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  • Book Club – The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds
    October 21, 2011 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 
    The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds<br />

    The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds by TFH Editors

    A Field Guide to More Than 230 Dog Breeds and Varieties!

    This compact and easy-to-use guide covers more than 230 dog breeds and varieties recognized by the world’s most prestigious kennel clubs. Discover pertinent information on a breed’s history, temperament, and care requirements. Plus, each breed is illustrated with full-color photos for easy identification. Also included is a short history on the origin of dog breeds, which helps round out this essential reference.

    Each breed profile in The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds features:
    • Brief history of the breed’s origins
    • Personality profile
    • Trainability
    • Grooming needs
    • Exercise needs
    • Life span and health issues

    From the most popular breeds to some of the most rare, The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds is the perfect reference for anyone who is fascinated by dogs!

    About the Author:

    The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds was compiled by TFH Editors with extensive knowledge and experience with dog breeds.

    Book Excerpt: CANAAN DOG

    Country of Origin: Israel
    Height: males 20–24 in (51–61 cm)/females 19–23 in (48–58.5 cm) [AKC]
    Weight: males 45–55 lb (20.5–25 kg)/females 35–45 lb (16–29.5 kg) [AKC]
    Coat: Double coat with straight, harsh, flat-lying outercoat of short to medium length and straight, soft, short, flat-lying undercoat; slight ruff
    Colors: Sand to red-brown, white, black, or spotted, with or without mask|two color patterns—predominantly white with mask, with or without patches of color/solid, with color ranging from black through all shades of brown (sandy to red or liver) [AKC]|solid or spotted, colors including any shade between cream and red-brown; no liver [UKC]
    Other Names: Kelev K’naani
    Registries (With Group): AKC (Herding); ANKC (Non Sporting); ARBA (Spitz & Primitive); CKC (Working); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); KC (Utility); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)


    Cave drawings from 2200 BCE show dogs who look remarkably like the Canaan. He was a guard dog and herding dog to the ancient Israelites, and when the Jewish people were dispersed from the land thousands of years ago, these dogs began living in the Negev Desert. When the Jews returned to the land in the 1930s, they discovered these pariah dogs, almost like living fossils, existing in a feral state. The breed’s modern history began in the late 1930s to produce a dog to guard the kibbutz. Today’s Canaan Dog is a highly intelligent and trainable dog whose versatility has been tapped for mine detection work, sentry and messenger work, guiding the blind, and much more.
    With ancestors who survived for thousands of years on their own, he retains a strong flight instinct as well as an innate ability to care for itself, so keeping him on leash in all but securely enclosed areas is a must unless he is highly trained. He is a devoted companion who is intelligent, affectionate with his family, and loves to play. He should be socialized with children and other animals from an early age to help lessen his natural reticence with strange people and animals.


    • The smart, quick Canaan Dog needs daily activity that will challenge him mentally and physically. Several long walks a day are not enough for this alert and responsive dog. He needs a job or to be involved in a sport.
    • Because he is highly trainable and is an eager worker, training him is a joyful experience.
    • He sheds seasonally, but otherwise the Canaan Dog is an easy breed to keep clean and neat with regular brushing.
    • Average life span is 12 to 15 years. There are no reported breed-specific health concerns.

    Excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds. © 2009 T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by Permission.

  • Book Club – Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs
    April 21, 2011 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 
    Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs

    Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs: Easy Solutions for Pulling, Jumping, Barking, Stealing, and Other Behaviors

    Claire Arrowsmith

    Dogs who misbehave by jumping up, barking excessively, or pulling on the leash usually make dog ownership a hardship. In this step-by-step guide, respected animal behaviorist Claire Arrowsmith explains proven training methods to overcome six of the most common problem behaviors. Using positive training methods, this book provides instant help for frustrated owners. You’ll learn how to deal with pulling on the leash, not coming when called, jumping up, chewing and destruction, stealing and scavenging, and excessive barking.

    About the Author:

    Claire Arrowsmith is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and holds an Honours degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. Claire currently focuses on behavior problems in pet dogs and cats and also offers training advice. She is a qualified Puppy School tutor and runs dog training classes, and is the behavior specialist for Houndstar Films DVDs. Claire also features on the expert panel of Your Dog magazine and presents regular advisory talks about problem dogs. She is the author of Sit, Down, Come, Heel, Stay and Stand Book (T.F.H. Publications 2008). She currently lives in the UK with her husband and rescue Rhodesian Ridgeback mixed dog, Sarnie.

    Book Excerpt: Pulling on the Leash

    • Dog surges ahead from Heel position when on the leash.
    • Dog is more focused on outside distractions than on you.
    • Dog displays fear reaction.

