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`For me, the bond I have with Peg, my border collie sheepdog is priceless. I know how very lucky I, and thousands of other shepherds and farmers, are to have these extraordinarily bright, enthusiastic dogs at our side. But we, who work the land and our flocks, are not the only beneficiaries of the extraordinary relationship between man and dog ...' In A Farmer and His Dog, Adam Henson explores the unique relationship between a farmer and his most loyal friend. Sheepdogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes from border collies to Australian kelpies (rumoured to be a distant relative of the dingo). Not only are they essential to the running of a farm, but they are also fiercely intelligent and exceptionally devoted companions, having evolved over millennia to make the make the work of a shepherd possible. But it is not just the farmer working the land who benefits from the extraordinary relationship between man and dog. Beginning by introducing us to the dogs who have been faithful companions to the Henson family over the years, Adam goes on to explore the impact made by the UK's hardest working breeds. From traditional herding dogs and gundogs - such as the Labrador's he grew up with and the Hungarian wire-haired Vizslas like Boo and Olive who live with him now - to the assistance dogs, sniffer dogs and even search and rescue dogs, whose stories have reinforced Adam's belief that we humans owe an enormous debt to our wet-nosed, four-legged friends.
You know you're a dog lover when you own more tennis balls than Andy Murray, the Kennel Club is down as your emergency contact number, and a cosy meal for two means a medium-rare steak for you and your pooch. If this sounds familiar, read on to determine where you lie on the scale from `truly obsessed' to `full-on canine crazy'!
This special collection of dog stories and photographs features four-legged heroes who have worked side by side with soldiers, searched the wreckage of natural and man-made disasters, changed families' lives through emotional support, and administered aid around the world and at home in the United States. Heart-warming photographs and touching anecdotes bring to life thirty-eight caring canines who have served the people who mean the most to them, from a German Shepherd who leads a blind man on his marathon training mssion to a belly rub-loving Sheltie who supports at-risk youth in the classroom. For anyone who has experienced the extraordinary affection of a dog, Loyal is a lasting celebration of the joys of canine companionship.
This bold and courageous canine was originally bred in Japan to hunt small game in mountainous areas. The Shiba is an active breed that makes both an excellent watchdog and a loyal companion. This book, an updated addition to Barron's " Complete Pet Owner's Manuals " series, advises on all aspects health care, caging, training, nutrition, behavior, and more. Written primarily for prospective and inexperienced pet owners, as well as for older children who are learning about responsible pet care, Barron's " Complete Pet Owner's Manuals " present basic pet care information. The many titles in this series cover all popular dog and cat breeds, bird varieties, hamsters and other small caged animals, aquarium fish varieties, terrarium pets, and even reptiles, amphibians, and exotics. Each title features approximately 70 color photos and advises on acquiring an animal, housing, feeding, health care--and, where applicable, grooming and training.
With every click, the human highlights the desired dog behaviour, quickly and precisely. The click announces the subsequent reward, and the dog's behaviour is positively reinforced. Good trainers use clicker training as a fundamental technique in correcting problematic behaviour such as fear or aggression. Based on behavioural and neurological research, effective and animal-friendly clicker training has evolved to the point of genuinely facilitating communication between human and dog. In addition to basic knowledge regarding clicker training, this book puts great emphasis on how to communicate clearly with dogs. Easy-to-follow exercises and practical tips for correcting undesired behaviour enable the reader to make best use of the clicker marker signal. The author also demonstrates how cooperation, communication and emotional change can each play an important part in modifying your dog's behaviour. By working in a self-reliant way, the dog learns to interact consciously with his environment.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER When you are racing 435 miles through the jungles and mountains of South America, the last thing you need is a stray dog tagging along. But that's exactly what happened to Mikael Lindnord, captain of a Swedish adventure racing team, when he threw a scruffy but dignified mongrel a meatball one afternoon. When they left the next day, the dog followed. Try as they might, they couldn't lose him - and soon Mikael realised that he didn't want to. Crossing rivers, battling illness and injury, and struggling through some of the toughest terrain on the planet, the team and the dog walked together towards the finish line, where Mikael decided he would save Arthur and bring him back to his family in Sweden, whatever it took. Reactions to Arthur's story: 'an incredible journey' Daily Telegraph 'Arthur latched onto an extreme sports team during the Amazon race - and what happened next will melt the hardest heart' - Daily Mail
'Artists live by curiosity and enthusiasm, qualities readily evident as inspiration in dogs.' Robert Adams, Why People Photograph I, Jack Russell is a journey of discovery that will enthrall dog lovers everywhere. When photographer Andy Hughes, a life long admirer and owner of Jack Russells, realised that he had many more pictures of his dogs than he did of his family and friends, he decided to create this joyous enterprise, photographing one dog which lead to another dog until he had traveled the length and breadth of the UK and then ventured to the USA.
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."
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From World War I to nowadays, war dogs have served alongside the most valiant warriors in history's most decisive battles. Like the battlefields to which they are called, the war dogs' roles have evolved through the years. Missions have varied from landmine and tunnel detection to trackers and scouts. Today, war dogs are a primary asset when locating improvised explosive devices, the No. 1 killer of coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are members of Special Operations teams conducting clandestine missions and they help guard some of the world's most dangerous terrorists. This photographic book opens with a salute to the history of combat canines of the past century. It then uses illustration and insight to take the reader inside the careful selection process and months of rigorous training required to join the ranks of these elite "military working dogs." Hundreds of never-before-seen photos reveal the lifelong bonds formed in the heat of battle as tales of selfless service in Iraq and Afghanistan are told by the war dogs handlers and commanders who were there. Many of these war dogs have earned recognition for their heroic actions. Hundreds struggle with wounds and post-traumatic stress. Dozens died in the line of duty. These are their stories.
Filled with practical training tips, up-to-date health and nutrition advice, this is a must-have series for all dog-lovers. Whether you're just about to bring your first canine companion into your home or an experienced dog owner, this truly authoritative series provides expert insight into the nature and abilities of specific breeds. With each volume featuring a host of practical, tried-and-tested tips and techniques for training your dog, the latest information on nutritional requirements, health and first aid for dogs, as well as fabulous full-colour photography throughout, this series is bound to be a sure-fire hit with dog-lovers everywhere.
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