Subjects: Native Americans and Ethnic Groups • Colonial History • Transportation - MaritimeFolklore - Folklife • Outdoor Recreation • Art and Architecture • LiteratureRegions: The Catskills • The Hudson Valley • The Mohawk Valley - Central New YorkThe Adirondacks • The Champlain Valley • New York City and Its WatershedSpecial interests: Horticulture • Regional Mysteries NATIVE AMERICANS ADIRONDACK: Of Indians and Mountains, 1535-1838Stephen J.
Sulavik246 pages, illustrated, 32 color plates, 12 x 9, 200539.00 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press originalThis unique work presents the early history, based on contemporary accounts and maps (many reproduced here for the first time), of the Adirondack and Iroquois Indians and the Adirondack Mountains.The MohicansAileen Weintraub and Shirley W. Dunn with paintings by L. F. Tantillo39 pages, full color, 5.
5 x 8.5, 20086.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press originalA history of the Mohicans from their earliest days in the upper Hudson and Housatanic Valleys to their reservation life today in Wisconsin. For young readers, 9-12The River Indians: Mohicans Making HistoryShirley Dunn135 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 200917.00 paper--A Purple Mountain Press originalAn unfortunate coming together of early factors, such as a rapid Mohican population decline resulting from the Mohawk war and from disease soon after the Dutch arrived, and early Mohican concessions to the Mohawks, led keepers of Indian records to unduly emphasize the Iroquois in the colonial period.
The peaceful coexistence of the Mohicans with the European newcomers, despite enormous provocation, also has led historians to undervalue their presence. ETHNIC GROUPS THE WELSH Memory Stones:A History of the Welsh-Americans in Central New Yorkand Their ChurchesJay G. Williams III239 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1993, first edition16.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThe story of America's largest Welsh settlement from 1795 to the present.
The Travels of Peter Kalm, Finish-Swedish Naturalist,Through Colonial North America, 1748-1751Paula Ivaska Robbins213 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2007, 19.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalLinnaeus, the great Swedish naturalist, sent Peter Kalm, his favorite disciple, to botanize in North America in the mid-eighteenth century. Kalm is remembered today not only for the botanical information and specimans he brought back to Europe but for his journal, a rich source for information about colonial life.
"[W]e must be grateful to Paula Ivaska Robbins for the first general-interest biography of Kalm in English." --The Wall Street Journal THE FRENCH AND INDIAN (SEVEN YEAR'S) WAR "THE ARTILLERY NEVER GAINED MORE HONOUR":The British Artillery in the 1776 Valcour Island and 1777 Saratoga CampaignsDouglas R. Cubbison120 pages, 8.5 x 11, illustrated, 200819.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press originalThis illustrated history highlights the efforts and contributions of the British Corps of Artillery in the Valcour Island campaign of 1776 and the Saratoga Campaign of 1777, recounting the participation by both the British Royal Artillery and that of the Hesse Hanau Artillery, who served as hired allies of the British.
Sons of the Mountains:The Highland Regiments in the French and Indian War, 1756-1767Two volumes by Ian Macpherson McCulloch (sold separately)Volume One: 367 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 200629.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press originalVolume Two: 195 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 200619.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press originalThree proud Highland regiments fought in North America during the Seven Year's War--the 77th Foot (Montgomery's Highlanders), the 78th Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), and the famous Black Watch.
Undoubtedly, the exploits of the 42nd, 77th and 78th Highlanders in some of the most bloody and desperate battles on the North American continent were a critical factor in transforming the overall image of Highlanders from Jacobite rebels to Imperial heroes in the latter half of the 18th century. But the everyday story of these regiments --how they trained, worked, played, fought and died from their own point of view--has never been seriously told before now.
Through So Many DangersThe Memoirs and Adventures of Robert Kirk, Late of the Royal Highland RegimentEdited by Ian M. McCulloch and Timothy J. TodishIntroduction by Stephen Brumwell and Artwork by Robert Griffing174 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 200420.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press originalThis is the first reprint in over 250 years of a young Scot's personal experiences of battle and captivity in the wilderness of North America during the French and Indian War.
This small, obscure book was first published in Limerick, Ireland, 1775. Kirkwood's story constitutes a very rare voice-from-the-ranks account of the conflict, a remarkable chronicle by a private soldier of some of the sharpest woods fighting and skirmishing ever encountered by the British army. At a time when scholarly books and articles on colonial North America's 'backcountry' are emerging thick and fast, Through So Many Dangers offers a fresh and compelling voice from a man who experienced that violent and fascinating world first hand-and who, against all the odds, lived to tell the tale.
The book is fully annotated and indexed. America's First First World WarThe French and Indian War, 1754- 1763Timothy J. Todish124 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 200215.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press originalContrary to the belief of many people, America did not fight her first World War in the trenches of Western Europe in 1917- 1918. The first world war in which America was involved was fought on our own native soil, with an impact on our nation's history at least as signifigant as that of the 1917-1918 war.
Twenty years before the outbreak of the American Revolution, the colonies were locked in a struggle for their very existence- a struggle that rarely receives more thann a passing word in modern day history books.The Annotated and Illustrated Journalsof Major Robert Rogers Timothy J. Todish and illustrated by Gary S. Zaboly341 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 200229.00 Paperback--a Purple Mountain Press originalMajor Robert Rogers of the Rangers is not only one of the most famous men to come out of Colonial America, he is also one of the most fascinating.
This book, reprinted from the rare 1769 Dublin edition of hie Journals, allows the major to tell portions of his life in his own words. To supplement his accounts, numerous annotations have been added by Timothy Todish to give a broader picture of the events described. Most are from eyewitnesses, or at least contemporaries of Rogers. Later secondary sources are used sparingly. Occasionally an annotation, or series of annotations, are used to present tyhe background for the action.
Gary Zaboly's wonderful original illustrations, along with his well-written captions, add an invaluable dimension to this edition. They also fill in some gaps in his life that are not specifically covered in the text of the Journals."A Most Troublesome Situation": The British Military and the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-1764223 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, index, 200620.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThis important history looks at the Pontiac Uprising through the eyes of the British military, yet treats both sides fairly and honestly.
