Nothing is more exciting than bringing home a new puppy or dog. But without some basic training, a dog can turn life upside down. Idiot's Guides®: Dog Training helps readers lay a solid, positive behavioral foundation for dogs of all ages and levels of prior training. Filled with full-color, step-by-step photos of the processes for housetraining, obedience, behavior modification, and more, this book is the fastest, easiest way to help a dog grow into a happy, well-behaved member of the family. And when the dog has mastered the basics, this book also shows readers some fun tricks to help owners and dogs enjoy their time together even more. The book includes the perfect balance between textual instruction and visual illustration to teach the essentials of dog training: - Buying and using the right tools and gear - Establishing rapport and understanding with the dog - Housetraining easily and humanely - Learning the foundations of good behavior: come, sit, down, stay, leave it, walking on a leash, and more. - Correcting bad behavior in a positive way and learning to behave well in special situations and with other dogs - Practicing some fun tricks to help the owner bond with their pet - An introduction to beginning AKC behavioral and competitive training
Published by Penguin on 10/23/2013
Book details: 272 pages.
Coexisting with a turtle or tortoise may not be a warm and fuzzy experience, but it definitely has its rewards. And with more than 250 species to choose from, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you. Looks-wise, they can range from very plain and unadorned to a brightly colored and embellished with every manner of crest, crown, spike, and dewlap. As for personality, you’d be amazed at how very different they can be, ranging from shy and withdrawn, to outgoing and friendly, to outright aggressive. And when it comes to longevity, well, let’s just say that when you commit to a turtle or tortoise, you’re in it for the long haul. For example, the standard American box turtle can live more than 125 years, a leopard tortoise has a life span of up to 100 years, and an aldabran tortoise can live to be more than 200 years old! This fun guide will help you choose the perfect turtle or tortoise for your lifestyle and give it the care it needs to thrive. Turtle and tortoise expert Liz Palika provides cl ear, step-by-step instructions on how to: Select the appropriate turtle or tortoise Provide a suitable environment for your new pal Care for a variety of chelonian (turtle and tortoise) species Supply you pet with a satisfying and healthy diet Create an indoor or outdoor home Understand your turtle’s or tortoise’s special needs Generously illustrated with line drawings and high-quality photographs, Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies covers all the bases. Topics covered include: Deciding whether a turtle or tortoise is right for you Choosing between a turtle and tortoise Who’s Who of turtles and tortoises—a complete guide to dozens of species, where they’re from, what they’re like, and how they are as pets Creating a safe and healthy environment for your pet Recognizing and treating common health problems and finding a good veterinarian to help you care for your chelonian Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies is your fun guide to selecting, caring for, and sharing your life with a chelonian.
Published by John Wiley & Sons on 04/18/2011
Book details: 320 pages.
A detailed guide to housetraining a dog offers step-by-step directions on how to get the quickest results for all breeds and ages of dogs, including rescue animals and puppies. Original.
Published by Penguin on 08/17/2019
Book details: 162 pages.
Get your one-stop guide for understanding and raising this popular pet lizard. Reptiles are now kept in one out of every seven pet homes, so it's no surprise that millions have gone gaga for geckos. This fun, easy-to-follow guide provides the scoop on caring for these colorful, gentle creatures, with savvy tips on everything from diet and exercise to housing and veterinary care. The book covers how to properly handle a gecko, what to do if a gecko drops his tail, how to keep the right cage temperatures, ways to protect geckos from other pets, and where to find the best supplies. Liz Palika (Oceanside, CA) is an award-winning pet writer with more than 45 books to her credit, including Turtles & Tortoises For Dummies.
Published by John Wiley & Sons on 04/18/2011
Book details: 96 pages.
