Animal & Pet Care Books
World-renowned trainer and It's Me or the Dog star Victoria Stilwell explains how to interpret and 'speak' the secret language of dogs in this handy manual.
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It's a guide to understanding your dog, communicating effectively, strengthening your bond and helping the pup learn so that they can navigate the human world with ease. You'll learn what different tail wags mean and what different tones of barking mean.
This invaluable book also reveals how dogs perceive human faces and how they can feel a wide range of emotions. It's filled with instructive illustrations and full-colour photographs to help you decode exactly what your dog wants.
Why should you buy this book? It's a comprehensive guide to decoding what your dog really wants and is packed with woof-derful photographs.
This book is full of over 50 recipes that will ensure your pup enjoys a nutritious and balanced diet - and every dish can be prepared from scratch!
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The meals will fit easily into your busy life and can be tailored to your pet's individual needs. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is the perfect book for those who love cooking and dogs.
Internet sensation Bodacious the Shepherd Cat tells his life story in this meow-some memoir.
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The purr-fect book for cat lovers is told from Bodacious' point of view. He talks about how he ended up living on a farm and fondly recalls the early mornings and frosty starts, hard work and mouth-watering food he's enjoyed along the way.
From Oscar the farm cat to border collie/fox terrier-cross Pepper, Bodacious talks about the animal characters he met on the farm and perfectly captures the atmosphere of the farm house, orchards and fields.
Gemma Hoggs' Stable Lass is a heartfelt memoir that reveals what it's like to work at one of the country's top racing yards.
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Gemma explains how despite the long hours and low pay, she finds her job incredibly rewarding: she works in the beautiful surroundings of Middleham in Wensleydale and the majesty of the horses makes up for any challenges she faces from humans.
She talks about the dangers, politics, in-fighting, romances and affairs that exist in the horse riding industry and also opens up about her grief after losing a horse. She also reveals all about the people she deals with - from straight-talking boss Mickey Hammond to millionaire owners and jockeys that starve themselves to lose weight...
Bees are not only beautiful, natural insects but they're also vital to human existence. From the experts at DK, The Bee Book celebrates their existence and provides an introduction to beekeeping.
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From their role in nature to how they impact our gardens and what they do in the hive, this book is full of fascinating facts like how a honey bee visits up to 1,000 flowers a day yet only produces one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime.
It also explains how the human race can support and benefit from bees' presence. It describes how intelligent they are and the important but turbulent role of a queen bee. It also includes recipes for home remedies and beauty treatments that make use of honey, wax and propolis. You can even learn how to create a bee 'hotel'.
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Homemade for Hamsters is a book full of projects that will help keep your little pet happily stimulated.
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From creative toys to larger play areas, the projects are easy to make and use materials that are easily found around the house. From building your own hamster wheel to making an amazing maze, the projects all cover a different activity that your hamster will love doing - including running, digging, chewing, climbing and resting.
With step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations, the book will help you make so many challenges for your hamster and the discover which ones they enjoy the most.
If you're a dog owner living in London (or even if you're planning a visit with a pooch in tow), this pocket-sized book contains over 120 ideas for things to do in the nation's capital (and beyond) with your four-legged friend.
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Organised around each borough from north to south and east to west, this book highlights a selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants that are dog friendly and a whole host of walks for you to enjoy.
It showcases some of London's lesser-known green spaces and is also bursting with ideas for weekend activities such as the Lee Valley dog agility course (which features jumps, hoops and a high walk). There are also suggestions for lazier weekends with recommendations of behaviourists, groomers and dog boutiques for when you really want to treat your canine.
Anyone who loves dogs will adore this book by the popular TV presenter and lifelong animal lover, Kate Humble.
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In it, she examines the heart-warming relationship between man and his best friend. Using her journey with the sheepdog puppy Teg (who has grown up on her farm) as a basis for her examination of the bond, she looks at how it came to be that man became so close to our four-legged friends.