There was legitimacy to the positions of both the British and the Indians, but it was also a brutal war in which both committed extreme, and sometimes unnecessary, acts of violence. Using numerous excerpts from period accounts, the authors tell the story through the eyes and the minds of those who were caught up in it. THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION D I V E !The Story of David Bushnell and His Remarkable 1776 Submarine (and Torpedo)Lincoln Diamant40 pp, illusrated, 6 x 9, 20036.
00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press originalThis true story of the American Revolution tells how a secretive Yankee genius, David Bushnell, set his sights on the Royal Navy and built the world's first submarine to carry the world's first torpedo. It was deployed in Long Island Sound to the consternation of the British fleet. Defending the Hudson in the American RevolutionLincoln Diamant and George S.
Gardner48 pp, illustrated, 6 x 9, 20046.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalFrom the earliest days of the Revolution, it was an article of faith among military planners that whoever dominated the Hudson Valley would control the course of the war. Detailed maps show the precise location of every defensive work in the valley. The Battle of Fort Montgomery: A Short HistoryJan Sheldon Conley37 pages, illustrated, 5.
5 x 8.25, 20026.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original.Forts Montgomery and Clinton, located just south of West Point, were built for the defense of the Hudson Highlands in 1776. It was here that British and loyalist troops overwhelmed Brigadier General George Clinton's outnumbered patriots in October 1777. Although the Americans lost the battle for the Highlands, a relative handful of Americans aided in delaying British reinforcements from joining General John Burgoyne in the upper Hudson Valley and allowed General Horatio Gates to gain much needed militia reinforcements in time to ultimately win Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga.
NEW YORKERS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Marinus Willett: Defender of the Northern FrontierLarry Lowenthal104 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 200015.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalDuring the War for Independence, citizens like Marinus Willett truly risked their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" to establish a republic in which they fervently believed. Willett's bravery and unflinching dedication to the cause of liberty made him a hero of Fort Stanwix in 1777 and saved the Northern Frontier for the patriot cause in 1781.
Sybil Ludington: The Call to ArmsV. T. Dacquino104 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000 15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalSixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington earned a place in American history on a rainy night in 1777 when she rode 40 miles to muster her father's regiment to the defense of New York and Connecticut. Sybil Ludington: Discovering the Life of a Revolutionary War HeroV. T. Dacquino35 pages, full color, 5.
5 x 8.5, 20006.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original for young readers: 9-12Discover the life story of this exceptional woman through the use of original documents. TRANSPORTATION RAILROADS Remembering the New York, Ontario & Western RailwayOswego to Sidney and BranchesJohn Taibi416 pages, 400+ illustrations, 8.5 x 11, 200549.00 signed, limited edition hardcover 32.00 paperbackA Purple Mountain Press originalThis is an historical and personal account of the O&W's Northern Division.
Built as a part of the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad during 1869-70, this portion of the New York, Ontario & Western Railway meandered from one small community to another, those villages embracing the personality and charm of the country railroad they helped to build. Exacting history and personal remembrances are the forte of this latest volume to deal with the lore of the Old & Weary.
This is John Taibi's sixth book to perpetuate the memory of the NYO&WRy. Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 1:Where Did the Tracks Go in the Western Adirondacks?Michael Kudish263 pages, 100+ maps and illustrations, 8.5 x 11, 200525.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThe first of four volumes to trace all of the railroad grades, existing or abandoned, in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains.
It expands on the information published in Railroads of the Adirondacks: A History (Purple Mountain Press, 1996) with 20-25 percent more text and maps.Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 2:Where Did the Tracks Go in the Central Adirondacks?Michael Kudish304 pages, illus., 163 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2007$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalVolume 2 includes railroads which diverged from the New York Central Main Line into the Adirondacks from the south, concentrating on the Adirondack Division, its branches, and its connecting shortlines.
A large section is devoted to the Adirondack Scenic Railway.A LIST OF ALL RAIL LINES COVERED IN VOLUMES 1, 2, 3 and 4Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 3:Where Did the Tracks Go in the Eastern Adirondacks?Michael Kudish336 pages, illus., 190 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2007$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalVolume 3 follows the Delaware & Hudson from Whitehall to the Canadian border.
All its branches and connecting lines are described.Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 4:Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills?Michael Kudish327 pages, illus., 191 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2011$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original This final volume of Mountain Railroads of New York State (1,228 pages in four volumes) covers the Catskills region from the Hudson Valley to the West Branch Delaware River Valley.
Included are the Ulster & Delaware; the Delaware & Northern; the New York, Ontario & Western's Delhi Branch; and the Catskill Mountain Railroad with its connecting narrow-gauged lines in Greene County. A series of short lines that served individual industries and construction sites are also described along with a few railroads that were partially built but never completed. Also included are brief chronologies of the two recent tourist lines: the (second) Catskill Mountain Railroad and the Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride.
A catalog of 379 railroad-related industries and facilities is included, and each rail line is illustrated in detail on the maps.Bridging the Hudson:The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge and Its Connecting Rail Lines, A Many-Faceted HistoryCarleton Mabee296 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2001; reprinted 200624.00 paperback----A Purple Mountain Press originalThe Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge was the first bridge of any kind to be built over the Hudson between New York and Albany, and this book, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carleton Mabee, is the first comprehensive history of the bridge and the rail lines it served.
Twenty-five Years on the ND&CA History of the Newburgh, Dutchess & Connecticut RailroadBernard L. Rudberg207 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 200222.50 paperback The ND&C was the first railroad to run east and west across Dutchess County. Surviving record books provide an intimate glimpse of this early enterprise.Pioneer American Railroads:The Mohawk and Hudson & The Saratoga and SchenectadyF.
Daniel Larkin96 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1995, first edition25.00 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press originalThese were the first two railroads in New York State and the third and fourth in the country to successfully utilize locomotive power in their regular operations. This is the story of their operations, organization and innovations. There is also a chapter on the Buffalo Railroad.The Railroad Switching Terminal at Maybrook, New York:Gateway to the EastMarc Newman85 pages, illustrated, 8.