    It’s often assumed that dogs should walk next to their owners. However, this is not a natural instinct for them and, without training, very few will do so of their own accord. Small puppies are often allowed to pull as they please but as they grow up their owners often regret this. Pulling dogs can cause themselves physical harm as well as posing an injury risk to their owners. Owners are frequently pulled over, or into traffic, so it’s important to remedy the problem or—even better—prevent it from developing. Having your dog under control should be of utmost importance to all owners.


    Suggested Tools
    Strong Collar and Leash: Your dog should wear a well-fitted collar attached to a strong leash. Avoid very long or short leashes since these can make heelwork training difficult by giving your dog too much or too little freedom.

    Head-collar: Particularly strong dogs can benefit from a head-collar. These popular training devices provide extra control similar to a bridle and come in a range of sizes and styles to suit most breeds. They allow large breeds to be walked more safely.

    Training Harness: These specially designed harnesses can make it harder for your dog to pull forwards while giving you extra control.

    Exercise: Your dog needs to be exercised before you start your leash work training. Using up any excess energy will help him concentrate and he’ll be less over-exuberant or frustrated.

    Location: Begin heel training in quiet areas and progress to busier places to prevent distraction.

    Training: Reward your dog with praise and treats when he’s walking next to you.
    He will begin to associate this position with the enjoyable experience. If your dog pulls ahead, stop walking immediately. Your dog must learn that pulling actually makes it harder to proceed with his walk. Resist the urge to pull your dog back or to jerk his leash.

    Excerpt from Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs: Easy Solutions for Pulling, Jumping, Barking, Stealing, and Other Behaviors by Claire Arrowsmith © T.F.H. Publications. Used by permission.

  • Book Club – Groom Your Dog Like a Professional
    February 11, 2011 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 
    Groom Your Dog Like a Professional

    Groom Your Dog Like a Professional: Step-by-Step Techniques & Tips for a Great Looking Dog by Peter Young

    During tough economic times, do-it-yourself dog grooming is a great way to save money while providing excellent care for your canine companion. Groom Your Dog Like a Professional presents step-by-step instructions from an award-winning groomer
    to teach you how to get your furry pal looking like a show dog. The breed-specific instructions are arranged by type of coat, making this an easy-to-use reference for anyone wishing to naturally enhance their dog’s features, create fun and striking looks, or just reduce shedding and dander around the house. Each grooming example is fully illustrated with easy-to-follow photos to ensure beautiful results every time. This expertly written guide also explains how grooming provides an opportunity to check your dog for health concerns (which can help spot any potential problems early in their development) and to strengthen the bond between dog and owner. A special tips section reveals professional secrets to grooming older dogs, common grooming challenges and how to overcome them, grooming missteps to avoid, and myth-busting information.

    About the Author:

    Peter Young is an internationally renowned poodle breeder, handler, and Crufts-accredited judge. Owner of Peter’s Posh Pets, a grooming parlor located in West London, he holds many grooming contest titles and has won three Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards, the Oscars of the grooming industry. A celebrity in the grooming world, Peter conducts seminars internationally. He resides in the United Kingdom.

    Book Excerpt: Groom Your Dog Like a Professional (2009 Interpet Publishing, Ltd)

    Common Problems Associated With Grooming
    Over the years that I have been practicing as a professional dog groomer, I have encountered various little problems that commonly arise when people are learning to groom their pets at home. I outline three of the most common here, and useful remedies to deal with them.

    Brush burn
    This occurs when people are a little too enthusiastic or even aggressive with a slicker or pin brush and their desire to do a good job. The dog may end up with red lines on the skin as a result of the pins of the brush scraping it too vigorously. Needless to say, as soon as you are aware of this problem, you should stop work in that immediate area. If severe this scraping can lead to a skin irritation. Monitor the area for a while – an hour or two. If it still looks very red and angry after that time, seek veterinary attention. But it may settle down by itself if the irritation is not too severe.

    Practice brushing on the underside of your arm to feel the correct amount of pressure and type of stroke that is most suitable for each brush that you use. It should apply a gentle pressure to the coat and then pull or slide easily away through the hair.

    Mats and tangles
    You may find yourself in a situation where you have tried unsuccessfully to brush away or detangle a mat but still have most of it in place. It is possible with care to split the offending area into smaller sections with a mat breaker or small pair of scissors and these smaller clumps can then be brushed out individually.

    If using scissors, hold the skin firmly at the root of the mat and, working away from the body, split the mat lengthwise into small strands for further brushing out. Likewise, if using a mat breaker, hold the base of the mat without pulling on the dog’s skin, and use as directed on the product’s packaging.

    Clipper rash or burn
    This is caused when the blade used on the clipper is set too short with regard to the sensitivity of the individual dog’s skin. It does not actually cause a burn, but it does certainly cause an irritation or tickle which the dog will then worry at – either by scratching the area if it can reach it, rubbing the area along a carpet or sofa to relieve the itch, or by nibbling at it. All of these things usually end up making what was a small irritation into a much bigger wound which of course takes longer to heal. As long as the irritation is minor, applying calamine lotion may help to calm it down. Otherwise a little coating of Vaseline helps to seal the area but it is messier. If the irritation does not start to clear up after a day or so, seek veterinary attention.

