K9 Complete Care: A Manual for Physically and Mentally Healthy Working Dogs by Resi GerritsenK9 Complete Care: A Manual for Physically and Mentally Healthy Working Dogs by Resi Gerritsen

K9 Complete Care: A Manual for Physically and Mentally Healthy Working Dogs

byResi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak

Hardcover | December 15, 2003

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K9 Complete Care is aimed at the owners, trainers and handlers of working dogs, although there is much here for pet owners as well. Experienced trainers Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak provide a detailed overview of caring for a working dog. They begin by looking at whether dogs should be trained for work, and what considerations should apply before a dog is put to work. Safe warm-up and cool down exercises are offered, as well as ways to improve your dog’s general fitness level and ability to endure the stresses of K9 work.

The authors also examine various areas of dog health, including skin, coat, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, feet and anal and genital areas. Each section includes information on common diseases and parasites, as well as possible injuries and ailments and how to handle them. Also included are tips for basic care such as taking a dog’s temperature and other vital signs, administering medication, care for injured or ailing dogs, and how to prolong the careers of older working dogs.

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak are world-renowned specialists in the field of dog work and the authors of more than 30 titles on dog training. They train search and rescue dogs for the International Red Cross and the United Nations (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), and they have trained drug and explosive detecto...
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Title:K9 Complete Care: A Manual for Physically and Mentally Healthy Working DogsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:180 pages, 9.33 × 7.58 × 0.61 inShipping dimensions:9.33 × 7.58 × 0.61 inPublished:December 15, 2003Publisher:Brush EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155059253X

ISBN - 13:9781550592535

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IntroductionIn many aspects K9 Complete Care is a remarkable book. Of course, all the information about caring for the healthy working dog can be found in it, such as caring for the dog’s skin, coat, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, feet and the anal region.But first we will discuss if the use of K9s in operational service is allowed, and under what conditions this may happen. We also take a closer look at the physical load of working dogs, and in order to get long-active K9s, we present easy-to-perform exercises for a safe warm-up and cool down, which will help avoid injuries.Because K9s always have to be in a perfect general condition, we also describe the way to improve and stabilize the dog’s physical, mental and working condition, and its stamina. Special attention will be paid to endurance training and the training sequences, the stressors, stress symptoms and the anti-stress actions, and also to aspects like motivation and concentration in dogs to improve their working condition.Among many other things, like injuries, physiotherapy, internal and external parasites, we also take a look at the limits of the dog’s capabilities for working in extreme situations, like extreme heat and cold. And we will finish the book with a chapter about older K9s and suggestions to delay physical and mental problems in aging dogs.The authors would like to thank Dr. Thomas Brown, DVM, and Dr. Glen Wright, DVM, for their veterinary contribution and advice, as well as Sharon Serne and Linda Berry for reading the manuscript.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Use of dogs in operational service
2. The three conditions of the dog
3. Working in extreme weather conditions
4. Injuries and physiotherapy
5. Parasites
6. The skin and coat
7. The eyes
8. The ears
9. The nose
10. The teeth and tongue
11. The pads and nails
12. The anal area
13. Finishing an active life
14. Practical information