Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog by Marty Becker

Your Dog:  The Owner's ManualReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Dr. Mary Becker, a regular on the Dr. Oz Television Show and Good Morning America, has written an overall source book from dog owners. Divided into four parts, the book covers everything from choosing a dog to caring for your senior dog and pretty much everything in between.

Part One takes readers through the process of evaluating whether dog ownership is a good choice for their household and then offers tips and guidelines on matching the type of dog-both age and breed-to their families. After the selection is made, there are lists of things to consider before bringing your new family member home, supplies that are necessary and lists of things that while not necessary are nice to have.

Part Two takes readers through the basics of daily life with a dog. Guidelines for choosing the best food, what grooming needs to be done and when and how to make the caring of a dog fit into your household’s schedule are covered.

Part Three is probably the most important for developing a long term relationship with your pet. This part is all about dog training and socializing your dog so that the dog is a joy to live with, is welcoming of your visitors and is welcome other places. While the topics covered in Part Three seem like no brainers, they are the things most overlooked by dog owners.

Part Four is truly a go-to sourcebook for dog owners when illness or injuries occur. Covering when to take the dog to the vet and when to treat a problem at home, what to do in an emergency, and how to take care of your best friend when he is no longer the young pup he used to be are all issues covered in Part Four.

While this book, Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual, would make a great gift for a new dog owner or anyone contemplating getting a dog, ANY dog owner could benefit from reading this book and keeping it handy for those dog problems, big and small, that tend to crop up.

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