I guess like parenting, dog raising doesn't have a perfect manual. This is the reason why I find it important to read books such as What If My Dog...? by Jim Evans. Just like Dr. Bruce Fogle's book, it aims to teach us dog owners how to enjoy our life with our four-legged friends to the fullest (armed with information to prepare us for canine mishaps and dog issues).
|Have you ever asked yourself, "What if My Dog... pulls.. won't eat... barks... is aggressive... jumps up... is shaking... soils the rug?"|
This is also one of the first books I've bought as dog lover. It's an easy read as it goes straight to the problem rather than provide brief histories and backgrounds before going to the canine nitty-gritty.
It's not that Dr. Jim Evans skimped on dog behavior and its causes. In fact, he reserved an entire chapter on how dogs learn, how dogs act, how dogs communicate.
|Number 55 says, "What if my dog gets into a fight with another dog?"|
So as for the question, is it a good dog book for novice and existing dog owners? Yes, Indeedy! The way the scenarios were presented (with pictures and interesting canine comic drawings) makes it easier to read and more convenient.
|Preventing Inappropriate Behavior takes an entire page. Its second page elaborates the advantages of crating.|
The pictures are entertaining and the color coded chapters keep it categorically organized. This dog book is divided into four chapters. Pink is for chapter 1, green is for chapter 2, yellow is for chapter 3 and green is for chapter 4.
What If My Dog...? chapters are as follows:
Chapter 1- Understanding Dog Behavior and How It can be Shaped
Chapter 2- Mishaps and Problems Around the House and Outdoors
Chapter 3- Preventing and Coping with Ilnesses
Chapter 4- The Aging Dog- Maintaining Quality of Life in Old Age
So there you have it! Another dog book to entertain and educate at the same time.