Guilt-Free Dog Owner's Guide: Caring for a Dog When You're Short on Time and Space

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Caring for a Dog When You're Short on Time and Space Thousands of people who would love to own a dog decide that they can't, often for one of the following reasons: they live in the city or suburbs; they live in an apartment, condominium, or small house; or they work and are away from home all day.

If you are one of these frustrated dog lovers, The Guilt-Free Dog Owner's Guide can help. Author Diana Delmar explains how you can select the dog best suited to your own personality, ...

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Caring for a Dog When You're Short on Time and Space Thousands of people who would love to own a dog decide that they can't, often for one of the following reasons: they live in the city or suburbs; they live in an apartment, condominium, or small house; or they work and are away from home all day.

If you are one of these frustrated dog lovers, The Guilt-Free Dog Owner's Guide can help. Author Diana Delmar explains how you can select the dog best suited to your own personality, schedule, and living space. Understanding the options, the rules, and the responsibilities of living with a dog can ensure the health and happiness of both animal and owner, and Diana Delmar discusses all the vital issues:

  • Where to Get Your Dog - Shelter, Breeder, or Pet Store?
  • Checking a Dog's Personality Before You Bring It Home
  • How to "Puppy-Proof" Your Home
  • Indoor and Outdoor Housebreaking Tricks
  • Professional Training Versus Training the Dog Yourself
  • Dog Schedules, Sitters, and Kennels
  • Keeping Your Neighbors Friendly
This book covers more than just the basics, providing information specifically designed for owners of confined dogs. From ideas for indoor exercises you can do with your dog to a guide to common behavior problems, from identifying hazards in your home to travelling with your pet, The Guilt-Free Dog Owner's Guide clearly and concisely deals with the special challenges-as well as the special rewards-of keeping a dog as a companion.

Invaluable for urban and suburban dwellers alike, the book applies as well to everyone who keeps a dog and works outside the home. Remove the anxieties and maximize the pleasures of owning a dog with The Guilt-Free Dog Owner's Guide.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An otherwise excellent manual is seriously marred by one consistent failing--the author's inadequate appraisals of how much exercise a dog requires. Journalist Delmar, who seeks to free the conscience of the would-be canine custodian with little free time and constrained quarters, first asks her readers to consider the responsibilities of dog ownership--then minimizes these responsibilities by recommending that a dog be exercised only about half as much as most breeders and trainers suggest elsewhere. A Labrador retriever, for example, needs only five or six walks per week, from 20 to 90 minutes each, she says, adding that these should be ``supplemented'' with runs in an open fenced-in area ``whenever possible.'' Delmar's attention to other matters is, fortunately, more rigorous: she provides sound advice on housebreaking, houseproofing for safety, grooming and more; even-handedly examines controversial subjects (such as the use of pet crates); and discusses difficult issues (puppy mills, what to do if you cannot keep a new dog after all, euthanasia) with a skillful blend of compassion and pragmatism. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Urbanites and suburbanites in town houses or high-rise apartments can enjoy the companionship of a dog, Delmar says. In this book, she emphasizes the responsibility of owners, even those who are away all day, to train their dogs to be good neighbors, reliable travelers, and dependable companions. Her step-by-step instructions for achieving this are clear and concise. She covers problems and offers solutions. If Job Michael Evans's Evans Guide for Civilized City Canines (Howell, 1988) is in the collection, librarians may forego this book. However, the practical, concrete advice here is applicable for all dog owners, making this well worth the price.-- Helen Sondrol, Lincoln Univ. Lib., Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517100851
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/11/1994
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Diana Delamar is a freelance writer and editor specializing in veterinary topics and human health-care trends. She is the author of The Guilt-Free Dog Owner's Guide and Taking Up Riding as an Adult, both from Storey Books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 The Dog Choice

2 The New Dog in the House

3 The Housebroken Dog

4 The Safe Dog

5 The Polite Dog

6 Dog Schedules, Sitters, and Kennels

7 The Polite Dog Owner

8 The Groomed Dog

9 The Fit Dog

10 The Doctored Dog

11 The Dog House

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