Dogs For Dummies, 2nd Edition

By Gina Spadafori   |   Published On: Dec 1, 2000
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Discover how to make life with dogs as wonderful as it should be with the Wiley Dogs For Dummies, 2nd Edition. A pet partnership is a lifetime commitment, and when done correctly, dogs will become an important and valuable member of the family for years to come—and this book covers it all. Perfect for anyone who is looking to adopt a dog, improve the relationship with the one they already have or come up with fun things to do, it answers all of your questions and then some.

Helping you to navigate the dog world, this go-to guide helps you discover which breed is right for your lifestyle, if a puppy or adult dog is right for you, and how to find the right veterinarian, breeder or rescue group. And because lack of information is often the reason for doomed people-pet pairings, it also teaches you how to choose the right equipment, how to house train, feed him correctly, care for an aging dog, travel with your dog, groom and more. You deserve a healthy, happy and well-mannered companion, and this book helps you become the owner that every pet wants and deserves.

About the Author

Gina Spadafori is affiliated with the Veterinary Information Network and is an essayist for She's also the award-winning coauthor of Cats For Dummies and Birds For Dummies.

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  • Dimensions
    9.3 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight
    1.6 pounds
  • ISBN-13


  • Series

    For Dummies

  • ISBN-10


  • Subject

    Care & Health

  • Pages


  • Format


  • Edition

    2nd Edition

  • Author

    Gina Spadafori, Marty Becker

  • Publication Date

    Dec 1, 2000

  • Publisher


  • Made in

    United States

Table of Contents



PART I: Bringing a Puppy or Adult Dog into Your Life.

  • Chapter 1: Considering the Canine Possibilities.

  • Chapter 2: Narrowing the Field.

  • Chapter 3: Finding Out about Breeders, Shelters, and Other Sources.

  • Chapter 4: Choosing and Bringing Home a Puppy.

  • Chapter 5: Adopting and Settling In an Adult Dog.

PART II: Getting the Relationship Off to the Best Start.

  • Chapter 6: All the Right Stuff.

  • Chapter 7: Feeding Your Puppy or Dog.

  • Chapter 8: House-Training Puppies and Dogs.

  • Chapter 9: Early Puppy Training.

PART III: Keeping Your Dog Healthy.

  • Chapter 10: Good Grooming.

  • Chapter 11: Preventive Health Care for Puppies and Dogs.

  • Chapter 12: Common Canine Health Problems.

  • Chapter 13: Caring for an Aging Dog.

PART IV: Living Happily with Your Dog.

  • Chapter 14: Teaching Your Dog Manners.

  • Chapter 15: Problem-Solving.

  • Chapter 16: Canine Competitions: Fun Things to Do with Your Dog.

  • Chapter 17: To Breed or Not to Breed.

  • Chapter 18: Traveling with Your Dog.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

  • Chapter 19: Ten Dog Myths — Debunked!

  • Chapter 20: Ten Questions to Ask When Buying a Purebred Puppy.

  • Chapter 21: Ten Things You Need to Know to Prepare Your Dog for a Disaster.

  • Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Have Both a Dog and a Nice Yard.

  • Chapter 23: Ten Must-See Dog Sites on the World Wide Web.


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