Selecting, Caring for and Training Pets

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Selecting, Caring for and Training Pets

Find Resources to Help You With Your Animal

Have a pet? Or just thinking of getting one?

The resources below can help you choose which pet is right for you, or help you with the one you have.

Selection and Care of Dogs

The Dog Bible
I Just Got a Puppy.  What Do I Do?
How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With
How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend

Training a Dog

No Bad Dogs: the Woodhouse Way
New Art of Dog Training
Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding & Correcting Common Dog Problems


Cat Care
Understanding Your Cat
The Character of Cats
Cat vs. Cat

Hamsters and Gerbils

The Essential Hamster


Saltwater Aquarium Fishes
Fell's Beginner's Guide to Tropical Fish
Looking After Freshwater Aquarium Fish

Guinea Pigs and Rabbits

My Guinea Pig
The Rabbit: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet


Looking After Cage Birds

Reptiles and Amphibians

A-Z of Snake Keeping
Keeping Reptiles and Amphibians


The Tarantula Keeper's Guide

Wildlife Friendly Backyards

Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife

If you cannot find the suggested books, please see the librarian for more suggestions or to get books from other branches of the DC Public Library.

Web Sites

Please note that DC Public Library does not endorse any Web sites.  Please also note that, in addition to providing free information, some of these are commercial Web sites whose intent is to sell their services and/or products.

Cesar's Way
Questions can be submitted on this web site.

Capital Dog Training Club
A D.C. area dog training group.

Bird Care Guide
A comprehensive source of information about caring for birds.

Ferrets as Pets
Things to consider before getting a ferret.

Information and links on a wide variety of pets.

The Butterfly Website
Attracting butterflies to your yard.