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 From the Preface

"The most important requirement of a working terrier is an owner that will work it. Sadly, this is a commodity in short supply and appears to have never been very common. One obstacle, I think, has been the lack of practical information on the basic elements of terrier work. Hopefully this little book will help fill that void."

 From Chapter 7

"I started hunting alone, with a dog that was too big, and with a laughable set of tools. I didn’t own a pole snare, barely knew how to work a Deben collar, and had only the vaguest sense of what my options were once I dug down to the quarry.

Most of the terrier books were a wonder - not one mentioned a bar, none described how to dig a hole deeper than two feet, dispatch was never described, and locating a fox sette was a topic missed entirely.

If nets were mentioned, they did not explain how to set them, nor was the slightest mention made of washing out a dog’s eyes at the end of a dig. Veterinary advice, if given, seemed to have been gleaned from some 19th Century tome. Coal-tar was advised as a curative for mange, for example, but basic antibiotics for lacerations were never suggested."

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Copyright Year: © 2005 

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American Working Terriers

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This is the book on American working terriers you always always wished someone would write: 
Practical, common sense, terrier work for the beginner, laid out in a clear no-nonsense style with chapters on the history of working terriers in Europe and America, along with sections on introducing young dogs to work, tools, technique, American terrier quarry, hazards, and veterinary care for working dogs.

The sections on veterinary care and tools alone will save most people more money than the cost of this book, while the tips on digging, locator collars, skunk toxic shock, and handling quarry at the end of a dig, may save you more than money.

This book is about working terriers, but if you show, breed or judge any type of terrier, you will find this book an eye-opener. Chapter One, for example, explains why (and how) the development of dog shows resulted in the elevation of linked structural characteristics that have resulted in breed after terrier breed disappearing from the working field, while Chapter Four explains what is really required in a good working terrier.

275+ pages with 80 photos and illustrations.

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Chapter 1: A Quick Sweep of European Terrier History

Sections:  Enter the Dog . First Movements From France . Malthus, Darwin, and the Enclosure Movement . Jack Russell and the First Working Terriers . Classy People and Their Classy Dogs . The Rise of Animal Rights Rhetoric . Early Organized Terrier Work . The RSPCA’s New Cause . Foolish Youth . Bulldozers and "The Ban"

Chapter 2: A Quick Sweep of American Terrier History

Sections:  Our Founding Terrier . Shooting Out the Land . Crowded Cities . Popular Pets . Hook and Bullet Conservation . Early American Working Terriers . The American Working Terrier Association . The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America . The American Kennel Club Embraces the Jack Russell . The United Kennel Club Earthwork Program . A Few Small Working Dogs in a Very Big Country

Chapter 3: American Quarry and Land

Sections: The Geography of American Terrier Work . The Rise of American Hedgerows . Groundhog Life and Habitat . Raccoon Life and Habitat . Red Fox Life and Habitat . Gray Fox Life and Habitat . Opossum Life and Habitat . American Badger Life & Habitat . A Few Notes on Dens and Burrows . Comparing Apples and Eggs

Chapter 4: The American Working Dog

SectionsFantasy Diggers . A Proper Dog . Span Quarry Before Buying Dogs . Reality Comes to the Rally . A Useful Dog . The Size of American Working Terriers . What is a Puddin? . Balancing Points . A Question of Breed . Locating the Right Dog

Chapter 5: Early Training

Sections:  Under Six Months . Six to 10 Months . Long Tunnel Construction & Training . Using Quarry . Putting It All Together . Explode the Code Within . The Pull and Recall

Chapter 6: Tools

Sections:  Picking the Right Shovel . Making Your Shovel More Useful . Digging Bars . Posthole Diggers . Making a Two-Piece Shovel . The Digging Spoon or Bertha . Deben and Other Types of Terrier Locators . Preparing the Mark I Deben Collar and Box . Snare Poles, Coon Tongs and Fox Nets . Tie Outs . Eyewash Bottles . Yoho and Scraper . Scale, Tape and Camera . Belt Bags, Knife, Flashlight, Saw . Machete . A Small First Aid Kit . Water Bottles . How to Carry It All 

Chapter 7: Technique

Sections:  Getting and Keeping Farm Permissions . Walking the Land . A Day in the Field . Dogs on the Ground . How to Use a Deben Box and Collar . How to Dig a Hole . Handling Live Quarry . Dispatch . The End of the Day

Chapter 8: Health Care for Working Terriers

Sections:  Chronic Problems . Critical Problems . A Complete Vet Kit for Truck or Car . How to Glue a Wound . Antibiotics for Working Dogs . Skunk Toxic Shock . Reducing Skunk Stink . Fleas, Ticks and Mange . Ring Worm . Ear Mites


Sections:  A Brief Chronology of John Russell and Arthur Heinemann . A Brief History of the Working Border Terrier . A Brief History of the Jagt or German Hunt Terrier . A Brief History of the Patterale Terrier . Summary Data on the Size of American Working Terriers . A Quick Survey of Ten Common Canine Diseases . Vaccines for Less . How to Release a Dog from a Conibear Trap . A Fox Year: The Vulpine Calendar of Life . Scat Identification for the North American Working Terrier Enthusiast . Track Identification for the North American Working Terrier Enthusiast. A Visual Field Guide to Fox Dens . Twenty Common Mistakes & Regrets.

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