Author(s): BONHAM, MARGARET H.
Handle grooming yourself to save money and bond with your dog Brush, bathe, and clip your dog like a pro! Whether your dog is destined for a career in the show ring or a spot on the living room couch, good grooming is important. This friendly guide shows you how to develop a grooming routine that will keep your dog clean -- and strengthen the bond between you. It includes detailed, step--by--step grooming instructions for all types of coats. Discover how to * Train your dog for grooming * Care for nails, teeth, and ears * Use clippers and scissors * Groom specific types of coats * Prepare a dog for the show ring
Margaret H. "Maggie" Bonham is a four--time award--winning professional dog, cat, and science fiction and fantasy author who lives in Colorado. She has worked as a vet tech, grooming dogs for clients. She also has groomed various dogs as pets and for show. She has trained more than 50 dogs in sledding, agility, packing, obedience, weight pulling, and conformation, earning multiple titles on several of her own dogs. She has written educational coursework (dog agility and activities) for dog trainers with Thomson Education Direct. She also is a professional member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Maggie has been a professional writer since 1995, writing novels, nonfiction books, short stories, courses, educational materials, and articles. Her books include Having Fun with Agility; A Dog's Wisdom: A Heartwarming View of Life; The Complete Guide to Mutts: Selection, Care and Celebration from Puppyhood to Senior; Bring Me Home: Dogs Make Great Pets; Bring Me Home: Cats Make Great Pets; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Labrador Retrievers; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dog Health and Nutrition; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Designer Dogs; The Complete Idiot's Guide to Golden Retrievers; Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers; An Introduction to Dog Agility; Northern Breeds: The Simple Guide to Getting Active with Your Dog; Cancer and Your Pet: The Complete Guide to the Latest Research, Treatments, and Options; Your Siberian Husky's Life: Your Complete Guide to Raising Your Pet from Puppy to Companion; and Prophecy of Swords. Her work has appeared in various national publications including Dog Fancy, Dog World, Dog and Kennel, Pet Life, Pet View, The Dog Daily, The Daily Cat, Catnip, Natural Pet, Contract Professional, and Mushing magazine. She has been a columnist and contributing editor for Dog and Kennel and PetView magazines, and she was a frequent contributor to Pets.com and Vetmedcenter.com Internet sites. She is editor of Merial PawPrints, a newsletter that covers topics about dogs and cats and is distributed to veterinarians for their clients. Maggie currently trains various breeds for agility, sled--dog racing, obedience, and conformation. She lives with many purebred and mixed breed dogs, and one cat.
Introduction. Part I: Getting Started. Chapter 1: What Good Grooming Is All About. Chapter 2: Inside and Out: What Affects a Dog's Coat and Grooming. Chapter 3: Prepping for the Prettying. Chapter 4: Training Your Dog for Grooming. Part II: Making Your Dog Look Good:The Basics. Chapter 5: Mastering Brushing and Bathing Basics. Chapter 6: Caring for Your Canine's Teeth, Toes, Ears, Face, and Ahem, Other Areas. Chapter 7: Giving Your Dog a Great 'Do: Clipping Basics. Part III: Grooming by Coat Type: Beyond the Basics. Chapter 8: Spiffing Up Short-- and Medium--Coated Breeds. Chapter 9: Warming Up to Double--Coated Breeds. Chapter 10: Clarifying the Corded Breed's Coif. Chapter 11: Shaping Up the Clipped Breeds. Chapter 12: Beautifying the Stripped Breeds. Chapter 13: Tidying the Tresses of the Long--Haired Breeds. Chapter 14: Poodles: A Breed Apart. Part IV: Grooming Specialties. Chapter 15: Getting the Sticky and Stinky Stuff Out. Chapter 16: The Skinny on Hairy Health Issues. Chapter 17: Grooming Emergencies: Knowing Doggie First Aid. Chapter 18: It's Showtime! Grooming a Dog for the Ring. Chapter 19: Going Pro: Starting a Dog Grooming Business. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Popular Myths About Grooming Dogs. Chapter 21: Ten Timesaving Grooming Tips. Chapter 22: Ten Best Ways to Make Grooming a Pleasant Experience. Appendix: Grooming Resources. Index.