Planet Dog: A Doglopedia

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For some people, the world spins on a slightly different axis, and life is often dictated by a cold nose nudging for a predawn outing, a stray dog hair in your coffee, and that daily race to get home after a long day’s work and be greeted by slobbery kisses.

Planet Dog is a jam-packed book of more than three-hundred lists about raising, loving, and living in the world with man’s best friend.
Combining the practical, the informative, and the ...

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Overview

For some people, the world spins on a slightly different axis, and life is often dictated by a cold nose nudging for a predawn outing, a stray dog hair in your coffee, and that daily race to get home after a long day’s work and be greeted by slobbery kisses.

Planet Dog is a jam-packed book of more than three-hundred lists about raising, loving, and living in the world with man’s best friend.
Combining the practical, the informative, and the entertaining, this unique encyclopedic treatment addresses not only the care of dogs but also their culture, their competitions, their breeding and behavioral characteristics—even dog people themselves—all in a feisty and easily accessible guide.

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Library Journal
The Chorons-Sandra is a writer and literary agent, Harry a graphic designer-claim to offer the first "doglopedia," but it's more a book of lists about dogs. Divided into four parts -"The Culture of Dogs," "Top Dogs," "Breeds and Breeding," and "Care and Training"-the text mixes factual information, canine trivia, canine humor, and dog stories. The authors do not claim to be dog experts. Indeed, they make some assumptions (e.g., "Pet shop salespeople are on equal par with used-car dealers in terms of selling techniques") that may not be generally accepted. Moreover, the list format makes it difficult to locate specific information, although the index (not seen) may correct that. Despite its flaws, this is still a fun read enlivened by quotes from well-known individuals. Libraries looking for factual information on dogs would be better served by books like D. Caroline Coile's Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds and Tracie Hotchner's recent The Dog Bible. For larger collections.-Deborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Adult/High School-This powerhouse of an encyclopedia will appeal to dog lovers, trivia seekers, and those looking for more information before buying a puppy. The Chorons have compiled more than 300 lists about man's best friend. Some contain information that will be difficult to find elsewhere (the top 10 Russian dogs sent into space, for example), while others compile practical material ("20 Tips for Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby"), but all focus on Fido. The book addresses not only the care of dogs, but also their characteristics, competitions, and culture. A comprehensive, visually appealing, and easily accessible resource.-Erin Dennington, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618517527
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Choron is a writer, editor, literary agent, book packager, and designer. She and her husband, Harry Choron, a graphic designer, are the authors of College in a Can, The Book of Lists for Teens, and The All-New Book of Lists for Kids, among other works.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xvii

