This book is just what the title implies: a soup-to-nuts reference on all things dog. Dog health, dog training — not to mention dog gear, dog grooming, dog breeds and breeding, even dog sports. Whether you’re looking to adopt a dog, trying to improve your relationship with one you have, or trying to come up with fun things to do with your furry pal, this book contains something for you.
No other animal has had such a long and close relationship with humans. Wolves started becoming domesticated some 15,000 years ago, by some estimates, and spread all over the world. They helped protect early human settlements, they were with the ancient Romans and Greeks and Egyptians in their glory days, and they may have even accompanied the first migration from Siberia across the Bering Strait into North America.
Dogs have always had jobs to do. Whether it was herding other animals, helping hunters and fishermen earn their living, going to war, protecting royalty, keeping communities rodent free, or pulling sleds, dogs have earned their place in history and in the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. Thousands of years of breeding to do those different kinds of work have shaped the sometimes wildly different bodies and personalities of hundreds of breeds. They’ve come a long way from their gray wolf ancestors, who were attracted to campfires and hoping for a handout.
Nowadays dogs are mainly companions. It’s this slight discrepancy between what dogs think we still want them to do — what we bred them to do for so long — and what we actually want them to do now that is the source of much misunderstanding between the canine and human worlds. This book aims to correct some of that by helping you see things from the dog’s point of view.
About This Book
First, here’s what this book is not: It’s not a textbook, nor a long-winded history, nor a rote learning tool. Lots of those kinds of books are on the market, if that’s what you’re looking for. No, Dogs All-in-One For Dummies is a generous conglomeration of practical material from several For Dummies dog books. It aims to cover the gamut, from what those funny “thumbs” are called (dewclaws), to picking out a crate, to the fine art of getting around dog-hostile rules and regulations.
Most of the material within these pages is relevant to any breed and any age of dog, though there are special sections for puppies, and the chapters in Book V cover each breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, one at a time.