    Minor nicks or cuts
    Should you have the misfortune to cut or nick a dog with either scissors or clippers, try not to panic as this will only aggravate both you and the dog. Assess the situation: where is the wound, how deep is it, etc? No matter where the wound is, try to apply pressure at the base of it to stop the flow of blood – e.g. if it’s located at an ear tip, press just below the wound and hold tight for ten minutes or so, then carefully relax the pressure and see whether the bleeding has stopped of its own accord. If the wound is more severe and to a leg, consider applying a tourniquet and wrapping the wound with a pressure bandage until you can reach a vet.

    Nail trimming
    If you intend clipping your dog’s nails it is advisable to have a small pot of styptic powder standing by next to the clippers to staunch the bleed if you should accidentally cut the quick when trimming the nail. If you don’t have any styptic powder, cornstarch or cornflower will often stem the bleeding. Put the powder on the affected nail and hold it in place with a clean pad while applying pressure for a few minutes. This should do the trick. Avoid walking the dog on hard ground for the next day or so as the impact on the nail could start it bleeding again.

    Excerpt from Groom Your Dog Like a Professional: Step-by-Step Techniques & Tips for a Great Looking Dog by Peter Young © 2009 Interpet Publishing, Ltd. Used by permission.

  • Book Club – The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program: Natural Care for Dogs and Cats
    January 19, 2011 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 
    The Goldsteins Wellness & Longevity Program

    The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program: Natural Care for Dogs and Cats by Robert S. Goldstein, VMD, and Susan J. Goldstein

    Searching for alternatives to conventional veterinary practices, thousands of animal guardians have turned to Robert Goldstein, V.M.D., and Susan Goldstein for help in finding a better, more natural way to companion animal health. Finally, the Goldsteins have put their three decades’ worth of experience into this definitive guide to integrative medicine for dogs and cats.

    Written in an uncommonly personal yet authoritative style, The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program covers the most current integrative health methods available today. Learn how to treat the most common ailments affecting dogs and cats, plus uncover in-depth analysis and treatment of the diseases that animal guardians fear the most.

    With this guide, concerned readers can also:

    • Focus on the most up-to-date methods for treating cancer.
    • Discover the immune-strengthening properties of the easy-to-follow Goldsteins’ Food Plan.
    • Prepare easy-to-make broths and elixirs to help boost overall health.
    • Search the alphabetical listing of common illnesses for at-home treatments.
    • Delve into successful therapeutic modalities like acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, music therapy, and flower essences.

    About the Author:

    Robert S. Goldstein, V.M.D., has been a holistic veterinarian for over 30 years and is Director of Veterinary Services of Animal Nutrition Technologies and the Healing Center for Animals veterinary telephone consultation practice. He specializes in treating canine and feline cancer and other immune-suppressive diseases and is the founder of modern cryosurgery. Dr. Goldstein has formulated over 100 nutritional products and foods for dogs and cats.

    Susan J. Goldstein has been an expert for over 25 years on the holistic approach to the emotional, physical, and nutritional needs of dogs, cats, and birds. She is the founder and president of Earth Animal, a retail outlet in Westport, CT, and runs the Healing Center for Animals. She has extensive experience in alternative cancer therapies, diet, and emotional and grief therapy.

    Book Excerpt: The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program (©2005 TFH Publications)

    Super Supplement I: Probiotics

    Probiotics are composed of the friendly bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract.  Friendly means that their function is to improve digestion and intestinal health, as compared to unfriendly bacteria that invade and cause sicknesses such as E. coli and salmonella. These friendly bacteria strains of Lactobacillus, such as L. acidophilus, L. thermophilus, Enterococcus faecium, and Bifidobacterium bifidum, will help to counteract the destructive side effects of antibiotics and will correct imbalances in the digestive tract itself. Unless there is a serious underlying disease, feeding probiotics (which can also be found in organic, live culture yogurt) should alleviate all the side effects of the drugs and improper diet, which can cause bad breath, diarrhea, excessive gas, and foul-smelling stool.

    When healthy, your animal’s intestinal tract—which consists of the small and large intestines (the colon is part of the large intestines)—is usually filled with billions of beneficial bacterial flora. These “good guys,” as they are often called, are essential to the process of digestion and absorption. They also produce B vitamins and prevent the overgrowth of harmful, often pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella, as well as opportunistic fungi, which can lead to a disease state.