Packed with stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this is a barking brilliant book for dog lovers everywhere.
Gwen Bailey's bestselling puppy care guide has helped hundreds of thousands of owners throughout the world raise a problem-free dog. Now, updated with the latest findings in canine behaviour and a completely new user-friendly design, this revised edition will teach you how to raise a problem-free dog. From housetraining to playing games, it will show you how to teach your dog good manners and build his confidence with the world around him. There are step-by-step training and socialization plans as well as a guide to understanding and preventing biting, chewing and other problems. If you want your puppy to develop into a happy, well-behaved and friendly adult dog, you cannot afford to be without this book.
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Many dog owners struggle to manage their dogs, and the vast majority of people who need help have one simple but overwhelming problem. Their dog won't come back when they call him. Through focusing on this single and most important of obedience commands, Pippa Mattinson shows the dog owner - whether of a puppy or an adult dog - how to build up a reliable recall successfully, layer by layer, and step by step, using effective and positive training techniques. The author offers the reader an insight into the mind of the dog and explains exactly why dogs behave in the way that they do. Training exercises are described in unique detail, and with the inclusion of a helpful problem solving section, nothing is left to chance.
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Most dog owners would readily agree that it s important to keep pets physically fit and well-exercised for them to enjoy a good quality of life. But how many also think about what s going on inside their dogs heads? Bored dogs are notoriously prone to behavioral problems, such as exercise, barking, destructiveness and separation anxiety. As this fascinating book reveals, dogs also need mental stimulation to exercise their brains, boost their self confidence and strengthen the bond that they enjoy with their human families. Brain Games For Dogs is brilliantly conceived compendium of fun games, tricks and activities that you can enjoy with your dog that will help to stretch and challenge it mentally and allow it to enjoy a top quality workout for the mind. Illustrated throughout with newly commissioned colour studio photography Brain Games For Dogs emphasizes the pleasure of working together with a dog to tackle new challenges and of using the power to play to stimulate and unlock your dog s full mental potential.
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The perfect gift book for cat lovers everywhere, showing how to measure your cat's intelligence in a series of easy and fun tests. How clever is your cat? Can your cat: * Make sounds upon request? * Predict a change in the weather? Or is your cat the type who * Falls of ledges while sleeping? * Continually runs into walls or doors? You can find out how smart your cat really is by giving him or her the Cat IQ Test - a simple, four-part intelligence test. By observation and by using everyday household items, you will be able to measure your cat's co-ordination, communication, social and reasoning powers. Also includes: * Suggestions on how to improve your cat's IQ. * Comparative scores of other cats by age, sex and type. * A Certificate of Merit to be filled in and proudly displayed on completion of the Cat IQ Test.
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Pippa Mattinson, dog-training specialist, tells you everything you need to know about training and caring for your labrador. From puppyhood to old age, this book provides an in-depth guide to raising your labrador, making for a contented owner and a happy dog. Pippa Mattinson is in touch with over 300,000 dog owners every month through her website and online forum and knows exactly what labrador owners want. Founder of The Gundog Trust, her first two books Total Recall and The Happy Puppy Handbook have won praise from many happy dog owners.
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A social history of Labradors, and how they have become the world's most beloved dogs, by writer, presenter and long-time dog lover Ben Fogle, whose beloved black Labrador, Inca, famously accompanied him on numerous journeys and adventures. Labradors are the most popular breed of dog in the world. Not only a great family companion, they also excel at hunting, tracking, retrieving, guiding and rescuing. But where did the breed originally come from? How did it develop? When did black, yellow and chocolate Labradors first appear? Did they really all come from Labrador in Canada and are they really all related to just one dog? In this first history of the Labrador, Ben Fogle goes in search of what makes Labradors so special. Their extraordinary companionship, intelligence, work ethic and loyalty is captured by Ben as he weaves the story of the breed into his own story of his beloved Inca. Ben visits Canada, discovers hair-raising stories of early Labrador exploits and uncovers stories of RNIB Labradors and Labradors at war, Labradors as working dogs and every other manifestation of the Labrador's character. Exploring their origin, early characteristics, their use as gun dogs, as therapy dogs, as police dogs, as search and rescue dogs and last - and absolutely not least - as family pets, Ben tells the story of a dog breed which has captured our imagination and love for hundreds of years.
