A Double Header: POUNCE! & FETCH!

It’s National Dog Week and next month on October 29th we celebrate National Cat Day. If your family has recently added a new feline or canine member to the family you must have these books. Intended for ages 8-12, renowned vet Dr. Gary Weitzman takes readers on a journey to train their new pet.

Here’s what to expect:

Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide – Whether teaching a puppy the basics — such as “sit,” “stand,” and “stay” — correcting behavioral problems, or training your pooch to perform more advanced tricks, this comprehensive guide will take you through all the steps to have your canine answering your call in no time. Kids will bond with their pups through structured lessons that showcase easy-to-follow instructions and commands. Additional content introduces readers to Hollywood hounds, dogs on the job, how to make your own dog toys and famous canines through history. 

Learn fun ways to solve these training conundrums:·       

  • How do I decode my dog’s behavior so I know when it’s good (or bad) timing to train them?
  • How do I keep my dog calm?
  • When is it a good idea to give my dog a treat? What kinds of treats would you recommend
  • What kind of leashes do you recommend
  • Why is there no such thing as a bad dog? Should I punish my dog for bad behavior
  • What should I do about: Leash pulling, jumping on guests, and “accidents” in the house?

Pounce! A How To Speak Cat Training Guide –  Whether you want to train your kitty to walk on a leash or are trying to teach your cat to use a scratching post instead of the couch, Pounce! will take you through all the steps you need to know to get started. Kids and their parents will learn basic training, corrective training, and tricks they can do with their cats. Fun special features introduce readers to famous trained cats, felines in ancient Egypt, and so much more. 

Get easy-to understand answers and solutions to these feline training questions:·       

  • Can you really train a cat
  • How do I get my cat into their cat carrier
  • What does it mean when my cat’s tail swishes a lot
  • How do I solve my cat’s: chewing, urinating outside the kitty litter box, going crazy at night etc…?
  • What are hunting games? Why are they important for cats?

The organization of each book couldn’t have been better. They begin with necessary information about the specie with insights as to how the animal thinks. Then it’s time to try out some tricks beginning with the basic and continuing on up to the harder ones.

Adorable color pictures accompany each section and there’s even a problem solving chapter. Here you get detailed information when you need to change an undesirable pet behavior. From not utilizing the litter box for cats to excessive barking in dogs.

At the end is a quiz to see if you have mastered the essential techniques along with a handy resource section for further learning and growth. Even I learned a new things along the way and I’ve been a lifelong pet lover.

Order your copy today. You and your pet will surely be the winners. If you need more convincing, my adopted best friend gives her own hearty recommendation.


Gary Weitzman joined San Diego Humane Society as its President and CEO in 2012. A Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, he has served as Chair of the Board of the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and is currently a board member of Shelter Animals Count, and Mama’s Kitchen, a San Diego nonprofit committed to providing food for people with chronic illnesses. An Air Force veteran, he earned a double BA in Biology and English from Colby College, a Master’s in International Public Health from Boston University and his DVM from Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Weitzman was the former co-host of the nationally distributed public radio program The Animal House which ran for 7 years, and is the author of eight books published by National Geographic: Everything Dogs, How to Speak Dog, How to Speak Cat, The Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness and from National Geographic Kids are Dog Breed Guide, and Cat Breed Guide.


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2 Responses to A Double Header: POUNCE! & FETCH!

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I’ve seen these around before and they sound really good. I enjoy reading books like this to give me ideas and learn new things.

  2. What delightful books to give to children with pets. I enjoyed your description — it sounds like it’s more than a how-to manual. Great pictures. We could all use some new ideas to try with our pets.

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