German Shepherds For Dummies

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Everybody thinks they know the German Shepherd. Many of us grew up with Rin Tin Tin, or we saw German Shepherds in nightly news reports breaking up riots, or we saw them in neighbors’ backyards protecting children. But that only scratches the surface of one of the most fascinating and confusing breeds on earth. Whether it’s selection, nutrition, routine health care, training, competition, or just having fun, there’s more to it with a German Shepherd than with other breeds. And if you’re thinking about adding one ...

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Overview

Everybody thinks they know the German Shepherd. Many of us grew up with Rin Tin Tin, or we saw German Shepherds in nightly news reports breaking up riots, or we saw them in neighbors’ backyards protecting children. But that only scratches the surface of one of the most fascinating and confusing breeds on earth. Whether it’s selection, nutrition, routine health care, training, competition, or just having fun, there’s more to it with a German Shepherd than with other breeds. And if you’re thinking about adding one to your family, or you already have one, you need to know all you can about this breed. Which is where German Shepherds For Dummies comes in.

Is this noble and intelligent breed the right dog for you and your family? German Shepherds For Dummies provides the answer to this and all your questions about getting, caring for, and living with this loveable breed. Lifelong German Shepherd owner and longtime German Shepherd breeder, trainer, and exhibitor, Carline Coile, PhD ,gets you up and running with what you need to know to:

  • Find and communicate with reputable breeders
  • Choose the right German Shepherd for you
  • Housebreak and socialize your new puppy
  • Educate yourself and your dog
  • Handle behavioral problems
  • Participate in competitions

Dr. Coile provides insights into the German Shepherd temperament and loads of sensible, easy-to-follow advice, along with fun facts and Shepherd trivia, amusing and informative anecdotes, and tips on how to have a great time with your dog. Discover how to:

  • Understand how to communicate with your German Shepherd
  • Train your German Shepherd
  • Find a good trainer and attend classes
  • Deal with hereditary health problems
  • Feed and exercise your German Shepherd
  • Recognize, prevent and treat common health problems
  • Have loyal friend for life

The indispensable guide for you and your German Shepherd, German Shepherds For Dummies is the only book you’ll need to help you have the best possible experience with this handsome and sensitive breed of dog.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764552809
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 236,550
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic dog breeder and exhibitor. She is the author of 17 dog books and many dog-related magazine articles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Getting to Know German Shepherds.

Chapter 1: Making the Decision of a Lifetime.

Chapter 2: Setting the Standard for the Breed.

PART II: Finding the German Shepherd for You.

Chapter 3: Looking for Love in All the Right Places: Breeders andShelters.

Chapter 4: Picking the Perfect Puppy.

PART III: Bringing Up Baby.

Chapter 5: Shopping for Dog Stuff.

Chapter 6: Welcoming Your Dog Home.

Chapter 7: Feeding Your German Shepherd.

Chapter 8: Training Your Dog.

Chapter 9: Dealing with a "Bad Dog".

Chapter 10: Grooming Your Dog.

PART IV: Keeping Your Dog Healthy.

Chapter 11: Working with Your Dog's Other Best Friend: HisVeterinarian.

Chapter 12: Dealing with GSD Hereditary Health Problems.

Chapter 13: Taking Care of a Sick Shepherd.

Chapter 14: Caring for an Aging Shepherd.

PART V: Having Fun with Your German Shepherd.

Chapter 15: Exercising Your Dog.

Chapter 16: Showing Off Your Dog.

Chapter 17: Putting Your Shepherd to Work.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Traveling with Your Dog.

Chapter 19: Ten Fun Games You Can Play with Your Shepherd.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Resources.

Appendix C: The Official AKC Breed Standard for the German ShepherdDog.

Appendix D: GSD Abbreviations.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

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    Informative useful and practical very easy to read

    This is a really good book because if one has any doubts about the GSD breed, you will save yourself a lot of hardship and unhappiness by reading this and buying a fish.
    It is informative, detailed, inspiring and very useful.
    Although I have had many German Shepherds, this book was on the breeder's list so I bought it and will use many of the resources listed in this book.
    I am so glad that I read it. My next German Shepherd will be the beneficiary of my recently acquired knowledge.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    Excellent Book

    This is a must have for anyone considering a GSD. Very informative. Easy to understand. Quick reference guide for any upcoming Q's. Gives much detail on the important things you need to know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    Very informative!!

    I thought the book was very informative and everyone that is thinking of buying a GSD or owns one should read it. It is filled with lots of useful information for lots of different situations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    This authir is annoying

    I read the sample 97 pages (actally only 30 pages of actual book are included in those 97, but that was enough!) and could barely get thru it bc this author us way too sarcastic in a condesending way, very unenjoyable reading when youre trying to learn

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    Posted August 20, 2011

    Love it

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    The best selfhelp book ever

    I don't know what I would have done without this book. It saved me from going crazy when my sheperd started doing crazy things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    An Informative book on the breed.

    It's about the German Shepherd Dog and has lots of information about them. The book details the history, health, and other things about the breed. Very interesting book.

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