    The normal flora of the intestines is required for proper assimilation of food and nourishment of the cells of the body. The flora balance can be upset or diminished by the following conditions:

    • Trauma or injury
    • Chronic disease (weak immune system)
    • Environmental and/or food toxins
    • Artificial pet food ingredients—coloring agents, dyes, digests, chemical additives or preservatives
    • Stresses—emotional and physical
    • Antibiotics and other medication such as chemotherapeutics

    Friendly bacteria, the desirable tenant of your animal’s intestines, will decrease in number as your animal ages. But they can also dwindle prematurely due to poor diet, stress, and medications, leaving your friend more vulnerable to disease. If your animal has been on antibiotics or is currently being treated, realize that these drugs will decimate all bacteria, including the beneficial type.

    Probiotics, which contain ample amounts of Lactobacillus Acidophilus and other friendly bacilli, may be purchased at your local health food store or high quality pet store. For best results, we recommend that you keep these products refrigerated. (See Resources for recommendations.)

    Probiotics/Acidophilus (dosed in millions or billions of bacteria) come in capsules, liquid, or in live culture yogurt. For daily use and to help prevent adverse intestinal effects of taking antibiotics, live culture organic yogurt will be fine. If your animal has an intestinal disease such as chronic diarrhea or inflammatory bowel disease (see Chapter 5: Feared Diseases) then probiotic capsules containing millions of friendly bacteria are recommended.

    Probiotics/Acidophilus (per meal)

    The addition of probiotics can re-establish the population of these beneficial organisms. Much research has demonstrated the beneficial impact that probiotics have on the immune system, the intestines, and in the treatment of cancer.

    Excerpt from The Goldsteins’ Wellness & Longevity Program: Natural Care for Dogs and Cats © 2005 TFH Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

  • Book Club – PupSnacks: 35 Delicious and Healthy Recipes to Bark Home About
    January 19, 2011 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 
    35 Delicious and Healthy Recipes to Bark Home About

    PupSnacks: 35 Delicious and Healthy Recipes to Bark Home About by Stephanie Mehanna; Veterinary Consultant: Robert S. Goldstein, V.M.D.

    35 Tasty Treats to Make for Your Best Friend!

    With advice on choosing the right ingredients and portion control, PupSnacks will help you spoil your dog—the healthy way. Each fun and easy-to-make snack is bound to satisfy the biggest chowhounds to the most petite of pooches. PupSnacks will have your dog drooling with delight!

    PupSnacks will show you how to make healthy and delicious:

    • Training tidbits
    • Meal toppers
    • Scrumptious snacks
    • “Pup-sicles” and “loli-pups”
    • Party food
    • Flea-stopping treats
    • Breath “mints”

    About the Author:

    Stephanie Mehanna launched the Canine Cookie Company , the UK’s premier bakery for dogs, in 2005. Stephanie’s healthy dog treats and meals regularly appear in the media and in celebrity dog bowls.

    About the Veterinary Consultant:

    Robert S. Goldstein, V.M.D., has been a holistic veterinarian for over 30 years and is Director of Veterinary Services of Animal Nutrition Technologies and the Healing Center for Animals veterinary telephone consultation practice. Dr. Goldstein has formulated over 100 nutritional products and foods for dogs and cats.

    Book Excerpt: Christmas Dog-erations

    These festive cheese and cranberry cookies can be tied with ribbon and hung on the Christmas tree for the 12 days of Christmas—if they last that long. Leave one on a plate with a glass of milk for Santa Paws, too!

    Makes: 30-40 treats

    Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus hardening

    Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

    10 oz (300 g) wholemeal wheat- and gluten-free flour

    4 fl oz (125 ml) olive oil

    7 oz (200 g) low-fat Cheddar cheese, grated

    3 oz (75 g) dried cranberries, chopped

    1 tablespoon chopped mint

    3 ½ oz (100 ml) cold water

    1 egg, beaten, to glaze

    For the frosting:

    8 oz (250 g) low-fat cream cheese

    4 tablespoons olive oil

    Natural red food coloring

    1.      Place all the cookie ingredients, except the water, in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Slowly add the measured water to make a smooth dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until firm and then roll out the ¼ inch (5 mm) thick.

    2.      Cut out shapes with a festive cookie cutter. Use a skewer to make a hole approximately ¼ inch thick (5mm) in diameter in each cookie, through which to thread the ribbon. Transfer the cookies to a greased baking sheet, spaced ½ inch (1 cm) apart, and brush with egg.

    3.      Bake the cookies in a preheated oven, 325°F (160°C, Gas Mark 3) for 25-30 minutes until firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave to cool and harden for 1-2 hours.

    4.      To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, oil and food coloring until fluffy. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a fine nozzle and use to decorate the cookies. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Thread each cookie with a piece of ribbon approximately 6 inches (15 cm) long and hang from the tree.

