Poodles For Dummies
With an overview of the breed's history, an exploration of all three varieties (Standard, Miniature, and Toy), and 8 pages of full-color photos detailing the colors available and tips and techniques for grooming, Poodles for Dummies is filled with all the meaty information and enlightening morsels you need to decide if this refined beauty is a good match for you, You'll get answers to your most important questions, including:
- Which size Poodle is best for me? Which color?
- How do I know if a Poodle breeder is reputable?
- What are the pros and cons of shelters and rescue groups?
- What do I look for in choosing a healthy Poodle?
- How can I Poodle-proof my home and yard?
- What's the best way to introduce my Poodle to kids and other pets?
- How often does my Poodle need grooming?
No matter which size, color, or gender you own, Poodles are not a 'wash 'n' wear' breed, But if you have the time, passion, and dedication to give her the training, exercise, and upkeep she needs, you and your curly companion will have a happy and rewarding life together,
Susan M, Ewing has been 'in dogs' since 1977 and enjoys showing and trying various performance events, with an emphasis on 'trying,'
She holds a master's degree in Television/Radio from Syracuse University in New York and has attended canine seminars at Cornell University, She's a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, as well as the Cat Writers' Association, and is listed in the 2005 edition of Who's Who in America,
Ewing has been writing professionally since she was 16 and is the author of several books: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Family Friend and Farmhand (Howell); A New Owner's Guide to Pembroke Welsh Corgis, The Pug, The Dachshund, and German Shepherd Dogs (all TFH Publications); and Bulldogs For Dummies (Wiley), Her column, 'The Pet Pen,' appears in The Post-Journal (Jamestown, New York) every Saturday, One of her essays is a part of the book Cats Do It Better Than People,
Other articles of Ewing's have appeared in AKC Gazette, Family Dog, Bloodlines, German Shepherd Dog Review, Good Dog!, Pet Odyssey, Dog Fancy, Dog World, Puppies USA, the national Schipperke Club newsletter, ASPCA's Animal Watch, Bird Talk, Kittens USA, Cats USA, and Cats Magazine,
Poodles For Dummies
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Part I : Picking the Poodle of Your Dreams
Chapter 1: Making a Match with a Poodle
Understanding the Poodle Breed
To Poodle or Not to Poodle: Is One the Best Dog for You?
Selecting the Perfect Poodle for You
Adjusting to Life with a Poodle
Training and Enjoying Your Poodle
Keeping Your Poodle Healthy
Chapter 2: Unwrapping the Whole Poodle Package
Walking through the History of the Breed
Picturing a Poodle's Physical Traits and Personality
Surveying Breed Standards
Chapter 3: Deciding Whether a Poodle Is Right for You
Asking Yourself a Few Important Questions Upfront
Considering the Costs of Poodle Ownership
Chapter 4: Choosing the Best Poodle for You
Selecting the Traits You Want in a Poodle
Deciding Where to Find Your Poodle
Choosing a Healthy Poodle
Registering Your Poodle
Part II : Living Happily with Your Poodle
Chapter 5: Preparing for Your Poodle's Homecoming
Outfitting Your Home with Crates, Gates, and Ex-pens
Buying Comfortable Bedding
Staying Attached with Collars and Leads
Securing Proper ID for Your Poodle
Beautifying Your Poodle with the Right Grooming Tools
Savoring the Details of Food and Bowls
Getting the Scoop on Cleanup Tools
Finding Toys for Toys (And, Yes, Miniatures and Standards)
Poodle-Proofing Your Home
Choosing Special Spaces for Your Poodle
Scheduling a Checkup with Your Vet
Chapter 6: Welcoming Your Poodle Home
Picking Up Your Poodle
Giving Your Poodle the Grand Tour
Meeting Other Family Members
Surviving the First Night
Anticipating Possible Problems and Planning Sensible Solutions
Chapter 7: Providing Your Poodle with a Nutritious Diet
Knowing the Nutrients that Your Poodle Needs
Dishing Out Main Meals
Giving Snacks and Treats Smartly
Establishing a Feeding Routine
Changing Your Poodle's Diet as He Grows
Avoiding Certain Foods
Chapter 8: Keeping Your Poodle Clean and Attractive
Drawing Up a Grooming Schedule
Deciding between Professional and Personal Grooming
Getting to the Root of Hair Care
Clipping Your Poodle
Fresh from Head to Toe: Tackling Other Gro