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Wilson the Pug has taught his many admirers--canine and otherwise--some important life lessons. And he practices what he preaches. One crisp winter day while out searching for a good deed to do for the holidays, Wilson comes across a baby pug, lost and alone. Determined to do "the right thing," as it is written in the Tao-te Ching, Wilson sets out to help his new buddy Homer, and together they embark on a quest to find the puppy a home. Their adventure takes them along comical and surprising paths, where they encounter many new friends as well as some unsavory characters who cause big trouble for the duo. Things start to look bleak for Homer until Santa Claus himself steps in to lend a hand. Homer just might get his wish after all . . . Captured in the same style of charming photography and endearing humor that so enchanted fans of The Tao of Pug, and Letters to a Young Pug, Homer for the Holidays is a heartwarming pug buddy story destined to become a holiday favorite of dog lovers of all ages for years to come.
Veterinary vaccines are given to prevent disease, yet studies show that they are often debilitating and fatal. They have been linked to auto-immune and neurological disorders, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, tumours, seizures, allergies, digestive problems, organ failure, and many other serious ailments. Many veterinarians, both conventional and holistic, are questioning the validity of annual revaccination. They are moving away from this arbitrary recommendation which is unsupported by science. Many also refuse to use certain vaccines because the disease in question is either so benign or rare that the risks associated with vaccination outweigh any promised benefit. This important book provides information on all canine and feline vaccines. It includes several personal stories of vaccine damage to family pets, as well as hundreds of studies documenting veterinary vaccine safety and efficacy problems. As a concerned pet owner, you can now make informed decisions about the health and welfare of your precious four-legged friends.
How can you be sure that your dog is happy? What can owners do to ensure their dog has the best chance at a long happy life? Experts in animal behaviour, Emma Grigg and Tammy Donaldson set out to explore our current understanding of canine wellbeing in this engaging and authoritative guide to dog training. Making use of the latest in animal behaviour research and studies, The Science Behind a Happy Dog covers both scientific approaches to dog raising and practical solutions to common behavioural problems in a clear and accessible style.The science behind canine cognition and body language are discussed to reveal how we can use the clues that our dogs give us to maximise their wellbeing. This enlightening guide addresses all aspects of a dog's life, including nutrition, socialisation, exercise, reducing stress when visiting the vet and canine mental health. The Science Behind a Happy Dog is the ultimate training book aimed at teaching owners how to raise a well-behaved, well-adjusted and happy dog.
THE UNDERDOGS tells the story of Karen Shirk: felled at age 24 by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as an immobile, deeply isolated and depressed, ventilator-dependent patient, she was rejected by every service dog agency in the country as "too disabled." Her nurse encouraged her to raise her own service dog, and Ben, a German shepherd, dragged her back into life. "How many people are stranded like I was," she wondered, "who could lead productive lives with a service dog?" A thousand dogs later, Karen Shirk's service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Melissa Fay Greene tells the stories of isolated children, struggling parents, and the marvelous dogs who gallop into their lives. Into these modern wonder tales, she weaves the latest scientific discoveries about the inner lives of dogs. It turns out that dogs really are doing the astounding things they appear to do, and they're doing them for people they love. The frontiers of the human/dog bond are explored here with insight, compassion, humor, and joy. A cast of remarkable characters-scientists and felons, dog trainers and parents, children with disabilities and the great dogs themselves-together address questions about our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love.
50 Tricks to Teach Your Dog offers a wide range of intelligent games and tricks to teach dogs of any size, shape, or temperament. It contains an assortment of tricks so pet parents can tailor playtime to their dogs' specific abilities and provides training advice from the basics to the more complex elements to ensure safe and effective training technique for the entire family.
* Classic reprint of Buckley's Standard Work on the West Highland White Terrier * Illustrated throughout with photographs with great Champions of the past and their owners * Updated with ribbon page marker and ornament * To have this book again available is a must for dog lovers and West Highland White Terriers alike.
Agility Right From The Start is the first training resource you should have and t he last one you'll need.
Border terriers have earned a loyal following that appreciates a small dog with focus and energy accompanied by good manners, a cheerful, dependable nature and the ability to work independently in the field. This guide contains care, training and health information from breeders and veterinarians.
Best Dog Hikes Alabama details the best dog friendly hiking trails in the Heart of Dixie. From mountain views to the coveted coast, there's a trail for you and your trusty companions. Throughout are full-color photos and maps, helpful tips, and tailored hike specs with information on leash requirements, trail surface, other trail users, and more. You'll also find important advice about hiking with dogs and preparation before you hit the trail. Grab the leash, don your pack, and get ready for an adventure that will have tails wagging for days to come.
Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research
provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with
our dogs is greater than how we vary. As behaviorist and zoologist
Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about
emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the
premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide
range of feelings including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and
"From the Hardcover edition."
