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My Dog!: A Kids' Guide to Keeping a Happy and Healthy Pet

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A primer, an owner’s manual, a field guide, and more, My Dog! is the complete book for every child who has a dog—whether it’s a brand-new puppy or adopted mutt, or a beloved pooch who’s been in the family for years. And it couldn’t be more kid-friendly, with its customizable cover (paste in a picture of your dog), tabbed chapters, and a pull-out dry-erase dog care chart.

Written by Michael J Rosen, author of Kids’ Best Dog Book, and dubbed a “fidosopher” by The Washington Post, ...

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A primer, an owner’s manual, a field guide, and more, My Dog! is the complete book for every child who has a dog—whether it’s a brand-new puppy or adopted mutt, or a beloved pooch who’s been in the family for years. And it couldn’t be more kid-friendly, with its customizable cover (paste in a picture of your dog), tabbed chapters, and a pull-out dry-erase dog care chart.

Written by Michael J Rosen, author of Kids’ Best Dog Book, and dubbed a “fidosopher” by The Washington Post, My Dog! covers everything from the basics of handling, feeding, and grooming to history, lore, and the kinds of fun facts kids will always remember (dogs have a sense of smell a million times better than ours; the oldest dog on record, Bluey, lived to be 29). It tells kids how to train their dogs, with illustrations—including action commands like Sit, Stay, Come, and Go to Your Place, and behavioral commands like Speak and Thank-You. There are the simple health checks kids can do. A How to Speak Dog section to insure that kids and dogs remain best friends—including why a raised, wagging tail doesn’t always mean “I’m happy,” and the important difference between a Yelp! and a Yowl! Even a recipe for Carob “Cocoa” for kids and dogs to bond over after a brisk winter walk.

Included with the book is a field guide to 75 breeds of the most popular and family-friendly dogs kids are likely to meet—each illustrated with a gorgeous full-color photograph and profiled with essential facts, including behavioral insights that make it an invaluable guide to choosing a family pet.

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A serviceable guide to dog ownership, dog training and popular dog breeds.

Intended more as a reference tool than a guide to be read straight through, this book contains a mix of practical tips, explanations of dogs' behavior and technical dog-breeding jargon (only the geekiest of would-be dog owners will want to know the difference between a brick head, a cone head and a dish face). Thirteen chapters cover the history of human-dog relations, bringing home a new dog, training tips, routine care and more. Kid-friendly cartoons, sidebars, photos and "Ask Your K-9 Coach" advice columns supplement prose instructions. The author takes a compassionate approach, usually explaining dogs' unwanted behavior by pointing to humans' mistakes and suggesting firm but kind methods of correction. Some of the books' suggestions seem inadvisable: One "lab report" tells readers to observe the reflective tapetum lucidum by shining a flashlight into a dog's eyes, and it is hard to imagine the dog party hat the author suggests as a craft project staying on for more than a few moments. A guide to 74 dog breeds common in the U.S. is attractively presented but organized, confusingly to the lay reader, by size.

Despite a few oddities, aspiring young dog owners will find useful information here. (Reference. 10- 14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761158417
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/5/2011
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosen has written, edited, or illustrated a veritable kennel of books, including Workman's Kids' Best Dog Book; Artisan's Horse People, Fishing with Dad, and My Bug; and The Dog Department: James Thurber on Hounds, Scotties, and Talking Poodles and May Contain Nuts: A Very Loose Canon of American Humor. Many of his anthologies have supported humane efforts through the Company of Animals Fund, which he founded in 1990. He lives with his pack on 100 acres in central Ohio.

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