The 2007 pet food recalls followed a multitude of pets getting sick and dying from contaminated food; now pet owners must take charge of what they feed their dogs and cats. With The Ultimate Pet Food Guide, veteran dog trainer, behaviorist, and author Liz Palika focuses on nutritional needs and covers every type of feeding, including controversial raw diets, homemade cooked food, and commercial foods. Palika also addresses introducing new foods; what “human foods” pets shouldn't eat; free-feeding; responsibility for food safety; where ingredients come from; and red flags in ingredients. Included are over fifty veterinarian- and pet-nutritionist-approved recipes and diets tailored to special-needs pets, such as puppies/kittens and pregnant, older, overweight and/or more sedentary animals.
Published by Da Capo Press on 04/29/2009
Book details: 256 pages.
Your German Shepherd Puppy Month-by-Month provides readers with everything they need to know and do at each stage of development to make sure their playful, energetic puppy grows into a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted companion. Expert authors Liz Palika, vet Deb Eldredge, and breeder Joanne Olivier team up to cover all the questions new owners tend to have and many they don't think to ask, including: - What to ask the breeder before bringing your puppy home - Which vaccinations your puppy needs and when to get them - How to make potty training as smooth (and quick) as possible - What do to when your puppy cries at night - Why and how to crate train your puppy - When socialization should happen and how to make sure it does - When your puppy is ready to learn basic commands-like Sit, Stay, and Come-and the best way to teach them - When and how to go about leash training - How much exercise your puppy needs to stay physically and mentally healthy - What, how much, and when to feed your puppy to give him the nutrition he needs without the extra weight he doesn't - When your puppy is ready for obedience training and how to make sure it works - How and how often to bath your puppy, brush his coat, clip his nails, and brush his teeth. - How to know what requires a trip to the vet and what doesn't - What causes problem behaviors, when to expect them, and how to correct them
Published by Penguin on 05/10/2016
Book details: 352 pages.
Wouldn't it be great if you could experience your relationship with your dog for the extraordinary thing that it really is? Author/trainer Liz Palika's The New Age Dog explores the many ways you can take your connection with your dog to a new, deeper level. You'll learn about: Natural Health Care *how to prepare a healthful homemade diet *how to give your dog a therapeutic massage *how to use acupressure to treat physical and emotional ailments *how to create and apply herbal remedies Better Communication *how to read your dog's body language *what your body language says to your dog *the potential for telepathic communication New Horizons *metaphysical aspects of your relationship with your dog *how astrology and numerology can tell you more about your dog *bringing your dog into your spiritual beliefs Palika's enlightened approach to canine care and companionship isn't just abstract theories. With the use of easy-to-read graphics, she provides concrete ways to expand your day-to-day interactions with your dog. And for quick answers to specific problems, such as depression or allergies, a reference section lists a variety of alternative remedies. Practical and magical, The New Age Dog will send you and your dog on a fulfilling journey to new realms of mutual awareness.
Published by Renaissance Books on 07/08/2014
Book details: 360 pages.
Everything Pug. This definitive guide covers what Pug owners need to know about the selection, care, nutrition, and training of their pet. From the history of the breed to common Pug health problems, readers get the whole picture on the precious Pug.
Published by Penguin on 03/01/2005
Book details: 320 pages.
This title covers everything a new or prospective dachshund owner would need to know, including: deciding whether or not a dachshund is right for you, the history of the breed, and how to find a reputable breeder. The book also covers housetraining, nutrition and health, what to do in an emergency, training and more.
Published by Penguin on 09/01/2002
Book details: 320 pages.
The Complete Idiot's Guide’ to Yorkshire Terrierswill cover everything a new or perspecitve Yorkie owner would need to know, including deciding whether or not a Yorkie is right for you (and vice versa). Teaches readers the history of the breed, its place among its other terrier cousins and how to find a reputable breeder. Includes how to acclimate your new Yorkie to your home; understanding Yorkie behavior; housetraining and other household rules; and managing your pet's nutrition and health.
Published by Penguin on 12/01/2002
Book details: 268 pages.