Live a more joyful life with your dog - one day at a time!
Dog Lover's Daily Companion is an inspiring handbook filled with 365 helpful tips, easy-to-build projects, and practical advice on the canine-human relationship. No matter where you live or what breed of dog you have, this book has a year's worth of ideas and insight into an exuberant, healthy life with your dog.
Wendy Nan Rees and Kristen Hampshire use humor, passion, and panache as they guide you through the day-to-day life of owning and living with a dog. From regular vaccinations to dealing with a sick dog; puppy school to obedience training; grooming at home - to those times that you must consult a professional - it's all covered here. Dynamic photographs by pet portraitist and "dogumentarian" Kendra Luck weave a visual narrative that honors the joy of dog companionship.
Inside, you'll find the following day-to-day categories:
Monday - Dogs 101
Tuesday - Table Manners and Training
Wednesday - Playtime and Exercise
Thursday - Grooming and Health Care
Friday - Housekeeping and Cleaning
Saturday and Sunday - Bonding and Relationship Building
Versatile and practical, Dog Lover's Daily Companion will entertain you, inform you, and might even let you in on industry secrets. Whether you are a first-time or lifelong dog owner, you will be inspired to make your own beds and toys, learn valuable tips about pet safety, and enjoy traveling with your pet.
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About the Author
Wendy Nan Rees is an author and entrepreneur who has been involved in the pet industry for more than 25 years. Her career began when she founded Lip Smackers, Inc., a company dedicated to providing healthy all-natural treats to consumers concerned about their pets’ well-being. She is an author of The Natural Pet Food Cookbook: Healthful Recipes for Dogs and Cats (2007), No Barking at the Table (1996), and No Catnapping in the Kitchen (1996). She orchestrated the book The Name Game, a collection of over 100 celebrity essays and more than 1,000 suggestions for pet names. A percentage of the proceeds from The Name Game goes directly to PAWS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with HIV/AIDS care for their pets. Her many successes have led to numerous television appearances and newspaper and magazine articles. She was the Pet Lifestyle Advisor on Animal Planet’s Petsburgh, USA and has also appeared on The Home Shopping Network. She also wrote a monthly column, “In the Kitchen with Wendy,” for Your Pet magazine. Today, Wendy is the host of an internet radio show called “Wendy’s Animal Talk” on www.healthylife.net (see website for broadcast schedule). Wendy also contributes weekly pet tips for www.lovetoknow.com. Wendy lives in Los Angeles with her dogs Senator, Cappy, and Little Man. For more information, visit Wendy at www.petlifestyleadvisor.com.
Kristen Hampshire is an award-winning writer. Her work has been published in a wide range of nationally recognized magazines. She has also served as an editor for two green industry publications, Commercial Dealer and Bayer Environmental Science's Lawn Care Professional. Her most recent book is John Deere's Landscaping and Lawn Care. She lives in Lakewood, OH.
Kendra Luck has created a style and body of work from a past career as an award-winning photojournalist and day-to-day life with her canine muse,Gladys (1992-2008). For Luck, watching a dog is akin to watching children play, waves breaking at the beach, or a bonfire blaze - it's hypnotic. Luck documents the dog's rising role in the family household. She lives inAlbany, California, and travels throughout the United States for private photo commissions as well as editorial and commercial projects. For more information, visit www.dogumentarian.com.
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Introducing a Second Dog into the Family
Dogs rely extensively on smell, so it helps to introduce the dogs to each other’s scent before bringing the new dog home, if possible. Once you have picked out your new dog, bring home a blanket that your new dog has been playing with at the breeder’s or the rescue center, and vice versa. Allow each dog to sniff their future sibling’s towel. Offer the towel like it is a toy or treat—something special that the dog will want to sniff and love.
When you bring your new dog home, introduce the dogs outdoors—not in the house, where the “older sibling” is in charge. Place the new one in front of your dog gently, and say, “Look! For you!” or a similar cooing phrase. Then, give your dog a treat and praise her. Lead her to believe the new puppy is just for her. This will assure her right away that she is the big sister, and the “alpha” of the two.
The first few days in the home, confine your new puppy to a crate or special room, and be sure to allot special play and feeding times to both your dog and the puppy. They each need their own time with you. Allow your new puppy to adapt to her new surroundings, get used to her bedding, and learn how she fits into the family. Gradually, for a few minutes each day, introduce your first dog to your new addition.
Once your new puppy has adjusted to her crate or special room, your next step is to bring her out on her leash into the main room of your house while your first dog is confined to another room. This gradual introduction to the home is important so your dog does not feel threatened, and your puppy can learn her surroundings and feel comfortable. Let her wander around without the fear of being attacked by the first dog. After about an hour, slowly introduce both dogs. They will show interest in each other; let them smell each other and get to know each other. If you see any aggressive behavior, step in, separate them, and start all over again. If there is no aggressive behavior from either dog, keep a close eye and hopefully you will see the beginning of the bonding process and a lifelong friendship.
Feed each dog separately until you know that they are safe and comfortable with each other. Even after they are comfortable, you should feed them in the same room, but don’t set their bowls right next to each other. Talk with your vet for additional suggestions on what to watch for to make this as smooth and easy a transition as possible.
Multiple dogs are no harder to take care of than just one, and you are not only giving another dog a home, you are giving your dog a playmate to help keep him young and an additional outlet for his extra energy.
Table of Contents
How to use this book
The dog owner’s year
Monday / dogs 101
Tuesday / table manners and training
Wednesday / playtime and exercise
Thursday / grooming and health care
Friday / housekeeping and cleaning
Saturday + Sunday / bonding and relationship building
About the authors
About the photographer
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