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Why another dog book?
Simply because there is a need for up-to-date information on the care and training of our fast-growing dog population.
When I became Manager of the Bide-A-Wee Home for Animals in 1951, there were 20 million dogs in the United States. In 1956, when I joined the staff of the Gaines Dog Research Center, the dog population jumped to over 23 million. Now we have more than 25 million dogs. And the dog population shows signs of increasing.
Keeping pace with the growth of the dog population are advances in canine medicine and surgery, nutrition, dog behavior and obedience training. All of these, when translated into lay language, are of invaluable help in keeping our dogs the best-fed and best-cared for pets in the world.
The Complete Book of Dog Training and Care is up-to-date and contains useful information. It is the distillation of more than twenty years of experience with dogs and the people who owned them. Reading it will not make you a dog expert, but it will help make you an expert on your dog. J. J. McCoy
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Bark collars are a specific type of training tool that is ideal for dogs with a natural tendency to bark excessively, or more than usual for any reason. Bark collars are designed to provide negative reinforcement in reaction to the unwanted barking behavior. Over time, the dog will learn to avoid the behavior in order to avoid the negative reinforcement.