The Dog Care Handbook
The Complete Guide for a Healthy, Happy and Well-trained Dog
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|Format:||Spiral Bound, 192 pages|
|Other Information: ||200 colour photos & illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 31 March 2011|
1 Dog Behaviour: Canine behaviourists confirm that the majority of problems experienced by owners are most easily solved by a comprehension of the dog's viewpoint, so being able to 'read' your dog is useful as well as interesting. 2 Choosing a dog: This section encourages you to consider your circumstances - whether you are active, lazy, time-rich but money-poor etc; whether you live alone or with a family. Understanding the commitment you're able to make to a pet will help you to make the right choice. 3 Basic Dog Care: Once you've got a dog, you need to take care of him. This section covers everything, from a place to sleep (e.g. puppy crate versus basket) to feeding, handling, grooming and health checks. 4 Training, Exercise and Games: Starting with an in-depth look at the exercise and play needs of different types of dogs, this section has everything you need to ensure that you have a well-mannered, fun-loving pet. 5 A Healthy Dog: Keeping a young dog healthy is usually straightforward, but it may become more challenging as he gets older. This section looks at the treatment options both for preventing and treating problems and will help you to take the right decisions for your pet's care.
About the Author
Sophie Collins is a writer and editor specializing in dog behaviour. Some of her previous titles have included Tail Talk: The Secret Language of Dogs and Why Does My Dog Do That? She currently lives in the south of England.
Table of Contents
DOG BEHAVIOUR: The diversity of dogs; Dogs in the wild; Living in a pack; A sense of smell; Canine body language; Dominance and submission; Talking to dogs; Dogs and play; Feeling safe. CHOOSING A DOG: Why do you want a dog; What dogs need; What dogs cost; Assessing your situation; Breed vs mutt; Classes of dog; Finding a puppy; Breed rescue societies; Shelter dogs; After you commit; Preparing your home; A new puppy - what to expect; An adult dog - what to expect; First days with a new arrival. BASIC DOG CARE: A place to sleep; A safe place; Handling a puppy; Socializing your puppy; Socializing an adult dog; Visiting the veterinarian; Feeding your puppy; Feeding an adult dog; Grooming and bathing; While you are away; Travelling with a dog; Meeting new people; Pre-training for a puppy. TRAINING, EXERCISE AND GAMES: How much exercise; Different kinds of exercise; Introducing training; Training an older dog; Perfecting the basics; Clicker training; Learning to play; Sticks and balls; Hiding games; Basic agility; Professional agility; Problems that arise with play; Tricks for an audience. A HEALTHY DOG: Health basics; Choosing a veterinarian; Puppy health issues; Accidents and emergencies; Additions and supplements; Dealing with parasites; Everyday health care; Complementary solutions; Behavioural problems; Keeping your dog young; Special diets; Keeping an ageing dog; Very old or sick dogs; Saying goodbye, looking forward. Further reading. Useful contacts. Index. Acknowledgements.
|Publisher: ||Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 15.0 centimeters|