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Dogs for Dummies

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  20 reviews
These days, people's dogs have become bona fide members of the family. Moving from the kennel to the couch, they share our beds, family rooms, and holidays; and they are recipients of our kindest and utmost concern. A pet partnership is a lifetime commitment. Do it right, and your dog will become an important and valuable part of the family for many years. Do it wrong, and ...more
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Published December 11th 2000 by For Dummies (first published 1996)
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I appreciate this one because it deals with some very realistic elements of life like working.
Rachel Blom
Since we're thinking about getting a dog sometime soon, I picked up this book from the library, hoping to learn the basics about having a dog. I wasn't disappointed.

Dogs for Dummies offers a solid overview of everything you need to know before getting a dog. The tone is warm, yet funny and the author's love for dogs shines through on every page.

The advice is practical and complete, with everything from how to choose the right breed, to the necessary equipment and how to train a puppy. I also lov
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Will
Mar 03, 2009 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Will by: Wick Cauthorn
Great book for anyone getting a dog. Tons of info, lots of very useful stuff.
Jeffrey
Dec 28, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New dog Owners
I am not an expert dog trainer after having read this book, but at least I now have some idea of how to effectively integrate our new dogs into our family's life. There is a great deal of fascinating and practical information in this one. Most of the ideas in the book seem to work well (but I am still having problems with the dogs jumping on us and visitors). My only real frustration with the book was that it assumed indoor dogs. Ours are definitely not indoor dogs.

This is a good book for someon
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Ana Luković
Written with no small amount of charm and humour, followed by a vast number of information and thorough descriptions, Dogs for Dummies really is a must for all dog lovers. I almost feel like a vet after reading this and opening my brain for all those endless pieces of information. Of course, I`m a far cry from a vet, but after reading this book, I feel like I`ve got everything I need to be a good dog owner. Had I not read it, I would have surely distroyed my dog who would have become extremely s ...more
Karen
This was the best book I got when I adopted Maggie, my first dog ever, from the shelter 3 1/2 years ago. I really knew nothing about dog ownership and this book was full of good, straightforward advice. There are sections on training, behavior, care, and choosing the right dog for you. This book answered just about all of my questions during those first clueless weeks.
Judy
Decent for basic commands, etc. but a bit too militant for my taste. The author spent so much time concentrating on keeping her dogs in line that she never seemed to just take time to enjoy their company. It's all the discipline without talking about the loving bond that exists between dog and owner. Disappointing.
Ariadna73
Dogs for Dummies is a book intended to show us how to train our dogs at home. It is very helpful and has a lot of tips to use with our little fidos. I will apply the tricks with my dog when I have one; and I am sure they are going to work just fine.
Shannon
We picked this book up when we adopted our first dog, Guinness, back in 1999. It was an excellent resource for us since we (meaning me) knew very little about dogs. We still refer to it today.
Arlene
Jan 15, 2010 Arlene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1st time dog owners
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Books I read in 4Q 2009 were mainly dog books. Too many to add here, but this pretty much sums it all up for me. Must have for new dog owners.
Jerce
Soup to nuts on dog ownership, from choosing a breed to living happily ever after.
Danielle
good overall referenc about dogs and what to consider before adopting.
Judy
Like all the "dummies" books, this book is filled with useful information.
♥Justine♥
This book is really goo at expaining everything you need to know about dogs.
Karen
Pretty good refresher - it's set up for easy reference.
Robin
Mar 30, 2009 Robin is currently reading it
Full of practical advice and tips.
Laura
Lots of good, basic information.
Natalie
Oh boy, did I need this book!
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Gina Spadafori has been writing about animals for more than 30 years as a reporter, syndicated columnist and book author. More recently, she signed on to work as a veterinary medical writer for Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI).

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