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The Irrepressible Toy Dog
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The first book of its kind for owners and potential owners of dogs 20 lbs. and under. This book follows the Toy dog from neonate to old companion, looking at the importance of training and socialization, housebreaking problems, special nutrition needs and more. A very thorough chapter on health care examines problems unique to Toys, including unhealthy knees, bad teeth and special anesthesia risks. —Foreword by Betty White
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The first book of its kind for owners and potential owners of dogs 20 lbs. and under. This book follows the Toy dog from neonate to old companion, looking at the importance of training and socialization, housebreaking problems, special nutrition needs and more. A very thorough chapter on health care examines problems unique to Toys, including unhealthy knees, bad teeth and special anesthesia risks. —Foreword by Betty White

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This book broke new ground. For the first time, small dogs were recognized as being different from larger dogs. Owners and potential owners were finally given the information they would need to properly choose, raise and train a small dog.

About Darlene

I was born at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts where Jack Lemmon made his appearance in the elevator many years before. My mother managed to make it all the way to the delivery room. It seems as if I’ve always written although my first career was as a hyphenate...

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Author's Publishing Notes

From the Back Cover<br />&quot;Toy dogs come with all the behavior issues, health problems and joys that other dogs have, plus a whole set of unique problems and joys of their own. This is the first book that takes a look at all of the exclusively Toy joys and traumas—and that makes it a must-buy for everyone who has a Toy dog or is thinking about getting one.&quot; —Ross Becker, Publisher, Good Dog! Magazine<br />&quot;The voice of experience speaks about the hidden (and not so hidden) life of Toy dogs. Darlene Arden's sensible and practical advice is a must for would-be Toy dog owners. —Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Tufts University, Author of The Dog Who Loved Too Much<br /><br />&quot;Arden is a very knowledgeable lover of Toy breeds of dog. The Irrepressible Toy Dog is a must read for anyone who has or is contemplating making a Toy breed part of their life.&quot; —Gus Thornton, DVM, President, MSPCA/American Humane Education Society<br /><br />&quot;I highly recommend The Irrepressible Toy Dog to anyone owning or considering the ownership of a Toy breed. With an entertaining but direct and succinct approach, Darlene Arden provides the necessary education to be responsible and sensitive owners of our small canine friends.&quot; —Paul C. Gambardella, VMD, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital.<br /><br />&quot;Written with the heart and experience only a true Toy breed devotee knows, Darlene Arden has compiled a book that provides practical guidance to all fanciers—both long-time and novice—about caring for and responsible ownership of these precious petite breeds.&quot; —Donna L. Marcel, Editor, Dog World<br /><br />&quot;If you've never considered yourself a 'small dog person,' this book could change your mind. If you've always loved Toys, you'll feel vindicated. And if you're considering a change of dog to a smaller breed this book will help you to avoid what could be fatal mistakes. The Irrepressible Toy Dog provides good advice for anyone with a dog, but for the Toy person it's a gift of understanding that will shatter the myth that all little dogs are or should be nasty, snappy brats. Brava!&quot; —Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine<br />A Howell Dog Book of Distinction