Doggy problems quickly turn into people problems unless dog owners come up with good solutions. Author Amanda O'Neill has those solutions, which she shares with readers and divides into several general categories for easy reference. The categories include " Antisocial Behavior, Sex Problems, Smelly Problems, Barking Problems, " and others. For example, among the problems discussed under " Antisocial Behavior " is "My Dog Wrecks My Neighbor's Garden." The problem and its solution are broken down according to possible causes, breed notes (some breeds are especially prone to digging), recommended action owners can take, and prevention. Some doggy problems are best solved by training, others by deterrent methods, and still others--like many "smelly dog" problems--by consultation with a veterinarian. Amanda O'Neill offers her advice in a friendly, highly informal style, and every page of her book is enhanced with color photos and cartoon-style illustrations.
Whether you re searching for drugs or a missing person, "K9 Scent Training" will improve your K9 team s capabilities in the field. Use proven techniques to train your dog for: Scent identification line-ups to indicate a scent connection between crime-scene evidence and a suspect. Tracking along a wide variety of track types, including the cold track, the broken-off track and tracks that run over or under cross-tracks. Detection work for searches in buildings, vehicles, open terrain and more. In this must-have guide for SAR teams and police K9 trainers and handlers, Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak present everything you need to know to build or improve a scent training program. Scent training involves high-stakes work, and in the case of a search for a missing person, the right training for your K9 can mean the difference between life and death. Beginning with the science behind odors and how dogs perceive them, Resi and Ruud show you how to harness that knowledge to eliminate training problems and maximize your dog s potential. You ll learn how to start scent training for young dogs using simple exercises before building up to more complex training. Finally, using techniques they ve perfected over decades, Resi and Ruud share their specialized, step-by-step programs for advanced scent identification training and tracking. Get a free ebook through the Shelfie app with the purchase of a print copy."
With a hugely popular following on Facebook, Off The Leash has developed a regular daily following of more than half a million dog lovers from around the world. In Off the Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs the best of Rupert Fawcett's brilliantly observed, touchingly true cartoons come together in book form for the first time. Featuring the secret thoughts and conversations of dogs of every size, shape and breed, this gorgeous book is a celebration of our favourite belly-scratching, tail-chasing, bed-stealing canine friends.
Some people own a dog, whilst others are owned by their dogs - but either way the relationship between each is unique and special. Dogs come into our lives, bringing with them a level of devotion never before experienced . They make us laugh at their antics and funny ways, and when they leave us after a life-too-short, they break our hearts and leave our homes empty and echoing. This book is a collection of stories, photographs and illustrations that will make you laugh and cry. The stories are based on real dogs, which have been lovingly recreated by Stephanie as handmade felt models. A book that will appeal to both creative felt-makers and dog lovers alike.
Using established and cutting-edge psychotherapies, Free Will Teaching (TM) offers a perspective that will change your approach to teaching your dog. Force-free, and embracing each dog's right to free will, both you and your dog will achieve great success. Owning a puppy is an exciting and rewarding experience. Understanding why your puppy does what he does, and what influences his behaviour, is key to a harmonious life together, and essential for avoiding the many problems and issues that crop up along the way. Charting the first 18 months of Wolfie's life, from when he arrived with Kathie Gregory's family at nine weeks of age, this book looks in detail at the mind and behaviour of a puppy, and how he develops as he becomes an adult dog. It also examines how dogs think, what they do, how they learn, form responses; their likes, dislikes, development stages and hormones, and how all of these influence a dog's personality and development. Language, cognitive ability, and emotional awareness are key aspects of FWT, resulting in fantastic achievements. Whether for your own dog or on a professional basis, this detailed account of how to use Free Will Teaching (TM) as a way of life to teach and guide every dog, takes today's dog training into the future.
Dr. Deva Khalsa, a pioneer in holistic veterinary medicine, shares her effective, integrative approach to permanently eliminating pet allergies in this invaluable book. Dr. Khalsa shows how to strengthen the immune systems of dogs and cats without invasive techniques or pharmaceutical drugs, and she presents holistic health therapies for keeping pets as healthy as they can be. Developed over decades of practice and study, Dr. Khalsa's methods combine holistic approaches to healthcare, such as wholesome nutrition, alternative therapies, herbal remedies, and botanical medicine. The Allergic Pet features a detailed explanation of the author's allergy-elimination technique-a new approach for dealing with allergies in pets. This inspired book offers useful advice for dog owners on food sensitivity, asthma, ear infections, skin and coat problems, gastrointestinal issues, vaccinations and more.
The retrieve is one of the most difficult skills for most dogs to master in competitive obedience. It is difficult because it involves a long series of steps that the dog must learn in order to complete the exercise successfully. More and more trainers are realizing that teaching a complex series of behaviors like this is most easily done through the use of clicker training. The Clicker Retiever teaches you step-by-step how to clicker train your dog to do a solid, enthusiastic and reliable retrieve. Learning no-force techniques builds trust between you and your dog, makes training more enjoyable for both of you, and sets you up for life-long training success built on scientific principles, respect and fun. The Clicked Retriever also shows you how to apply retrieving skills to other activities such as flyball and service dog training.
Dog trainers face ethical decisions all the time. Do I keep working with a client when it is obvious that the owner will not keep up the training program to the detriment of the dog? Should I accept payments from other dog professionals to whom I refer clients? What is the proper way to interact with other dog trainers who use methods I disagree with? Author Jim Barry dives deep into the ethical questions frequently faced by dog trainers and offers up a systematic approach to helping trainers resolve difficult dilemmas.
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