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Adopting the Racing Greyhound
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This revised and updated edition of the only book on “homing”; the ex-racer tells prospective adopters everything they need to know to make adoption a success. In addition to practical information, such as care and feeding, readers learn the latest about the activities and competitions that are just for ex-racers and their owners. The Appendix lists all the agencies nationwide that adopt out Greyhounds, so an agency is sure to be nearby. For thousands of years Greyhounds have been bred to hunt and run at top speed. Because they are used to being with other dogs and people, they make perfect pets. Adopters can be assured their ex-racer will get along with adults and children and other household pets.

Author:
Cynthia Branigan

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Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies
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An authoritative guide on the special needs of these retirees.

Is there life after retirement? Absolutely, for these lucky dogs. More than 18,000 Greyhounds are adopted every year. This handy reference puts you on the fast track to finding an adoption group, selecting the right dog, and more.

  • * Offers tips on how to train Greyhounds in household manners
  • * Informs about common illnesses and chronic health problems found in the breed
  • * Covers Greyhound history

Author:
Lee Livingood

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Care of the Racing Greyhound
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While the Foreword states, "The purpose of this book is to help Greyhound trainers and breeders in the care of their Greyhounds," it is also an invaluable resource to pet owners and to veterinarians who treat adopted Greyhounds.

Published in 1994, Care of the Racing Greyhound was commissioned by the American Greyhound Council. Their directive was, "Take the anatomy, physiology, medicine, and surgery as these disciplines relate to the Greyhound and put them into layman's terminology." But, make no mistake, this book is heavy on medical vocabulary and it assumes the reader has a fundamental knowledge of what these terms mean.
Although it leans heavily on the medical side, it has more than enough illustrations and photographs for any pure layman to understand what is being said.

Author:
Linda Blythe

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The Reign of the Greyhound
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The regal history of a revered, elegant breed

They were one of the first wild animals to come under the protection of humans. They have sat at the feet of the Pharaohs. Their likenesses have graced coins, stamps, seals, and coats of arms. And they have won the hearts of dog lovers worldwide with their sweet nature, intelligence, and grace.

Beautifully illustrated with more than 100 black-and-white reproductions and photos, The Reign of the Greyhound is a rich, historical testimony to the breed, celebrating its extraordinary place in canine history and human civilization. Passionately written by Greyhound expert Cynthia Branigan, this updated edition features new information on the history and current state of ex-racer adoptions, which save the lives of thousands of Greyhounds each year. From ancient Egypt to modern times, from the temple to the show ring to the track, you’ll see how this noble breed has evolved from a royal pet to a racing dog to a loving companion–and you’ll no doubt deepen your understanding and appreciation of this fine animal, whose regal history has been too long ignored.

Author:
Cynthia Branigan

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Retired Greyhounds: A Guide to Care and Understanding
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Fifteen to twenty percent of dogs are born with a tendency towards introversion and fearfulness, leading to behaviors like uncontrolled submissive urination, fear-aggression, and inability to bond with humans. With understanding and the right training, fearful dogs need not be condemned as bad pets; rather, they can become some of the happiest and most deeply bonded dogs around—the epitome of great pets.
Author:
Carol Baby

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Jesse's Tale: Overcoming Fear Aggression and Separation Anxiety in an Adopted Greyhound: How to Care For and Train an Adopted Racing Greyhound with Behavioral Problems
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All adopted racing greyhounds find life as a household pet a radically new experience. If a dog has behavioral problems, the transition is even more challenging, both for the animal and the new family. This book offers insights and commonsense advice for those who have adopted, or are considering adopting, a fearful, shy, or aggressive dog. The author’s greyhound, Jesse, initially hid his behavioral aberrations. Soon it became apparent that Jesse suffered from Fear Aggressive tendencies and Separation Anxiety. He required special handling and training by someone willing and able to complete the rescue. Elaine Webster shows how she and her husband Blake helped Jesse become a loving addition to their home. This is their story, and it could be yours.

Author:
Elaine Webster

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Caring for a Retired Greyhound as Your Pet
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Retired racing greyhounds make great pets. After their racing careers are over they need and deserve a good, loving home in which to live out their lives and give you companionship.
You might now be thinking that your retired greyhound will be a real handful. Not so. Greyhound characteristics include a very gentle and loving temperament. They are comfortable in the company of humans (like you) as that is what they are used to while in racing training.

