits a dog in your life?
Does your apartment forbid pets?
Are your objections based on what you see of other city dogs?
All are false!
1. A Good City Dog is Not the Same as a Good Country Dog 3
You have to choose and train dogs differently
Redefining the different requirements during nearly twenty years of living in the city with dogs
2. You're Picking a Roommate--Be Compatible 8
When choosing a dog to live in the close quarters of city housing, suit your temperament
Match your personality
The 8 real facts that affect your choice of size
Myths to ignore
Why you need to consider cropping, docking, hair, grooming, family planning
Dog Choice Worksheet
3. You and Your Buddy--There's a Breed for You 23
Narrow down your choice by reviewing breed groups
The key criteria for city dog
How to get what you want in a mixed breed
Dog Selection Chart (page 36)
4. Look for Love in all the Right Places 51
What the lingo of dog selling really means
How to find the very best dog
How a wonderful dog is created (comparison chart page 56)
Do your homework
Where and how to be a smart shopper
5. Chin-Licking is not a Reliable Criterion 63
What to assess in a puppy and an adult
Tests for temperament for pups and adults
How to handle your purchase and your rights as a buyer
Your dog's first visit to the vet
6. A Dog is not a Thing 83
Understand the commitment you're making
7. Decorating the Nursery 88
When to bring your dog home
The wonderful crate
Your New Dog Shopping List (chart page 93)
8. How to be a Good Teacher 97
The do's and don'ts of easy, successful training
How dogs learn
5 rules for good training
The 3 voices of training
Your arsenal of training tactics
Options for correction
When to come on strong
9. Your First Days Together--Pleasures & Pains 111
Understanding that puppies are infants and adults are often traumatized
Bonding and naming
Establishing house rules
10. Growing Pains: More Puppy Lessons and Common Problems 124
The battle of housebreaking
Collars and leashes
The commands "come" and "sit"
The agonies of puppyhood and how to deal with them
11. Make it Easy by Going to a Pro 140
The value of professional obedience training
What it consists of
How to find a good class
Why you should get trained as well as your dog
Attack dog training
12. Street Smarts 145
Sensible savvy to protect yourself and your dog in the city
When to let him run free
Tying in front of stores
Selecting his friends
Keeping the welcome mat out
Leaping out of the doorway
Making friends with the doorman
Carrying money
Watching for glass
13. MS. Manners Speaks About City Dogs 153
How to make those around you enjoy your dog
Close encounters with strangers and neighbors
Enjoyable walks
Life in close quarters
Barkers
14. Games Dogs (and People) May Play 161
Trickery and mind games played by many dogs
Vanishing food
Use of forbidden objects
Ghost illnesses
Hunger strikes
Playing dumb
The letter of the law and more
Tricks you can play with your dog
An easy way to give medication
Cigarette smoking
Fooling everyone into thinking your dog is a killer
15. City Scares & Other Special Problems 171
Dealing with all that fur
Protection from too much heat and cold
Destructive dogs
Dogs who refuse to wait
Party animals
Jealousy
Fear of thunder and fireworks
City fears and phobias
Oversexed dogs
Eating problems
Exercising needs and locations
16. Your City Support System 191
17. You Can Often Take Him with You 204
Traveling with your dog on planes, trains, buses and cars
Smuggling pets on board
Finding hotels that take dogs
Combining travel with kennels
International travel for your dog
18. Country Culture Shock 214
The dog who goes native with a vengeance and the dog who fears grass or can't climb stairs
Teaching your country hosts what to expect from a city dog
What might be alien to your dog
How to teach your dog to swim
Bringing him home clean and pest-free
19. City Health 221
Choosing a vet
Annual checkups and inoculation
Special ailments that strike city dogs
How to tell if your pet is under the weather
Breeding
Serious illness, insurance and old age
20. Times of Crisis or Disaster 238
Making a move safely and without trauma
Finding a lost dog
Dealing with injury, setting up a dog first aid kit
Separating "parents" and custody
Abuse
What to do about long absences
Services for senior citizens
How to cope with serious illness and keep your dog
Caring for and dealing with natural disasters (including contents of your disaster kit)
21. So You Want to Move on Beyond Just a Pet? 250
Championship options and titles, including obedience and field trials
For those who crave competition, all about agility, flyball and frisbee games
Hero dogs--therapy, service and search and rescue
Movies, models and Westminster winners
Volunteering to help other animals
22. A Person's Best Friend to the Very End 262
It's all worth it
Appendix Resources 263
Websites, books and magazines for further sturdy, recommended books for your home reference library
Websites, addresses and telephone numbers for locating breed rescue groups, training programs and anything else mentioned in this book
Index 270
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2000

    A Great Read & Enormously Helpful

    This book comprehensively covers everything you need to know to choose a dog and raise it to be happy in an urban environment. Covers the best dogs for city life, city smarts, city manners, city resources, city games and pleasures, even country culture shock. Also includes things you don't see anywhere else like testing a prospective dog, what those words in ads really mean, what it takes to be a showdog, how to deal with emergencies like evacuations with a dog. It's just packed with great information, most of which I have never seen elsewhere. And it's also filled with the author's personal stories about her dogs -- it's funny and delightful to read. I highly recommend it!

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