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In this brilliantly informative new title, compiled by expert Chris Mattison, readers will find instant, impartial advice about over 150 varieties of reptile and amphibian, including salamanders and newts, frogs and toads, tortoises and turtles, lizards, and snakes. Each entry includes a profile detailing the origin in temperament of the animal, plus question-and answer advice on how much time the owner will have to devote to it, what special equipment or housing set-up will be needed, what its care needs are, what it eats, how easily it will breed and an assessment of any possible drawbacks to round off the balance sheet.
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The book is lavishly illustrated with more than 340 colour pictures, most of them photographed in fascinating close-up detail in studio conditions, this invaluable 'buyer's guide' provides prospective new reptile keepers with easy-to-digest essential information on how to care for a wide range of exotic reptiles and amphibians. Every entry includes a price guide revealing what you can expect to pay for each animal, and the related set-up and running costs.
This is a practical guide to caring for your pet, in step-by-step photographs. It is packed with all the essential information you need - choosing the right rabbit, preparing a home for it, what to feed it and when, and keeping your pet healthy. It includes 60 instructional and inspirational photographs. It allows young readers to make friends with their rabbit and shows them how to get the most out of being a responsible and caring pet owner. It is ideal for 5- to 9-year-olds. Owning a rabbit is a big responsibility. There is more to it than simply providing it with a home. This exciting book is a guide for young animal lovers on how best to look after a pet. Simple and helpful advice is given on preparing for your new rabbit, and how to choose the best type for you. You can learn about the different breeds, from the Netherland Dwarf to the British Giant. You can also find out how to pick up and carry your rabbit safely, how to clean out its hutch, how to groom its coat properly, and how to look after it so that it leads a long and happy life. Clear step-by-step instructions, together with appealing photographs of rabbits and their young owners, make this book both useful and fun to read.
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This is the comprehensive expert guide to planning, building, stocking and maintaining your aquaria, both marine and freshwater, illustrated by over 700 step-by-step colour photographs and artworks. This is a definitive guide to identifying and keeping freshwater and marine fishes. It provides everything you need to get started as a fish-keeper - the ultimate practical guide to setting up any type of aquarium. It includes clear step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions for planning, building, stocking and maintaining your aquarium. It contains a comprehensive fish identifier - hundreds of colour pictures of the world's most popular fish in their natural locations and habitats and how the professionals keep them. It is fully illustrated with over 650 colour photographs and specially commissioned artworks. This comprehensive guide contains all the information and advice you need to ensure you get the most out of your aquarium. The book is divided into two sections. The first half explains in how to set up your aquarium, how to select the type of fish you want and how to maintain a healthy tank environment. There is a separate sub-section that is devoted to accommodating the special requirements of marine fish and each topic is treated with a hands-on approach. The second part of the book looks at the fish themselves and the general merits, habitats, feeding and breeding requirements of many fish in each of the major groups. Written in a no-nonsense, practical style and illustrated throughout, this is the book that every aquarium owner must own.
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Following on from its hugely successful launch in 1999, Collins Bird Guide -- the ultimate reference book for bird enthusiasts -- now enters its second edition. With expanded text and additional colour illustrations, the second edition of the hugely successful Collins Bird Guide is a must for every birdwatcher. The book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, covering size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and illustrations showing the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding: whatever is important). In addition, each group of birds includes an introduction which covers the major problems involved in identifying or observing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which main species. These and many other common birdwatching questions are answered. The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide, essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.