    Excerpt from PupSnacks:35 Delicious and Healthy Recipes to Bark Home About Published by T.F.H. Publications Inc. 2007, copyright © 2007 by Octopus Publishing Group Ltd, used by permission. Website: http://www.petbookexpress.com

  • Book Club – The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond
    January 19, 2011 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 
    The 50+ Dog Owner

    The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond

    by Mary Jane Checchi

    Dogs make us feel good with their unconditional love, but did you know they’re good for you? Numerous studies document the benefits of dog ownership—antidotes to depression, loneliness, high blood pressure, and heart disease. And of all age groups, it’s people over 50 who stand to benefit the most from living with a canine. That’s why The 50+ Dog Owner is chock full of easily accessible advice tailored specifically for anyone over 50 who wants—or may already have—the companionship of a dog.

    The 50+ Dog Owner includes:

    • How to select a dog who best matches your lifestyle and living arrangements
    • Step-by-step calculation of costs associated with acquiring, feeding, grooming, training and health care
    • Easy-to-follow care and training advice
    • Information on canine-friendly housing options
    • Selection of products and services to make life easy for the over 50 dog owner
    • How to travel with your dog and not cramp your style

    Written in an engaging and direct style by a canine expert and member of the “50+ Club,” The 50+ Dog owner is the essential guide for empty nesters, working, retired, or other adventurers 50 and beyond.

    About the Author:

    Mary Jane Checchi is the author of Are You the Pet For Me? Choosing the Right Pet For Your Family. Her numerous pet articles have appeared in Dog and Kennel, PetLife, Big Apple Parent, Georgia Family, and petcity.com. She served as a consultant on pets for the website accenthealth.com and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union, Authors Guild, Washington Independent Writers, and The Writer’s Center of Bethesda, Maryland. She has owned and trained dogs all her life, has assisted with animal rescue groups, and as a member of PAL (People, Animals, Love) she visited Washington area nursing homes and hospitals with her Collie. Her website is checchibooks.com. Mary Jane resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and dogs.

    Book Excerpt: The 50+ Dog Owner

    Dogs are physical beings, and it is important to reconcile canine and human characteristics before you make your choice about what type of dog to get.

    Health and Fitness
    If your health concerns are a compromised immune system, balance, or fragile skin, so that it is important for you not to be scratched by a dog’s nails or teeth, not to be jumped on, or not to be pulled, then your best bet is to adopt a mature, calm, well-behaved dog. Puppies, being puppies, will inevitably teethe, sometimes on a human arm or finger. They are likely to jump up on and paw at you, as will many adolescent dogs. Some dogs, despite training, tend to remain “jumpers” into their adult years, and some dogs nip. Like puppies, these dogs are not good choices if you might be knocked over because of unsteady balance or if your skin is easily torn or bruised.

    If your immune system is weak, either temporarily or for the long term, there is a simple answer here too, and it will seem familiar: Adopt a mature, housetrained dog. Because a primary source for the transmission of zoonotic disease is dog feces, it is best to avoid housetraining a puppy.

    If arthritis or a bad back present problems for you, consider a small dog. A small dog can be lifted onto a table or counter for grooming. Plus, a small “nonshedding” dog will require less grooming from you and your aching hands (but may require professional grooming). However, a small dog can present some challenges, such as the need to bend over to lift him or to attach or detach a leash.

    Energy Level: Couch Potato or Triathlete?
    Here is a mistake that I’ve noticed some people tend to make: They think big dogs need exercise and little dogs don’t. But size alone will not tip you off to a dog’s energy level and the amount of exercise he will need. I have known 100-pound (45-kg) Newfoundlands who are really quite lazy and 20-pound (9-kg) Jack Russell Terriers who need to run, run, run.

    Just like a human being, a dog’s need to run, walk, play, or explore outdoors will vary with age, health, individual temperament, and genes—not just with size. [My two year old Collie] could literally run us into the ground and even a one-hour walk would not tire her out. Today, seven years later, she is happy with 20-minute walks.

    If your self-audit does not include the time, inclination, and physical ability to spend one and a half to two hours a day outdoors exercising your dog, then avoid a high-energy or even an average-energy dog because he’ll need a lot of daily activity. An unexercised dog is bored and unhappy and can annoy you half to death, pacing through your home or dropping a slimy tennis ball in your lap 500 times a day. Dogs who don’t get enough outdoor stimulation and exercise can become obese and develop problem behaviors, including excessive barking, digging, destructive chewing, and house soiling.

    Canine energy will also determine whether a dog’s presence in your home feels comfortable or intrusive. A small- or medium-sized dog with a demanding personality and high energy level can “use” more space—and more of your energy—than a quiet, mellow couch potato at triple the weight.

    Excerpt from The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond © TFH Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

  • Book Club – The Happy Adopted Dog
    January 19, 2011 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 

    The Happy Adopted Dog: How to Adopt the Perfect Family Dog by Tammy Gagne, Wayne Hunthausen, DVM (supervising veterinary editor)

    By adopting a dog from a shelter or breed rescue you are not only giving him a vital second chance at having a home and a loving family but you also may be saving his life. Pet adoption offers the most rewarding and affordable means of obtaining a pet, and there are millions of wonderful dogs of all types and ages from which to choose, including purebreeds—all you have to do is offer a lifetime of love and good care.

