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Take the Lead: How to Care for Your Dog

A fun and practical guide to caring for dogs and puppies.

How to be your best friend’s best friend

For thousands of years, dogs and people have looked after each other, played, grown and learned together. It is the greatest friendship that there is.

Introducing children to the responsibility and fun that comes with owning a dog. From exercise and play to comfort and care this book is an ideal guide for children who already have a dog, would like a dog or love learning about dogs. Dogs and children can be great friends and having a dog can help children develop kindness, understanding and respect for all living things. Dog companionship can improve a child’s social skills with people and caring for a pet can encourage responsibility. The aim of this book is to keep child and dog safe and happy as well as promoting animal welfare.

This fun and engaging guide will teach you

  • how to choose your dog and find a perfect name
  • how dogs think
  • training, tricks and play
  • grooming, health and nutrition
  • how to be the best dog owner you can be

The essential guide if you have, or are thinking of getting, a dog

“from working out if you and your family are ready for a dog, to choosing the right breed, this attractive pocket-sized paperback is full of useful information for young dog owners. It covers all kinds of practical things from naming your dog, to the hows and whys of setting house rules for both dogs and humans, and it also includes lots of important and easy-to-follow training tips. The friendly-looking, colourful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Jennifer Farley add to the book’s appeal, and it comes with a recommendation from dog trainer and vet, Gillian Hick”

Irish Independent

“it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a small child in possession of anyone to pester, must be in want of a dog. Thanks to Take the Lead, a lovely new book by Elena Browne, and endorsed by vet Gillian Hick, you can make sure your child knows what they’re talking about when they say “but I PROMISE to look after it all by myself!”

Irish Times


Elena Browne



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