Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A New Member of the Family

Last week at my cousin’s 70th birthday, I met a new family member, Chloe. She is a 10-week-old Corgi puppy. We were all enthralled by her vivacious personality and her good looks. She already knows how to “sit” and is being taught to obey other commands. This started me thinking about resources available at Birmingham Public Library on dog training and care.

Books
ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual 
Choosing a Dog: How to Choose and Care for a Dog
Complete Dog Care 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training 
The Dog Encyclopedia Consultant 
The Everything Dog Training and Tricks Book: All You Need to Turn Even the Most Mischievous Pooch into a Well-Behaved Pet 
Dog Training for Dummies 
Learning to Care for a Dog
Oh My Dog: How to Choose, train, Feed, Nurture, and Care for Your New Best Friend
Puppies for Dummies
Your Child's Dog: How to Help Your Kids Care for Their Pets

DVDs
Everything You Should Know Series
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan - The Complete Third Season
Dogs for Dummies
Training You to Train Your Dog
Your Pup, Trained Solid: The Ultimate Step-By-Step Dog Training System

Websites
ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
The “Pet Care/Dog Care” page on ASPCA’s website is full of valuable information for dog owners. They cover everything from “disaster preparedness” to “what to do if you are allergic to your dog”. They also offer a six week online dog care course for $49.

Humane Society
This website has good tips and news reports about “dogs” and other pets and farm animals. They even have recipes for homemade dog treats.

Lucky Dog
I watch this show most Saturday mornings on CBS. If you’re looking for tips on how to train your dog or puppy, this show may help. It doesn’t hurt that all dogs on the show are shelter or rescue dogs. You can peruse the show archives and watch.

National Pet Week (May 4-10, 2014)
This website celebrates National Pet Week which is a part of National Pet Month (May 2014). These are some very good resources for pet owners and people who are considering pet ownership.

I hope these resources help you take care of and train your puppy or dog. I had no idea when I started this article that both National Pet Week and National Pet Month were in May. It’s a good time to remember our “…other family members” or consider getting “…another family member”.

Maya Jones
West End Library

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