'DogLife': Tips and Training for Beginners Done Right
DogLife (TFH, $19.95) is a guide that covers everything you need to know about your pooch from puppyhood through the senior years. Written for the most popular dog breeds – pit bulls, Boston terriers, boxers, bulldogs, Chihuahuas, German shepherds, golden retrievers and Labs – the books are penned by pet experts, and cover topics like feeding, grooming, health, training and more.
The introduction kicks off with interesting tidbits about your breed – early development, significance in the United States, memorable pups – then rolls into the heavier stuff, like if that type of dog is right for you, or if you're ready to have a pet at all.
Step-by-step instructions on every aspect of your pet's life, accompanied by colorful photos, make DogLife a go-to resource when you have questions about your dog's behavior. And the 60-minute DVD offers advice for you and your pup on topics like housebreaking, behavioral issues and more, led by trainer Pia Silvani. About $20 in pet product coupons are included, as well.
While it doesn't replace a trip to the vet – or an actual puppy training class – the series is well worth having on hand, especially for first-time owners, and will help you lead your pet through a happy and, hopefully, lengthy life.
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