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Boston: Houghlin Mifflin, 2007. Mehus-Roe, Kristin. Dogs for Kids: Everything You Need to Know About Dogs. Irvine, CA: BowTie Press, 2007. com 45 Index Page numbers for illustrations are in boldface. adaptability, dogs and, 31–33 aging, dogs and, 28, 29 Alaskan huskies, 36 animal shelters, 39 barking, 7, 20 basenji dogs, 20, 29 bears, 33 body language, dogs and, 20 Border collies, 32, 37, 37 breeds, of dogs, 8–11, 12, 32 Canidae family, 19 canine teeth, 13 carnivores, 19 Chihuahuas, 11, 11 claws, 12, 13 coats, 12 color-blindness, 17 communication, dogs and, 20, 22 coyotes, 19, 33 crossbred dogs, 12 dingoes, 19 Doberman pinschers, 36 dog parks, 32–33 dog sleds, 36, 36 "dog years," age and, 28 domestication, of wolves, 5–6 drug-sniffing dogs, 35 ears, 15, 25, 27 emotions, of dogs, 20, 23 English setters, 34 exercise, 31, 32, 33 eyes, 26–27 facial expressions, 20, 22, 23 female dogs, 25, 26, 38, 41 foods, 19, 26, 27, 28 foxes, 19 fur, 12 German shepherds, 37 golden retrievers, 26 greyhounds, 31 guard dogs, 36 health, 41 hearing, sense of, 15, 25, 27 herding dogs, 32, 37, 37 46 hounds, 35 human contact, 32, 40 adaptability and, 31 caring for dogs and, 38, 41 domestication of wolves and, 5–6 puppies and, 28–29 working dogs, 35–38 hunting dogs, 9, 35 incisors, 13 inherited behavior, 6 inner coats, 12 jackals, 18, 19 Jack Russell terriers, 32 Labrador retrievers, 9, 9, 12 large dogs, 31 law enforcement, dogs and, 35 leaders, packs and, 7 life span, of dogs, 29 litters, 25 male dogs, 25, 41 mistreatment and abuse, 38 mongrel dogs, 12 mountain lions, 33 nonsport dogs, 10 noses, 17 omnivores, 19 outer coats, 12 packs, 7 panting, 14, 15 paws, 12, 13 personality, breeds and, 32 pet foods, commercial, 19 pets, dogs as, 5, 31, 32–33, 41 playing, 20, 21, 23 poisons, 19 poodles, 10, 10, 12 predators, 33 pugs, 32 puppies, 24, 25–29, 26, 28, 29, 38, 41 purebred dogs, 12 safety, from predators, 33 Saint Bernards, 8, 8, 31, 35–36 search and rescue dogs, 35–36 Seeing Eye dogs, 37 senses, 15, 17, 25–26 shedding, 12 Siberian huskies, 27, 27 sight, sense of, 17, 25, 26 size, 8, 9, 10, 11, 29, 31 smell, sense of, 15, 17, 25–26 socialization with humans, 28–29 with other dogs, 32–33 spaying and neutering operations, 38, 41 species chart, 8–11 47 sporting dogs, 35 stray dogs, 38, 39 sweat glands, 15 table scraps, 19 tails, wagging, 23 teeth, 13, 27–28 terriers, 32, 37, 38 territory, defending, 7 See also barking toy dogs, 11, 31 veterinarians, 38 walks, 31, 32–33 water dogs, 12 weaning, 28 wild dogs, 19 wolves, 5–7, 6, 19, 33 working dogs, 8, 35–37 About the Author Steven Otfinoski is the author of numerous books about animals.

Large dogs live for an average of about ten years. 29 4 Adaptable Dogs Dogs are adaptable animals. For the last 14,000 years they have learned how to live with humans around the world. Most pet dogs live in the same environment as their masters, but their needs vary with breed and size. Toy dogs and small dogs are often content to live mostly indoors and in small spaces. Medium and large dogs, such as a greyhound or a Saint Bernard, need more space and exercise. They need to be walked outdoors at least twice a day on a leash and, if possible, let loose to run and play in a closed yard or a field in the countryside.

A mistreated dog may become dangerous to other people. It might attack or bite without warning. It is not the dogs that are bad; it is people who train them to do bad things. Other people think they are being good to their dogs when they are actually being cruel. Such people allow their dog to mate with another dog and have babies. Because of this, many unwanted dogs are brought into the world each year. Many of these Did You dogs are abandoned to live on the streets, and they Know . . become a public nuisance and a health hazard.

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