Celebrating the most friendly, talented, and affectionate dog on
the planet, the Golden Retriever, this Smart Owner's Guide, created
by the editors at Dog Fancy magazine, offers the most up-to-date
and accurate information every dog owner needs to become a
well-informed caregiver for his dog. Illustrated with color
photographs of adorable puppies and handsome adults, this
easy-to-read primer is designed in a modern, lively manner that
readers will find user-friendly and entertaining.
Each Smart Owner's Guide offers a description of the breed's
character and physical conformation, historical overview, and its
attributes as a companion dog. The reader will find informative
chapters on everything he or she needs to know about acquiring,
raising, and training this remarkable purebred dog, including:
finding a breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy; preparing
for the puppy's homecoming, shopping for supplies, and
puppy-proofing the home; house-training; veterinary and home health
maintenance; feeding and nutrition; and grooming. Obedience
training for basic cues (sit, stay, heel, come, etc.) and solving
potential problem behaviors (barking, chewing, aggression, jumping
up, etc.) are addressed in separate chapters, as are activities to
enjoy with the dog, including showing, agility, therapy work, and
Entertaining tidbits and smart advice fill up colorful sidebars in
every chapter, which the editors call "It's a Fact," "Smart Tip,"
"Notable & Quotable," and "Did You Know?" Real-life heroes and
rescue stories are retold in full-page features called "Pop Pups"
and "True Tails." Recipes, training, and care tips are highlighted
in the "Try This" feature pages.
The Smart Owner's Guide series is the only series that offers
readers an online component in which dog owners can join a
breed-specific online club hosted by dogchannel.com. At Club Gold,
owners of the breed can find forums, blogs, and profiles to connect
with other breed owners, as well as charts and checklists that can
be downloaded. More than just 20,000 pages of solid information,
there's a host of fun to be had at the club in the form of
downloadable breed-specific e-cards, screensavers, games, and
The Resources section of the book includes contact information for
breed-related organizations and rescues, as well as practical
guidance on traveling with dogs, identification, and locating
qualified professionals to assist the dog owner, such as pet
sitters, trainers, and boarding facilities. This information-packed
Smart Owner's Guide is fully indexed.
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