5 x 11, 2006, first edition12.50 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press originalThe huge rail center at Maybrook was the largest railroad terminal in the East. Started in 1910, it supported the 1200 residents of Maybrook, New York, until 1974. It employed as many as 1500. More than 100 vintage photos and plans. TROLLEYS Trolleys to Glen HavenCharles R. Lowe53 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2000, index, first edition12.
50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press originalThe Glen Haven line connected downtown Rochester with the Glen Haven resort and amusement park area at Glen Haven on Irondequoit Bay. Trolley Trips Through the Hudson Valley, 1911The Trolley Press24 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 1911, reprint, 2nd printing6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press reprintA guide to the maze of interurban trolley lines that once linked communities in the upper Hudson Valley from the City of Hudson north to Warrensburg or northwest to Sacandaga Lake.
Uptown--Downtown; Horsecars--Trolley CarsUrban Transportation in Kingston, New York, 1866-1930Glendon L. Moffet152 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1997, first edition12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalHorsecars replaced omnibuses in the 1860s and were, in turn, replaced by electric trolleys, but few communities saw such bitter rivalry between two competing trolley lines as did Kingston.
MARITIME Always on StationThe Story of the Sandy Hook PilotsFrancis J. Duffy79 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 200417.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThere are few organizations in this country that can trace their founding to more than three hundred years ago as the Sandy Hook Pilots can. Their logo carries the date 1694. They served under two national flags: British and American. Over the centuries, the pilots have weathered many changes, but the United New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Benevolent Association is still safely guiding ships across the bar as they enter and leave the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Death Passage on the Hudson:The Wreck of the Henry ClayKris A. Hansen208 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 200418.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalIt was called a race by some while others denied the accusations. Whatever the truth, the steamboat Henry Clay burned on the shore of the Hudson River at Riverdale taking dozens of innocent lives. Death Passage on the Hudson: The Wreck of the Henry Clay chronicles the catastrophic events that occurred on that July day in 1852 along with its devastating aftermath.
Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake ChamplainRussell R. Bellico396 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2001, revised edition29.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.From the French and Indian Wars to the steamboat era, this is the first new history of the two lakes in over 30 years and covers all of the recent underwater finds. The Old Skillypot and Other Ferryboats of Rondout, Kingston, and RhinecliffGlendon L.
Moffet127 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1997, first edition12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalFerries plied between Kingston-Rondout and what is now Rhinecliff from the earliest times. They also ferried passengers and freight across and along Rondout Creek. This is the story of the rise and fall of those ferries, including the popular Skillypot. Queen of Sea Routes:The Merchants and Miners Transportation CompanyEdward A.
Mueller185 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 200037.50 hardcover--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)Passenger and freight ships from this line steamed into East Coast ports for a hundred years beginning in 1852. SS Independence SS Constitution:Great American Ocean LinersWilliam H. Miller116 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 200122.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)The story of the two beloved liners that were built 50 years ago by American Export Lines.
The Independence still sails proudly for American Hawaii Cruises. The Savannah LineThe Ocean Steamship Company of SavannahEdward A. Mueller327 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, fleet list, 200060.00 author-signed hardcover29.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)The Savannah Line was chartered in 1872 to operate passenger and cargo steamships between Savannah and New York.
A subsidiary of the Central Georgia Railway, the company was to provide a major travel link over the next 70 years moving agricultural products, principally cotton, from Georgia and Alabama to New York and Boston. CANALS A Link in the Great Chain:A History of Chemung CanalGary Emerson100 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 200512.50 paperbackCo-published with the Chemung County Historical Society, this is the only history of the canal that linked Elmira and vicinity to the Erie and New York's great chain of canals from 1833 to 1878.
Life on a Canal Boat: The Journals of Theodore D. Bartley, 1861-1889Russell P. Bellico, editorPreface and postscript by Arthur B. Cohn, Director, Lake Champlain Maritime MuseumTranscribed from Bartley's 1500 pages of diary by Barbara B. Bartley320 pages, 175 illustrations, 7 x 10, 200422.50 paperbackCo-published by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Purple Mountain Press provides an extraordinary window into the largely forgotten world of the canal boat era.
This 29-year record begins in 1861 with Bartley's purchase of a new sailing canal boat in Whitehall, NY, and traces his adventures with his wife and son aboard two additional canal boats on the canals and waterways of the Northeast. His daily entries and observations are one of the best records ever found of life onboard a canal boat. New York State Canals:A Short HistoryF. Daniel Larkin104 pages, illustrated, 5.
5 x 8.5, 1998, second printing12.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press originalThis accessible history is the first treatment of all of the state's canals in more than 90 years. F. Daniel Larkin is a SUNY Oneonta professor and the author of Pioneer American Railroads: The Mowhawk and Hudson & The Saratoga and Schenectady, published by Purple Mountain Press and a biography of engineering genius John B.
Jervis. A Long Haul:The Story of the New York State Barge CanalMichele A. McFee221 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1998, first edition25.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.This is the first history of the modern canal, which replaced the Erie in 1918 to allow the passage of 300-ton barges. It is illustrated with more than 130 exceptional photographs from state archives and will stand as the definitive history of this engineering wonder.
Michele McFee is also the author of Limestone Locks and Overgrowth:The Rise and Descent of the Chenango Canal. FOLKLORE - FOLKLIFE Dutch Schultz and His Lost Catskills' TreasureJohn Conway40 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 20006.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press originalOne of America's most enduring lost treasure legends is that of Dutch Schultz, who many think secreted a vast fortune in or near the Central Catskills' hamlet of Phoenicia.
Sullivan County Tales and SketchesStephen Crane, edited with an introduction by R. W. Stallmanand a preface by John Conway151 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 1995 reprint15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press classicCrane's earliest published pieces, all about Sullivan County, reveal the beginnings of his development of a writer and themes that would be developed later in his famous novels. THE CATSKILLS AND SHAWANGUNKS THE HEART OF THE CATSKILLSBob Steuding150 pages, 7 x 10, illustrated, 200815.
