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Dog Care

How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days, by Shirlee Kalstone

The very popular solution to a common problem. One of's biggest sellers!

Crate Training

Crate Training Your Dog, by Pat Storer, Workman Pub Co; Booklet edition (December 1, 2000)

home veterinary handbook

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, by James M. Griffin

Open the front cover and the first two pages you see contain the Index of Signs and Symptoms, from Abdomen (painful, swollen, distended, and tucked up) to Weight loss, Wheezing, and Whining (continual). There's a comprehensive index in back. It's a wonderful reference for any dog owner, good for everyday problems one might encounter.

UCDavis Book of Dogs, by Mordecai Siegal

If your dog has a serious or chronic illness, this is the place to get detailed information. Very comprehensive, beyond normal everyday care.

natural remedies

The Veterinarian's Guide to Natural Remedies, by Martin Zucker

This book is both an introduction and a guide to the vast world of natural healing methods, treatments, and foods now available for dogs. Author Martin Zucker offers advice from dozens of holistic practitioners and licensed veterinarians, who share their recipes, insights, and "prescriptions." Here dog owners will find information on everything from nutritional supplements to massage therapy, as well as how these treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional medications and surgical techniques.

natural health

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, by Richard Pitcairn and Susan Hubble Pitcairn

A classic natural pet-care book from two celebrated veterinary specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets, this book offers valuable natural and holistic advice on a host of pet topics, including, but not limited to, diet, exercise, environment, coping with a pet's death, and how to care for a sick animal. In addition to their thorough discussion of the above, the authors offer a comprehensive "quick reference" section on animal illnesses.


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Dog Tricks Step by Step, by Zeigenfuse & Walker, Howell 1997

Written for adults, owners will find fun things to do with the family pet in this book. There are practical tricks -- to make the dog useful at home, simple tricks -- to build rapport between dog and owner, and cute tricks great just for showing off. This book has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.


Dog Tricks for Dummies, by Sarah Hodgson

Written for adults, the all-in-one source for play training made easy! This friendly guide shows you how to teach your dog tricks, from the simple (wagging his tail) to the extraordinary (fetching a soda from the refrigerator). Dogs of all ages can learn new tricks, and this book's step-by-step instructions show you how to train your special friend to perform. Includes special sections on camping, winter fun -- even getting dogs into show business!

Dog Tricks: New Tricks for Old Dogs, Old Tricks for New Dogs, and Ageless Tricks that Give Wise Men Paws, by Arthur J. Haggerty, Carol Lea Benjamin

In Dog Tricks world-class trainers offer more than 80 challenging and unusual activities to teach your dog, including simple tricks that even the most stubborn pets can be taught to perform. Jumping rope" and the "telephone answering machine trick" are among the more advanced acts

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The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One, by Jack and Wendy Volhard

Terrific book explaining the CGC and great training ideas to prepare for the test.

Dog-Friendly Dog Training, by Andrea Arden

Excellent dog training book from a humane approach. One of the best out there!

Mother Knows Best, by Carol Lea Benjamin

Still one of the best for dog training and theory.

The Other End of the Leash, by Patricia McConnell, PhD.

Excellent, entertaining, and interesting book about canine and human behavior and how what we do effects the way we train our dogs.

leader of the pack

How to be the Leader of the Pack...and Have Your Dog Love Your For It, by Patricia McConnell, PhD

Learn how to love your dogs without spoiling them and provide boundaries without intimidation. This booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. If you want to be a natural leader to your pack and teach your dog that being polite is fun, this book tells you how to do it in a peaceful, kind way.

How to be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners, (Revised and Updated) by the Monks of New Skete
How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend, an informal, friendly guide by The Monks of New Skete, is really two books in one: a step-by-step training manual and a philosophical discussion of the spiritual benefits of owning a dog.

Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training, by Karen Pryor

Now Karen Pryor clearly explains the underlying principles of behavioral training and through numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art can be applied to virtually any common situation. And best of all, she tells how to do it without yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips--or shooting the dog.

