K9 Complete Care: A Manual for Physically and Mentally Healthy Working Dogs

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Dog Training Press, 2003 - Pets - 180 pages
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K9 Complete Care is aimed at the owners, trainers and handlers of working dogs, although there is much here for pet owners as well. Experienced trainers Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak provide a detailed overview of caring for a working dog. They begin by looking at whether dogs should be trained for work, and what considerations should apply before a dog is put to work. Safe warm-up and cool down exercises are offered, as well as ways to improve your dog's general fitness level and ability to endure the stresses of K9 work.

The authors also examine various areas of dog health, including skin, coat, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, feet and anal and genital areas. Each section includes information on common diseases and parasites, as well as possible injuries and ailments and how to handle them. Also included are tips for basic care such as taking a dog's temperature and other vital signs, administering medication, care for injured or ailing dogs, and how to prolong the careers of older working dogs.


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1 Use of dogs in operational service
2 The three conditions of the dog
3 Working in extreme weather conditions
4 Injuries and physiotherapy
5 Parasites
6 The skin and coat
7 The eyes
8 The ears
9 The nose
10 The teeth and tongue
11 The pads and nails
12 The anal area
13 Finishing an active life
14 Practical information

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About the author (2003)

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak are world-renowned specialists in the field of dog work and the authors of more than 30 titles on dog training. They train search and rescue dogs for the International Red Cross and the United Nations (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), and they have trained drug and explosive detector dogs for the Dutch police and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Gerritsen and Haak also act as international judges for the International Rescue Dog Organization.

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