00 paperbackThis is the story of an often neglected region centering on Slide Mountain from its earliest settlers, its tanneries, its first guides, the demise of the passenger pigeon and discovery of a previously unknown bird, the introduction of deer, and the visits of famous people, to the coming of the Ulster & Delaware railroad and the dawn of the tourism era, epitomized by the Grand Hotel above Pine Hill.
Chains, Links, and GavelsThe Surveyor in the CourtroomNorman J. Van Valkenburgh109 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 200512.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalLand surveyor Norm Van Valkenburgh shares two boundry disputes that ended in trials, one in the western catskills and one in the Shawngunks. When Cauliflower Was KingDiane Galusha48 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 20046.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press originalWhen Cauliflower Was King describes the birth, growth and demise of the cauliflower growing industry in the Catskills.
It contains 26 photographs and draws on information and memories supplied by more than 60 people, as well as newspapers and other period accounts. Old Stone Walls: Catskill Land and LoreNorman J. Van Valkenburgh109 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9,200412.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalSome walls are relics left by previous generations to record their history on the landscape of the Catskills.
Those with dignity are followed confidently by land surveyors trying to research old deeds. Along the way they meet those characters who are a part of the lore of the mountains and other surveyors--some with character and some without. It's all here in the narratives of one who roamed these hills looking for the lost corners and boundary lines and found people, vistas, and experiences worth remembering.
Cub Scouts Climb the Tower: Hunter Mountain, 1963Norman Van Valkenburgh, illustrated by Russell Van Valkenburgh46 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 20006.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press children's originalThe adventures of a den of cub scouts on a two-day hike to the Hunter Mountain fire tower. Their night in a lean-to part way up the mountain is shattered by a frightful thunderstorm. The next day they reach the summit and meet Casey, who staffs the tower and watches for forest fires.
Dutch Schultz and His Lost Catskills' TreasureJohn Conway40 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 20006.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press originalOne of America's most enduring lost treasure legends is that of Dutch Schultz, who many think secreted a vast fortune in or near the Central Catskills' hamlet of Phoenicia. The Last of the Handmade Dams: The Story of the Ashokan ReservoirBob Steuding128 pages, illustrated, map, 5.
5 x 8.5, 1989, revised edition, fourth printing12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.The dramatic story of the building of New York City's first and greatest Catskills' reservoir and its impact on the land it covered and people it displaced. The Other Side of Time: Essays by "The Catskill Geologist"Robert Titus152 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 200715.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalGeologist Titus has developed a remarkable ability to communicate geological history to the general public.
This book presents geological insights from the Catskills and Hudson Valley found nowhere else. The Catskills: A Geological Guide, Third Edition.Robert Titus127 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1993, revised 1998, revised 200415.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThe story of glaciers, continental collisions, lost mountain ranges, fossil creatures and more. The Catskills in the Ice AgeRobert Titus123 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 199615.
00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThe last glacier shaped the present landscape. "The Catskill Geologist" tells how. Fond Memories:Northern Sullivan County, New York, Its History and LoreEssays by Shirley Tempel Fulton120 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 200715.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.From the Hardenbergh Patent; to Dr. Edward Livingston; to the Anti-Rent War; to the O&W railroad; to tourism's heyday; to the acid factories, schools, shops and country life, it's all here.
Rock and WoodstockP. Smart and T. P. Moynihan192 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1994, first edition13.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.Looks before and beyond the famous festivals at Woodstock as the place that nourished rock and roll in America from Dylan, Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin and the Band through jazz fusion. In the Catskill Mountains:A Personal Approach to NatureWalter F. Meade127 pages, 63 color plates, 10 x 8, 1991, first editionOriginally published at 25.
00, now on sale: 15.00 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original.One of the Catskills' most beloved storytellers was also one of its best nature photographers. He tells of growing up in Roxbury and how, through the encouragement of a few perceptive adults, he began to study to study and photograph nature at an early age. His columns appeared regularly in Kaatskill Life and in The Catskill Quarterly.
Catskill WeatherJerome S. Thaler167 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1996, first edition22.50 now 9.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.The hottest, coldest, wettest, driest, snowiest, earlist, latest--all are all covered in detail along with weather averages, weather extremes, weather trends and weather cycles. Retrospect: An Anecdotal History of Sullivan CountyJohn Conway148 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1996, first edition.
15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThe best of Sullivan County lore by a great storyteller. The Mountains Look Down:A History of Chichester, A Company Town in the CatskillsReginald R. Bennett, introduction by Howard Frank Mosher143 pages, illustrated, 6 x 915.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.For the better part of a century a flourishing company woodworking town in the Catskills and the setting of Reginald Bennett's wonderfully entertaining anecdotal history.
Catskill Summer ThingsPete Senterman104 pp, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 200312.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.The very best hikes, family walks, road bike tours, mountain bike tours, swimming holes, whitewater, flat water in the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains. The Catskills: A Winter Sports GuideGeorge V. Quinn112 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.25, 200112.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
The Catskills' first cross-country guide has been updated and now includes snowshoeing, telemark, downhill, snowboard, and toboggan with descriptions, directions, maps, ratings and tips. Catskill Mountain BluestoneAlf Evers, Robert Titus, Tim Weidner47 pages, 6 x 9, 200812.50 booklet -- A Purple Mountain Press original."Scores of new mines have been opened in the last six years, and many old ones have been reactivated.
Bluestone, which had shrunk to little more than memories-is now a $100 million-a-year industry. . . ."--The New York Times (5/13/08) Here is the story of a great Catskills'industry told by renown historian Alf Evers and geoglist Robert Titus, with an update by Tim Weidner. THE HUDSON VALLEY Promised Land:Father Divine's Intrracial Communities in Ulster County, New YorkCarleton Mabee196 pages, 6 x 9, 1997, first edition22.
50 cloth, 12.50 paperback, new 2002--A Purple Mountain Press mystery original.Here for the first time is the story of Father Divine's many interracial communities in Ulster County. The author is an emeritus professor of history and Pulitzer Prize winner.256 pages, 8.5 x 11, illustrated, 2008paperback $22.50 Hoopla on the Hudson:An Intimate View of New York's Great 1909 Hudson-Fulton CelebrationLincoln Diamant127 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 200315.
