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The Poodle is known for her keen intelligence, excellent trainability, and, most notably, those signature curly locks. But there's more to the Poodle than meets the eye (like, say, those expensive grooming bills). So, to Poodle or not to Poodle? That is the question.
With an overview of the breed's history, an exploration of all three varieties (Standard, Miniature, and Toy), and 8 pages of full-color photos detailing the colors available and tips and techniques for grooming, "Poodles for Dummies" is filled with all the meaty information and enlightening morsels you need to decide if this refined beauty is a good match for you. You'll get answers to your most important questions, including: Which size Poodle is best for me? Which color?How do I know if a Poodle breeder is reputable?What are the pros and cons of shelters and rescue groups?What do I look for in choosing a healthy Poodle?How can I Poodle-proof my home and yard?What's the best way to introduce my Poodle to kids and other pets?How often does my Poodle need grooming?
No matter which size, color, or gender you own, Poodles are not a "wash 'n' wear" breed. But if you have the time, passion, and dedication to give her the training, exercise, and upkeep she needs, you and your curly companion will have a happy and rewarding life together.
A photographic collection for dog lovers everywhere that captures the joy of dogs flying through the air. There is nothing more joyous than seeing a dog jumping in the air - tongue lolling, ears flapping, legs wildly outstretched and eyes wide with delight. Capturing these happy moments and the amusing array of hilarious poses, this book will be an anthology of beautiful photographs of man's best friend in motion - dogs of all shapes and sizes upon a backdrop of captivating scenery from all around the world. It is an extraordinary depiction of our canine companions; a must for all dog lovers and photography fans alike.
When the first volume of The Dog Trainer's Resource was published in 2007, it became a resounding success among professional dog trainers and behaviorists. It also introduced a new generation of dog trainers to the profession and started them on the road to success with information from experts in the field. This new volume, The Dog Trainer's Resource 2, contains more cutting edge information collected from dog training's most influential magazine, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog, published by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Subjects covered in this book range from puppy training and socialization to working with veterinarians and how to run the business end of the leash. A special emphasis in this volume is on behavior problems including how to diagnose problem behaviors, training, and management strategies. It includes detailed case studies that give the reader insights from experts. Both new and seasoned dog trainers will benefit from the 73 articles written by 43 authors.
The Dog Aggression Workbook is an interactive guide for guardians of dogs who behave aggressively. The workbook presents a systematic and highly efficient and effective, positive reinforcement-based approach to understanding, assessing and changing aggressive behaviors in dogs. Strategies and techniques are described clearly and completely in a conversational style that is easy to read and understand. Guardians will be armed with the tools they need to address all kinds of aggressive behavior problems, while avoiding harsh punitive techniques. The workbook utilizes a behavioral approach, focusing on identifying specific problem behaviors, what evokes them and what consequences are maintaining them. It explains how to implement desensitization and behavior replacement procedures to change emotional responses and the aggressive behaviors they motivate. Taking a global and comprehensive approach, it addresses the whole context in which aggressive behaviors are performed.
Few people can fail to be cheered by the adventures and personality of Cecil Aldin's mischievous puppies. Published as a follow-up to the phenomenally successful A Dog Day, The Rascal follows a year in the life of a bulldog puppy who enters the social whirl of Edwardian London. This beautiful and charming puppy becomes the darling of an actress, enjoys the races at Ascot, goes punting at the Henley Regatta and holidays in Ostend. The high life finally ends as his sense of the bulldog, and British virtues leads him to disaster and he discovers the new pleasures of country living. The brilliant full-page illustrations became collectors items when the book was first published in 1905. Cecil Aldin's pictures bring the puppy to vibrant life, and show why Aldin's art has captivated generations of adults and children, and his sense of fun shines from every line. Anyone who knows dogs will recognise this canine rascal, portrayed by the greatest of all dog illustrators.
Everything you need to know about the crucial first months of your puppy's life. From the decision to adopt a puppy through the practical steps of choosing the right breed, preparing your home, caring for your new charge and practising basic obedience exercises, the Monks of New Skete offer clear, compassionate guidelines for raising a puppy. Renowned for breeding German shepherds, the Monks train their own dogs according to a unique programme based on understanding canine behaviour and enhancing the bond between dog and owner. This communion begins in puppyhood and is based on deep respect and affection. Improper care, poor training, or a lack of attention during the early months can lead to problem behaviours that become increasingly difficult to alter as your dog matures. By learning how to assert your dominance gently from the start, you'll build a lasting and loving relationship with your puppy.
