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General care and management of the dog

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Abstract

This chapter is designed to give information on; the history of the dog and its role in society; how a client should select a suitable dog; different dog breeds; preparing for the arrival of a new dog; general dog care by the owner; routine veterinary care of dogs; breeding from a dog; dog behaviour and training. There are many points to consider when choosing a dog and clients will often seek the advice of veterinary staff to help them in making an informed decision. It is important for veterinary staff and the new dog owner to understand a dog's body language so that behaviour can be modified appropriately, and dangerous situations avoided.

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2.3 Dog breed groups, with examples of popular breeds. Afghan Hound. Mastiff. Bedlington Terrier. English Setter. Border Collie. Dalmatian. Bichon Frise. (Photographs © The Kennel Club.)
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2.4 An indoor cage set up for a new puppy of a small to medium breed.
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2.5 Some raised dog-feeding bowls.
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2.6 Some suitable and safe toys for dogs.
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2.7 A pet dog obedience class in action.
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2.8 Body language: posture of aggression; typical ‘play-bow’ stance; posture of fear. Drawn by S.J. Elmhurst BA Hons (www.livingart.org.uk) and reproduced with her permission.
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2.10 One of several microchipping systems used for the permanent identification of pets.
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2.13 Brushing a dog’s teeth.
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2.14 A range of clippers suitable for clipping a dog’s claws.

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