00 paperbackThe Hudson Valley's grandest party is recalled through the eyes of the author's father, who reported day-by-day events for a Dutch newspaper. A timely book for the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Celebration. Up On Preston MountainThe Story of an American Ghost TownJohn and Richard Polhemus198 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 200512.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalA photograph from a 1922 Poughkeepsie Journal article about the last residents on Preston Mountain shows two elderly men and a girl standing in front of an old house with a massive stone chimney.
They were Erben Kennedy, Milton Preston, and Milton's daughter Evangeline. Erben and Milton were distant cousins, both great-great-grandsons of Martin and Rebecca Preston, the first permanent settlers on Preston Mountain. In the 1700s, poor yankees and freed slaves carved out homesteads on a rugged mountain on the New York-Connecticut border. They shared the mountain with the embattled Schaghticoke Indian tribe.
This is the story of both groups' failed struggle to hold onto their land in the shadow of America's first industrial boom-the age of iron. The people abandoned the mountain and the forest grew back. All that remains today is a ghost town. Death Passage on the HudsonThe Wreck of the Henry ClayKris A. Hansen208 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 200418.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalIt was called a race by some while others denied the accusations.
Whatever the truth, the steamboat Henry Clay burned on the shore of the Hudson River at Riverdale taking dozens of innocent lives. Death Passage on the Hudson: The Wreck of the Henry Clay chronicles the catastrophic events that occurred on that July day in 1852 along with its devastating aftermath. The Great Hudson River Brick IndustryCommemorating Three and a Half Centuries of BrickmakingGeorge V.
Hutton240 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 200325.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalAt one time, more bricks were manufactured in the Hudson Valley than anywhere else in the world. This is the definitive history of the region's most important industry. Sybil Ludington: The Call to ArmsV. T. Dacquino104 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 2000 15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalSixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington earned a place in American history on a rainy night in 1777 when she rode 40 miles to muster her father's regiment to the defense of New York and Connecticut.
The American LeonardoA Life of Samuel F. B. MorseCarleton Mabee500 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 8 pages color, revised edition, 200025.00 first paperback edition--A Purple Mountain Press reprintWinner of the Pulitzer Prize. The definitive, unsurpassed work on the complex Samuel Morse, artist, inventor, entrepreneur. Mohonk: Its People and SpiritA History of One Hundred Years of Growth and ServiceLarry E.
Burgess123 pages, illustrated, 9 x 8, revised edition, 200919.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press revised reprint. The story of this venerable Shawangunk Mountain resort, now a National Historic Landmark, which has been operated by the Smiley family for four generations. The People's Choice:A History of Albany County in Art and ArchitectureAllison P. Bennett, new foreword by Roderic H. Blackburn152 pages, illustrated, 8.
5 x 11, 1980, fifth printing23.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press reprintA unique and thoroughly researched history of the county, now in its fifth printing, told through a rich selection of historically significant paintings, sculpture, architecture and artifacts. Changing Tides: Tivoli Bays, A Hudson River WetlandText and photographs by Esther Kiviat, foreword by John Winthrop Aldrich160 pages plus 32 color plates, 120 black-and-white photographs, 3 maps, users' guide, 8.
5 x 10, 199925.00 Now 15.00 quality paperback--A Purple Mountain Press book"Esther Kiviat has captured the enormous vitality of the Bays, and the daily and seasonal dramas played out in their pools, tidecreeks, and marshy expanses. Her keen eye and unfettered fascination have produced a beautifully written and illustrated portrait." --Betsy Blair, Manager, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve My Heart Goes Home: A Hudson Valley MemoirThomas Sweet LosingsPeter D.
Hannaford, editor190 pages, 6 x 9, illustrated, 1997, first edition17.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.A warm memoir of a happy boyhood in the Hudson Valley at the end of the nineteenth century and life with the author's famous father, Benson Lossing. The West Point Foundry & The Parrott GunA Short HistoryCharles R. Isleib and Jack Chard38 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, illustrated, 20006.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original"In telling the story of the West Point Foundry [at Cold Spring across the river from the USMA] this book gives a micro-view of American heavy industry in the early 19th century.
The writing is crisp. Technical terms and manufacturing details crystal clear. A wealth of interesting history and piectures is packed into its pages." --Nimham Times Magazine History of the TarrytownsJeff Canning and Wally Buxton348 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1993, third printing24.95 hardcoverA Purple Mountain Press-Harbor Hill original THE MOHAWK VALLEY - CENTRAL NEW YORK Schenectady Genesis:How a Dutch Colonial Village Became an American City, ca.
1661-1800Vol. I: The Colonial Crucible, ca. 1661-1774Susan Staffa223 pages, 45 illustrations, 40 charts and tables, 8.5 x 11, 200429.00 paperbackA Purple Mountain Press originalMeticulously researched and very readable, this is the definitive history of early Schenectady as it emerged from colonial outpost to thriving metropolis. (First of two volumes.) Marinus Willett: Defender of the Northern FrontierLarry Lowenthal104 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 200015.
00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalDuring the War for Independence, citizens like Marinus Willett truly risked their "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" to establish a republic in which they fervently believed. Willett's bravery and unflinching dedication to the cause of liberty made him a hero of Fort Stanwix in 1777 and saved the Northern Frontier for the patriot cause in 1781. Memory Stones:A History of the Welsh-Americans in Central New York and Their ChurchesJay G.
Williams III239 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1993, first edition16.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThe story of America's largest Welsh settlement from 1795 to the present. THE ADIRONDACKS ADIRONDACK: Of Indians and Mountains, 1535-1838Stephen J. Sulavik246 pages, illustrated, 32 color plates, 12 x 9, 200539.00 hardcover (supply limited); 27.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalThis unique work presents the early history, based on contemporary accounts and maps (many reproduced here for the first time), of the Adirondack and Iroquois Indians and the Adirondack Mountains.
Two Adirondack Hamlets in HistoryKeene and Keene ValleyRichard Plunz, editor373 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 200024.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalA social and architectural history of these Essex County communities in the High Peaks region. Why the Wilderness is called AdirondackHenry Dornburgh32 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, third printing6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press-Harbor Hill reprint.