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Gallop your way to successful horse care with this comprehensive manual. Comprehensive, fully illustrated and up-to-date, "Complete Horse Care Manual" is a thoroughbred guide to horse care. An excellent working relationship with your horse is based on understanding and communication. These lie at the heart of this practical guide. From day-to-day upkeep, stabling, and grooming, to nursing a sick horse and first-aid techniques, this accessible handbook will appeal to all horse lovers. With over 650 specially commissioned photographs and diagrams, step-by-step sequences tell you all you need to know about caring for your horse. A detailed guide to ailments allows you to recognize common problems and deal with them efficiently. Practical suggestions for daily, monthly, and annual routines will ensure you keep your horse healthy and comfortable throughout the year.
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This book looks at fish babies, and examines how fish babies are born, how they are cared for, how they develop, and differences and similarities between baby fish and their parents. The book also includes a picture glossary of key and difficult terms, and a page showing the life cycle of a fish.
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Like a field guide to marine aquarium fishes, this first PocketExpert? Guide offers a quick but authoritative reference for identifying, buying, and keeping more than 500 popular saltwater species. Designed by a team of marine enthusiasts and aquarium professionals, this information-packed handbook covers all of the fishes most often seen by hobbyists. "One species per page" listing offers concise, clear advice and data on: scientific and common names, maximum length, range, minimum aquarium size, foods and feeding, aquarium suitability, reef aquarium compatibility, behavior, and captive care advice. Included are all 29 major families and groups of marine aquarium fishes, ranging from angelfishes, butterflyfishes, and cardinalfishes to surgeonfishes, triggerfishes, and wrasses.
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This title offers a guide to the world of arthropods, covering many insect orders, including beetles, flies, stick insects, dragonflies, ants and wasps, as well as microscopic creatures. It provides a fascinating overview of insects and spiders, including their habitats and classification, all shown in over 195 beautiful photographs and illustrations. All aspects of insect life are covered, such as the way insects defend themselves and how they are able to jump, leap and fly. It describes cryptic coloration, and the way insects can use camouflage to blend into their background and escape attack from predators. It offers various methods of feeding are discussed, from biting and chewing to lapping, sucking, piercing and filter feeding, according to their different mouthparts. It outlines their useful role in pollination of crops, production of honey, and removing insect pests. In the arthropoda phylum, insects are one of the most successful species, and spiders are one of the largest groups. This book studies how they organize their lives. The first section provides information of every aspect of insect life: evolution, anatomy, life cycles, flight and social organization. The last section describes the 30 orders within the class Insecta, demonstrating the huge variety of insects, from microscopic creatures to giant stick insects and large beetles. Typical features of insects in each order are highlighted. With expert text, illustrations and clear photographs, this guide will be enjoyed by all who take an interest in natural history.
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This manual presents detailed advice on housing, proper nutrition, health care, play activities, training, and much more for your rabbit. An updated addition to Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series, this book has been written primarily for prospective and inexperienced pet owners, as well as for older children who are learning about responsible pet care, Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals present basic pet care information. The many titles in this series cover all popular dog and cat breeds, bird varieties, hamsters and other small caged animals, aquarium fish varieties, terrarium pets, and even reptiles, amphibians, and exotics. Each title features approximately 70 colour photos and advises on acquiring an animal, housing, feeding, health care--and, where applicable, grooming and training.
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The habitats of Great Britain, Europe and Africa boast some of the most interesting and adaptable members of the avian world. This accessible and fully illustrated guide presents some of the rare and familiar species of these lands. From the tiny malachite sunbird to the enormous ostrich; from the grace of a mute swan to the striking casque of an African crowned hornbill - each has the power to enthrall.An expert, accessible introduction explains how birds evolved, bird behaviour, practical tips on fieldcraft, and the different habitats in which birds can be found. A directory of over 560 species features intricate colour artworks, and details everything from variable plumage to bill shapes, distribution, size, food, eggs and nests. The birds are grouped by habitat and type - including oceanic, estuarine, freshwater, woodland, open country and urban species. With over 535 individual colour illustrations and photographs, this comprehensive visual encyclopedia is a classic reference for all bird enthusiasts.
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