DOG BEHAVIOUR: The diversity of dogs; Dogs in the wild; Living in a pack; A sense of smell; Canine body language; Dominance and submission; Talking to dogs; Dogs and play; Feeling safe. CHOOSING A DOG: Why do you want a dog; What dogs need; What dogs cost; Assessing your situation; Breed vs mutt; Classes of dog; Finding a puppy; Breed rescue societies; Shelter dogs; After you commit; Preparing your home; A new puppy - what to expect; An adult dog - what to expect; First days with a new arrival. BASIC DOG CARE: A place to sleep; A safe place; Handling a puppy; Socializing your puppy; Socializing an adult dog; Visiting the veterinarian; Feeding your puppy; Feeding an adult dog; Grooming and bathing; While you are away; Travelling with a dog; Meeting new people; Pre-training for a puppy. TRAINING, EXERCISE AND GAMES: How much exercise; Different kinds of exercise; Introducing training; Training an older dog; Perfecting the basics; Clicker training; Learning to play; Sticks and balls; Hiding games; Basic agility; Professional agility; Problems that arise with play; Tricks for an audience. A HEALTHY DOG: Health basics; Choosing a veterinarian; Puppy health issues; Accidents and emergencies; Additions and supplements; Dealing with parasites; Everyday health care; Complementary solutions; Behavioural problems; Keeping your dog young; Special diets; Keeping an ageing dog; Very old or sick dogs; Saying goodbye, looking forward. Further reading. Useful contacts. Index. Acknowledgements.
Sophie Collins is a writer and editor specializing in dog behaviour. Some of her previous titles have included Tail Talk: The Secret Language of Dogs and Why Does My Dog Do That? She currently lives in the south of England.