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Second hand book from Momox Ltd
on 19 November 2013
This book was recommended to me. It is quite expensive and as I had no idea of the content I chose a second-hand edition. Very pleased I did; for less than £8.00 including P&P., the book appears new though it came without a dust-jacket.
The first page I opened was page 86. and I read about Papillons. Fennell states, they need little exercise. This is incorrect, Papillons are Toy Spaniels and as such require lots of exercise and the chance to use their brains. They are intelligent, hardy and fun dogs.
My dog is a Golden Retriever pup age 11months, I have researched a great deal on neutering and of cause have talked to my vet about neutering. I looked for Fennell's theories. She covers neutering on pages 165-7 except she doesn't. There is no indepth information why neutering should or should not be done or at what age.
Anyone may research neutering on Google or by any other means and will find a wealth of up to date information on this subject but not in Fennell's book. Yet, she explains on page164 the reproductive cycle of a bitch with more detail than many layperson might require.
Page 173 and onwards, when Fennell's 'pup' is nine months old, she covers how to teach a puppy stay and recall . Except this exercise is taught to pups at 12 weeks onwards. Pups need to know recall or 'come' and stay as soon as possible, ready for when they run free on walks. This taught discipline is very important and may save a pups life one day. A nine month old pup may very well be able to gently walk, play or romp a mile without any hardship or strain on it's growing body and it should have learnt recall and stay months ago.
Flicking through this book, I think Jan Fennell knows her subject for the most part but I do not recommend her book because we dog lovers can find all these topics covered for free in libraries and on-line, without having to pay for this expensive book.