Mixed Breeds For Dummies®

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  • Copyright: 2007-05-01
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Tips for tackling training and behavior issuesThe fun and easy wayr to raise a well-adjusted mixed-breed dogDo mutts melt your heart? This friendly guide shows you how to find the right one and make him part of the family. You get expert advice on everything from housetraining and feeding to healthcare, grooming, and nutrition. Plus, you'll find the latest information on today's "designer dogs," such as Labradoodles, Cockapoos, and Puggles! Find a puppy or adult dog Test your dog's temperament Dog-proof your house Teach your dog basic commands Have fun with your pet

Author Biography

Miriam Fields-Babineau has been a professional animal trainer since 1978 and has enjoyed exhibiting horses and dogs since childhood. She holds degrees in psychology and zoology from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Dog Writers' Association and the Cat Writers' Association and is listed in numerous editions of Who's Who in America.
Fields-Babineau has been writing professionally since her first article was published in Canine Chronicle in 1986. She is the author of 35 books including Click & Easy : Clicker Training for Dogs; Cat Training in 10 Minutes; Labradoodle: Comprehensive Owner's Guide; The ABCs of Positive Training; Training Your Mixed Breed; Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes; Raising Dogs the Natural way; The Perfect Retriever; and Multiple Dog Households. She has also published three short stories (one of which appeared in Christmas Cats: A Literary Anthology for Penguin, USA) and two novels: The Tocharian, a romantic fantasy-adventure, and Evil, a thriller.
She has provided animal actors for media productions since 1983, participating in the filming of commercials, advertisement,s TV programs, videos, and feature films.
Fields-Babineau also designed the Comfort trainer head halter for dogs, the All-in-One Leash, and the Clicker Spoon training tool for cats. Miriam Fields-Babineau currently resides in beautiful Amherst, Virginia, with her husband, Mike; son, Brendon Kyle; four dogs; four cats; and two horses.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 2
What You're Not to Readp. 2
Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
How This Book Is Organizedp. 3
Just the Facts Ma'amp. 3
Living with Your Mixed-Breed Dogp. 4
Training 101p. 4
Keeping Your Dog Healthyp. 4
Having Fun with Your Dogp. 5
The Part of Tensp. 5
Icons Used in This Bookp. 6
Where to Go from Herep. 6
Just the Facts, Ma'amp. 7
Mixing it Up: Introducing the Mixed Breedp. 9
A Mutt by Any Other Name: Defining Mixed Breedsp. 10
A Tale of Two Dogs: How Mixed-Breed Dogs Come to Bep. 11
Even Toy Dogs Aren't Toysp. 12
They Don't Call 'Em Man's Best Friend for Nothin'p. 13
Designer Dogs: Not Your Mother's Muttp. 15
The Pros and Cons of Designer Dogsp. 16
The prosp. 16
The consp. 16
The Major "Labels" in the Designer-Dog Worldp. 17
Oodles of Poodlesp. 17
A basket of Toysp. 22
Intelligent perceptions: Border Collie hybridsp. 27
A Little of This, a Little of That: Deciding Which Mixed Breed Is Right for Youp. 29
Asking Yourself the Right Questionsp. 29
Do you have enough time for a dog?p. 29
Do you have enough money for a dog?p. 30
Are you ready to give your heart to a dog?p. 30
Looking at the Different Breedsp. 31
On the hunt: The Sporting Groupp. 31
Ain't nothin' but a hound dog: The Hound Groupp. 32
Workin' like a dog: The Working Groupp. 33
Tenacious terriers: The Terrier Groupp. 34
Big personalities in small packages: The Toy Groupp. 36
All shapes and sizes: The Non-Sporting Groupp. 37
Round 'em up: The Herding Groupp. 38
Considering Age: Puppy or Adult?p. 39
Gender Bender: Male or Female?p. 41
Adding It Up: The Right Dog for Youp. 41
Choosing Your New Best Friendp. 43
Finding Your Very Own Mixed-Breed Dogp. 43
Breedersp. 43
Sheltersp. 45
Rescue groupsp. 45
Knowing Which Questions to Askp. 46
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Temperament Testingp. 47
Be gentle: Testing for touch sensitivityp. 47
What's that? Testing for movement and object sensitivityp. 49
