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Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Canine Conundrums, Medical Mysteries and Befuddling Behaviors
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Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Canine Conundrums, Medical Mysteries and Befuddling Behaviors

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by Marty Becker, D.V.M., Gina Spadafori
 

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Because They're Dogs!

That's why dogs drink out of the toilet.

That's why they bark when you're on the phone, smell each other's behinds, go crazy when they see the letter carrier, jump up to say hello and roll in stuff that stinks.

Everything they do makes perfect canine sense to dogs. And after you read Why Do Dogs Drink out of the

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Because They're Dogs!

That's why dogs drink out of the toilet.

That's why they bark when you're on the phone, smell each other's behinds, go crazy when they see the letter carrier, jump up to say hello and roll in stuff that stinks.

Everything they do makes perfect canine sense to dogs. And after you read Why Do Dogs Drink out of the Toilet?, it will make perfect sense to you, too. Award-winning pet experts Dr. Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori take you on a trip into the canine mind. And it's not at all a scary place. . . .

Dogs live to smell, to feel good, to clarify their relationship with other dogs (and with us), to love, to laugh. When you start looking at the world their way, everything falls into place. Of course they drink out of the toilet—the water is fresher. Sniffing another dog's behind is just like reading their resume, except you know nothing is made up. Barking at the letter carrier makes him go away—every single time! And rolling in stinky stuff just smells like heaven. (Because what smells heavenly is, after all, a matter of taste.)

The better you understand dogs, the easier it is to love the pooch on your couch. Find out why hunting dogs don't mind suppressing their basic instinct, how assistance dogs for the blind get their job done, why little dogs like to mix it up with big dogs, and everything you always wanted to know about canine sex but were afraid to ask.

You'll also find the answers to questions that tend to tickle your curiosity: How do dogs get into dog shows? Which breeds are made in America? Do some dogs really have dreadlocks? Do all dogs need a backyard? How did Lassie always find her way home?

You've got questions? This book's got answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757305726
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
730,625
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

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Why does my dog take so long to poop?

Who hasn't waited impatiently in the worst of weather and for the dog to sniff, sniff, then sniff some more before dropping a load for all to see, smell or, unfortunately,
sometimes step in. (Of course, we recommend that you stoop to scoop!)

While checking the "pee-mail" is an important form of communication for dogs, the deliberations involved in dropping the big loads doesn't seem to make as much senseùto us, at least. But feces are a much more visible territory marker than urine. A dog might well want to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of planting a fecal flag in some other dog's territory. Obviously, this is a decision that requires careful thought.

In some dogs, delaying is learned behavior. They've figured out that as soon as they're done, the outing's overùso they'll delay as long as possible. Give your dog a little extra walking time, perhaps with a fun game thrown in, and she won't feel it's so urgent to carefully schedule her poop.

Is the whole Rockettes leg-lift thing really necessary?

It is to a dog. Better to put your scent mark at nose level, where other dogs can smell it and the breeze can more easily disseminate it. That's why dogs (mostly male,
but even some females) contort themselves into precariously balanced tripods to get their urine-squirters into position to splash their pee as high as possible.

Of course, some males never really do get into it, especially if they're neutered. But the most precocious males start lifting a leg at four months of age.

For the most dedicated leg-lifters, the act can get pretty amusing when the dog is one of those small ones with a big attitude. While your average Irish Wolfhound can land the highest squirt with very little effort, if you're a bossy little Irish Terrier, you're going to have to try harderùa lot harder. Some small dogs get that hose up so high in an effort to top some taller dog's mark that they're practically doing a front-paw stand.

Meet the Author

Marty Becker, D.V.M., "America's Favorite Vet," was named Veterinarian of the Year in 2002. He is regularly featured on ABC-TV's, Good Morning America, writes a weekly column for over 500 Knight Ridder newspapers, and coauthored several of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul books for cat- and dog-lovers. He lives in Idaho.

Gina Spadafori is a nationally syndicated pet-care columnist and top-selling author of Dogs For Dummies, and co-author of Cats For Dummies and Birds For Dummies. She lives in northern California in a decidedly multispecies home.

