When you are about to look into getting a new family member, you will want to do some research. Dogs are a wonderful part of most families, however, they are a lot of work so you will want to find out everything you can that will help you and your family and new pet be successful.
We were very fortunate that our breeder, Ronnie Copland, previously of Elgin, Illinois, provided us with our Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers – A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual, written by Margaret H. Bonham. She also provided us with a complete manual of her own origin, also very helpful.
So, this Friday, for my book review, I would like to look at the first of these helpful manuals, published with helpful information and advice that will help you to make wise decisions about the care of your dog.
Included in the text is a basic understanding of this breed of dog and advice that will help you to choose one of these dogs or puppies by providing you with details about an understanding of the traits, sex, and age of the dog. Once you make that decision, you will then have to learn about what you can expect, where your dog will stay, how to dog-proof your home, choosing a vet, teething, car rides, first days and nights in the new residence and how to introduce your dog to other family members and other animals.
Next you can learn about the health and grooming techniques of your dog. These chapters will tell you about what a basic check-up should entail, home care, vaccinations, what parasites your dog can pick up, fleas, ticks, heartworm, dental care, emergencies and congenital and hereditary problems.
The grooming chapter explains all about good grooming habits. It also explains all of the grooming tools you will want to purchase and when you should groom. It also gives a detailed analysis of grooming and bathing and provides you with beautiful colored photos showing grooming results.
Many people who purchase these dogs will want to breed them or show them in dog shows thus recouping some of their cost. The last chapters of this book explain about spaying and neutering and if your want to make this decision or if you are getting the dog as part of the family as opposed to showing the dog.
If you want to show your SCWT, there is advice in the manual for this as well. There are also breeding considerations and mating details as well as pregnancy and gestation data, whelping and newborn puppy care. This book has it all!
The greatest thing about the Barron’s Complete Pet Owner Manuals is that they are just not for Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. They are for most every breed of dog available. Pick one up if you are considering adding a dog to your family. They are a quick and easy read packed with details and advice. Good luck!