From the best-selling author of WHAT'S YOUR DOG TELLING YOU, a set of lessons gleaned from canine friends - which may just save your life. Martin McKenna, the Dog Man, has learned plenty from the dogs he grew up with and from the dogs he now owns. He firmly believes that dogs hold the key to human happiness and well being and that they can help us to be better people - if we only learned how to learn from them. Over the years he has counselled countless people in doggy lore, in how to be more relaxed, more confident, less aggressive, more loyal, how to make the most out of life, how to use routine to clear your head - and many other useful modes of behaviour. In this book he runs through the many lessons dogs can teach us, via colourful anecdotes about hounds and their owners. Be warned! Not everyone is up to the task of learning from their dog.
If you have ever wanted to know what makes your dog tick, why he acts the way does, how to change the way he behaves or how to train him to a standard beyond what you dreamed possible, you need look no further that The Dog Vinci Code. In this essential manual for any dog owner, John Rogerson outlines step-by-step training techniques so simple that your dog will have no trouble grasping what you are trying to teach him. This book is about learning to communicate with your dog on an emotional level, which will in turn give him the ability to understand everyone in your family. Practicing 'the code' will gain you more control over your dog, and the confidence to offer him more freedom and less frustration than ever before, making for a more contented family member. John has devoted his lifetime to the study of dogs and owners, and his unique insight into the workings of the canine has made him one of the world's most sought-after speakers on the subject. He is also a founding member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors Support Dogs; Dog Aid, and also the British Kennel Club Accreditation scheme for dog trainers and behaviourists.
This book is written to satisfy the needs of the increasing numbers of dog lovers who are interested in alternative methods to treat their pets. This comprehensive guide introduces the principles of homoeopathy and the nature of homoeopathic remedies, explaining how remedies can be prepared and administered. There are informative sections on treating the different canine bodily systems and the specific diseases that dogs may suffer from. There is also helpful advice on canine virus and bacterial diseases, as well as the diseases of puppyhood, making this book a must for any dog owner.
Adorable and intelligent, bulldogs eagerly perform scores of tasks for their owners. This charming book provides 101 photographic-proof examples of how bulldogs happily help out as as garbage disposals, alarm clocks, lawn fertilizers, gatekeepers and more! This is the eighth edition in Willow Creek's popular "101 Uses" series.
Every year many thousands of racing greyhounds retire from the racetrack and are successfully re-homed through dedicated greyhound charities. Written in association with Greyhound Rescue West of England, Retired Greyhounds - A Guide to Care and Understanding is essential reading for anyone who owns, or is thinking of owning a retired greyhound.
Need a laugh--or words of inspiration? Pampered pooches offer up their own irreverent wit and kibbles of wisdom in this candid canine volume.
Have you ever wondered why so many dogs seems to be suffering from weight issues? This excellent little book provides the answer: modern dog food. The author explains the effect processed dog food has on a dog's body and how, by switching to a biologically appropriate diet, the weight will, literally, drop off. The diet itself couldn't be simpler. You can get all the ingredients from a butcher or supermarket and it is easy and quick to prepare. Best of all, it works.
How to help dogs conquer their fears with desensitization and classical counter-conditioning. Step by step instructions to help you dog get over his fear of unfamiliar people. If you want to use the program for something besides a dog who's afraid of strangers, just substitute the relevant species and problem and go from there. It can be used to get over fear of the vet, a ceiling fan, whatever - as long as the behavior problem is motivated by fear. Even people can use the program!
The New York Times-bestselling book by former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland that teaches all dog owners how to have the close relationship and exceptional training of combat dogs. In Team Dog, Ritland taps into fifteen years' worth of experience and shares, explaining in accessible and direct language, the science behind the importance of gaining a dog's trust and then offering invaluable steps for how to achieve any level of obedience. His unique approach uses entertaining examples and anecdotes from his work with dogs on and off the battlefield and direct tips from the Navy SEAL guidebook to teach dog owners how to: choose the perfect dog for their household, establish themselves as the -team leader, - master -command and control, - employ -situational awareness, - and to solidify their dog's position as the family's ultimate best friend. Team Dog introduces pet owners everywhere to the new and distinctive authority on how to train your dog . . . the Navy SEAL way.
Problems with your dog? It may be his thyroid! If your dog is lethargic, losing his hair, gaining weight or suddenly becomes aggressive, perhaps the last thing you (or your vet!) would think about is his thyroid. Unfortunately, however, thyroid disorders can cause literally dozens of health and behavioral problems in dogs and frequently go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed. And the real tragedy is that most thyroid problems are treatable with the right medical care and a well-informed owner can often minimize the chance of a thyroid disorder occurring in the first place.
Noted veterinarian Jean Dodds and co-author Diana Laverdure have done the dog owning public and their vets a great service by writing The Canine Thyroid Epidemic. The book is written in such a way to inform both the average dog owner and animal health care professionals about the ways in which thyroid disorders occur, can be prevented and treated.
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