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Urban dog : the ultimate street smarts training manual
Frankel, Cis, 1954-
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Publication Information:
Minocqua, Wis. : Willow Creek Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
237 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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SF431 .F686 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Owning a dog in the city has a completely different set of challenges than owning a dog in a rural or suburban setting.

The city is full of distractions for your dog such as congestion, noise, crowds of people, cars, buses, bicycles, rollerbladers, trash, sewers, alleys, roadways and other dogs.

Where you can exercise your dog is limited, and maneuvering a dog through city streets and across busy roadways is often hazardous.

Rat poison sprinkled in alleyways, garbage thrown on the sidewalk and around garbage bins, and city puddles filled with unknown substances are all threats to your dog's health.

In this book, Cis Frankel, an urban dog trainer best known for training Oprah Winfrey's cocker spaniel, teaches owners what is proper dog etiquette in urban areas and explains how to deal with the specific difficulties of training and living with a dog in the city.

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Library Journal Review

Owning a dog in the city presents a unique set of challenges. How is housebreaking accomplished in a high-rise apartment? Where and how can a large, energetic dog be exercised? How can a dog be taught to ignore distractions such as buses and crowds? How does the owner encourage confidence or help the puppy overcome fear of loud noises at construction sites? Frankel, best known as the trainer of Oprah Winfrey's spaniels and a recognized canine behavior expert, answers these questions and more. In the first half of the book, she addresses introducing the puppy to its new environment, crate training, housebreaking, food selection, leash and collar training, and obedience. Her methods are motivational, and her information, while easy to read, is very basic. Paul Owens's The Dog Whisperer (LJ 10/1/99) and Mary Thompson's Off to a Good Start (Adams Media, 1999) are better choices if all the reader requires is information on basic training. However, since Frankel devotes the last half of her text to the special concerns of owners of city dogs, her book fills a special need and should be in all public libraries serving urban populations. (Illustrations not seen.)DFlorence Scarinci, formerly with Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.