Author:
Andy Machin and Max Cook

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Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
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This book will help pet-lovers enable their dogs and cats to enjoy an ideal quality of life though a species appropriate diet of raw, natural foods.
Author:
Kymythy Schultze

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Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
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A classic natural pet-care book from two celebrated veterinary specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets, Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats offers valuable natural and holistic advice on a host of pet topics, including, but not limited to, diet, exercise, environment, coping with a pet's death, and how to care for a sick animal. In addition to their thorough discussion of the above, Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., and his wife, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, M.S., offer a comprehensive "quick reference" section on animal illnesses, organized alphabetically and including a brief description of each illness, preventative measures that may be taken, and holistic and natural treatment options for both dogs and cats–treatments that should always be discussed with one's vet before being used. Occasional line drawings, informative graphs, and the Pitcairn’s intelligent prose make this guide a must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets.

Author:
Richard H. Pitcairn DVM

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The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat
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As an accomplished doctor of veterinary medicine, Martin Goldstein is well respected for his 25 years worth of experience in the field–experience he effectively utilizes in conjunction with his expertise in holistic medicine in his new book, The Nature of Animal Healing: The Path to Your Pet's Health, Happiness, and Longevity. Goldstein begins with a broad explanation of the origins of diseases in pets, then moves on to taking action against those diseases, not only offering thorough discussions of specific ailments–including cancer, allergies, and arthritis–and the holistic medicines available to help in the healing process, but also speaking to the "dubious legacy of vaccines" as well as the questionable quality of pet food. Finally, Goldstein turns his attention to the spiritual realm, addressing both the bonds that we have with our pets–and how those bonds aid in preventing and fighting our pets' health problems–as well as dealing with the death of a beloved pet. Goldstein's expert advice, inclusion of inspiring real-life cases, and thorough resource "compendium of holistic books, newsletters, Web sites, veterinarians, and associations" make this book a valuable addition to any pet owner's library.

Author:
Martin Goldstein D.V.M.

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Childproofing Your Dog
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The authors of Good Owners, Great Dogs offer advice on picking the best breed for a family dog, avoiding common dog/toddler problems, training an older dog to accept an infant, and other topics.
Author:
Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson

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The Best Finish: Adopting a Retired Racing Greyhound
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A straightforward, comprehensive guide to adopting and caring for the retired racing Greyhound.
Author:
Carolyn Raeke

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How to be the Leader of the Pack…And have Your Dog Love You For It
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Learn how to love your dogs without spoiling them and provide boundaries without intimidation. This dog training booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. If you want to be a natural leader to your pack and teach your dog that being polite is fun, this booklet tells you how to do it in a peaceful, kind way. The ideas and exercises are based on the way dogs communicate with each other, so they are highly effective and easy for your dog to understand. Written by Patricia McConnell, it is an essential part of any canine library!

Author:
Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D.

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Help for Your Shy Dog
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Fifteen to twenty percent of dogs are born with a tendency towards introversion and fearfulness, leading to behaviors like uncontrolled submissive urination, fear-aggression, and inability to bond with humans. With understanding and the right training, fearful dogs need not be condemned as bad pets; rather, they can become some of the happiest and most deeply bonded dogs around—the epitome of great pets.

Author:
Deborah Wood

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The Other End of the Leash
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The Other End of the Leash begins with an eloquently simple premise: "All dogs are brilliant at perceiving the slightest movement that we make, and they assume each tiny movement has meaning." With that in mind, all of Dr. Patricia McConnell's recommendations for communicating with your canine make immediate sense. Don't we all automatically bend forward when coaxing a dog to come and play? Break eye contact when we wish to avoid a confrontation? While these instinctive behaviors are right on target, a number of other habits aren't so positive, and McConnell helps us break them with both humor and common sense.

