The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know

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Penguin, Nov 3, 2005 - Pets - 704 pages
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For everyone who has ever wished Dr. Spock had written about dogs instead—The Dog Bible is your essential guide to everything you will ever need to know. Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or an expert, your dog would want you to read this book. Encyclopedic in scope, it covers not only the basics, but every practical aspect of life with a dog, including many fascinating and helpful subjects never before collected in one volume.

Life-saving advice about the special needs of toy breeds: everything you need to know to protect and enhance their wonderfully long lives
Dog Psychology: Eye-opening ideas from an emerging field of study, including a chapter on the weird things dogs do—and why!

Tracie Hotchner, lifelong dog owner and author of the million-copy bestseller, Pregnancy and Childbirth, has distilled years of research into one comprehensive, accessible guide. You’ll make hundreds of decisions about your dog’s care during his lifetime. THE DOG BIBLE is here to give you the latest and best information available to help you make those decisions. It’s everything your dog would want you to know.

 

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I haven't read this whole thing, but a lot of it. It helped when we recently got a new (and very hyper) dog. I checked out tons of books when we first got her, and this is the only one that I keep ... Read full review

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This is a thorough, comprehensive guide to dog ownership. It covers every aspect of dog ownership you can conceive of, from finding the right dog to keeping it healthy. There's a fascinating section ... Read full review

Contents

Getting a Second Opinion from Another Vet
Pet Health Insurance
Vaccinations and the Diseases They Prevent
Warning and Emergency Charts
911 Dog Emergencies
Choking
Checklist for Medical Emergencies
Emergencies

Exercise Needs Based on the Dogs Size
What Shapes a Dog?
A Word about Certain Breeds
Cautionary Tips about Some Breeds
Wholesale Breeders AKA Puppy Mills
Private Dog Breeders
Backyard Breeders
Purchasing the Dog
Secondchance Dogs
Individual Breedrescue Groups
Private Placement of a Dog
Giving Up Your Dog
Finding a Stray Dog
Timing
Picking a Puppy
MALE OR FEMALE PUPPY?
PUPPY PERSONALITY TESTING
Picking and Shipping a Puppy Longdistance
Stages of Puppy Development
The First Vet Visit
Your New Dogs First Days with You
The Emotional Components of The Homecoming
The Emotional Roller Coaster of the First Days
Practical Suggestions
Tips for the First Week
Planning the Trip Home and First Hours
Things Youll Need for the New Dog
A Puppys Homecoming
Introductions to Other Pets
Dogs and Cats
Puppy Developmental Stages from Eight Weeks
Socialization Issues in Puppy Development
Puppy Peculiarities
Physical Issues in Development
Puppy Vet Visits
General Puppy Training Advice
The Dogs Senses
Relationships between and among Dogs
Dog Body Language
Chemical Communication between Dogs
Vocal Communication
Stress in Dogs
Odd Things Dogs Do
The DogWolf Connection
How to Assert Your Authority as Top Dog
Being Tough Is No Longer Recommended
DogHuman Play
A Dictionary of Body Language
Canine Body Language
Miscommunication in Physical Displays of Affection
Introducing Your Dog to a New Partner
Your Dog Is Not a Person
Sleeping Arrangements
Necessities for Canine Care
Your Dogs Daily Schedule
Exercise
Water Safety and Emergency First Aid
City Dogs
CITY NOISE POLLUTION
AGGRESSIVE PERSONALITY
Lost Dogs
Disaster Preparedness
Wolf Instincts about Elimination
Housetraining Guidelines for Puppies
Using a Crate
The Learning Process
Positive Reinforcement
Training Corrections
Communication between People and Dogs
DogHuman Dominance Issues
Teaching Come
Teaching Sit
Teaching Down
Teaching Enough
Teaching Go to Your Bed
Teaching Stay
Teaching Wait
SUCCESS DEPENDS ON AN IMMEDIATE REWARD
Training Equipment
Training Collars
Halters Also Known as Head Collars
Different Kinds of Leashes
Miscellaneous Training Equipment
Veterinarians
The First Vet Visit
Everyday Dangers to Dogs
Diseases and Medical Conditions
KIDNEY DISEASE
MEDICATIONS
PARASITES AND PESTICIDES
SEIZURES
SKIN
SPAYING AND NEUTERING
SPINALDISK PROBLEMS
SURGERY
TAIL DOCKING
Alternative Medicine
BRUSHES AND COMBS
ELECTRIC CLIPPERS
TYPES OF COATS AND FREQUENCY OF GROOMING
START GROOMING IN PUPPYHOOD
DIFFICULTIES GROOMING
PROFESSIONAL GROOMING
YOUR DOGS SKIN IN THE WINTER
GROOMING EMERGENCIES
Bathing Your Dog
Ear Care
Dental Care
Toenails
Wrinkles and Folds in the Skin
A WakeUp Call about Your Dogs Food
Special Dietary Needs
Supplements to Dog Food
Dietary Problems
WAYS TO FEED WITHOUT FATTENING
Some Natural Incompatibilities between Dogs and Kids
Ways You Can Protect Children with Dogs
Kids and DogCare Responsibilities
New Babies and Dogs
Toddlers and Dogs
Stages of Childhood Development and Interactions with Dogs
Six to Twentyfour Months
Three to Five Years Old
Six to Eight Years Old
Finding Dogfriendly Establishments
Outdoor Adventure Travel with Your Dog
Airplane Travel
Leaving Your Dog Behind When You Travel
A General Note about Dog Problems
An Alphabetical Listing of Problems
Barking
Biting People
Chasing
Chewing and Other Destructiveness
Compulsiveness
Destructive Behavior
Escape ArtistsRunning Away
REASONS THAT DOGS RUN AWAY
RUNNING OUT THE DOOR
Fearful Personality and Phobias
Garbagepicking
Housesoiling
Jumping Up on People
Licking People and Themselves
Nosenudging Crotchsniffing
ObsessiveCompulsive Behavior
Possessiveness
AVOID CONFLICT BY ELIMINATING THE TRIGGERS
Rage Syndrome
Separation Anxiety
Stealing
Stress and Anxiety
TemperamentPsychological Problems
Territorial Problems
Thunderstorm Phobia
Visitors and Poor Behavior
Whining
Large Dogs
Small Dogs
Multidog Households
Dogs and Cats
Blind Deaf and Handicapped Dogs
Deafness
Dogs and the Law
Senior Dogs
When the Time Comes to Let Go
Grief over Losing Your Dog
Dogs and Their Grieving
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Tracie Hotchner is the author of the million-copy bestseller Pregnancy & Childbirth, which was nominated for the American Book Award, as well as three other books on pregnancy. She has appeared on national talk shows, including the Today show and Oprah, and she lives in East Hampton, New York, with her three dogs, Jazzy, Billy Blue, and Scooby Doo.

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