Who's the boss? Testing for dominance and submissionp. 50
I'll get that! Testing for possessiveness and retrieval abilityp. 54
Follow the leader: Testing for social skillsp. 55
Living with Your Mixed-Breed Dogp. 57
Getting Ready for Your Dog's Arrivalp. 59
Dog-Proofing Your Housep. 59
Removing chewing hazardsp. 60
Protecting your furniturep. 61
Pushing up daisies: Giving your dog a place to digp. 62
Born to run: Making sure your dog can't escapep. 63
Your Mixed-Breed Dog's Bedroomp. 64
Crate or pen? Your dog's first place to sleepp. 64
Thinking outside the box: Letting your dog sleep outside a crate or penp. 65
Beddingp. 65
Giving Your Dog a Place to Eatp. 66
Stocking Up on Suppliesp. 66
Collars and leashesp. 66
Dishes and bowlsp. 67
Toysp. 67
Bringing Home Your Mixed Breedp. 69
Giving Your Dog the Guided Tourp. 69
Walking her in and showing her aroundp. 70
Greeting the familyp. 70
Meeting other petsp. 71
Taking her out to do her businessp. 74
Showing the dog her sleeping areap. 75
Fighting Those First-Night Bluesp. 76
Scheduling Time for Your New Dogp. 77
Exercise and playtimep. 77
Feeding timep. 78
Potty timep. 79
Chasing the Chuckwagon: The Basics of Feedingp. 81
The Basics of Nutritionp. 82
Types of Dog Foodp. 83
Commercial dog food: Canned or dryp. 83
Homemade foodp. 85
Raw dietp. 86
Don't touch! Foods and plants that are poisonous to dogsp. 87
How Much to Feedp. 88
Feeding according to your dog's agep. 89
Feeding according to your dog's sizep. 90
Special Dietary Needsp. 90
It's My Treat: Giving Your Dog a Little Something Extrap. 91
Grooming Your Mixed Breedp. 93
Why Grooming Matters: Inside and Outp. 93
Brushing Your Dogp. 94
Cleaning Your Dog's Earsp. 95
Look, Ma - No Cavities! Brushing Your Canine's Choppersp. 97
The Eyes Have It: Caring for Your Mixed Breed's Eyesp. 98
Mani/Pedi Time: Clipping Your Dog's Nailsp. 99
Bathing Your Dogp. 100
Checking for Parasitesp. 101
Preventing parasitesp. 102
Curing parasitesp. 103
The Daily Once-Over: Checking Your Dog for Problemsp. 103
Exercising Your Dogp. 105
Knowing How Much Exercise Your Dog Needsp. 105
Puppiesp. 106
Adult dogsp. 107
Older dogsp. 109
Finding an Activity Your Dog Enjoysp. 109
Walkingp. 110
Jogging and runningp. 110
Bikingp. 110
Fetchp. 111
Hikingp. 112
Swimmingp. 113
Horse and houndp. 114
Training 101p. 115
Housetrainingp. 117
When You Gotta Go: Looking for Your Dog's Warning Signsp. 118
Scheduling Potty Breaksp. 119
If you work away from home all dayp. 120
If you work out of your housep. 121
If your schedule changes frequentlyp. 121
Crate-Training to Prevent Accidentsp. 122
How the crate worksp. 122
Introducing your dog to the cratep. 123
Teaching your dog to go in a specific areap. 125
Teaching your dog to get it done fasterp. 126
Other Training Methodsp. 127
Paper trainingp. 127
Using a litter panp. 128
Watching for Successp. 128
Observing your dogp. 129
Giving freedom only when she earns itp. 129
Working on Some Advanced Housetraining Techniquesp. 130
Training your dog to potty on commandp. 130
You rang? Getting your dog to ring a bell when she has to gop. 131
Hup, Two, Three, Four: Good Manners and Basic Trainingp. 133
Preparing for Trainingp. 133
Targeting: The first step in trainingp. 133
Using a marker: The second step in trainingp. 134
Buying the right training toolsp. 135
Making your voice and body work for youp. 136
Heelp. 138
Getting started: The basics of Heelp. 138
Trying the Heel off-leashp. 141
Sitp. 142
Downp. 143
Stayp. 145
Timep. 145
Movementp. 147
Distancep. 148
Comep. 149
The basicsp. 149
Taking it up a notch: A game of Round Robinp. 150
Getting your dog to come from a Stayp. 151
Dealing with Distractionsp. 154
Looking at the different levels of distractionp. 154
Introducing distractions to your dogp. 155
Helping your dog be reliable off-leashp. 156
Finding a Trainerp. 157
Tackling Mixed-Breed Training Challengesp. 159
Unpacking the Mental Baggage: Helping a Dog Who's Been Abused or Neglectedp. 160
Alone and Frightened: Separation Anxietyp. 160
Recognizing the symptomsp. 161
Knowing what to do about itp. 163
Severe anxiety: When to seek outside helpp. 168
No More Mr. Nice Guy: The Aggressive Dogp. 170
