Dogs: Good Health, Loving Care, Maximum Longevity


Return the Love and Devotion Your Dog Gives You!

Reap the knowledge and wisdom of more than 100 top veterinarians, trainers, groomers, and other pet experts! Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide offers powerful, practical advice on everything from obedience training and stopping misbehavior to providing the best health care, snacks, grooming, accessories, and more.

With over 800 full-color photographs and helpful, step-by-step illustrations, Dogs: The...

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Return the Love and Devotion Your Dog Gives You!

Reap the knowledge and wisdom of more than 100 top veterinarians, trainers, groomers, and other pet experts! Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide offers powerful, practical advice on everything from obedience training and stopping misbehavior to providing the best health care, snacks, grooming, accessories, and more.

With over 800 full-color photographs and helpful, step-by-step illustrations, Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide captures the excitement and doggone good fun that goes into raising and caring for your canine companion.


* Why changing your dog's food bowl might make him healthier (page 236)

* How to stop fleas for good (page 325)

* Premium foods— are they worth the extra cost? (page 216)

* A complete guide to the top 50 breeds (page 17)

* A toy that's guaranteed to stop barking (page 144)

* Why dogs stick their heads out car windows (page 202)

* How to teach your dog to wave— and other fun tricks (page 134)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579542443
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/19/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 986,816
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Hoffman is the former Rodale pet book editor. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xii
Part 1 Getting Acquainted 1
1 The Perfect Match 2
Choosing the Right Dog 3
Puppy or Adult? 8
Why a Purebred? 12
The 50 Most Popular Breeds 17
Make Mine a Mixed Breed 35
Where to Get Your Dog 38
2 Joining the Clan 42
Dog Proofing Your Home 43
The First Night 48
Making the Introductions 50
Dogs and Children 52
3 Bringing Up Puppy 54
What to Expect of a Puppy 55
Raising Him Well 58
What Is Puppyhood? 60
Socializing Your Puppy 62
The Polite Pup 64
The First Checkup 67
4 Canine Communication 68
How Dogs Communicate 69
Why Does She Do That? 72
Reading Your Dog's Body Language 77
Getting Your Message Across 79
Part 2 Training 80
5 Starting from Scratch 82
A Dog's-Eye View 83
Leader of the Pack 88
Rewards and Corrections 91
Talking to Your Dog 93
Ready to Learn 94
6 Bathroom Basics 96
House-Training Puppies 97
House-Training Adults 102
7 Basic Training 104
Get into Training 105
Leash Training 108
Tasty Rewards 111
The Five Basic Commands 112
Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks 118
Training a Therapy Dog 119
Professional Training Schools 120
8 Advanced Training 122
Higher Education 123
Working with Pros 126
Showing Off 127
Tracking 129
Tricks and Games 131
9 Correcting Unwanted Behavior 136
Prevention Is Better Than Cure 137
Aggressive Behavior 138
Barking 143
Begging 145
Car Chasing 146
Chewing 148
Climbing on Furniture 151
Digging 152
Eating and Rolling in Dung 153
Fear 155
Hates Being Handled 158
Hyperactivity 159
Jumping Up 160
Licking 161
Overprotectiveness 162
Possessiveness of Toys 163
Separation Anxiety 164
Stealing 165
Unwanted Sniffing 166
Whining 167
Part 3 Essential Care 168
10 Fun and Fitness 170
Why Exercise Is So Important 171
Fitness Fundamentals 173
Exercise Guidelines 177
Sports Dogs Love 180
Too Much of a Good Thing 182
Organized Activities 183
11 The Best Accessories 184
What Your Dog Needs 185
The Identifiable Dog 187
Stepping Out in Style 189
12 Caring for Latchkey Pets 192
Home Alone 193
Inside or Out? 195
Pet-Care Services 197
13 Traveling in Comfort 198
Taking a Car Trip 199
Travel Accessories 204
Up, Up and Away 206
Home Away from Home 208
Part 4 Food, Glorious Food 210
14 Nutrition for Life 212
Your Dog's Nutritional Needs 213
Special Requirements 217
Getting Enough Water 223
How Much Food Is Enough? 224
Canine Eating Problems 226
15 Canine Cuisine 228
Different Types of Dog Food 229
Snacks 234
Feeding Equipment 236
Special Diets for Special Pets 238
Part 5 Health Watch 240
16 Prevention 242
Care Begins at Home 243
The Home Checkup 244
The All-Over Exam 246
Nothing to Worry About 248
Common Problems 251
Choosing a Vet 253
Powerful Prevention 257
Medicinal Relief 260
17 Neutering 264
Family Planning 265
The Benefits of Neutering 267
18 Birthing 270
Caring for the Expectant Mom 271
The Big Day 274
Mom and the Newborns 277
19 Caring for the Older Dog 280
As Time Goes By 281
Making His Life a Little Easier 285
When to Let Go 287
Part 6 Easing Common Complaints 288
Aging 290
Allergies and Hay Fever 292
Anal Sac Problems 296
Arthritis 298
Bad Breath 301
Bloat 303
Constipation 305
Coughing 306
Dandruff 307
Dental Problems 309
Diarrhea 312
Drooling 313
Ear Problems 315
Eating Dung 317
Elbow Dysplasia 318
Eye Problems 320
Fever 323
Flatulence 324
Fleas 325
Food Allergies and Intolerance 329
Hip Dysplasia 331
Hot Spots 334
Itching 335
Licking 337
Mange 339
Shedding 341
Sunburn 342
Ticks 344
Urinary Tract Problems 347
Vomiting 348
Weight Problems 350
Worms 353
Part 7 First Aid 356
Handling an Injured Dog 358
Bites and Wounds 362
Bleeding 367
Broken Leg 370
Broken Tail 372
Burns 373
Car Accidents and CPR 375
Choking 378
Heatstroke 380
Poisoning 382
Torn Nails 385
Emergency Quick Reference Chart 386
Part 8 Looking Good 388
20 Grooming 390
Grooming Counts 391
The Tools of the Trade 395
How to Groom 398
Clipping 403
Ears and Eyes 405
Keeping Feet Neat 406
Clean Teeth 408
21 Bathtime 410
When to Wash Him 411
The Best Bathing Techniques 414
Bathing Step-by-Step 419
Shampoos and Conditioners 421
Further Information 422
Organizations and Clubs 424
Advisers 427
Contributors 432
Index 433
Credits and Acknowledgments 450
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    Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide is a wonderful book on how to raise your dog. It includes training, health, grooming, bath, exercise, vets, and much much more. There is more than 10 tricks, including, come, sit, retrieve, heel, wave, jump through a hoop, drop it, and more. Every trick has step-by-step illustrations and drawings. Every illustration is beautiful (there is over 800). There are many experts, including, trainers, animal behaviorists, groomers, and pet store owners. They include profiles of the top 50 dogs, including Malteses, Labs, Rottweilers, Poodles, and Mastiffs. All in all, Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide is your guide forgood health, loving care, and maximum longevity.

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