CITY DOG by Richard A. Wolters


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Wolters, a sporting dog trainer, is not particularly concerned about the present tendency of urbanites to house large dogs in small apartments -- pet disposition, soundness and adaptability to the owner's needs are the crucial factors. There is a good section on pup selection, including a canine behavior test, and a bravura list of breeds either suitable or not recommended for children. (He likes his poodles Standard and includes a number of sporting breeds in the favored column.) When: it comes to the specifics of training, Wolters, like most hip dog men these days, puts great emphasis on the maturation process in canine socialization (dog/human interaction should start no later than 49 days after birth). ""Animal sense"" -- savvy in dog psychology -- in the owner is important for success in training. Wolters' basic and special schooling procedures will be of most use to the city dweller. In addition to the rudiments of SIT/STAY/HEEL, etc. (and of course housebreaking), there are notes on curbing and encouraging barking (the author wisely opts for the ""alarm"" rather than the ""guard"" dog). Some of these techniques are beyond reproach; others are controversial, and the exercise/health regimens might have been pursued further (a strong, muscular Labrador confined to two walks a day around the block will most certainly become a nuisance). However, this is a profitable, often lively and original manual -- fine for the novice.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1975
Publisher: Dutton