—Joan Belle Isle, President, Greyhound Project
“Anyone who reads this book and follows its guidance will have a happier, healthier dog and be a happier, more relaxed dog owner.”
—Hal and Karen Hawley, Greyhound Friends Northwest
The Greyhound has been celebrated in song and legend for thousands of years. Nowadays, Greyhounds are bred almost exclusively for racing. In the bad old days, prior to the 1980s, dogs that didn’t make the grade at the track, and those past their primes, were destroyed. According to official estimates, 60,000 of these noble, mild-mannered dogs were destroyed each year! Fortunately, a number of organizations now exist devoted to rescuing these unwanted dogs and placing them in good homes.
Thinking about adopting a retired racing Greyhound? Or maybe you’re already sharing your life with one of these charming animals. Either way, this friendly guide tells you everything you need to know to:Understand the Greyhound personality Find a retired racing Greyhound to adopt Choose the right ex-racer for you and your family Educate yourself and your retired racer Give your new pal the diet and exercise it needs Keep your dog healthy and happy for years to come
With plenty of good humor and straight-talk, Lee Livingood drawing on her forty-years of experience training adult rescue dogs to cover all the pros and cons of being a retired racing Greyhound owner, and she fills you in on:The amazing 8000-year history of the Greyhound Deciding whether an ex-racer is the right do for you and your family Physical and behavioral characteristics How to get a retired racer used to living in a home and be a companion Dealing with common behavioral and health problems Feeding, grooming, and exercising a Greyhound Fun things to do with your hound
Bursting with expert advice on all aspects of living with an ex-racer, Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies is must reading for anyone considering adoption or who’s already taken the leap.
As a caring Border Collie owner, you want the best for your pet. But you may not know all the special steps you need to take to raise a happy, healthy Border Collie. Your Border Collie's Life was written with one purpose in mind—to give you the most up-to-date information and guidance you need about the health, nutrition, training, and care of your dog. Reviewed by a nationally known veterinarian, this book shows you how to give your Border Collie the best life possible—whether you've just welcomed a new puppy into your family or adopted an older dog.
Includes a special training section written by renowned training expert Liz Palika.
Inside—What Every Border Collie owner wants to know:
·Is a Border Collie the right dog for me?
·How much exercise—and what kind—will keep my Border Collie happy?
·Which training techniques work best with the intelligent Border Collie?
·Can I prevent my Border Collie from herding children and pets?
·How can I keep my Border Collie from being destructive when I'm not at home?
·What is the best type of diet for my high-energy Border Collie?
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Inside The Ultimate Guide to Dog Care:
•A thorough discussion on what you need to consider before you decide to add a dog to your family
•Sources from where you can obtain a healthy, sound puppy or adult dog
•Checklists and charts to help you buy all of the equipment and supplies you will need before your dog comes home
•How to introduce your new dog to your home, other family members, other dogs, and strangers
•The importance of socialization to a dog’s overall personality and confidence
•Complete nutrition for puppies, adults, and senior dogs
•How to groom different coat types and the tools you will need
•Making sure that your dog gets enough exercise for his body and mind, with special sections on organized dog sports and pet-assisted therapy work
•Keeping your dog safe at home and everywhere you go
•Raising a polite canine member of society through reward-based training, communication, and solutions to common problems
•Routine health checks, dealing with parasites, and recognizing and treating illness and injury, with a chapter on care of the older dog
The book continues with a chapter on characteristics, encapsulating all of the virtues of this unique sighthound, offering sound advice about which owners are best suited to the breed. The chapter devoted to the breed standard is illustrated with computer-generated graphics by the author to demonstrate correct type and structure for newcomers and experienced Borzoi fanciers alike.
All owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are brimming with detail and illustrated with handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author’s advice on obedience training will help readers better mold and train their independent-minded dogs into the most socialized, well-mannered good canine citizens. The extensive chapter on healthcare provides accurate information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, parasites, infectious diseases, and more. The final chapter on showing the Borzoi will be of great interest to all owners interested in exploring the competitive world of dog sports. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as vaccines, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and more. Fully indexed.