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Dogs For Dummies (9781119609070) was previously published as Dogs For Dummies (9780764552748). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.
 
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 to

 
Choose the right veterinarian
Explore the dog-breeding business
Find breed-rescue groups
Identify canine health problems
Look 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 dog
Choosing collars, harnesses, halters, and leashes
Considering euthanasia
Feeding Fido the right way
House training puppies and adult dogs
Keeping up appearances with good grooming
Participating in canine competitions
Preparing your dog for a disaster
Traveling 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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gina Spadafori is an award-winning veterinary medical writer. She is the coauthor of Cats For Dummies and Birds For Dummies.

  • FOREWORD
  • INTRODUCTION
    • We Love Dogs . . . to Death, Sometimes
    • How Do Dog Disasters Happen
    • A Preventive Approach
    • Improving the Dog You Have
    • Why You Need This Book
    • Becoming an Informed Consumer
    • How This Book Is Organized
    • Icons Used in This Book
    • How to Reach Me
    • Beyond the Book
  • PART 1: BRINGING A PUPPY OR ADULT DOG INTO YOUR LIFE
    • CHAPTER 1: Considering the Canine Possibilities
    • CHAPTER 2: Narrowing the Field
    • CHAPTER 3: Finding Out about Breeders, Shelters, and Other Sources
    • CHAPTER 4: Choosing and Bringing Home a Puppy
    • CHAPTER 5: Adopting and Settling In an Adult Dog
  • PART 2: GETTING THE RELATIONSHIP OFF TO THE BEST START
    • CHAPTER 6: All the Right Stuff
    • CHAPTER 7: Feeding Your Puppy or Dog
    • CHAPTER 8: House-Training Puppies and Dogs
    • CHAPTER 9: Early Puppy Training
  • PART 3: KEEPING YOUR DOG HEALTHY
    • CHAPTER 10: Good Grooming
    • CHAPTER 11: Preventive Health Care for Puppies and Dogs
    • CHAPTER 12: Common Canine Health Problems
    • CHAPTER 13: Caring for an Aging Dog
  • PART 4: LIVING HAPPILY WITH YOUR DOG
    • CHAPTER 14: Teaching Your Dog Manners
    • CHAPTER 15: Problem-Solving
    • CHAPTER 16: Canine Competitions: Fun Things to Do with Your Dog
    • CHAPTER 17: To Breed or Not to Breed
    • CHAPTER 18: Traveling with Your Dog
  • PART 5: THE PART OF TENS
    • CHAPTER 19: Ten Dog Myths — Debunked!
    • CHAPTER 20: Ten Questions to Ask When Buying a Purebred Puppy
    • CHAPTER 21: Ten Things You Need to Know to Prepare Your Dog for a Disaster
    • CHAPTER 22: Ten Ways to Have Both a Dog and a Nice Yard
    • CHAPTER 23: Ten Must-See Dog Sites on the World Wide Web
  • INDEX
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