- Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 192mm x 234mm x 18mm | 499g
- Publication date: 28 September 2000
- Publication City/Country: Foster City
- ISBN 10: 0764552813
- ISBN 13: 9780764552816
- Illustrations note: Ill.(some col.).
- Sales rank: 122,530
You have a picture in your head. A picture of yourself with your practically perfect dog. You've always preferred big dogs, and your ideal dog is sturdy, strong, and energetic. At the same time, you envision a dog who is gentle and completely in tune to your needs, your whims, and your every move. That perfect dog is likely a Labrador Retriever. After all, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, according to American Kennel Club registrations. Labs are beautiful, friendly, adaptable, easygoing, brave, loyal, dependable, and intelligent. What could be better? Labrador Retrievers For Dummies is a useful guide to have if you're thinking of getting a Lab or even if you already own one. Perhaps you're just curious about this popular breed. This handy reference is for you if you want to *Find out if a Lab suits your lifestyle *Know what to look for in Lab pups *Determine if a breeder meets high standards *Understand health and nutrition needs *Handle emergencies with a cool head *Train your dog with the lure-and-reward technique *Show off your Lab in competitions You can live a fulfilling life with your Lab by making sure she is socialized, healthy, and well trained. What better task for humans and dogs than to be great companions for each other? However, you may need some help in knowing how to get the most out of your relationship with your Lab. This friendly guide offers that help with the following topics and more: *Exercising your pup and older Lab *Choosing the right veterinarian *Exploring spaying/neutering *Keeping your Lab beautiful with good grooming *Helping your dog deal with divorce, a new baby, moving *Managing barking and whining *Housetraining your new puppy *Traveling to dog-friendly vacation destinations *Choosing a pet sitter or boarding kennel *Volunteering your lab as a therapy dog Labrador Retrievers are big, energetic, and sometimes boisterous (especially as puppies), and they don't take care of themselves. They need you. Don't let them need you unless you're ready to be needed.
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Joel Walton is a professional dog trainer and Labrador Retriever breeder who has lived with Labs for more than 30 years. Eve Adamson is a regular contributor to Dog Fancy and other pet magazines.
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"Buying this book is the smartest thing you can do." Ian Dunbar, Ph.D., author of How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks Praise for Labrador Retrievers For Dummies(R) "I recommend this book to any dog owner who wants the real scoop, not just Lab enthusiasts." -- Jean Donaldson, author of The Culture Clash and Dogs Are from Neptune "I wish [this book] had been available 25 years ago when I bought my first Labrador." -- Kate Fulkerson, Ph.D., Labrador breeder and trainer Find out about your Labrador Retriever's special needs Get the lowdown on keeping your dog healthy and content Labrador Retrievers are versatile, serving as family companions, hunting buddies, guides for the blind, service dogs for the physically challenged, and drug-detector dogs. This fun and friendly book gives you expert advice on Lab temperament, shows you how to train your dog to be a well-mannered companion, and much more. Discover how to: Choose the right Lab for you Manage your new puppy Educate yourself and your Lab Maintain good health, proper exercise, and diet Use the Manage, Relate, Educate training program Get smart! www.dummies.com Attention pet owners! Get free Dummies Daily(TM) e-mail newsletters Sign up today for tips on dogs, cats, or birds Keep your pet healthy and content -- the Dummies Way(TM)
Table of contents
Introduction. PART I: Just the Facts, Ma'am. Chapter 1: A Match Made in Heaven: You and a Lab? Chapter 2: Finding a Lab to Fit Your Life. Chapter 3: Getting the Lowdown on Labs. PART II: Finding and Living with a Labrador Retriever. Chapter 4: Choosing Your New Best Friend. Chapter 5: Taking Care of Your Lab. Chapter 6: An Ounce of Prevention. Chapter 7: Helping Your Lab Deal with Changes. PART III: Training your Lab with the MRE System. Chapter 8: M Is for Management. Chapter 9: R Is for Relationship. Chapter 10: E Is for Education. Chapter 11: Training Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. PART IV: your Lab: A Member of the Family! Chapter 12: Involving Your Lab in Your Life. Chapter 13: Traveling with Your Lab. Chapter 14: Keeping Your Lab -- and You! -- Healthy. PART V: Showing Off and Having Fun. Chapter 15: Having Fun with Agility Trials and Competitive Sports. Chapter 16: Competing in Hunting Tests and Field Trials. Chapter 17: Doing the Dog Show Scene. PART VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Training Your Lab to Be a Great Pet. Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Choosing the Right Trainer. Chapter 20: Ten Ways Your Lab Can Make a Difference in the World. Appendix. Index. Book Registration Information.