Complete Dog Care, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1465413774
  • ISBN-13: 9781465413772
  • DDC: 636.7
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 192 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Combining all elements of canine care into one practical manual, Complete Dog Care contains all the things you need to know to nurture your dog from puppyhood through old age. The book opens with the fascinating story of the dog's descent from wolves, and explains how an understanding of the dog's origins and anatomy helps us to interpret our modern pets' behavior. A comprehensive section on becoming a dog owner follows, with a list of essential equipment and guidance on handling, house-training, traveling, and what to do when you go on vacation. Feeding and grooming are tackled extensively, along with activities to keep your dog fit and healthy, and a timeline of a puppy's first few weeks in the world highlights all the key stages of early development. An easy-to-follow diagnosis chart allows you to identify health problems rapidly and deal with them appropriately. More detailed coverage is given to common canine disorders, with any breeds that are prone to particular conditions highlighted in each section. Clear, step-by-step, photographic sequences show you how to administer basic first aid to your dog, and how to give him the best possible care following veterinary treatment. With expert advice on everything from dog-proofing your home and yard and socializing your puppy to preparing your dog for competitions, breeding, and visits to the vet, Complete Dog Care will ensure that you are equipped to cope with your canine in any situation.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Your New Dog.
2: Becoming a Dog Owner.
3: Choosing a Puppy.
4: Choosing an Adult Dog.
5: Choosing a Dog Breed.
6: The Dog-Proof Home.
7: Essential Equipment.
8: Bringing Your Dog Home.
9: The First Few Days.
10: Socializing Your Dog.
11: Going on Vacation.
12: Everyday Care.
13: A Balanced Diet.
14: Monitoring Feeding Levels.
15: Dietary Change Through Life.
16: Fighting Fit.
17: Time to Play.
18: Regular Grooming.
19: Washing Your Dog.
20: Long-Haired Dogs.
21: Short-Haired Dogs.
22: Wiry- and Curly-Haired Dogs.
23: Other Grooming Needs.
24: Training and Behavior.
25: Being in Charge.
26: Basic Training.
27: Sit and Stay.
28: Walking on a Lead.
29: Come when Called.
30: Fun Training.
31: Training Classes.
32: Behavioral Problems.
33: Barking and Jumping Up.
34: Running Away and Aggression.
35: Competitions and Sports.
36: Trials and Events.
37: Your Dog’s Health.
38: Signs of Good Health.
39: Home Checks.
40: Puppy Health Checks.
41: Routine Veterinary Checks.
42: Signs of Poor Health.
43: Inherited Disorders.
44: Musculoskeletal Disorders.
45: Coat and Skin Disorders.
46: Eye Disorders.
47: Ear Disorders.
48: Mouth and Tooth Disorders.
49: Respiratory Disorders.
50: Heart and Blood Disorders.
51: Digestive Disorders.
52: Reproductive Disorders.
53: Urinary Tract Disorders.
54: Nervous System Disorders.
55: Hormonal Disorders.
56: Immune System Disorders.
57: External Parasites.
58: Internal Parasites.
59: Infectious Diseases.
60: Alternative Therapies.
61: Nursing a Sick Dog.
62: Caring for an Elderly Dog.
63: Canine Emergencies.
64: Basic First Aid.
65: Wounds and Burns.
66: Seizures.
67: Traffic Accidents.
68: Choking and Poisoning.
69: Bites and Stings.
70: Heat Stroke and Hypothermia.
71: Breeding.
72: Responsible Breeding.
73: Pregnancy and Prenatal Care.
74: Whelping.
75: Postnatal Care.
76: Early Puppy Care.
77: Finding New Homes.
Useful Contacts.