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Dogs for Dummies [Paperback]

By Gina Spadafori (Author) & Marty Becker (Foreword by)
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Item description for Dogs for Dummies by Gina Spadafori & Marty Becker...

Discusses the selection, care, and training of dogs, including what to do when your puppy nips, barks, or digs; looks at adopting the adult dog; grooming basics; and dog shows and obedience trials.

Publishers Description
These days, people's dogs have become bona fide members of the family. Moving from the kennel to the couch, they share our beds, family rooms, and holidays; and they are recipients of our kindest and utmost concern. A pet partnership is a lifetime commitment. Do it right, and your dog will become an important and valuable part of the family for many years. Do it wrong, and you've broken a sacred covenant between humankind and another living being.

"Dogs For Dummies, 2nd Edition, " is for you if you are looking to adopt a dog, trying to improve the relationship with the one you have, or attempting to come up with fun things to do with your canine companion. This book is also for people who want toChoose the right veterinarianExplore the dog-breeding businessFind breed-rescue groupsIdentify canine health problemsLook for a purebred

It's a "doggy-dog" world, and this easy-to-use guide will help you navigate it. Improve your chances at pet success by knowing how to raise and live with your dog properly. Discover which breed best suits your lifestyle, and if a puppy or adult dog is best for you. "Dogs For Dummies, 2nd Edition, " also covers the following topics and more: Caring for an aging dogChoosing collars, harnesses, halters, and leashesConsidering euthanasiaFeeding Fido the right wayHouse training puppies and adult dogsKeeping up appearances with good groomingParticipating in canine competitionsPreparing your dog for a disasterTraveling with your dog

Award-winning author Gina Spadafori says the lack of accurate information -- "not" the lack of effort or concern -- is often the reason for doomed people-pet pairings. With her help, you can avoid the agony. "Dogs For Dummies, 2nd Edition, " is full of useful tips, how-to advice, illustrations, and photographs (both color and black-and-white). You deserve a healthy, happy, and well-mannered canine companion; and you'll be the owner every pet wants and deserves --informed, responsible, and loving.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: For Dummies
Pages   380
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 7.41" Height: 0.96"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 11, 2000
Publisher   For Dummies
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0764552740  
ISBN13  9780764552748  
UPC  785555034174  

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More About Gina Spadafori & Marty Becker

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gina Spadafori Gina is the author of the best-selling Dogs For Dummies, which was given the President's Award for the best writing on dogs and the Maxwell Medallion for the best general reference work, both by the Dog Writers Association of America. With top avian specialist Dr. Brian L. Speer, she has also written Birds For Dummies.

Along with Dr. Paul D. Pion, she was given the CWA's awards for the best work on feline nutrition, best work on feline behavior, and best work on responsible cat care for the first edition of Cats For Dummies. She and her pets divide their time between Northern California and South Georgia/North Florida.

Paul D. Pion, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology): Paul is co-founder, president, and CEO of the Veterinary Information Network, Inc., and a boardcertified veterinary cardiologist. Paul has been awarded a Physician's Science Award by the National Institutes of Health, a Small Animal Research Award by Purina, the National Phi Zeta Award for one of the two most outstanding manuscripts in 1989, and a Special Recognition Award by the American Animal Hospital Association for innovations in the field of veterinary medicine.

Paul graduated from the veterinary college at Cornell University and has taught in the veterinary school at the Univesity of California, Davis. While at UCD, he made an important research discovery that has touched the lives of every cat in the world: He proved that deficiency of a single amino acid, taurine, was casuing heart disease in cats. His discovery was published as a cover article in SCIENCE, one of the most competitive and respected research journals and, more important, led to the reformulation of the world's cat foods and the virtual eradication of a heart disease that afflicted tens of thousands of cats annually in the late 80's.

Paul lived in Davis, California, with his wife, veterinarian Dr. Carla Weinberg, sons Luca and Joel, and a house full of pets.

Gina Spadafori currently resides in Sacramento, in the state of California.

Gina Spadafori has published or released items in the following series...
  1. For Dummies
  2. For the Love Of...(Health Communications)

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Reviews - What do customers think about Dogs for Dummies?

Good reference guide  Feb 21, 2008
If you're new to dogs or isn't quite familiar with basic dog psychology, dog habits, dog health etc, then this book's for you.

It's a nice reference guide to the basics. It even shows you how to train your dog with basic commands for sit, stay, come and more--for a really good training DVD though, I'd recommend Train Your Dog - The Positive Gentle Method because sometimes, it's just better to see it in action than just read how it's done.
Must have if you are thinking of getting a dog  Jul 4, 2007
I never owned a dog,we currently have 2 cats; so when my son(9) started to ask for a dog, I wanted to do my homework before taking that leap. This book is excellent. Our whole family read it and it is easy and fun to read, but full of essential information. Everything from choosing the right breed, to more of the detailed physical care every puppy/dog needs. It also gives you a fair picture what commitment is needed to be a responsible dog-owner.
We particularly liked the authors commitment to older dogs and shelter dogs, that's the way we will go. I'm sure we will use the book once we have a dog, there are chapters on health care and training as well as feeding - your dog should be a healthy and happy dog if you head this advice. Suggestion: add a breed specific book if you decided on a pure breed to get the finer details.
Good basic dog book  Jun 16, 2007
I recently re-read this book after 6 years (and getting a second dog) and I can honestly say it's a good book for covering all the basics of getting and owning a dog. I recommend it as a staple item for your dog-book library second only to the Dog Bible by Tracie Hotchner.
Dogs for dummies  Jan 15, 2007
Clearly written, good information and good overview of info new dog owners will need. However,could use more detail in several sections such as obedience or manners training.
Every new dog owner should be forced to read this book!  Dec 13, 2006
This book, along with "Dog Training" for Dummies, should be manditory reading for most dog owners, who have little solid education or experience in dog behavior and training. I am a senior volunteer & trainer at a major metro shelter. I specialize in working with Behavioral Evalution dogs. I interact with hundreds of different problem dogs a year and the core information in these two books have helped me immensely. The reason dogs are "bad dogs" is becuase they have untrained and unskilled lazy owners who let them get away with way too much and don't re-inforce pack order via regular basic obiedance training. This series, combined with the Dog Wisperer videos, should literally be government mandated reading/watching for dog owners. If you want to get your dog(s) under control, or keep your new dog on the right path, these books are a must and easy read. Hope this helps!

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