In this compendium of facts about the creatures who have captured the hearts of almost half of all American households, Case (animal science and behavior, U. of Illinois) addresses the history of canine domestication, selective breeding, body structure, reproduction, genetics, benefits and responsibilities of the owner, developmental behavior and learning processes, common behavior problems, infectious diseases and noninfectious disorders, parasites, first aid, nutrition, and nutritiously responsive disorders. The best news is that dogs do not need a manual like this. They already know us inside and out. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
About the Author
Linda P. Case earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois. She teaches companion animal science and behavior in the Animal Sciences Department and at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. She owns AutumnGold Consulting, which provides support and technical writing services in companion animal care, behavior, and nutrition. She and her husband own and operate AutumnGold Dog Training Center, in Mahomet, IL. Linda is a member of Delta Society, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the American Society of Animal Scientists (ASAS), and is a certified instructor with the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI). She and her husband share their lives with three dogs and three cats and enjoy distance running, hiking and traveling with their dogs.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Man's best Friend: The Animal within the Companion.
Chapter 1. Man and Wolf: The Process of Domestication.
Chapter 2. Selective Breeding: The Creation of the WorkingDog.
Chapter 3. The Dog’s Body: Structure, Movement and SpecialSenses.
Chapter 4. Reproduction and Breeding Management.
Chapter 5. Genetics and Breeding Programs.
Chapter 6. Sharing Our Lives with Dogs: Benefits andResponsibilities.
Part 2. Behavior: Communicating with man's Best Friend.
Chapter 7. Developmental Behavior: Puppy to Adult.
Chapter 8. Understanding Normal Canine Behavior.
Chapter 9. Learning Process and Training Principles.
Chapter 10. Common Behavior Problems and Solutions.
Part 3. Health and Disease: Taking Care and Keeping Fit.
Chapter 11. Infectious Diseases and Vaccination Programs.
Chapter 12. Common Non-Infectious Disorders of Dogs.
Chapter 13. Internal Parasites.
Chapter 14. External Parasites.
Chapter 15. First Aid Procedures for Dogs.
Part 4. Nutrition: Feeding for Health and Longevity.
Chapter 16. Nutrient Requirements of the Dog.
Chapter 17. Providing a Healthy Diet.
Chapter 18. Feeding For Health Throughout Life.
Chapter 19. Nutritionally Responsive Disorders in Dogs.