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.