The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know


For everyone who has ever wished Dr. Spock had written about dogs instead?The Dog Bible is your essential guide to everything you will ever need to know. Whether you?re a first-time dog owner or an expert, your dog would want you to read this book. Encyclopedic in scope, it covers not only the basics, but every practical aspect of life with a dog, including many fascinating and helpful subjects never before collected in one volume.

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For everyone who has ever wished Dr. Spock had written about dogs instead—The Dog Bible is your essential guide to everything you will ever need to know. Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or an expert, your dog would want you to read this book. Encyclopedic in scope, it covers not only the basics, but every practical aspect of life with a dog, including many fascinating and helpful subjects never before collected in one volume.

Life-saving advice about the special needs of toy breeds: everything you need to know to protect and enhance their wonderfully long lives
Dog Psychology: Eye-opening ideas from an emerging field of study, including a chapter on the weird things dogs do—and why!

Tracie Hotchner, lifelong dog owner and author of the million-copy bestseller, Pregnancy and Childbirth, has distilled years of research into one comprehensive, accessible guide. You’ll make hundreds of decisions about your dog’s care during his lifetime. THE DOG BIBLE is here to give you the latest and best information available to help you make those decisions. It’s everything your dog would want you to know.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Two books, one topic, two different approaches. Hotchner (Pregnancy & Childbirth), a screenwriter and journalist, has written a comprehensive, accurate, readable, and reasonably priced encyclopedia of dog ownership for the lay reader (illustrations not seen). Similar in scope to The Original Dog Bible, edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe, this book covers the entire spectrum of canine concerns: selection, training, nutrition, health, and more. The checklists in each chapter succinctly summarize the text. A unique feature directed to children, "Scooby's Twenty-Five Rules for Kids," teaches them how to coexist peacefully with dogs. Katz (The Dogs of Bedlam Farm; The New Work of Dogs) addresses many of the same topics. But he relates them through his own experiences with three dogs: from their selection and veterinary care to their training (which he emphasizes must be daily and lifelong), problem behaviors, and more. He draws on the works of experts like Patricia McConnell (The Other End of the Leash) and Stanley Coren (How Dogs Think), plus his study with leading trainers such as herding authority Carolyn Wilki, to expound his "Rational Theory," which tailors the teachings of these professionals to the personalities of the individual dog and owner. His commonsense approach and skill as a storyteller make this an appealing, informative book. Both titles are excellent additions to public libraries, but if your library already owns Mehus-Roe, you need not purchase Hotchner.-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592401321
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/3/2005
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 427,562
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracie Hotchner is the author of the million-copy bestseller Pregnancy & Childbirth, which was nominated for the American Book Award, as well as three other books on pregnancy. She has appeared on national talk shows, including the Today show and Oprah, and she lives in East Hampton, New York, with her three dogs, Jazzy, Billy Blue, and Scooby Doo.

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This book is going to change your dog's life.

It will explain how she thinks, feels, develops and communicates, so you can get the most out of each other's company . . .

It will give you the truth about the different ways and places to get a dog, so when you make a decision it is a fully informed one . . .

It will give you all of the most reliable information about health care, nutrition, training and everything else that pertains to the practicalities of a dog's life, so that you can make good decisions for your dog based on your own situation . . .

It will cover every possible problem you might encounter with your dog and give you choices in how to handle it . . .

It will help you safely introduce your dog to new situations and people, to babies and children, to other dogs and to cats . . .

This book is going to change your life.

If you've picked up The Dog Bible, then you have a dog, you want to get a dog, or you're close to someone who falls into those two categories. You may already have discovered that no book exists that covers everything a dog-lover needs to know.

I wrote this book because I went looking for it and couldn't find anything like it. I wanted a book I could reach for when I had any questions or problems with my dogs, to find quick ideas and suggestions, remedies and advice. There's never been a book like this, and we dog people needed it. So I embarked on the research of every aspect of a dog's life and covered all the bases. I read the latest medical and nutritional journals. I interviewed vets and dog trainers, consulted breeders and pet-store owners and dog owners, asking them what they would want to find in an encyclopedic book about dogs. And here it is.

When I was researching this book, people frequently assumed I was relying on the Internet for information, but the opposite was true. Even though there are dozens of sites affiliated with dogs on the Internet-and what seems like a river of information-much of it is superficial and/or unreliable. Every so often I'd come upon something interesting, however much of it was simplistic and the origin of the information was unclear. We all tend to forget that the Internet is not just a free encyclopedia or Yellow Pages in cyberspace: it's a place where money changes hands at various levels. Many canine sites are venues to sell dog-related merchandise. There is nothing inherently bad about that- after all, commerce makes the world go around-but you certainly wouldn't want to make any important decision about your dog's life based on anything you surfed on the Net. Having said this, there are some good Internet sites for canine health and wellness issues: any address with ".edu" means a site is affiliated with a university or veterinary school.

You're going to want this book because it has in-depth, objective, thorough facts; because it understands the different ways that dogs are dear to all of us and our desire to get the most out of sharing our lives with them; because it gives you an encyclopedic tool you can reach for when you want information about anything to do with your dog. With all due respect to the late great Benjamin Spock, M.D., you can think of this as the "Dr. Spock" for your dog, the has-it-all book that you reach for in times of need or curiosity.

