Puppy Owner's Survival Manual

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Forge a successful relationship with "man's best friend." Profiles of 50 popular breeds will help you choose the right dog for your way of life. Prepare your home by buying the right equipment, including a sleeping place, collars and leashes, and grooming supplies. Ensure that all puppy hazards are removed, and choose the professionals, such as vets and groomers, who will help you care for your pet. Introduce your puppy to your home and family, and then get ready to housebreak it. All aspects of puppy care are ...
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Overview

Forge a successful relationship with "man's best friend." Profiles of 50 popular breeds will help you choose the right dog for your way of life. Prepare your home by buying the right equipment, including a sleeping place, collars and leashes, and grooming supplies. Ensure that all puppy hazards are removed, and choose the professionals, such as vets and groomers, who will help you care for your pet. Introduce your puppy to your home and family, and then get ready to housebreak it. All aspects of puppy care are discussed, including diet, exercise, grooming, and dental and nail care. The importance of socialization, training methods, behavioral changes, the question of neutering, and health care are all fully discussed.
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Adding a puppy to your household can be the experience of a lifetime, so it's not surprising that many pet owners repeat the process again and again. Convinced that getting a pooch shouldn't be a daunting task, coauthors Barnes and Brash have assembled a one-stop reference guide that covers everything from the first trip to the kennel to the terrible twos of doggie adolescence. The information on obedience training, exercise, and diet is especially useful for first-timers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586637484
  • Publisher: Friedman, Michael Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Pet Owner's Survival Manuals
  • Edition description: SPIRAL
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Man's Best Friend
Chapter 1 The Wolf In Your Home 10
The pack mentality
Early domestication
Changing times
Companion dogs
The modern era
Security dogs
Search and rescue
Assistance dogs
Racing dogs
Competition dogs
The future
Chapter 2 Forming A Partnership 17
Gundog/sporting dogs
Hounds
Terriers
Pastoral
Working
Toy dogs
Non-sporting/Utility
Mixed breeds
Part 2 The Right Choice
Chapter 3 The Commitment 22
Responsibilities of dog ownership
Different demands
Different lifestyles
Size matters
Coat concerns
Health issues
Chapter 4 Top Dogs 26
Profiles of the 50 most popular breeds
Part 3 Tracking Down Your Puppy
Chapter 5 Puppy Outlets 45
What are you looking for?
Finding a breeder
No-go areas
Questions to ask
Waiting list
Chapter 6 Assessing Puppies 50
Visiting the breeder
Puppy watching
Health checks
Viewing adults
Puppy rearing
Making your choice
Show potential
Puppy love
Temperament testing
Interpreting the scores
The name game
Part 4 Getting Ready
Chapter 7 Buying Equipment 60
A place to sleep
Indoor crate
Bedding
Other types of bed
Puppy carrier
Feeding bowls
Food
Collar
Lead
Extending lead
Training aids
ID
Dog coats
Grooming equipment
Nail-clippers
Toothbrush/toothpaste
Cleaning up
Toys
Chapter 8 Puppy-proofing Your Home 66
A puppy's perspective
Domestic dangers
Protecting your home
Setting limits
Stairgate/childgate
Locating the bed
Summary
Moving outside
Fencing
Security
Toilet area
Dig it!
Garden hazards
Poisonous plants
Pond life
Swimming pool
Refuse collection
The outdoor life
Reasons for kenneling
Reasons against kenneling
Kennel construction and maintenance
Main considerations
Counting the cost
Chapter 9 The Professionals 74
Finding a vet (Tracking down a veterinary practice
Questions to ask
Making an appointment
Health insurance
Finding a boarding kennel (What to look for
Questions to ask)
Finding a dog-sitter/dog-walker
Finding a professional groomer (What to look for)
Part 5 Home Sweet Home
Chapter 10 Collecting Your Puppy 89
The paperwork
Saying goodbye
The journey home
Chapter 11 Arriving Home 92
Exploring the garden
Meeting the family
Meeting the resident dog
Feline friends
Small animals
Exploring your home
Crate-training
Mealtimes
The first night
What's the problem?
