Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manual
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Inc (April 1996)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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There have been several thorough resources published about adopting and caring for greyhounds with the caveat that greys are "different from other dogs". They include technical paragraphs about the physical and psychological sensitivity of these dogs, but don't give many examples about how greys differ from other dogs emotionally and psychologically. This book fills that gap, bringing a realistic and focused perspective to what it is REALLY like to have a greyhound in your house. It does this with a friendly, companionable voice rather than a clinical one, although the technical information is included as well. If you love greyhounds, you will love this book. It is obvious from the text that Coile loves her greyhounds.
This book was recommended to me by Greyhound Friends. A concise and accurate discussion about adopting and caring for Greyhounds. Covers in detail virtually everything you need to know for your dogs entire span - even a small and touching section on dealing with the eventual loss of your pet. I read and re-read this book leading up to adopting my greyhound, Gromit, and things have gone quite well (of couse, Gromit is wonderful, even for a greyhound). A few nits: I would have liked more information about training your dog to climb stairs (Gromit figured it out in about a week with a lot of help from me). The book is very pro lure coursing (a non-gambling kind of greyhound racing); many sources on the net feel that lure coursing is very dangerous for ex-racers due to injuries the racers encounter during their careers. Still, a fine and useful book.
This book provides helpful information and insights for owners of greyhounds as well as to those thinking about getting a greyhound. It contains first aid tips and obedience training guidelines that aren't available in most other greyhound books. It also has beautiful photos of the breed. There are only two drawbacks I have found about this book; it does not fully emphasize the need to keep greyhounds on leashes or in enclosures and the reading continuity is interrupted by the "How To" sections (not that they're not helpful but they seem misplaced).
Having looked at owning a greyhound for over a year now, I wanted a book that would do more than just introduce to me the greyhound. This is a great book with colorful pictures and important "need to know" information. It helped with choosing a vet and knowing what questions to ask the adoption agency when inquiring about their dogs. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in owning a greyhound. We're still in the process of inquiry, but this booked helped me understand more about the complexities of the breed and how they are very different from most others.
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