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Your Happy Healthy Pet
The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographsnow revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!
Powerful, but affectionate. Enthusiastic and fun, but hard working. Playful, yet provocative. Exceptionally intelligent, but sometimes comical. American Pit Bull Terriers are among the most beloved dogs as well as the most misunderstood, feared, and despised. This guide fills you in on the breed's needs and attributes, covering:
* The distinction between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the "generic" pit bull
* Traits to look for in choosing your pet
* Things you'll need to make your pup feel at home
* Feeding, grooming, and healthcare
* The importance of positive yet firm training, socialization, and supervision around kids
* Bonus chapters available on companion Web site
Provide guidance for American Pit Bull Terrier and you will have a loyal companion for life.
About the Author
Liz is the owner of Kindred Spirits Dog Training in southern California, where she teaches family pet obedience classes, as well as noncompetitive agility and therapy dog training. She was a founding member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and of the International Association of Canine Professionals.
Table of ContentsPart I: The World of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Chapter 1: What Is an American Pit Bull Terrier?
The Bull Breeds.
The APBT’s Physical Appearance.
The APBT’s Character.
Chapter 2: The APBT Yesterday and Today.
Origins of the APBT.
The Ancient Bulldog.
The Blood Sports.
Arrival in America.
The Dog of the Day.
The APBT Today.
Chapter 3: Why Choose an APBT?
Are You Ready for a Dog?
The Pet APBT.
If APBTs Could Choose Their Owners.
Chapter 4: Choosing Your APBT.
Breeder, Rescue, Shelter, or Free?
Finding the Right APBT.
Choosing the APBT Puppy for You.
The Puppy Temperament Test.
Choosing an APBT Adult.
Part II: Caring for Your American Pit Bull Terrier.
Chapter 5: Getting Ready for Your APBT.
A Secure Yard.
Puppy-Proofing Your Home.
The Great Crate.
Chapter 6: Feeding Your APBT.
Commercial Dog Foods.
Nutrition Throughout Your Dog’s Life.
Reading Dog Food Labels.
Seven Mistakes to Avoid.
Chapter 7: Grooming Your APBT.
Bathing Your APBT.
Cleaning Those Pearly Whites.
Making Your Environment Flea Free.
Chapter 8: Keeping Your APBT Healthy.
Handling Common Problems.
When to Call the Veterinarian.
How to Make a Canine First-Aid Kit.
Spaying and Neutering for a Happier, Healthier Dog.
Part III: Enjoying Your American Pit Bull Terrier.
Chapter 9: Training Your ABPT.
Understanding Builds the Bond.
Practical Commands for Family Pets.
Training for Attention.
Chapter 10: Housetraining Your APBT.
Your Housetraining Shopping List.
The First Day.
Confine Your Pup.
Watch Your Pup.
Appendix: Learning More About Your APBT.
Some Good Books.
On the Internet.