Until The Dog Bible came along, there was no reliable place to turn with questions and concerns about pooches. The typical dog owner knows so little about this creature who basically lives for us, yet there is a mountain of information about every aspect of humans sharing their lives with canines. Researchers are discovering nuances about the nutritional, developmental and emotional needs of dogs. Our devotion to our dogs means that the standard of luxury and care for dogs is constantly being raised. Scientists and doctors are developing medical tests and treatments for dogs that were unimaginable a decade ago. In this book you can find out the latest information about what makes dogs tick; how to enhance the human-dog connection; learn the optimal conditions in which to raise a dog; advances in medical care; what choices you have in feeding a dog; the special needs of very small and very large dogs; healthy living with a dog in the city; how to manage canine health for maximum happiness and longevity; and, eventually, how to deal with the options available for bringing a dog's life to a dignified and serene close.

My goal in researching and writing The Dog Bible was to improve every aspect of the life you share with your dog. I was already immersed in it, having been a three-dog woman for years now, although not always with the same three dogs. I have never lived without a dog: I was born into a home with a puppy already waiting for my arrival-a fluffy Bedlington Terrier named Pango who shared my life until we were both sixteen. He was my first sibling, and that first year I spent on all fours on the floor with him left me with a compassion for the dog's point of view that I have never lost. I held onto it for Pango's daughter Pandora and then the pair of Bedlingtons we had after them-Mistress Quickly and Falstaff-and then the Golden Retriever Roma; the Cocker Spaniel Amalfi; the Rottweilers Brutus and Yogi Bear; the Corgi/Jack Russell Lucca; the Weimaraners Lulu, Billy Blue and Scooby Doo; and Miss Jazzy, a smooth Collie/sled dog mix. And that doesn't count the dozens of dogs belonging to friends and family who have shared my life and taught me so much.

There is so much more that dog lovers need to know today-so many more choices about what to do with and for our dogs. With most issues about canines there is rarely an absolute-to each his own. If you are a first-time dog owner, you will soon find that almost everyone has opinions about dog ownership. That age-old wisdom not to give people advice about their pets or children is ignored by lots of folks who want to tell you what to do with your dog. Once you have the facts, you can weigh the information and advice you get and be free to make an informed decision for yourself. But without an objective reference source to begin with, you are at the mercy of secondhand advice and hearsay, which you cannot evaluate intelligently.

How to Use This Book
Any way you want, basically. Don't let its size put you off. It's there for as little or as much as you need. You can read all of it or only snippets; the part you need today and the part leading up to it another. The front of each chapter has a list of its subjects to help you navigate, but I've tried to make it as logical and user-friendly as possible. There's a massive index so you can find and cross-check absolutely everything that interests you. Some day, at some point, you may have flipped this book open to most of the entries and gotten the direction you needed. Just knowing it's all there should be a comfort: you're not alone and you're not in the dark. This book will fortify you with enough information to help you determine whether you can handle things alone or need professional assistance.

Dogs are so deeply important to so many people in our world. In fact, a dog is front and center in so many households (sixty million in the United States alone) that collectively we don't even feel the need to defend how shamelessly in love many of us are with our dogs. We don't need to explain the huge amount of time and energy we devote to our canine companions. There are so many reasons that dogs are vitally important to us. As dog owners we all want to take the best care of our pets. To do that, we need to arm ourselves with information, and The Dog Bible presents you with objective information as simply as possible.

I wish a long and happy life to each of you with your dogs. I hope you are able to give them as much pleasure as I'm sure they give you.

I hope that when people see you with your dog they say the same thing that they say to me: "Boy, when I come back, I want to come back as your dog."

Tracie Hotchner
East Hampton, New York 2005

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Barry Browning, DVM ix
Introduction    1
Chapter 2   WHERE TO GET YOUR DOG   25
Chapter 3   PICKING A PUPPY   62
Chapter 4   THE HOMECOMING   76
Chapter 5   RAISING A GREAT PUPPY   106
Chapter 9    HOUSE-TRAINING   215
Chapter 10   TEACHING MANNERS    235
Chapter 11   YOUR DOG’S HEALTH    283
Chapter 12   GROOMING YOUR DOG    404
Chapter 13   NUTRITION    433
Chapter 14   DOGS AND CHILDREN    468
Chapter 15   TRAVELING WITH A DOG    492
Chapter 17   A LITTLE OF THIS AND THAT    616
Acknowledgments   669
Index   677
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2005

    Dogs' Best Friend

    Having had dogs as companions for most of my life, and having read plenty of 'dog books' along the way, I truly thought there was nothing else I could or needed to learn about their comfort and care... until The Dog Bible. Not only does this book contain a wealth of comprehensive practical information and suggestions, it's intuitive in a way very few books of this type are. I can't think of an area it doesn't cover, from the general to the very specific, in a uniquely empathic way that not only answers questions and solves problems, but leads you to a deeper understanding of underlying causes and effects, in an enjoyably readable way. It's the only book on dogs you'll ever need. Man's best friends certainly have a new best friend in Tracie Hotchner.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    This book is FANTASTIC

    I loved this book. It is the best book on dogs that I have ever read and I have read many being a dog lover! I recommend it to dog owners, potential dog owners and dog lovers all over the world...Jean Haden Guest, Santa Monica, CA USA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    A True Godsend!

    Wonderful and Amazing! I have shared my daily life with dogs for decades and I have yet to come across a book like this! I truly believe this should be required reading for everyone who has a dog or has ever thought about one-how Tracie approaches finding your future companion is excellent! Diet, behavior problems, everything-it is a true gift!

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    hate it

    you should not get this book!

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    i love dogs

    i love dogs because there fun to play with and i must love this book

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Some areas of bad information and bias.

    This book has some decent portions, but there are also many areas of bias and poor research on the part of the author. For example, the authors section on various breeds and their tempermants and even dogs interacting with children is horrid. I was offended while reading the book, as if the author was talking down to me. In my opinion the good information is outweighed by the negative tone.

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