The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller

Unlock the Power of the Positive Within You and Your Dog to Achieve All Your Training Goals. Access your power! In this long-awaited book by one of the leading proponents of positive dog training, Pat Miller demonstrates how you can train your dog, have fun, and build a lasting relationship at the same time.

Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs, by Karen Pryor

"New to clicker training? then this is a "must read". Learn from this book how training can be FUN, both for you and your dog!" If you are curious about clicker training and want to give it a try, Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs is the place to begin.


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Dog Breeds

Mixed Breeds
Cocker Spaniels
German Shepherds
Golden Retrievers
Jack Russell Terriers
Labrador Retrievers


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General Information

Paws to Consider

Paws to Consider, by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, September 1, 1999
As compassionate as they are knowledgeable, Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson tell you how to avoid the pitfalls before you lose your patience or money. Their combined expertise and honesty will help you choose wisely, with your eyes wide open as well as your heart. The result will be a dog you can happily live with...and who will reward you with unconditional love.

Idiot's Guide

The Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog, by Sheila Webster Boneham, August 26, 2002
From an reader: This book is must for every potential or real dog owner's bookshelf! Ms. Boneham does an excellent job of helping you through the steps of choosing and living with your dog. The book is an excellent source of of information itself and includes many references, both on the Web and otherwise. In the future, this book will be part of all my puppy's going-to-their-new-home bag.

Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog for Dummies, by Chris Walkowicz, July 15, 2001
From an reader: Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies is a simple, straightforward, easy-to-read, and dependable introduction on how to decide which pet qualities you value most and are compatible with your own particular life style; all of the practical steps to take in choosing a great dog for you; as well as all aspects of properly caring for your canine pet. Additionally, readers can find out about breed rescue, and there's an invaluable advice about selecting a "kid-friendly" dog. If you are considering the acquisition of a canine companion for you or your family, read Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies! Written for adults

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Pet Loss


Pet Loss, A Thoughtful Guide For Adults and Children, by Nieburg & Fisher 1982

loss of a pet

The Loss of a Pet, by William Sife, PhD

Author and professional bereavement counselor Dr.Wallace Sife updates and expands the widely successful 1993 version for readers who need help coping with and understanding this particular kind of grief. Aimed at examining the impact of the relationship that humans have with pets as well as each stage of the grieving process, this revised edition offers new perspectives on the human-pet bond and unique insights for finding personal answers to the loss.

When Only the Love Remains: The Pain of Pet Loss, by Emily Margaret Stuparyk


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Beyond Fetch

Beyond Fetch: Fun Interactive Games for You and Your Dog, by Caroline Coile, Howell Book House; 1 edition (March 4, 2003)

You know your dog wants to play! But how many times can you toss that same old tennis ball? Go BEYOND FETCH, with Mind games that challenge your dog to learn and remember; Backyard athletics that will keep you both leaping and laughing; Party games for every dog and dog-lover you know; Doggy vacations that will make memories that last a lifetime; Outdoor adventures that will challenge your skills, and your dogs skills; Dog toys your dog will love. A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

Totally Fun Things to Do With Your Dog

Totally Fun Things to Do With Your Dog (Play With Your Pet) by Maxine A. Rock, 1998

Here's a book that gives ideas and step-by-step instructions for dozens of fun and safe games and activities to do with your dog: from playing basketball, Frisbee, and hide and seek, to jumping through hoops, taking photographs, creating unusual dog houses, and throwing dog theme parties. Written for kids ages 9-12

dog agility

Introduction to Dog Agility, by Margaret Bonham,

Written especially for beginning canine Agility competition enthusiasts, this manual covers all aspects of the competitive sport. The author starts with instruction on evaluating a dog's physical fitness and overall readiness for Agility training, then makes specific diet recommendations, and advises on treatment of injuries and the use of positive training methods. Advanced discussion describes obstacles used in Agility competitions, then shows how to teach the dog jumps, getting through tunnels, and other competition events.


Flyball Racing: The Dog Sport for Everyone, by Lonnie Olson


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