By Margaret H. Bonham

The booklet to convey domestic sooner than you deliver domestic a dog or a puppy! canine are remarkable partners, yet they wish plenty of cognizance and care. Are you up for the problem? With this functional, hands-on consultant, you will understand what to expect--cost-wise, care-wise, and chore-wise. you should have info on selecting the right puppy on your kinfolk, taking good care of it, and extra. details and interactive actions comprise: Worksheets that assist you make proficient judgements, select a breeder or a veterinarian, and extra Questions and charts that will help you confirm in the event that your family members is prepared for puppy possession, even if to get a dog or a puppy, and extra Checklists overlaying how one can puppy-proof a house, vaccinations your puppy must have, goods you will want sooner than bringing the package deal of pleasure domestic, and different elements of being a liable puppy ''parent'' * puppy care chore charts to maintain you prepared * advised actions, together with pages for children to paint * assets to maintain together with your pet's files and data carry Me domestic! canine make nice PETS covers welcoming your new puppy into your loved ones, crate education and housetraining, healthcare, and extra that can assist you make a cheerful domestic to your puppy. Then she is going to faithfully welcome you domestic time after time for years and wags to return.

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Dogs Make Great Pets 26 Breed Books You can learn more about a breed through either The Complete Dog Book (Howell Book House) or through the Your Happy Healthy Pet series published by Howell Book House. The Sporting Group The Sporting Group consists of dogs who were bred to hunt waterfowl and other game birds. These dogs tend to be people oriented because when hunting, they had to take commands from their owners. The types of work these dogs did varied according to the type of birds the sportsmen hunted.

Responsible answer: Yes (and shows you what titles or tells you what the dogs are working toward). qxd 7/27/05 11:56 AM Page 37 37 Do you have photographs and information concerning the parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins of the puppies? Responsible answer: Yes (and shows you the photos and pedigrees). Do you have OFA (or PennHIP) and CERF certification on both parents (if applicable to the breed)? Responsible answer: Yes (and shows you the certificates). OFA must be GOOD or EXCELLENT.

In fact, one study suggests that children with allergies who grow up in homes with pets are actually more resistant to allergens than those who grow up without pets. Often, people take home puppies without understanding the true commitment required. Without proper discipline, their pups grow into adolescent terrors. The owners then give up the dogs because of bad habits. You can easily find out if a dog is being given up because of bad habits: Ask the owner what commands the dog knows and if she is housetrained.

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