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Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Canine Conundrums, Medical Mysteries and Befuddling Behavior 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently read 'Why do dogs drink out of the toilet' to learn more about my pet dog Maggie. I couldn't put the book down. The style of writing was delightful, easy to read and tempted you to read about each of the 101 questions about your canine friend. The book was very entertaining,witty, matter of fact and answered many questions I had about my dog, but had never asked my pet Maggie. I appreciate the authors research into the behavior of dogs and their committment to common questions and concerns about dogs for which many people don't have the answer. I have order two books for members of my family who have dogs for pets. I hope there will be another book out soon about the next 101 questions about dogs. One I have is why do dogs brings a shoe or slipper to greet you at the end of the day when you get home. My dog always brings one of my shoes for me and one of my wife's shoes for her?? Thank you for a super and funny review of dog pets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't expect to learn much from this one.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
12/04/2013 Reviewed WHY DO DOGS DRINK out of the TOILET By: Marty Beaker, DVM Co Author Gina Spadafori I LOVE the cover of this book and the dog is adorable, it drew me to this book as I am a dog love. Funny I thought of that question many times glad they got a book out to answer that and a lot of other question I thought of and some I never thought of. Well here is the Vet answer to that question, dogs consider the toilet an incredible Spring fed porcelain fountain. It's fresher, cooler and hasn't standing for hours. It magically has fresh water with every push of the handle. Did you know the water stay cooler in the porcelain container because the large surface area of a toilet bowl leads to greater evaporation. The porcelain doesn't alter the taste of the water, like the plastic and metal ----- well I be jiggered mystery solved. Now all I have to do is put a toilet in the yard for the dogs , think the neighbors would mind?? Kidding aside I've got a fountain for the dogs I just have to figure out how to use it. This book has all kind of questions people asked about their dogs and he gives them the answer or tries to help them find the answer. Here is a couple of questions that was in the book: 1 Can a dog recognize her Mother or a littler mate if she meets them again? One I thought of. 2 Do female dogs have "biological clocks". One I never thought of. 3 Why do dogs eat grass? Good question. 4 Do dogs really hate cats? This is a good question and one you have got to read. Which means you need to buy the book, so grab it and get the answers to questions you have been wondering about. This is really a great book for the dog lover to have. I recommend it highly. I love this Vet. I love his books on the dogs. Thank-you Marty Becker, DVM. for a great book since I have 3 dogs of different breeds I really enjoyed this book. I had a Collie so that was interesting read on the Collie she was one smart dog and good with my children. Keep up the great books on animals . HAPPY READING DOG LOVERS.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I received this wonderful book free from HCI for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else's. 5 Star ISBN 13:978-0-7573-0572-6
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book rocks
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Marty Becker, DVM, combines his encyclopedic knowledge of dogs and a great sense of humor into a book that is both funny and useful in informing us of why dogs do and don't do certain things. The reasons for their different behaviors are explained in simple and easy to understand terms, but in a way that amuses us while it informs us. This book makes a great gift or Christmas present for yourself and the dog lovers in your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It made learning about dogs interesting and I couldn't put it down. This book helped answer a lot of questions I had about my new dog's behavior. A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very humorous approach to some very serious dog questions. It's a great book to read for enjoyment whether or not you own a dog. Loved the cat book also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who like dogs - and those who don't understand dogs (like us cat people) - definitely will enjoy this book. It's a fun, easy read, chock-full of interesting, educational tidbits of knowledge about canines and why they do the things they do. The authors, Gina Spadafori and Marty Becker, effectively get the information across with with a light, humorous touch. An especially nice feature is their personal dog experiences and anecdotes, sprinkled here and there throughout the book. A delight to read - as well as being informative - this book is highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This little book contains the wisdom of the ages, those little secrets all dog know but have never shared. Pet owners who read these Questions & Answers, besides for being entertained and informed, can become much better pet stewards, since being a dog is totally a dog thing, and NOT little people in fur coats. This book also would make a great gift for any pet owner or animal lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I liked best about this book was how well-written and easy to read it was. I've picked up other books wanting to learn about dog behavior only to be buried with medical terminology and overwrought prose. This book is a great exception to that. And of course the book is filled with great information--things that I never knew about dogs even though I've had dogs for 40 years. Clearly, the authors know their stuff. This is a great read.