First, here’s what this book is not: It’s not a textbook, nor a long-winded history, nor a rote learning tool. Lots of those kinds of books are on the market, if that’s what you’re looking for. No, Dogs All-in-One For Dummies is a generous conglomeration of practical material from several For Dummies dog books. It aims to cover the gamut, from what those funny “thumbs” are called (dewclaws), to picking out a crate, to the fine art of getting around dog-hostile rules and regulations.
Most of the material within these pages is relevant to any breed and any age of dog, though there are special sections for puppies, and the chapters in Book V cover each breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, one at a time.