American Working Terriers

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Patrick Burns, 2006 - 280 pages
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Practical, common sense, terrier work for the beginner, laid out in a clear no-nonsense style with chapters on the history of working terriers in Europe and America, along with sections on introducing young dogs to work, tools, technique, American terrier quarry, hazards, and veterinary care for working dogs. The sections on veterinary care and tools alone will save most people more money than the cost of this book, while the tips on digging, locator collars, skunk toxic shock, and handling quarry at the end of a dig, may save you more than money. This is a book on working terriers, but if you show, breed or judge any type of working terrier you need to read chapters one, two and four, not only to understand the true history of working terriers in Great Britain and the United States, but also to understand why (and how) show judges have selected for linked structural characteristics that have resulted in breed after breed disappearing from the working field. 270 pages, with 80 photos and illustrations.

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User Review  - ffelwatcher - LibraryThing

awsome book... full of great information. and a good read for anyone involved with terriers, working or companion. he speaks in plain english and dosen't try to talk over your head. Terrier work laid out plain and simple and ethical. witha tad of edicate to practice correctly. Read full review

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Information on the Pharaoh Hound is incorrect. DNA testing has proven this breed of dog is not ancient is really a modern breed—but the Pharaoh and Ibzian Hounds were not simply created to look like egyptian breeds, they are hunting breeds that do in fact go back a few hundred years (there is clear documentation about the breeds' use in hunting rabbits in their respective countries. The Pharaoh Hound—and similar Mediterranean breeds—are all native to Southern European countries, owned by farmers and used for hunting rabbits in a style that is distinctly Roman—it appears this very real history is not enough for some people who need a fictionalized and more romantic past. 

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Early Training
Enter the Dog First Movements From France Malthus
Picking the Right Shovel Making Your Shovel More Useful
American Quarry and Land 65
Health Care for Working Terriers 217
The Geography of American Terrier Work The Rise
Chronic Problems Critical Problems A Complete Vet
The American Working Dog 101
Fantasy Diggers A Proper Dog Span Quarry Before
Credits 269

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