This is the story of the Adirondack Iron works (MacIntyre Mine) from a newspaper account in 1885, later issued as a pamphlet and now rare. Wildlife and Wilderness: A History of Adirondack MammalsPhilip G. Terrie175 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 199314.50 9.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press originalA history of the interaction of man and wild animals in the mountains, explores the ecological, political and esthetic issues involved in reintroducing the large mammals in their former ranges.
Long LakeJohn ToddIntroduction by Warder H. Cadbury100 pages, 5 x 7, facsimile of 1845 original, 199712.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press reprintThis is the first paperback edition of the earliest book to deal exclusively with an Adirondack subject. THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY Chronicles of Lake Champlain: Journeys in War and PeaceRussell R. Bellico440 pages, over 200 illustrations, 7 x 10, 1999, first edition29.
00 paperback75.00 limited, signed edition hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original.Fifteen firsthand accounts of travel to Lake Champlain are presented by the Champlain Valley's premier historian with introductions and annotations. OUTDOOR RECREATION The Catskills: A Winter Sports GuideGeorge V. Quinn112 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.25, 2001, first edition.12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
The Catskills' first cross-country guide has now been revised to include telemark, snowshoe, downhill, snowboard and toboggan: trails and areas with descriptions, directions, maps, ratings and tips. Catskill Summer ThingsPete Senterman104 pp, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 200312.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.The very best hikes, family walks, road bike tours, mountain bike tours, swimming holes, whitewater, flat water in the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains.
LITERATURE Sullivan County Tales and SketchesStephen Crane, edited with an introduction by R. W. Stallmanand a preface by John Conway151 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 1995, reprint15.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press classicCrane's earliest published pieces, all about Sullivan County, reveal the beginnings of his development of a writer and themes that would be developed later in his famous novels. HORTICULTURE A Garden of Trees and Shrubs:Practical Hints for Planning and Planting an ArboretumFred Lape129 pages, 7.
5 x 10.5, first paperback edition 199817.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press reprintIn 1951, Fred Lape set out to transform his family's 97-acre farm near Esperance (Schoharie County) into an arboretum. Named for friend and benfactor George Landis, the arboretum today is a showpiece of mature trees and shrubs. In 1965, Lape's practical guide, based on his experience, was published by Cornell University Press.
Now long out of print, and very scarce, it has been reissued by us with a new introduction and a revised appendix. This is a book for any person who wishes to landscape a few or many acres. Art and Architecture From Vernacular to Spectacular Function Follows Form:How Houses Changed Lifestyles in the Hudson Valley, 1700-1830Harrison Meeske, introduction by Roderic H. Blackburn, color photos by Geoffrey Gross160 pages, 8.
5 x 11, illustrated, 200725.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.During the 18th century, new concepts in domestic design were introduced and adopted. Increasing material wealth enabled many householders to enlarge their dwellings and introduce the concept of specialized and personalized rooms. The adoption of specialized rooms fragmented earlier living arrangements and effectively ended the communal post-medieval household.
The People's Choice:A History of Albany County in Art and ArchitectureAllison P. Bennett, new foreword by Roderic H. Blackburn152 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1980, fifth printing23.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press reprintA unique and thoroughly researched history of the county, now in its fifth printing, told through a rich selection of historically significant paintings, sculpture, architecture and artifacts.
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Q. How do I house train my dog? The key to training your dog to eliminate outside (where you want him to) is to prevent accidents, and to reward success. Adult dogs have better bladder and bowel control, and can 'hold it' for a longer period of time than puppies. The rule of thumb with puppies is: take their age in months, add one, and that's the number of hours the puppy can 'hold it' during the day.
.(i.e. A 4 month old puppy can be expected to be clean for up to 5 hours during the day). Feed your dog on a schedule (he'll eliminate on a schedule, too) Keep his diet simple and consistent (avoid table scraps and canned foods; a high Quality dry kibble produces the least waste). Choose an area, about ten square feet, outside, where you wish your dog to potty. Take your dog on leash to the area, pace back and forth (movement promotes movement) and chant an encouraging phrase ("do your business, do your business .
.."). Do this for maximum 3 minutes: if he eliminates, huge praise and play if he doesn't eliminate, keep him on leash, go back indoors, keep dog on leash with you or confined in a crate Try again in an hour eventually your dog will eliminate appropriately and You can give huge praise and play After each success, allow 15 minutes of freedom in house, before placing dog back on lead or back into crate After each 3 consecutive days of success, increase freedom by 15 minutes.
If there is an accident; decrease freedom by 15 minutes for 3 days REMEMBER! DO NOT PUNISH ACCIDENTS! IGNORE THEM, AND REWARD SUCCESS! Courtesy of Rondout Valley Kennels, Inc. More information on specific housebreaking problems.... The Potty Wars - Part II, Troubleshooting In our last issue, 'The Potty Wars: Part I' outlined Housebreaking 101, stressing the importance of the Three Cs: Consistency of schedule, Confinement to a training crate when alone and Cleaning up accidents with an enzymatic odor neutralizer.
Part II addresses four complaints often heard when the Potty Wars continue to rage. Q. "My dog eliminates in her crate." There are two common causes for crate soiling. First, the crate may be too large for current housebreaking purposes, thus allowing your dog to soil at one end and lie high and dry at the other. Second, bedding in the crate may be acting like a diaper, wicking offensive waste away.
The solutions are easy! If the crate is too large, reduce its size with a barrier that blocks off excess room. The pup should have just enough room to stand up, turn around in a circle and stretch out. As for bedding, your dog must earn it by keeping her crate clean for approximately seven days. When she accomplishes that, add thin bedding, such as a sheet or worn towel. If that too stays clean, then you are safe to add whatever bedding you like.
However, if the problem stems from behavior learned during an extended stay at a pet shop, you will probably need to work hands-on with a professional trainer to develop a customized protocol. Q. "No matter how long we stay outside, my dog waits until we are home to soil." A. This problem is common in urban dogs who were paper-trained until they were fully immunized. Most folks paper-train by putting down papers in one spot, taking the puppy to the spot until the dog seems to "get it," then leaving the dog in peace to eliminate.