    The Happy Adopted Dog provides comprehensive coverage to help prospective dog parents successfully navigate the adoption process. Featuring all newly authored text by an expert on the subject, the book addresses important topics such as where to adopt the perfect dog for you and your family, how to ease the transition to his new home, and how to foster positive relationships with family and other pets. It also describes why adopted dogs may be prone to certain problem behaviors due to lack of training or past neglect and abuse, explains how to deal with established unwanted behaviors while preventing new ones, and sets forth multiple step-by-step solutions and training or retraining tips that empower you to have a well-adjusted and happy pet for life.

    This book also features:

    • Free care and training DVD
    • Expert guidance on choosing the right dog for you
    • Complete coverage of adoption resources
    • Advice on managing the special needs of adopted dogs
    • Step-by-step positive training
    • Solutions to problem behaviors

    About the Author:

    Tammy Gagne is a freelance writer who specializes in the health and behavior of companion animals. In addition to being a regular contributor to several national pet care magazines, she has authored numerous books for both adults and children. She resides in northern New England with her husband, son, dogs, and parrots.

    Wayne Hunthausen, D.V.M., consulting veterinary editor and pet behavior consultant, is the director of Animal Behavior Consultations in the Kansas City area and currently serves on the Practitioner Board for Veterinary Medicine and the Behavior Advisory Board for Veterinary Forum.

    Book Excerpt: The Benefits of  Adoption

    By adopting a dog, you are approaching pet ownership in both a humane and socially responsible way. But adoption is not a matter of sacrifice or settling. Adoption offers countless advantages to dog owners. Most adoptive owners get just as much from their relationships with their dogs as they give. In fact, the more owners put into dog ownership, the more they usually get back from their adopted pets. Many owners consider adoption to be one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.

    Making a Difference

    The most profound reward of adoption is the feeling an owner gets from knowing that he or she has helped saved a life. Sadly, the majority of animals who are not adopted from shelters within a certain time period are euthanized. By adopting a dog, you not only help an animal by giving him a home, but you also help your community. With the number of animals languishing in shelters across the United States well into the millions, each and every person who chooses to adopt is helping solve the gargantuan problem of unwanted and homeless pets.

    Owners who adopt also play an important role in ending the suffering of puppy mill dogs. Puppies bred by these facilities spend the first few weeks of their lives in cages piled several high. They are not exercised or socialized, and they are forced to eat and sleep in crowded conditions. Still, puppies are the luckier ones because they are able to leave once they are old enough to be sold. The parents of these young dogs, however, spend their entire lives in this unpleasant environment. When more people adopt, the demand for puppy mill dogs drops. Making the puppy mill business less lucrative is our best means of lessening the number of breeders who churn out animals purely for profit.

    Smart Investments of Time and Money

    There are less altruistic (yet still significant) benefits to adoption as well. Puppies, both purebreds and so-called designer breed mixes, can be extremely expensive to buy. Adopting a dog generally entails a nominal fee to cover the cost of feeding and spaying or neutering. But even this fee pales in comparison to the cost of buying a dog from a breeder or pet store. Adoption should never be looked at as a means of finding a bargain, however. You may pay considerably less for a shelter or rescue dog up front, but this is where the savings end. Once you bring him home, your adopted dog will need all the same things as a dog with a higher initial price tag.

    One thing owners do save by adopting a dog is energy. While young puppies are certainly adorable, they are also extremely demanding. The task that most puppy owners dread the most—housetraining— is already behind most adult dogs. Even young puppies kept in foster care before being placed with permanent caregivers are usually partially or fully housetrained by the time they go home with their new families. Another challenge of puppyhood— teething— is also a thing of the past for many dogs by the time of adoption.

    Most puppies have seemingly endless vigor. If you are an older adult, or simply lack the stamina to keep up with a younger dog, adopting an older pet may suit your lifestyle much better than buying a puppy. Young professionals also often make great matches for older dogs because these more mature pets require less training and constant supervision than their younger counterparts.

    Surprisingly Broad Selection

    If you have your heart set on a purebred dog, you may wonder if adopting means compromising on this point. Thankfully, this isn’t the case. According to the HSUS, about a third of the dogs in the nation’s animal shelters are indeed purebreds. If you have any trouble finding a particular breed at a shelter, check with your local breed rescue group. These regional organizations specialize in placing dogs of specific breeds.

    Hundreds of different dog breeds exist, each with its own unique set of characteristics. From large dogs like the German Shepherd and medium-sized breeds like Dalmatian to tiny dogs like the Papillon, there is a breed to suit virtually any pet lover. Do you prefer an active animal who basks in being outdoors? If so, a Siberian Husky may be right for you. If instead you’d like a dog who prefers cuddling to calisthenics, a Japanese Chin may be out there just waiting for you to find him.