PART 1: The Culture of Dogs - 1 A Brief History of the Relationship Between Dogs and Humans 3 9 Dog Superstitions 3 4 Children Who Were Raised by Dogs 4 Dogs in Ancient Cultures 7 10 Characteristics of People Born in the Year of the Dog 8 42 Celebrities Born in the Year of the Dog 8 Doggie Dreams and What They Portend 11 24 Biblical References to Dogs 12 A Dog Creation Theory 13 Will All Dogs Go to Heaven? 14 A History of Dogs in Art 16 What I’ve Learned from Painting a Blue Dog 18 6 Man-Bites-Dog Stories 19 Dogs and Their Presidents 20 A History of War Dogs 22 Cat People vs. Dog People 24 12 Urban Dog Legends 25 Circus Poodles 26 7 Real Dog Ads 28 13 Legendary Black Dogs of Great Britain 28 Dogs Who Went Postal 29 6 Superdogs 30 13 Dog Haikus 31 How to Say Dog in 131 Languages 32 28 Dog Idioms 34 How to Communicate with Your Dog in 36 Languages 35 27 Songs About Dogs 36 18 Rock-’n’-Roll Dogs 36 73 Popular Performers with Dog Names 37 A History of the American Kennel Club 38 The 25 Most Common Male Dog Names in the United States 39 The 24 Most Common Female Dog Names in the United States 39 The Canis Film Festival: 66 Great Dog Movies 40 The Dogs of Best in Show 47 The Trouble with Moose 48 Moosisms 48 4 Genesis Award Winners 2004 49 5 Really Bad Dog Movies 49 And Toto, Too! 50 The Story of Lassie 51 8 Weird Laws About Dogs 53 3 Dog Constellations 53 The Rin Tin Tin Story 54 45 Dogs Who Appeared on The Simpsons 56 Dogs in Print 58 Literary Dogs 58 Snoop Dogs: Detectives and Their Canine Partners 61 17 Aesop Dog Fables 62 14 Memoirs About Dogs and Their People 64 13 Books “Written” by Dogs 66 Say “Kibble”: 9 Noted Dog Photographers 68 Irresistible Photo Books for Dog Lovers 69 19 Definitions for the Word Dog 70 Roy Blount, Jr.’s “5 Reasons Why I Can’t List My Favorite Dogs” 71 84 More Literary Dogs 72 Shakespeare on Dogs 74 PART 2: Top Dogs - 75 11 Civil War Dogs 78 Canine Heroes of World War II 79 5 Dogs Who Changed the Course of History 82 13 Russian Dogs Who Were Launched into Space 83 18 World Trade Center Dogs 84 22 Jobs That Dogs Have Performed 86 4 Famous Guide Dogs 87 11 ACE Award Winners 88 2 Baseball Diamond Dogs 89 8 Talking Dog Jokes 90 15 World’s Record–Breaking Dogs 92 3 Dogs Who Have Won Acting Awards 93 Dickin Medal Winners 94 The World’s 7 Wealthiest Dogs 95 3 Kinds of Conformation Dog Shows 96 How a Conformation Dog Show Works 97 14 Prestigious All-Breed Conformation Dog Shows 98 5 Ways to Find Dog Shows 99 Who’s Who at the Dog Show 100 What the Judges Look For 101 An Early History of Conformation Dog Shows 101 All About Crufts 102 The Story of the Westminster Kennel Club 103 8 Special Trophies and Awards Given at Westminster 104 The Top Winning Groups at the Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show 104 Junior Showmanship Winners, 2000–2004 104 Westminster Kennel Club Show Winners, 2000–2004 105 Westminster Stats 105 All About the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship 107 The Role of the AKC 107 Basic Dog Show Terminology 108 Show Dogs Aren’t Like Pets 111 19 Luminaries of the Dog Show World, Past and Present 112 The 10 Dog Show Ribbon Colors and What They Mean 113 8 Qualities of a Good Dog Show Person 114 5 Things You Should Know About Hiring a Professional Dog Handler 115 14 Reasons for Disqualifications at the Dog Show 116 Dog Show Point System Basics 117 4 Qualities of a Good Show Dog 118 19 Things to Bring to the Dog Show 119 The Care and Feeding of Judges 120 Dress for Ring Success 120 A Dog Show Dictionary 121 20 Things Every Junior Handler Should Know 122 11 Great Dog Sports 124 How to Prepare for the Musical Canine Freestyle 127 6 Greyhound Racing Myths 128 15 States with Active Greyhound Racetracks 128 Highlights of the Iditarod 129 The 5 Basic Sled Dog Commands 131 5 Multiple Iditarod Winners 131 5 Recent Iditarod Champions 131 10 Silly Dog Contests 132 Virtual Dogs: 4 Online Dog Shows and Games 133 4 Reasons to Compete in the Great American Mutt Contest 134 4 Winners of the Great American Mutt Contest 134 World Weight Pull Records 135 What Is Schutzhund? 