This book is a practical guide that you can follow when you are thinking of buying a dog. It is very valuable in that it sets out in a clear and logical manner all the preparation you will need to create a happy home for your new little pet. It isMoreThis book is a practical guide that you can follow when you are thinking of buying a dog.
It is very valuable in that it sets out in a clear and logical manner all the preparation you will need to create a happy home for your new little pet. It is unique in this regard.There is lot of advice on the various aspects of dog care to be found on the internet and other sources, but much of it is at a level of detail not required in the first instance.The advice contained in Chapter 1: Preparation for owning a dog will prepare you emotionally for dog ownership.
It shows the importance of making a commitment and reinforces the need to understand dog behaviour. This will prepare you for the responsibility of dog ownership and describes the very important steps of meeting your veterinarian and conforming with local regulations that must be observed by all dog owners.In Chapter 2: Preparing your house or apartment you will find all the practical details for preparing your house or apartment to receive your new puppy. It covers the essential areas of safety, comfort, sleep, eating, and potty training, and more.
This information reflects the wisdoms gained from a lifetime of dog ownership, covering all the practicalities, how to ensure your puppy feels safe in his new environment away from his mother and his birth ‘pack’, and how you can help him to settle in to his (and your) new routine so that everyone will be happy.
You will probably refer back to this chapter many times during the settling in period.Chapter 3: Choosing your dog gives you advice about how and where to choose your dog. It covers consulting with your veterinarian, buying a puppy from a breeder or a pet shop, or getting a rescue dog from an animal shelter.Chapter 4: Making the most of your dog suggests how you can make the most of your dog’s company and appreciate his ability to attract others who may enhance your social life.
You will learn the benefits of teaching him new tricks - for your self-esteem and his - and, importantly, to train him as a ‘canine security agent’ and an asset who can be of real assistance in an emergency. The chapter ends with some advice about clubs and organisations you can join which will help you learn a lot more about the breed of dog you have chosen.Whichever dog you choose, it is important to note that the relationship between the owner and a dog is essential in influencing his behavior.
Throughout this book we emphasise the importance of an owner’s involvement and building a relationship with his dog. Early socialisation training is vital in order to avoid nervous encounters with other dogs and humans, including children, later on.Dogs come in many shapes and sizes and have different characteristics.
This means that whoever you are and wherever you live, you will be able to find your perfect canine companion. Each dog will have his own personality, just as humans do, and there will be some variation in intelligence, self-confidence, exercise needs and energy level, as well as characteristics of the breed.But if you base your decision on some solid homework and follow the principles set out in this book, rather than picking a dog based solely on looks, you will end up with a dog you will be happy to share your life with, no matter which dog you choose.With the aid of all the information and advice contained in this book we hope you will be a very happy owner of a very happy dog who will be your very best friend.