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Boston Terrier: Your Happy Healthy Pet, 2nd Edition

Boston Terrier: Your Happy Healthy Pet, 2nd Edition

Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz

ISBN: 978-0-471-74818-2

Dec 2006

144 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs--now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!

With their tuxedo markings, scrunched-up muzzles, turned-up noses, and outgoing personalities, Boston Terriers are great pets. Their compact yet stocky bodies make them the perfect size for apartment living, travel, and laps. Friendly, lively, affectionate, and intelligent, they're usually great with kids and elderly people. This guide helps you choose and raise a loyal pet you'll love with advice on:
* Characteristics to look for
* Creating a good home environment
* Feeding, grooming, and health care
* Housebreaking and basic training
* Having fun with your sometimes rambunctious pet
Part I: The World of the Boston Terrier.

Chapter 1: What Is a Boston Terrier?

A Non-Sporting Breed.

The Ideal Boston.

Chapter 2: Boston Terrier History.

The First Boston Terrier.

A Breed and a Club.

A Popular Dog.

Chapter 3: Why Choose a Boston?

Why Do You Like Boston Terriers?

Why Not a Boston?

Chapter 4: Choosing Your Boston Terrier.

Puppy or Adult?

Male or Female?

Where Should You Get Your Boston Terrier?

Selecting Your Puppy.

Adopting a Rescued Boston.

Part II: Caring for Your Boston Terrier.

Chapter 5: Getting Ready for Your Boston Terrier.


Basic Supplies.

Puppy-Proofing Your Home.

Boston Terrier Essentials.

Bringing Your Boston Home.

Chapter 6: Feeding Your Boston Terrier.

So Many Choices.

Reading Dog Food Labels.

Different Foods for Different Ages.

Foods to Avoid.

Where and When to Feed.


A Word About Water.

Chapter 7: Grooming Your Boston Terrier.

Grooming 101.

Grooming Tools.

The Body Brush-Off.

Bathing Your Boston.

Clean Teeth.

Nail Trimming.

Cleaning Ears.

Making Your Environment Flea Free.

Eye Care.

Fleas and Ticks, Oh My.

Chapter 8: Keeping Your Boston Terrier Healthy.

Finding a Veterinarian.

Preventive Care.

Internal Parasites.

Health Problems Seen in Bostons.

Common Canine Problems.

Basic Medical Care.

When to Call the Veterinarian.

It’s an Emergency.

How to Make a Canine First-Aid Kit.

Part III: Enjoying Your Boston Terrier.

Chapter 9: Training Your Boston Terrier.

Understanding Builds the Bond.

Practical Commands for Family Pets.

Training for Attention.

Teaching Cooperation.

Chapter 10: Housetraining Your Boston Terrier.

Your Housetraining Shopping List.

The First Day.

Confine Your Pup.

Watch Your Pup.

Accidents Happen.

Scheduling Basics.

Appendix: Learning More About Your Boston Terrier.

Some Good Books.

Clubs and Registries.


Web Sites.


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