The puppy learns that housebreaking means going to a particular place in private to soil. The papers are almost incidental. Avoid this problem by simulating outdoor walking habits indoors. Put down the papers on a schedule instead of leaving them out constantly, and place them in a few different places instead of just one. Take your pup to the papers on leash, teaching her a toileting command such as "Do your business," and praise her for a job well done.
This routine easily transfers to walks outdoors. Q. "My dog keeps me outside for hours before he goes!" A.Some folks walk their pups just until they eliminate and then promptly turn around and head for home. In no time, dogs learn that they can extend the fun only if they can "hold" themselves. A walk should be the reward for soiling. When you leave your home, take your dog immediately to a suitable toileting spot, such as a lamp post, patch of grass or curb in front of a fire hydrant.
It's helpful if this is a spot other dogs use. Issue your potty command. Circle the spot with your dog for 5 minutes, 10 minutes tops. If he urinates, praise and go play. If he holds, go right back in and crate him. Try again in an hour or two. Before you know it, you should have a dog who will soil on command in his spot. Q. "My dog was housebroken, but when he turned nine-months-old, he started baptizing the sofa near the window.
" A. As a male dog matures and begins to lift his leg, he marks his territory, leaving olfactory messages for other canines. Consider castration, since an unneutered male is more likely to engage in marking behavior than a neutered one. A well-timed verbal correction when he is lifting his leg is helpful, too. Confinement will once again be necessary when he is alone until the problem is resolved. The Potty Wars too often make adversaries of dogs and their caretakers.
It should be a battle waged together, on the same side, because the spoils of this war - a clean and dry home - spell victory for all parties concerned. (c) 1997 ASPCA Q. What is crate training? Isn't it cruel? FOR EVERY CANINE, A CASTLE A king has his castle; a child yearns for his own room; an infant is placed in a crib or playpen for safekeeping. Don't our canine friends deserve the very same consideration for their well-being when we are gone? Crate expectations Training crates for dogs are too often deemed cruel.
In fact, they are both training and safety devices, and as such can benefit dog and owner alike. Crating on a humane schedule teaches puppies bladder and bowel control and limits a teething demon to his own property. A dog crated in a car has a better chance of surviving an auto accident and little chance of causing one. You will also find the welcome mat out at more inns and motels if you promise to crate your dog whenever you leave the room.
Besides, the dog will feel more comfortable when left alone if he is in his own "room." Dog crates come in all sizes, many colors and different styles. The most common are molded-plastic airline shipping crates and the open-wire types that usually come with a metal tray on the bottom. For owners who plan to do a lot of air travel with their dogs or for those whose canines prefer dark, cozy places, the molded plastic variety is best.
Wire crates are preferred in most other instances. The size of the crate is based on the size of your dog. There should be enough room for him to stand up, turn around in a small circle and lie down comfortably. The crate serves as a place where the dog can rest and chew on appropriate hard rubber toys or sterile bones stuffed with goodies. It is not an exercise pen. If you plan to use the crate as a housebreaking aid, size is of paramount importance.
If there is room for Rex to soil and then lie high and dry away from the mess, the crate cannot serve its purpose. Those buying crates for puppies should keep the adult dog's size in mind; but until the pup grows up, excess room should be cordoned off in some manner. Masonite, plexiglass and old wire refrigerator shelves can all serve as barriers. Dog den afternoons How long can a dog be crated in one session? The rule of thumb for crating is no longer than one hour per each month of age, up to 9 to 10 hours maximum (the average work day).
Each session should be preceded and succeeded by an hour of aerobic exercise. Before you can leave your dog confined for the long stretch, make sure you have accustomed him to the crate. A dog who panics when left alone in a crate could do damage to the crate and, more seriously, to himself. And never, never crate your dog while he is wearing any sort of correction collar - it could easily get caught on something in the crate and choke the animal.
The pup runneth over Young puppies need lots of human stimulus and feedback, so avoid relying too heavily upon the crate in the early months. Most puppies 3 1/2- to 4-months old can be crated overnight for about 6 hours, even though they probably cannot yet display that kind of bladder control during the daytime. Younger dogs crated at bedtime will need to be brought to their papers or outdoors at least once in the middle of the night.
Crating is recommended as part of the workday routine until a dog grows out of adolescence, at approximately 18 months of age. This is a time of behavioral inconsistency and learning through trial and error. Proceed slowly when it's time to wean your dog off the crate; leave him alone for just a few hours at a time. And think twice before leaving a curious adolescent at liberty in your house. Your dog may behave perfectly for a few weeks and then one day you might come home to find the place in a shambles.
A crate can provide peace of mind for both you and your dog. Think of it as a leash with walls. After all, both pieces of equipment serve to protect Rex from his own base instincts and errors in judgement. By crating your dog during the workday, you ensure him a royal welcome upon your arrival home. (c) 1995 ASPCA Q. What is the best way to introduce my cat to a new dog? Introducing Dogs & Cats Much of this is based upon my father's experiences with field dogs for over 40 years and my own personal experiences with my four current GSDs, six cats and five parrots.
He relied on a dog's normal pack instinct and instinct to possess. It nearly always worked. And he didn't lose a cat or hurt one of his dogs in the process. The dogs weren't cowered into accepting the cats, but given the opportunity to recognize individuals as part of their environment rather than prey by taking advantage of natural pack and possessive behaviors. And he was working with Field and Cocker Spaniels whose intelligence, trainability, and instinct to possess is not nearly that of a German Shepherd Dog (to put it mildly).
Being a cat owner and lover, when someone asks me if one of our dogs likes cats, my first thought is, "yes, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack". Even dogs who have lived in a home with cats are unpredictable in a new home setting for several reasons: cats all react differently to dogs, a dog may have felt a sense of possession of a specific cat (or any other pet) in its previous home, or the dog may be taking its cue from an alpha (who "possesses" the cat).