Author:
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

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Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-Dog Household
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Including an entirely new section on leash-walking multiple dogs, this dog training booklet has received rave reviews from people living with more than one dog. Written with Patricia McConnell and Karen London's extensive knowledge of both theory and practicality, (not to mention their sense of humor), it provides clear and workable ideas to make living with a pack of dogs fun and fulfilling. This is a great resource if you're looking for some dog training tips to create a little order out of the canine chaos in your home, or wondering how in the world you'll manage the entire pack for a walk around the neighborhood. Perhaps you're concerned that there is tension between two of the dogs in your pack or whether your dog's play might escalate into aggression. This expanded and updated booklet has the answers to those questions and many more. Written to help you maximize the joy of living in a multi-dog household, it emphasizes the use of ethology and positive training methods to teach your dogs to be polite and patient instead of demanding and pushy. Filled with practical ideas about keeping life fun in houses that have two dogs or many more than that, Feeling Outnumbered is a great resource for all multiple dog owners whether novice or professional.

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Karen B. London Ph.D.

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I’ll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety
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This booklet explains the difference between dogs who truly have separation anxiety and those that merely misbehave. Written by Patricia McConnell, it describes a dog behavior modification program for the prevention and treatment of both problems. A treasure chest of ideas for keeping your dog happy in your absence, this booklet can help prevent and treat both minor and severe dog problems related to dogs being " home alone." Clear and understandable, this easy to read booklet is written for anyone who wants to leave the house knowing that their dog is happy and their house is safe.

Author:
Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D.

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Sighthounds Afield: The Complete Guide to Sighthound Breeds & Amateur Performance Events
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Sighthounds or gazehounds -swift and athletic canines that have hunted by sight, rather than scent, for thousands of years – comprise a small but elite segment of known dog breeds. Few events are tailored for their particular skills, and new folks are overwhelmed by the confusion of running rules, policies, and procedures within the various organizations. In 1994 Como published a simple flyer to help explain the differences.The flyer grew into a brochure, and in 1996 the brochure metamorphosed into a "how to" handbook, So, You Want to Run Your Sighthound The handbook, in turn, spawned a completely revised and greatly expanded edition in Sighthounds Afield: The Complete Guide to Sighthound Breeds and Amateur Performance Events (with a Comprehensive Chapter on Adopted Ex-Racing Greyhounds).Sighthounds Afield includes many new photos, original cartoons, and illustrations. This manual explores diet and conditioning, training for field and track, overviews of all amateur performance events and how to attend them to your best advantage, and basic running procedures – including point requirements and titles – for field, track, and open field hunts. Included is veterinary care, where to buy good stuff, a complete library section, and pages of important resources. The author delves into the centuries-old history of sighthounds, and over 40 breeds are explored in photos and text. With the inclusion of an entire chapter devoted to ex-racing Greyhounds, this book is a complete "if you can't find it here, you can't find it" package. SighthoundsAfield puts everything you need to know about these exotic breeds – and how to enjoy them – at your fingertips.

Author:
Denise Como

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Gazehounds & Coursing
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This revised and expanded edition covers all the AKC sighthound breeds, plus the coldbloods, staghounds, coyote hounds, lurchers, etc. From the farm fields of the Midwest through the wind-swept North Plains to the desert Southwest, join the author on hunts for jackrabbits, coyotes, fox, and cottontails with a variety of purebred and mixed-breed hounds. Meet some of the great old houndmen of the past and the legacy and lore they left behind. Learn the technique of the trailhound/sighthound combination hunt. Gazehounds & Coursing is provocative — the author blasts the anti-hunters, insists on a strong conservation ethic, and says that some AKC breeds need an infusion of new blood to restore their working talents. Gazehounds & Coursing is evocative — the author recounts great hounds he loved well who have crossed the great divide, and game animals he wishes in retrospect had gotten away. Above all, Gazehounds & Coursing is informative — herein is the necessary methodology for choosing, raising, training, breeding, and running the lithe and graceful "longdogs."

Author:
M.H. Salmon

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Greyhounds Big and Small: Iggies and Greyts
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More than fifty photos capture the beauty and spirit of Greyhounds and Italian Greyhounds.

Be they Iggies (Italian Greyhounds) or Greyts (Greyhounds), these elegant dogs have been the subjects of artists' gazes for more than two thousand years. Sleek and slim, they've got the looks and bearing of supermodels-yet all it takes is a lopsided grin, a poke of the nose, or a whimsical head tilt to make you realize they are playful clowns at heart.

Greyhounds of all sizes bring gentle grace to their every habitat. Greyhounds Big and Small celebrates these affectionate and beautiful creatures with over fifty photographs that skillfully capture the essence of 'greyhounded-ness.

Author:
Amanda Jones

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