    For people who prefer mixed breeds, there are plenty of adoptees to go around as well. Dogs of mixed lineage, commonly called mutts, offer their own special perks. Mixed breeds combine the various qualities of different purebreds. Many owners of these “Heinz 57” varieties insist that mixed breeds have better temperaments than some purebreds. Mutts also tend to be less prone to the numerous health problems that plague a vast number of purebreds.

    Dogs in shelters and breed rescues also come in a wide variety of ages. People often assume that all dogs in need of adoption are older animals, but many are actually quite young. The average age of a dog in a breed rescue, for example, is just three years old. Puppies and young adult dogs enter shelters and rescue groups each day, and they need new homes just as much as their elder equivalents. The very thing that makes the unwanted pet population the enormous problem that it is, with millions of dogs in need of new homes, is the reason adoptive owners have such a large selection.

    Excerpt from The Happy Adopted Dog: How to Adopt the Perfect Family Dog © 2009 TFH Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

  • Book Club:Dog Training Handbook
    January 19, 2011 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 
    Dog Training Handbook

    Dog Training Handbook: The Complete Guide to a Well-Behaved Dog
    by Sheila Webster Boneham, Ph.D

    Whether you just want a well-mannered companion or plan to compete in organized activities, training gives you the means to tell your four-legged friend what you want. But how do you do this most effectively? Taking a “whole life” approach to training—understanding how factors like nutrition, health, and exercise affect your dog’s ability to learn—will strengthen your bond and result in better communication between the two of you.

    This book contains positive, reward-based methods, step-by-step instructions for each skill, and troubleshooting techniques to help owners pinpoint and solve training challenges. Geared to dogs of all ages, this total training guide will help your canine be a happy and well-mannered companion—for life.

    About the Author:

    Sheila Webster Boneham, Ph.D., loves dogs and writing about dogs. Three of her books have won the prestigious Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America, including The Simple Guide to Labrador Retrievers, named Best Single Breed Book of 2002. Sheila and her canine companions live in Indiana and are active in both competition and dog-assisted activities and therapy. You can visit Sheila and her dogs on the web at www.sheilaboneham.com.

    Book Excerpt: The Dog Training Handbook

    Understand the Six Principles of Successful Training

    Whatever tools and methods you use with a particular dog, training will go easier for both of you if you apply six basic principles: consistency, conciseness, generosity, intelligence, preparation, and the joy of being with your dog through thick and thin.

    1. Be Consistent

    When training, apply the same rules and use the same words all the time. Switching signals on your dog just isn’t fair and will confuse him. And human language is not his natural means of communication, so give him a break. If you want him to come, say “Come” every time, not “Come,” “Come here,” or “Get over here” (and don’t use “Come” to mean “Let’s go for a walk”).

    2. Be Concise

    Give your command just once. Repeating a command over and over teaches your dog to ignore it, because you obviously don’t really care if he does it or not. At least not until the tenth time, when you scream and put your fists on your hips.

    3. Be Generous

    Reward your dog for being right. As we’ll see later in this book, you won’t always give a treat every time your dog does what you tell him, but you still need to reward him at least part of the time. Remember, not all rewards are edible—verbal praise, an ear massage, and a good butt scratch all count.

    4. Be Smart

    Don’t give a command unless you either are confident that your dog understands it and will respond to it correctly, or you are in a position to help him get it right. For example, if your dog is just learning to come when called, and you know he responds in training only half the time, don’t use your come command when he’s in the yard and you’re in the doorway wrapped in a bath towel. Remember, he’s learning all the time, and if you can’t correct his mistakes, he learns that he doesn’t really have to obey. So don’t keep calling him while he ignores you. Get dressed and go get him.

    5. Be Prepared

    If you are prepared for the possibility that your dog won’t come when you call (because he hasn’t yet learned to come every time in training), you won’t have to get dressed and go after your dog. You will have a long line by the back door, and you will fasten it to your dog’s collar before you send him out to potty so that you can call once, then reel him in and reward him when he gets to you.

    6. Be Happy

    Dog training is not an adversarial event. Your dog is your friend and your training partner, so be happy when you tell him what to do. Don’t growl—keep your voice upbeat and smile at him. Dogs are very sensitive to our tone of voice and body language, so use both to let your partner know that you will be oh-so-happy when he does what you tell him.

    Excerpt from The Dog Training Handbook: The Complete Guide to a Well-Behaved Dog © 2008 TFH Publications, Inc. Used by permission.

  • Book Club – The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs
    August 19, 2010 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 

    The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs: Everything You Need to Know for a Happy & Healthy Companion by Diane Morgan; Wayne Hunthausen, D.V.M., Consulting Veterinary Editor

    Whether you’ve watched your lively youngster gradually slow down over the years or whether you adopted an older dog from the start, living with a senior presents a special set of challenges. In fact, geriatric dogs often experience physical and behavioral changes that can be detrimental to their well-being and decrease their overall quality of life. Is it possible to prevent or manage these effects of aging in a canine? How can you prolong your senior’s life without compromising its quality? Perhaps most importantly, how can you help your beloved friend age with grace and dignity?

