Pomeranians For Dummies
Illustrated with dozens of heart-melting photos of Poms in-action, Pomeranians For Dummies helps you to guarantee that you and your little buddy have a long, happy life together. D. Caroline Coile, PhD, has written 26 books and more than 300 articles about dogs. She has received numerous awards and has taught college classes in psychology and animal learning.
Pomeranians For Dummies
S o you're thinking about getting a Pom? Maybe you know you want one but you're wondering how to find a good one. Or just maybe you're already a proud Pom parent and want to find out more about sharing your life with your puffy pal. Whatever your reasons, you're off to a great start by discovering more about one of dogdom's cutest breeds.
Have you heard the saying that small dogs are just big dogs in little bodies? That's certainly true with Poms - the heart of a lion and the looks of a miniature lion. That fun little package has a lot of good stuff packed into it, and I wrote this book the same way - lots of stuff in a fun little package. I hope you'll have fun (and learn a lot) exploring both.
About This Book
This book is for prospective and current Pomeranian owners. It has all the information you need to get you from your first notion of wanting a Pom all the way through the next decade and more. In these pages you find answers to questions like the following:
Am I insane for even thinking about getting a dog?
Is a tiny dog right for me?
What's special about Poms compared to other toy dogs?
How do I find a good, healthy Pomeranian and avoid getting ripped off?
How do I get ready for my new puffball of a dog?
How do I introduce my new Pom to the world around him so he's a well-adjusted dog?
Why are frequent feedings sometimes a matter of life and death for tiny dogs, especially puppies?
Is it hard to keep her coat looking good?
How can I stop these puddles on the floor?
Is there a secret to training this dog?
How do I cope with bad behaviors?
How do I know whether my dog is sick, and what do I do?
How do I get started with the fun stuff?
You may be more interested in some of these questions than others. That's fine. Feel free to skip around. You won't hurt my feelings. Go ahead and mark up pages and highlight points, too. This is a reference book, meant to be dog-eared and dog-chewed. That just shows you've put it to good use.
Conventions Used in This Book
To help you find what you want quickly, I use a few conventions when it comes to typeface.
Italic is used to highlight new terms that are defined in the text.
Boldface is used to indicate the action part of numbered steps.
Monofont is used for Web and e-mail addresses.
In the interest of gender quality, I vary the wording so that some sections refer to a male Pomeranian and some to a female. Unless I'm discussing the features of one sex exclusively, the text with male or female pronouns applies to both sexes.
What You're Not to Read
Of course, I hope you read every one of the golden and invaluable words in this book. But even I have to admit you don't have to read it all in order to be a good and informed Pomeranian owner. You can skip the nonessential stuff, and I've even made it easy for you to identify what's skippable:
Text in sidebars: Those shaded boxes you see here and there contain interesting but not really essential information. You can save those for leisure reading.
Text highlighted with a Technical Stuff icon: As much as it pains me to say this, you don't really have to read these sections - even though I think they're the most interesting parts. (Besides, they give you some great stuff to bore your friends with!) I always summarize the info elsewhere so you don't have to dig through the why of everything.
When I was writing this book, I made some assumptions - I hope not too foolish - concerning you and what sort of information you want to find:
You're considering a Pomeranian but you know that dogs dif