Author: D. Caroline Coile.
Pit Bulls have an image problem. If you'dve never been around Pit Bulls, you may think they are bloodthirsty man-eaters on the prowl for their next meal. If you'dve lived with one you know they are, indeed, on the prowl for their next meal – but they plan to get it by conning you out of your meal by doing something irresistibly cute! A breed of satin and steel, Pit Bulls are a mixture of softness and strength, an uncanny canine combination of fun, foolishness, and serious business.
If you think Pit Bulls should be purged from the face of the earth, Pit Bulls For Dummies will enlighten you. Perhaps you're curious about this breed and want to know what Pit Bulls are really like; if so, this book is for you. Who else needs this handy reference?
Smart people who realize that all breeds have good and bad points
New (and not so new) owners who need help with training
Owners looking for just the right veterinarian
Potential owners looking to adopt from a breed-rescue group
Pit Bull owners who need help identifying Pit Bull health problems
Too many dog care books are filled with unrealistic scare tactics that would cause anyone to just give up, while others are filled with hand-me-down dog lore that has no basis in reality. You won't find any of that in Pit Bulls For Dummies. Here's a sampling of the handy information you'll find in this essential guide:
Understanding the Pit Bull's origins and characteristics
Caring for a puppy or older Pit Bull
Keeping your dog healthy with diet and exercise
Dealing with bad behavior: Biting, barking, jumping, and more
Training your Pit Bull in the basics such as sit, stay, heel, and come
Understanding Pit Bull body language
Helping your dog become a social animal
Owning a Pit Bull isn't easy, but that’s not because of the dogs. A special commitment to the breed and a special dog owner are needed. Pit Bulls are pretty special dogs, and they have to prove it every day.
About the Author:
D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic dog breeder and exhibitor. She is the author of 18 dog books and is a winner of the Dog Writers Association of America's Maxwell and Denlinger awards.
Table of Contents:
PART I: Tough Love.
Chapter 1: Pitting and Petting: The Pit Bull's Past.
Chapter 2: Sizing Up the Pit Bull.
Chapter 3: Deciding If It's Bully for You.
Chapter 4: Shopping the Bull Market.
PART II: Your Pet Bull.
Chapter 5: Pit Projects.
Chapter 6: Living with Your Pit Bull.
PART III: Good Bull!
Chapter 7: Coping with a Pit Bull Terrorist.
Chapter 8: Training the Teacher's Pit.
Chapter 9: Going Out to the Bull Games.
PART IV: The Fit Pit.
Chapter 10: Feeding a Bottomless Pit Bull.
Chapter 11: Primping Your Pit Bull.
Chapter 12: A Clean Bull of Health.
Chapter 13: Sick as a Dog.
Chapter 14: Pit Bull First Aid.
Chapter 15: Staying Well Up in Years.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: More Than Ten Pit Bull Resources.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Help the Pit Bull's Reputation.
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