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For the Life of Your Dog : A Complete Guide to Having a Dog From Adoption and Birth Through Sickness and Health - Greg Louganis

For the Life of Your Dog

A Complete Guide to Having a Dog From Adoption and Birth Through Sickness and Health

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Published: 1st October 1999
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In his #1 "New York Times" bestselling autobiography "Breaking the Surface, " Greg Louganis included loving portrayals of his protectors and closest friends: his dogs. Now Greg, a breeder and trainer of Harlequin Great Danes, has teamed up with award-winning animal writer Betsy Sikora Siino to create an extraordinary guide to dog ownership.

Greg's distinctive philosophy and practical tips -- hich have produced his best-in-breed winners -- illuminate every page of this special volume that puts the "dog'"s best interests first. Here are insights into choosing a dog, basic care, training, exercise, and nutrition -- and an overview of every stage of a dog's life. Passionate in his opinions and wonderfully effective, Greg includes:

  • Cures for chewing, barking, biting, and other so-called behavior problems
  • Answers to the great housetraining disputes -- including the pros and cons of crating
  • Specific feeding programs for optimal nutrition -- and for combating the greatest health threat to your dog: obesity
  • An exercise program for the canine athlete (and they're "all" athletes )
  • Training tips for obedience, showing, and search-and-rescue
  • Preventive medicine, common illnesses from nose to tail, and age-related concerns
  • Advice on breeding, whelping, adopting your second (third, fourth...) dog, and more

    "For The Life of Your Dog" is an inspiring and eye-opening reference. Delivered with Greg's delightful candor, his sound advice makes it a classic for new and long-time dog owners -- and anyone who has ever loved a dog.

  • People His advice about caring for four-legged family members, from birth to old age, is as carefully balanced as his spectacular dives. Bloodlines (United Kennel Club, Inc.) This book is excellent...Well-founded and well-researched. Seattle Times Delightfully refreshing...Give Louganis a 10 for his compassionate realism and infectious energy in this unvarnished portrait of man's best friend. The Knoxville News-Sentinel If you are thinking about getting a dog, please check this book out first. It may affirm your decision or stop you. Either way, the dog wins.

    Preface: The Dogs in My Lifep. ix
    Forewordp. xv
    Introduction: My Life with Dogsp. xvii
    A Lifetime Commitment
    A Member of the Familyp. 3
    A Responsible Ownerp. 16
    Weighing the Options: Mutts vs. Purebreds, Puppies vs. Older Dogsp. 29
    The Big Decision: Evaluations and Lifetime Choicesp. 44
    The Joys and Pains of Puppyhood
    Through a Puppy's Eyesp. 61
    The Puppy Comes Homep. 75
    Housetraining Made Easyp. 90
    Early Educationp. 102
    Puppy Health and Well-Beingp. 117
    The Prime of Our Lives
    A Whole New Worldp. 131
    The Home Routinep. 144
    The Canine Athletep. 158
    Midlife Health and Well-Beingp. 173
    The Golden Years
    A Bond Like No Otherp. 193
    Geriatric Health and Well-Beingp. 206
    The Hard Good-Byep. 218
    The Circle of Lifep. 232
    Sharing Great Referencesp. 243
    Acknowledgmentsp. 245
    Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780671024512
    ISBN-10: 0671024515
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 272
    Published: 1st October 1999
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.9
    Weight (kg): 0.41