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Preface

Introduction

Part  1: What A Dog Needs

Chapter 1: When A Simple Walk Isn't Nearly Enough

Chapter 2: The Remedy

Chapter 3: The Food Factor

Part 2: The 'Warm-Up'

Chapter 4: Safety And Well-Being When Out And About

Chapter 5: Water In, Water Out...Food In, Food Out

Chapter 6: Protection From The Elements

Chapter 7: The Right Equipment

Part 3: Personal Training Your Dog

Chapter 8: First And Foremost, The Collar

Chapter 9: Walkies

Chapter 10: Pumping Iron

Chapter  11: Indoor Walks - The Treadmill

Chapter 12: In The Park Using A Recall Lead

Chapter 13: Doing The Swim

Chapter 14: Putting The Wheels In Motion

Chapter 15: A Combo Of All The Activities

Chapter 16: Other Activities

Part 4: Odds And Ends

Chapter 17: Being The Best Possible Dog Guardian

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In the words of Mahatma Gandhi:
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!

Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." - Mahatma Gandhi

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