Ideas for Selecting, Training and Caring for Your Pet

The hijinks pets pull can take their toll, especially if you’re a new pet owner. Create peace for yourself and your pet and save money by checking out pet books instead of buying them. It’s easy. Just like we have neighborhood topic areas for health and travel, we have one dedicated to everything pets. Hundreds of titles – magazines, books and DVDs – are conveniently shelved together.

Before you opt for obedience training, check out books for a better-behaved dog or cat. We suggest Citizen Canine: 10 Essential Skills Every Well-Mannered Dog Should Know and Before and After Getting Your Puppy. Let American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds help you match a pet with your family’s personality. Barron’s Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds will do the same for potential cat owners. Good cat behavior books include The Smart Guide to Understanding Your Cat and The Complete Cat’s Meow. Also check out harder-to-find titles on exotic pets.

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Discover grooming do’s and don’ts (don’t use human toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth). Learn how to read your pet’s distress signals and which breeds are prone to disease. Pick up training tutorials, from housebreaking to simple commands.

From using the rug as a bathroom to chewing on your slippers, the problems pets create can be irritating. Remember it’s worth it and the library may just be your place to find pet peace. Pet Librarian Marta is here to meet one-on-one to discuss in-depth needs. Schedule a consult with a librarian via the web.

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.