Bedtime tips
Chapter 12 House-Training 101
Getting started
Establishing a routine
When accidents happen
Night-times
How long does it take?
Clean up!
Solving problems
Part 6 Caring for Your Puppy
Chapter 13 Diet And Feeding 108
Early days
Complete
Canned
Home-made
Feeding for growth
Changing diet
Number of meals
Dangers of obesity
Faddy feeders
Bones and chews
Invalid diet
Summing up
Chapter 14 Regular Checks 115
Handle with care
Dental care (Milk teeth
Trials of teething
Teeth cleaning)
Nails and feet
Eyes
Ears
Nose
Condition and weight
Chapter 15 Coat Care 120
Puppy grooming
Coat types (Shortcoated
Thickcoated
Longcoated
Medium-coated with feathering
Non-shedding coats
Wirecoated)
Bathing
Bathing routine
Drying your pup
Chapter 16 Exercise 127
Garden exercise
Lead-walking
Free-running
Restricted freedom
Swimming
Fun and games
Part 7 The Well-Adjusted Pup
Chapter 17 The Importance Of Socialization 133
Stages of development
Canine socialization
Human socialization
Fear Impact
Seniority classification
Flight instinct
Fear of new situations
Young adulthood and maturity
A sense of timing
Chapter 18 A Program Of Socialization 138
The right start
The outside world
Car travel
Going out and about
Strange encounters
Carry on the good work
Part 8 Principles of Learning
Chapter 19 Understanding The Dog's Mind 145
Crossing the divide
Canine perspective
Understanding and intelligence
The power to reason
Living for the moment
Establishing leadership
Being consistent
Providing rewards
Clicker training
Chapter 20 Basic Exercises 152
Do's
Don'ts
Lessons to learn
Introducing the clicker
Sit
Down
Come
Wait/Stay
Putting it all together
Lead-walking
Retrieve
Party tricks
Ending on a good note
Chapter 21 Branching out 174
Puppy parties
Training classes
Canine Good Citizen
Specialist Activities
Competitive Obedience
Agility
Flyball
Canine Freestyle (Heelwork to music)
Working Trials/Tracking
Working Tests
Part 9 Growing Pains
Chapter 22 The Adolescent 181
Behavioral changes
Seeking professional help
Failure to respond to the recall
Boisterous behavior
Breaking the house rules
Guarding/Possessiveness
Coping with separation
Troubleshooting
Chapter 23 The Question of Altering (Neutering) Matthew Brash BVetMed MRCVS 188
The female cycle
Spaying
Health benefits
Reasons against spaying
The male dog
Male behavior
Health benefits
Reasons against castrating
Part 10 Health Care
Chapter 24 Canine Anatomy Matthew Brash BVetMed MRCVS 195
The head
The eyes
The ears
The teeth
The skin and coat
The limbs
The abdomen
The thorax
Chapter 25 Health Care Programs Matthew Brash BVetMed MRCVS 199
Diet
Control of internal parasites
External parasites
Vaccinations
Neutering
Dental care
Foot care
Training
Chapter 26 First Aid And The Medicine Chest Matthew Brash BVEtMed MRCVS 205
First-aid measures
Controlling bleeding
Prevention of infection
The first-aid kit
Basic stabilization of fractures
Minimizing swelling
Providing pain relief
Maintaining fluid intake
Controlling body temperature
Maintaining an open airway
Chapter 27 A-Z Of Canine Disorders And Diseases Matthew Brash BVetMed MRCVS 210
An alphabetical listing giving signs, causes and treatment
Chapter 28 Alternative Therapies Christopher Day MA VetMB CertAVH VetFFHom MRCVS 238
Veterinary homeopathy
Veterinary acupuncture
Veterinary herbal medicine
Chiropractic
Physiotherapy and massage
Summary
Appendices
I Useful Addresses 247
II Classification of Breeds 251
III Index 254
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