136 21 Weird Dog News Items 137 PART 3: Breeds and Breeding - 139 Basic Biology of the Dog 141 Characteristics of the 7 Different Dog Groups 142 2003 Breeder of the Year Awards 144 2004 Breeder of the Year Awards 145 Also Known As. . . 22 Breeds and Their Nicknames 146 2004 National Animal Control Association Award Winners 147 The 50 Most Popular Breeds in the United States 148 The 15 Least Common Breeds in the United States 157 152 AKC-Recognized Breeds 158 The 3 Breeds Most Recently Recognized byy the AKC 160 How a Breed Becomes Recognized by the AKC 160 31 Extinct Dog Breeds 161 Life Expectancy of 68 Popular Dog Breeds 162 30 American Dog Breeds 163 17 Royal Breeds 166 39 Breeds of the British Isles 168 How Many Dogs Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? 171 10 Sight Hounds 172 16 Scent Hounds 173 12 Russian Dog Breeds 174 20 Asian Breeds 176 An Asian Love Story 178 6 Middle Eastern Breeds 179 15 French Dog Breeds 180 6 Spanish Breeds 181 9 German Dog Breeds 182 The Planet’s Favorite Dogs 183 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in the United States 183 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Canada 183 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in England 183 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in France 183 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Germany 183 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Belgium 184 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Sweden 184 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in South Africa 184 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Finland 184 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Argentina 184 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Ireland 184 The 11 Most Popular Dogs in Israel 185 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Iceland 185 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Japan 185 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in the Netherlands 185 The 10 Most Popular Dogs in Norway 185 Astrology for Dog People 186 11 Sled Dog Breeds 187 10 Biters 188 5 Pit Bulls 188 The 45 Best Dogs for Allergy Sufferers 189 10 Dogs to Avoid if You Suffer from Allergies 189 The 10 Clumsiest Dogs 190 12 Dogs Who Don’t Like Strangers 190 5 Hairless Dogs 191 The 10 Best Date Bait Breeds 192 The 5 Worst Date Bait Breeds 192 34 Dogs for Couch Potatoes 193 15 Breeds to Avoid if You Have Children 194 33 Breeds That Are Great with Kids 195 The 5 Most Challenging Dogs to Own 196 The 10 (Reputedly) Least Intelligent Dog Breeds 196 The 10 Most Intelligent Breeds 197 Top 10 Lap Dogs 198 Top 20 Dog Breeds for Outdoor Life 200 Top 20 Dog Breeds for Apartment Living 201 Barkers 203 Breeds to Match Your Personality Type 204 Canine Partners for Your Vocation 205 9 Dogs Who Can Raise Your Homeowner Insurance Costs 205 The 10 Noisiest Dogs 206 Top 10 Guard Dogs 206 10 Quiet Dog Breeds 207 29 Dogs Who Hate Cats 208 25 Dogs Who Don’t Like Other Dogs 209 4 Terriers Who Actually Like Other Dogs 209 22 Droolers 209 Great Jogging Companions 210 22 Poos and Doodles 211 24 Wacky Mixed Breeds 212 How to Recognize a Reputable Breeder 213 The 10 Gassiest Dogs 213 Breeders to Avoid 214 What You Can Do About Puppy Mills 215 7 Reasons Not to Buy a Puppy from a Pet Store 216 How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? 217 8 Reasons Not to Breed Your Dog 218 Top 10 Reasons to Breed Dogs 219 BEWARE OF the Following 12 Phrases in DOG Ads 220 What to Look for in a Classified Ad 221 The Cost of Breeding 222 10 Examples of Bad Breeding 223 6 Advantages of Owning a Mixed-Breed Dog 224 7 Advantages of Owning a Purebred Dog 224 6 Disadvantages of Owning a Purebred Dog 225 10 Dog Clubs for Purebreds 226 How Southerners Pronounce Dog Breeds 227 8 Clubs for Mixed Breeds 228 10 Steps for Choosing a Mixed-Breed Dog 229 10 Dog Breeds with the Most Misleading Names 231

