The Total Dog Manual

The Total Dog Manual

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The definitive resource for dog owners – all you ever need to know from how to choose and understand your dog through to training and caring. This will help all dog owners to have the best possible relationship with your dog throughout their life.


This definitive guide has everything a dog owner needs to know about our canine companions, from training and grooming tips to understanding how your dog sees the world. It outlines intelligent safe steps to follow when looking to choose and introduce a new dog into the family home.

The information falls into four main chapters, with each subject being broken down into an easy to understand format full of advice, tips and information.

  • Basics: Covers finding your new best friend, creating a welcoming environment and how to develop a bond.
  • Behaviour: Why do dogs jump so much? Why is my dog constantly chasing its tail? Find these answers and so much more to understand how to communicate more effectively with your pet.
  • Training: Tired of your dog slobbering on your face? Trying to minimise mouthing? Want to teach an old dog new tricks? Look no further for the instructions and top tips on curbing bad habits, and how to deal with the challenges and rewards of introducing a puppy or adult dog to a new home and family.
  • Care: Is his fur a tangled mess? What kind of collar should you get? What do you do during a thunderstorm? Learn everything you need to know to keep your dog safe and happy.

For new and experience dog owners alike, all the information you need to understand your new puppy or old friend is now right at your fingertips, and with over 700 photographs and illustrations throughout this really is the perfect one-stop family essential on how-to nurture one of life’s most precious bonds.


David Meyer is the President and Co-Founder of In 2000 Meyer and like-minded friends conceived In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Meyer volunteered to co-lead the pet rescue efforts in New Orleans where over 17,000 stranded pets were saved. This in turn lead the organisation to be renamed in 2008. 

Abbie Moore and Dr Pia Salk are also part of the organisation, a non-profit pet adoption website.

Book Specifications

Additional Information

Sub Heading Meet, Train and Care for Your New Best Friend
ISBN 9781846892226
Author David Meyer, Abbie Moore and Dr Pia Salk
Binding Paperback
Extent 240 x 190mm, 292 pages
Illustrations 700 colour photographs and drawings
Ebook No

'A great read for a new owner and I would definitely recommend it.' Horse and Countryside


'For anyone thinking of buying a dog for Christmas this book is one to read. Dealing with everything from the best breed for your family to avoiding puppy farms, it contains 700 photographs and drawings. There are many reasons to own a pet from health benefits to the family taking exercise but it is a big responsibility and the authors have covered exactly what a new owner needs to know in four sections – Basics, Behaviour, Training and Care.' Devon Life


'Although The Total Dog Manual is written with the complete novice dog owner in mind, the depth and diversity of information covered means even the most experienced dog owner is guaranteed to discover much more about their dog. It really is a complete one-stop book for potential dog owners, with all areas of dog ownership covered in great detail. You really do sense a genuine love of dogs from the author of this book, with care and consideration for the needs of dogs emphasised throughout the manual. Highly recommended.' Pet Owners Association (Read the full review here)

'Full of advice, tips and information, which prove perfect for the whole family to refer to.' Rescue and Animal Care Magazine

‘ has a very simple to follow format, plenty of fun pictures of dogs and examples made the book great to read. Written with a clear layout and very understandable. It offered many tips from finding the right food to training. Overall a great read for a new owner and I would definitely recommend it.’ Horse and Countryside

'Everything you need to know about our canine companions, from training and grooming tips to understanding how your dog sees the world.' Your Dog

'A lovely laid out book, carefully illustrated with numbered tips for you to refer to. The manual is an ultimate book for dog lovers. It would make an excellent and invaluable read for the first time dog owner whether that being taking on a puppy or an older rescue dog. However, this would sit very happily on the shelf of any home with dogs which can be referred to at ease answering your canine questions. A super book for any dog owner.' Haynet (Read the full review here)

'Training a dog is time-consuming and it is easy to make mistakes. There plenty of manuals to help, but few that take such a logical and straightforward approach as The Total Dog Manual, subtitled: Meet, train and care for your new best friend. Written by David Meyer, Abbie Moore and Dr Pia Salk, it sets out to tackle all the issues of dog ownership through a pet’s life in numbered subject headings from No 1 (find a friend for life) to No 267 (share your grief) and No 268 (find a new friend). Along the way it offers sensible advice on the best dog to suit your circumstances and lifestyle, dos and don’ts of training, dealing with ailments, breaking bad habits and getting the most out of dog ownership, for you and for the dog.' Western Morning News 

'The Total Dog Manual is ideal for anyone considering taking on a dog as a pet and wants a book that covers all aspects of dog ownership. The book is split nicely into basics, behaviour, training and care to ensure both first time dog owners and experienced dog owners get a good knowledge of all things related to owning a dog.' Samantha Wong, Haynet 

'Both novice and experienced dog owners will welcome this user friendly book which crammed gull of easy to follow hints about every form of canine behaviour. Particularly useful are the illustrations photographs, many of which are helpfully amusing. There are bound to be aspects of etiquette, conduct and comportment which have never crossed your mind so this is a most welcome book.' This England





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