Poodles For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 4, 2011 - Pets - 288 pages
The Poodle is known for her keen intelligence, excellent trainability, and, most notably, those signature curly locks. But there’s more to the Poodle than meets the eye (like, say, those expensive grooming bills). So, to Poodle or not to Poodle? That is the question.

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Picking the Poodle of Your Dreams
7
Unwrapping the Whole Poodle Package
15
Is Right for You
29
Living Happily with Your Poodle
49
Living Happily with Your Poodle
52
Welcoming Your Poodle Home
75
Providing Your Poodle
85
Overcoming Common Canine Behavior Problems
149
Finding Professional Help
156
Hitting the Road with Your Poodle
165
Conformation Shows
179
Agility Events
185
Maintaining Your Poodles Health
191
Maintaining Your Poodles Health 191 Chapter 14 Taking Basic Care
193
Considering Common
213

Giving Snacks and Treats Smartly
92
Keeping Your Poodle
97
Tackling
113
Training and Having
121
Surveying additional indoor training options 132 Getting the Scoop on Cleanup Duty
134
Instilling Good Manners
137
Surveying Other Common Poodle Health Issues
220
into the Golden Years
239
Saying Goodbye to Your Beloved Poodle
245
Ten or So Great Sets of Poodle Resources
251
Index
259
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About the author (2011)

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.

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