    The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs will answer these questions and teach you how to manage age-related changes, apply preventive care techniques, and promote wellness in your older dog. This book also features:

    • nutrition plans for the aging canine
    • reward-based training refresher courses
    • solutions to age-related problem behaviors
    • extensive coverage of a variety of health conditions affecting senior dogs
    • tips on how to help prevent common signs of aging
    • advice on how to handle end-of-life issues

    Your dog’s golden years are a gift to be treasured and appreciated. This guide to living well will help you and your senior make the most of them!

    About the Author:

    Diane Morgan is an assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. She has authored numerous books on canine care and nutrition and has also written many breed books, horse books, and books on Eastern philosophy and religion. Diane lives in Williamsport, Maryland with several dogs, three of whom are seniors, two cats, some fish, and a couple of humans.

    Wayne Hunthausen, D.V.M., consulting veterinary editor and pet behavior consultant, is the director of Animal Behavior Consultations in the Kansas City area and currently serves on the Practitioner Board for Veterinary Medicine and the Behavior Advisory Board for Veterinary Forum.

    Book Excerpt on:Diet

    A good diet is essential to your senior’s wellness. Older dogs who are less active need fewer calories; however, because they don’t absorb nutrients as well as younger dogs do, the foods they do eat need to be extremely nourishing and of high quality. The golden years are no time to fill up on junk food. Your job is to supply a healthy diet with top-notch ingredients that give your dog’s body what it needs.

    Some older dogs become progressively more picky as they age, possibly because their senses of smell and taste are failing; others seem to want to eat anything. Both of these conditions could be normal, but both also could be a sign of a disease condition. If your dog’s eating habits change, talk to your veterinarian.

    Obesity is a major problem in dogs but is also completely preventable. Keep close tabs on your dog’s weight, and not only because a trim dog is a healthy dog. Unexplained weight gain or weight loss may be the first sign of disease.

    If you need to change your dog’s diet, do so gradually, because the digestive systems of older dogs respond poorly to sudden changes. Increase the amount of new food gradually over a period of about a week or so.

    Excerpt from The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs ©TFH Publications, Inc.

  • Book Club – Raising Puppies & Kids Together
    July 13, 2010 by Nylabone Products  |  Book Club  |  Comments (0)  | 

    Raising Puppies & Kids Together: A Guide for Parents by Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA and Lynn Eckhardt

    Puppies and kids can be a magical combination. Many times, however, this relationship can become troublesome and even downright dangerous if proper behavior is not taught from the start.

    In Raising Puppies & Kids Together, two top trainers explain how to socialize and introduce your puppy to the family, and show you the best training methods for a polite and well-mannered dog. At the same time, you’ll discover important rules to teach your child, as well as learn how your keep your child’s behavior from being misinterpreted by the dog.

    Whether you have an infant, toddler, or school-age child and are thinking about getting a puppy, or you have a beloved family pet and are planning to start a family, Raising Puppies & Kids Together is an essential guide for anyone who wants a safe, sane, and happy household.

    About the Author

    Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA is Director of Training and Behavior at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ. She has written training manuals and behavior articles and lectures at dog training seminars all over the world.
    Lynn Eckhardt, the mother of two young children, has been training dogs for over 17 years.

    Excerpt From the Book:

    “Interacting and playing with dogs can certainly enhance children’s self-esteem, teach them responsibility, help them learn about empathy, and enjoy the bond that people have with their canine friends. Yet you should never assume that your children know how you want them to behave around or interact with your puppy (and vice versa). That assumption will set up both puppy and child to fail. Your puppy has no understanding how children are supposed to be treated, especially during play sessions when everyone is aroused; nor do your children have an understanding how to treat a puppy, unless you teach them how to properly interact with one another. Puppies can be opportunistic—ruled by their instincts, not “right and wrong.” And even when the puppy and child have an understanding of the rules that you have established, it doesn’t mean they will necessarily obey them all of the time.

    Perhaps one day your puppy and child are over exuberant because they have been forced to stay indoors on account of the weather. Both lack sufficient exercise and have had no outlet to get rid of their pent-up energy. As a result, no one is following the rules of play that you have tried to establish. Your child loses all self-control and has an outburst. The puppy losses self-control and begins biting and jumping up at the child as the child’s vocalization increases. No one is having fun, especially you! This does not make for good playmates or help you maintain your sanity.

    The key factor is to look at every child as an individual and work with their abilities or interest. To make a generalization that children understand what they can and cannot do with puppies is just setting you up for disappointment and failure.”

    Excerpt from Raising Puppies & Kids Together ©TFH Publications, Inc.

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