This book would not have been possible without the support of my husband, Bradford J. Wood, M.D. Brad provided me with a never-ending supply of patience and emotional and financial support. In spite of having very limited free time because of his work as a family physician, he gave it up without complaint to take the photographs for the book. He is truly "the wind beneath my wings."

A special thank you must go to my good friend, Nancy Heckman. She proofread the entire first manuscript and the parts I rewrote for this book. When I needed to talk about my writing, Nancy patiently listened on our many dog walks together. Our dog walks keep me sane!

Because I wanted a variety of dogs in the pictures for this book, I had to ask for the help of many friends to pose for them. I want to thank all of them and their cooperative dogs for their time and patience. I especially want to thank the members of the Carlisle Dog Club, who were all very supportive. I also want to thank all of my students and their dogs from whom I have learned what I shared with you in this book.

As I have worked on the changes for this Making Friends, my beautiful, faithful Irish Setter, Kyra, has always been lying right beside my chair. Now, that's a friend.

Making Friends could not have been written without the help of many friends, both canine and human. Thank you to all of them!

It's best to begin training when your puppy is 9 to 12 weeks old.


A good relationship with your dog is based on understanding and positive training.

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Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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