Recognizing the types of aggressionp. 170
Knowing what to do about itp. 172
Jumping for Joyp. 173
Knowing why dogs jumpp. 173
Keeping your dog's feet on the groundp. 174
Curing the insistent jumperp. 175
Chewing Your Dog Out for Chewingp. 176
Understanding why dogs chewp. 176
Solving the problemp. 177
From Beggar to Chooser: Getting Your Dog to Stop Begging at the Tablep. 180
Nipping and Mouthingp. 181
Understanding why dogs nip and mouthp. 182
Preventing the problemp. 182
Curing the problemp. 182
Digging to the Center of the Earthp. 183
Knowing why dogs digp. 184
Giving your dog a place to digp. 184
Keeping Your Dog Healthyp. 187
Finding and Working with a Vetp. 189
Choosing a Veterinarianp. 189
Spaying or Neutering Your Petp. 192
Microchipping or Tattooing: Keeping Your Dog Safep. 193
Keeping Up with Regular Healthcarep. 194
Regular checkups and yearly vaccinationsp. 194
Baseline testsp. 196
Controlling parasitesp. 196
Addressing Special Health Problemsp. 197
Skin allergiesp. 197
Food allergiesp. 197
Appetite issuesp. 198
Skeletal disordersp. 198
First Aid: Dealing with Emergenciesp. 199
Gathering Emergency Contact Informationp. 199
Assembling Your Canine First-Aid Kitp. 201
First-Aid Basicsp. 202
Allergiesp. 202
Bloatp. 203
Broken bones or dislocationsp. 203
Burnsp. 204
Chokingp. 204
Cutsp. 204
Diarrheap. 204
Heat strokep. 205
Hypothermiap. 205
Insect bitesp. 206
Poisoningp. 206
Puncture woundsp. 207
Run-ins with wild animalsp. 207
Seizuresp. 207
Shallow woundsp. 208
Shockp. 208
Snake bitesp. 208
Vomitingp. 209
If You Lose Your Dogp. 209
Before your dog is lost: Getting proper identificationp. 209
What to do when your dog is lostp. 210
The Special Needs of Senior Dogsp. 211
How Old Is Old: Knowing When Your Dog Has Earned Senior Statusp. 211
The Early-Bird Special: Feeding Your Senior Dogp. 213
Use It or Lose It: Exercising Your Senior Dogp. 214
Social time with other dogsp. 214
Walks with youp. 214
Identifying Health Problems Common to Seniorsp. 215
Hearing lossp. 215
Blindnessp. 216
Arthritisp. 216
Digestive disordersp. 216
Cancerp. 217
Dementiap. 217
Depressionp. 218
Recognizing Behavior Problems That Sometimes Come with Agep. 219
Saying Goodbyep. 220
Having Fun With Your Dogp. 223
Not Just for Purebreds: Showing Off with Your Mixed Breedp. 225
Participating in a Mixed-Breed Dog Clubp. 225
Competing in obedience matches and dog showsp. 226
Competing in agilityp. 228
Competing in Rally-Op. 229
Media Hound: Getting Your Dog on Camerap. 230
Knowing what animal agents look forp. 230
Preparing for workp. 231
What to expect when your dog performs in front of the camerap. 232
Traveling with Charleyp. 233
Deciding Whether to Bring Your Dog with Youp. 233
Finding Pet-Friendly Places to Stayp. 234
Packing for Your Tripp. 235
Traveling by Carp. 236
Flying with Your Dogp. 237
What to do before you leavep. 238
Caring for your dog before and after the flightp. 239
Leaving Your Dog Behindp. 240
Finding an in-home sitterp. 240
Knowing what to look for in a kennelp. 241
The Part of Tensp. 243
Ten Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Dogp. 245
It Doesn't Cost Much - and It May Be Free!p. 246
Breeding Is Time-Consuming and Expensivep. 246
You Reduce Your Dog's Risk of Cancerp. 247
You Help Control the Number of Unwanted Dogs in the Worldp. 248
Your Dog Won't Be as Likely to Stray from Homep. 248
Your Dog Will Be on Her Best Behaviorp. 249
Your Dog Will Be Easier to Housetrainp. 249
Reproduction Can Be Riskyp. 249
Your Dog Will Be a Better Watchdogp. 250
Your Dog Isn't Youp. 250
Ten Fun Activities You and Your Mixed Breed Can Enjoy Togetherp. 251
Competing with Your Dog at the Classic K-9 Showp. 252
Participating in United Kennel Club Eventsp. 252
Having Fun at Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America Eventsp. 253
Training Your Dog to Divep. 253
Joining the Fun at the Australian Shepherd Club of Americap. 254
Camping and Hiking: Finding Fun Outdoor Activitiesp. 254
Helping Your Dog Become a Good Citizenp. 254
Help Your Dog Help Other Peoplep. 255
Dancing with Your Mixed Breedp. 256
Flying High with Flyballp. 256
Indexp. 257
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