Chihuahuas for Dummies

Chihuahuas for Dummies

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With their apple heads, big round eyes, large pointy ears, saucy expressions, and feisty dispositions, Chihuahuas are one of the most beloved breeds of toy dogs in the world. But these frisky little buggers aren't for everyone. Consummate lap dogs, they thrive on attention and constant contact with their owners, and are miserable when left alone. As pups they're extremely fragile, although they do outlive bigger breeds by many years. Housebreaking can be a problem with Chihuahuas, but on the other hand, they're very smart, love performing tricks and they never forget what they learn. Some have a tendency to shyness, but a well-socialized Chihuahua can be every bit as bold as a pit bull. Is this plucky little pooch the right dog for you and your family? Chihuahuas For Dummies provides the answer to this and all your questions about getting, caring for and living with this loveable breed.
Award-winning breeder, trainer, author and long-time Chihuahua lover, Jacqueline O'Neil Beauchamp gets you up and running with what you need to know to: * Find and communicate with reputable breeders * Choose the right Chihuahua for you * Housebreak and socialize your new puppy * Educate yourself and your dog * Handle behavioral problems * Participate in competitions In friendly, down-to-earth language, Jacqueline provides insights into the Chihuahua temperament and loads of sensible, easy-to-follow advice, along with fun facts and Chihuahua trivia. Discover how to: * Decide on whether a male or female is right for you * Find and choose your new friend and bring him or her home * Understand how to communicate with your Chihuahua * Train your little peanut * Find a good trainer and attend classes * Deal with emotional conflicts * Feed and exercise your little amigo * Recognize, prevent and treat common health problems * Have loyal friend for life The indispensable guide for you and your Chihuahua, Chihuahuas For Dummies is the only book you'll need to help you have the best possible experience with this saucy and affectionate breed of dog.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 187.96 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764552848
  • 9780764552847
  • 1,798,590

Table of contents

Introduction. PART I: Getting to Know Chihuahuas. Chapter 1: Adopting a Dog: Big Decision. Chapter 2: Building the Unique Chihuahua Look. Chapter 3: Getting to Know You: Chihuahua Charm. PART II: Fitting a Compact Canine into Your Life. Chapter 4: Selecting a Healthy Dog. Chapter 5: Welcoming Home Your Little Amigo. Chapter 6: Feeding Your Chihuahua. Chapter 7: Grooming the Body Beautiful. Chapter 8: Chirobics: Getting Some Exercise. PART III: Training Your Chihuahua. Chapter 9: Helping Your Chi Face the World. Chapter 10: Teaching Good Manners to Your Pup. Chapter 11: Going Beyond Basics: Fun and Games. Chapter 12: Retaining Your Place as Head of Household. PART IV: Keeping Your Chihuahua Healthy. Chapter 13: Visiting the Vet. Chapter 14: Debugging de Dog. Chapter 15: Recognizing Signs of Sickness. PART V: Taking Your Chihuahua on Stage. Chapter 16: Teaching Your Dog a Trick or Two. Chapter 17: Showing Your Chihuahua. PART VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Questions to Ask When Buying or Adopting a Chihuahua. Chapter 19: Ten Web Sites Where Chihuahuas Gather. Chapter 20: Gidget and Nine Other Celebrity Dogs. Appendix A: More Good Reading. Appendix B: Clubs and Connections. Index. Book Registration Information.
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"a guide to help you know what to expect from these loveable creatures" (I Want It Now, June 2006)
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About Jacqueline O'Neil

Jacqueline O'Neil is a renowned dog breeder, exhibitor, and trainer. An award--winning author, she has written more than a dozen books on pet care and training and is a columnist for the AKC Gazette.
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