PART 4: Tender Loving Care and Training - 233 Dog’s Rules of Possession 235 Why We Love Dogs 236 29 Things You Can Learn from Your Dog 237 The Top 10 Considerations in Caring for Your Dog 238 The 4 Worst Reasons to Get a Dog 239 20 Tips for Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby 240 Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats 240 7 More Reasons People Love Dogs 241 8 Ways to Be the Alpha in Your Home 242 The Ten Commandments of a Responsible Dog Owner 242 Bill of Rights for Adopters 243 Myths About Spaying and Neutering 244 How Neutering Affects a Dog’s Behavior 245 Lifetime Costs of Dog Ownership 245 How to Buy a Purebred Puppy 246 11 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog 248 8 Considerations in Naming Your Dog 250 How to Estimate Your Dog’s Age 250 How to Help Your Dog and Cat Get Along 251 15 Things About Humans That Annoy Dogs 252 6 Reasons People Who Like Dogs Don’t Want Them 252 25 Poor Excuses for Giving Up a Dog 253 10 Reasons to Put a Dog to Sleep 254 11 Ways to Cope with the Death of Your Dog 255 8 Bereavement Helplines 255 The Rainbow Bridge 256 8 Dog Owner Support Groups 256 8 Signs of a Dog in Mourning 257 The Celebrity Dog Advocates Hall of Fame 258 16 Reasons to Foster a Dog 259 12 Ways to Avoid Legal Problems with Your Dog 260 Dog Bite Statistics 261 The 6 Most Misunderstood Aspects of Dog Law 262 Dogs and Postal Workers 262 13 Tips for Bonding with Your Dog 263 11 Helpful Books on Dog Care 264 11 Good Books on Dog Training 266 10 Great Books on Canine Behavior 268 How to Set “Strict” Training Limits for Your Dog 269 Developmental Stages of Puppy Behavior 270 21 Tips to Help You Socialize Your Puppy 271 16 Ways to Make Your Home Safe for a New Puppy 273 20 Things You Should Never Do to a Puppy 274 16 Basic Training Tips 275 7 Schools of Dog Training 277 5 Commands Every Dog Should Learn 277 Things to Consider Before You Housetrain Your Dog 278 Housetraining Your Puppy 279 10 Great Dog Training Videos 281 How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language 282 20 Noted Dog Trainers 285 16 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Dog Safe 288 How to Teach Basic Commands 289 8 Advantages of Clicker Training 290 5 Disadvantages of Clicker Training 291 8 Things to Look For in a Dog Trainer 291 10 Types of Dog Collars 292 Electronic Fence Pros and Cons 293 Understanding and Controlling Excessive Barking 294 10 Ways to Prevent Your Kids from Being Bitten by a Dog 296 7 Reasons to Use a Crate 297 The Top 10 Dog Tricks Taught in the United States 297 6 Problems Caused by Isolating Your Dog 298 7 Dog Toys You Can Make 298 19 Games You Can Play with Your Dog 299 13 Tips for Training a Blind Dog 300 8 Tips for Training a Deaf Dog 301 7 National Dog Foundations 302 How to Create a Dog Park in Your Community 303 Top 10 Reasons Dog Haters Should Support Dog Parks 303 6 Dog Food Choices 304 How Much Should You Feed Your Dog? 305 5 Great Recipes for Homemade Dog Biscuits 306 7 Tests to Determine if Your Dog Is Psychic 308 How to Photograph Your Puppy 309 Tips for Dealing with Doggy Stains and Odors 310 The Cheap-’n’-Easy Dog Bed 311 2 Theories on the Origins of Tail Wagging 312 Why Dogs Chase Their Tails 312 Dave Barry’s Deep Thoughts on Dog Behavior 313 Why Dogs Howl 314 10 Rules of Etiquette for Traveling with Your Dog 314 10 Dog-Friendly Hotel Chains 315 The Ideal Outdoor Doghouse 315 19 Things to Consider When Flying with Your Dog 316 4 Ways to Prevent Carsickness in Dogs 317 16 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Professional Dog Walker 318 Choosing a Pet Sitter 319 How to Evaluate a Boarding Kennel 320 8 Great Web Sites for Free Dog Stuff 320 5 Ways to Help Your Dog Deal with Divorce 321 11 Things You Should Know About Grooming Your Dog 322 Why Dogs Don’t Use Computers 323 How to Bathe Your Dog 324 7 Toothbrushing Tips 325 19 Unusual Dog Products and Services 326 Physics for Dogs 328 The Top 10 Major Advances in Dog Health Care 329 20 Pioneers in Dog Care and Medicine 330 27 Ways to Tell if Your Dog Is Sick 332 12 Great Safety Products for Your Dog 333 First-Aid Kit for Dogs 334 13 Dog Wound Treatment Basics 335 6 Emergency Household Medications Your Dog Might Need 335 What to Do When You Find a Stray Dog 336 What to Do if You Are Being Attacked by a Dog 338 17 Ways to Avoid Being Injured by a Strange Dog 338 Moving an Injured Dog 339 Vaccinations Every Dog Needs 340 Signs of Distemper 340 13 Steps to Take if Your Dog Is Stolen 341 20 Car Safety Tips for Your Dog 342 11 Tips for Deskunkifying Your Dog 343 Tips for Ticks 344 The Best Way to Remove a Tick 344 Managing Fleas 345 10 Tips to Help Your Dog with a Fear of Thunder 346 7 Things to You Should Do if Your Dog Gets Heat Stroke 347 15 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe During a Disaster 348 10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe on a Hot Day 349 “Howliday” Hazards: How to Keep Your Dog Safe During the Holiday Season 350 How to Winterize Your Dog 351

Index 353

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    Posted November 30, 2005

    The Only Book Your Dog Will Ever Need

    This delightful book is filled with anything you -- or your dog -- might ever need to know about Man's Best Friend. It's a delight from cover to cover.

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