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Chihuahuas For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-22967-5
300 pages
December 2007
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Are you crazy about Chihuahuas? Chihuahuas For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is fully updated to show you how to find the one you’ll love most and make him or her part of your family. This one-stop guide gives you all the information you need to raise and care for your plucky little pooch.

You’ll find expert advice on everything from feeding and healthcare to housebreaking, grooming, training, and more. Plus, you’ll learn the ins and outs of selecting the right vet, handling emergencies, and even entering your little darling in a dog show. You’ll find out about the ups and downs of living with a pet, get familiar with the Chihuahua’s classic physical characteristics, and find help in deciding whether you’d prefer a dog with a long coat or a smooth coat. Discover how to:

  • Choose your ideal Chihuahua
  • Prepare your home for your new arrival
  • Manage your puppy’s nutrition and health
  • Prevent common behavior problems
  • Teach your Chihuahua fun tricks
  • Build a strong and loving bond with your pet
  • Train children to get along with your Chihuahua
  • Choose Chihuahua toys and accessories
  • Select a crate and bedding
  • Introduce your little dog to other pets
  • Teach your little dynamo manners and good behavior

You know that bringing a Chihuahua into your home will be a happy and joyful experience. Chihuahuas For Dummies, 2nd Edition, makes it easy, too!

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Introduction.

Part I: Is a Chihuahua Your Canine Compadre?

Chapter 1: Sharing Your Digs with a Dog: A Big Decision.

Chapter 2: What’s Behind That Unique Chihuahua Look?

Chapter 3: Perusing the Particulars of Chihuahua Charm.

Part II: Fitting a Compact Canine into Your Life.

Chapter 4: Choosing Your Ideal Chihuahua.

Chapter 5: Welcome Home, Little Amigo.

Chapter 6: What’s on the Chi Menu?

Chapter 7: Grooming the Body Beautiful.

Chapter 8: Chirobics: For Fitness and Fun.

Part III: Positive Training for Your Petite Pal.

Chapter 9: Socializing Your Chihuahua.

Chapter 10: Establishing Good Behavior and Manners.

Chapter 11: Keeping Your Place as Head of Household.

Chapter 12: Training Your Chi for Canine Events, Tricks, and for Show.

Part IV: Chihuahua Care and Concerns.

Chapter 13: Visiting the Vet.

Chapter 14: Debugging de Dog.

Chapter 15: Dealing with Sickness, Injury, and Other Considerations.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Questions to Ask Chihuahua Breeders.

Chapter 17: Ten Web Sites Where Chihuahua Lovers Gather.

Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Famous Chihuahuas.

Index.

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Jacqueline O’Neil is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books and a couple hundred magazine articles on animal care and training. She and her husband, Tom, a wildlife photographer, follow the sun around North America in a motor home. Favorite stops include the Florida Keys, Montana, Alaska, and the Yukon. Before morphing into a Gypsy, Jackie was a successful dog breeder and trainer, handling her own dogs to top awards in the show and obedience rings.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Jackie is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the National League of American Pen Women, and the Dog Writers Association of America, where she also served two terms as a director. In addition to dogs, she’s into horses, birds, fishing, scuba diving, and fiddling.
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