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February 05 , 2008

Border Collie


This Comprehensive Owner’s Guide to the Border Collie serves as a complete introduction to the dog that has been called the most intelligent breed on the planet. Also regarded as the most famous and hard-working sheepdog in the world, the Border Collie is no longer only seen on ranches and farms, but in pet lovers’ homes in the country, city, and suburbs. In addition to being an affectionate family companion, the breed has proven to be a flawless obedience and agility dog, frequently besting all other breeds with its precision, speed, and determination in competitive sports.
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The book opens with a chapter on the breed’s origins in the United Kingdom and its spread to the United States, followed by a chapter devoted to the characteristics of this exceptional herding dog, offering sound advice about which owners are best suited to this extremely active and demanding canine that always needs a job to do. New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with handsome adults and puppies bursting with energy and personality! In all, there are over 135 photographs in this compact and reliable volume.

The author’s advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train his over-achiever Border into the smartest and most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive chapter on healthcare by Dr. Lowell Ackerman provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Other chapters discuss senior dog care, showing and competing, and solving behavior problems, including commonly encountered issues, such as separation anxiety, barking, digging, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.

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