The Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog, 2nd Edition

The Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog, 2nd Edition

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by Kristin Mehus-Roe
     
 

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The revised and expanded second edition of the best-selling The Original Dog Bible remains the most comprehensive dog lover’s resource on the market: 830 pages and over 500 color photographs cover every topic under the canine sun! The book is divided into eight parts, each fully illustrated and designed for easy reference, plus helpful, entertaining

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The revised and expanded second edition of the best-selling The Original Dog Bible remains the most comprehensive dog lover’s resource on the market: 830 pages and over 500 color photographs cover every topic under the canine sun! The book is divided into eight parts, each fully illustrated and designed for easy reference, plus helpful, entertaining sidebars covering hundreds of related topics.

Section I: “The Dog in Our World” starts with the domestication of dog and the development of breeds, explores the dog’s place in world religion, folklore, and popular culture, and analyzes how the dog fits into our society in terms of rescue, animal welfare, legal matters, and ethical and social issues.

Section II: “A New Dog” is a new owner’s primer to deciding upon the right dog, whether purebred or mixed breed, the requirements of keeping and caring for a dog, and various considerations before choosing a dog (children, size, energy, etc.). Individual chapters on finding a dog (from breeders, shelters, and rescue programs), preparing for the homecoming (puppy-proofing, supplies, safety), and bringing the dog home.

Section III: “Life with a Dog” discusses pet-care partners (from doggy day care to boarding kennels to pet sitters), emergencies, lost-dog protocol, traveling with a dog, senior years, and activities with a dog. The expansive activities chapter covers agility, flyball, sledding, weigh pulling, canine freestyle, lure coursing, herding, field trials, dock diving, Schutzhund, tracking, showing, therapy, obedience trials, and more.

Section IV: “Breeds” is the largest section in the book, providing an alphabetical catalog of over 250 purebred dogs, from Affenpinscher to Yorkshire Terrier, including all of the most popular breeds in the world as well as many little known breed. Each breed is represented by a full-color photograph and an article detailing alternative names, country of origin, kennel club group, history of breed’s development, physical description, height/weight, temperament, activity level, health concerns—all information necessary for owners to determine which breed would make the best companion for their life style and family.

Section V: “Health” extends over 100 pages and covers establishing a veterinary regimen for a dog; infectious diseases and vaccinations; canine anatomy and bodily systems; reproduction and breeding; chronic disease and conditions; and diagnostic tests and techniques.

Section VI: “Daily Care” provides owners with fundamental information about grooming dogs, including breed-specific needs, history of grooming, and home grooming requirements. A chapter titled “The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Dog” addresses essential canine nutrition, including selection of the right food, safety, special needs, supplemental, obesity, and owner precautions.

Section VII: “Training and Behavior” could be a complete book unto itself, discussing canine communication, the importance of socialization, puppy training, house-training, specific kinds of training methods, equipment, adult-dog methods, and trick training. A chapter on solving behavioral problems covers difficulties owners might encounter with their pets, from barking and separation anxiety to aggression, eating, housetraining, and health-related problems.

Section VIII: “Dogs and Work” includes a chapter about dogs who work and a chapter about people who work with dogs. The text discusses the many jobs dogs do in our society, from ancient roles like herding, guarding, and military work to more contemporary jobs like search and rescue, film acting, and detection work. The careers chapter catalogs jobs caring for dogs (veterinary-related, groomers, day-care), protection and advocacy jobs (humane societies, animal control), and training and handling jobs (obedience, behaviorist, working dog handlers).

The book concludes with an extensive glossary, a 50-page resource section of books, websites, and magazines, and a complete index.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
An update to the 2005 edition, this substantially expanded and fully revised second edition profiles 250 breeds and adds five additional chapters. Mehus-Roe (Dogs for Kids) opens with an astute and wonderfully illustrated survey of dogs' considerable role in history and popular culture, using both period and artifact photographs. Because it is more a guide to responsible dog ownership than a breed standards guide, the book is subsequently divided into eight segments and 34 chapters, which offer indispensable guidance on pet-relevant emergencies, travel, exercise, training, health regimens, and end-of-life concerns. An informative, extremely enjoyable read, regardless of pet ownership.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933958828
Publisher:
i5 Publishing
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
394,218
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

What People are saying about this

George Berger
"Those who love the canine species - which means just about all of us - lap up doggy information like puppies at the feeding bowl. This wonderful new volume is a veritable banquet of fascinating, useful facts. It will leave readers bulging contentedly with vital, nurturing knowledge."--(George Berger, publisher of the AKC Gazette and AKC Family Dog)
Dr. Marty Becker
"Being a veteran-veterinarian of 25 years and a lifetime pet lover, 'this old doc learned new tricks' upon reading the consummate book on all things dogs...I highly recommend it!"--(Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian on ABC's Good Morning America and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul)

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The Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog, 2nd Edition 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book that help you to get ready for a new dog or puppy and what breed you want your dog to be, as well as helping you learn more about your pet. This book sure did come in handy for my dog Jasper who had a disease the vet didnt reconize but as for me who search the health section determined to help my dog I found the correct description of my dogs sore paw and my vet then knew how to help my puppys sickness and he is now as fresh as new all thanks to this book, even now I browse this book just to see what else I could find.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot a lot a lot of chapters. Why is caring for a dog so hard?
Zimra Schwartz More than 1 year ago
Strongly recommended for anyone who wants to know more about dogs...
MVK More than 1 year ago
A complete overview of everything you could ever want to know about dogs and their care. Very well written - interesting, informative and engaging. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally comprehensive and helpful to dog owners answered all of my questions and is amazingly written
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