A dog's ability to live with a specific cat does not mean that it is "good" with all cats. It may mean that the dog has no prey drive, but it could also mean that the dog "possessed" a specific cat, or lived where an alpha possessed a specific cat(s). A dog can live with cat(s) while still maintaining prey drive around all other cats; this is because the dog considers the cat a possession or a packmate, not prey.
It doesn't lump all cats into one basket and treat them all alike. Pack hassling over position can even spill over into fights over (or attacks upon) the "possession" (i.e. take-away). There's some basic principles in order for a dog and cat (or bunny or bird or whatever) to be able to live together: 1) A German Shepherd Dog's instinct to possess overrides its prey drive. But this is not true for some other breeds such as terriers, sighthounds and Ridgebacks.
2) A dog will accept a cat (or other animal) either as a possession or a pack mate if opportunity for interaction is given where the dog cannot see the cat as prey. 3) The dog must accept its owner as "alpha" and take its cue on how to treat the cat(s) from the owner. The owner, however, should not be perceived as "possessing" the cat. The plan that follows will not to stop the dog from chasing all cats.
It works to establish a sense of "pack" and possession of the cat in the dog's mind. The steps below allow the dog and cat to interact in a controlled manner in order to establish a sense of possession in the dog while keeping the cat safe while this process is underway. I value my cats' safety so I take no chances. Steps All these steps are important and they need to be done in order. It's easier to introduce a dog to a cat who has never been threatened by a dog because the cat will interact with the dog more quickly, but this works for existing situations once the cat realizes it's safe.
Some cats are easier to work with than others as well. You do not want your dog to believe that you are possessing the cat- the dog must feel that he or she possesses the cat. Otherwise, the dog can see the cat as something to try to steal away from its owner, especially if there is any question of the owner being the pack "alpha". During the learning process, the dog must never be allowed to chase the cat(s) or to play games that put it in prey drive while the cat is present.
If this isn't done, the process will not work. Work with one dog at a time if possible. 1) The owner of the dog must become the alpha dog in the household. The dog has to realize that it is not alpha and must take its cues from the human pack members as to who it accepts. The owner needs to have established a level of control without creating a robo-dog. 2) When the dog is introduced to the household, the cats are shut away in another room.
This is also true if you are introducing a cat into a household with dogs. There are no exceptions at all. Especially don't carry a cat in your arms if a dog is loose. This can be dangerous for cat, dog and human. A child should never ever carry a cat or small animal in its arms around a loose dog. 3) When the cats are allowed out freely to roam without human supervision, the dog must be outside or where it cannot see the cat.
It cannot be inside in a crate where it can see and/or bark or lunge at the cat without correction. This is vital and the entire process will not work if this isn't done properly. 4) Shut the dog in its crate and allow the cat(s) out hopefully to walk past the dog crate. If the dog barks or lunges within the crate, the dog is verbally corrected. Make sure that the cats are in another room behind a closed door before letting the dog have its time out of the crate.
I'm not talking about keeping the dog in the crate all the time, it's more keeping the cats in another room most of the time. The dog is crated while the cats are out, and then let out of the crate for most of the time. This may take several days or weeks to accomplish. It depends on how quickly the cat comes around to the dog's crate area (which should be with the family). 5) Do not comfort, pet or fuss over the cats where the dog can see it from his crate.
Especially don't do this after the dog has barked or lunged at the cat. Correct only the dog. This is because you do not want the dog to see the cat as your possession. 6) Accustom the dog to a muzzle while it is hanging out in its crate. It will be muzzled when it goes to the vet or is groomed (even if we don't see it, it happens), so this way the dog is used to a muzzle. Leave it on for 10 - 15 minutes at a time if it isn't hot.
If it's hot, the dog must not be muzzled because it can't pant. The muzzle is only a temporary tool. But the muzzle must be used for the cat's sake. 7) After 10-14 days where the dog does not bark or lunge at the cat and the cat is comfortable walking around the crate, it's show time! 8) Put a prong collar with a six foot leash on the dog. Don't forget to put the muzzle on the dog. I think a prong works better than a choke with less chance of injury to the dog in this situation.
Have the dog in a sit-stay next to you with most of the slack out of the leash and let the cat walk through the room and up to the dog if it wishes (this is why you have the dog muzzled). If the dog makes an aggressive move towards the cat, it must be corrected strongly with both your voice and the collar. This is important - the correction must be physically very strong - not a nag. (PS: not many dogs need to be corrected at all).
Do not correct the dog for sniffing at the cat. Sniffing is very good and is to be encouraged. Attention barking is also okay. The dog will feel any nervousness or tension of the owner via the leash and feed off of it, so it's important to be calm. That's also why the muzzle is on the dog - the owner knows the cat is safe no matter what. Do this for about 5-10 minutes at first, then put the dog or cat away.
Try to be observant to end the session while both dog and cat are doing well. You can spin out the time until its an hour or so. 9) Each time the dog first sees the cat, it gets a food treat. Cat = a cookie. If the dog is showing too much interest in the cat (like scenting for it), distract the dog by giving it something else to do, like a sit or heel with praise for doing what you've told it to do rather than automatically giving it a cookie.
You can't reward the dog for not chasing the cat but you can reward it for doing something you've asked of it. 10) There is no playing ball, running or chasing about the house, either by dogs, cats or humans while the dog and cat are out together. This is because care needs to be taken to see that the dog doesn't go into prey drive. This needs to continue throughout this entire process. 11) Supervise the interaction and after 7-10 days where the dog has not had to be corrected, the prong and leash control can be eliminated.
Even if you never had to correct the dog, it's important to wait 7-10 days. Leave on the muzzle. The dog and cat are not left unsupervised. If the dog chases the cat during this period, it's back to item #8. 12) After about four-six weeks where the owner has not observed any prey drive in the dog towards its cat, it is time to do without the muzzle. Interaction should still be supervised and the two animals never left alone unless there is a place for the cat to go to safety.
If you've got a dog who is possessive about food, obviously you don't let the cat near when the dog is eating. Since cat food is very unhealthy for dogs, the cat's food should not be where the dog can reach it. That's pretty much it. If there's multiple dogs in the household, there can be discord over possession. The cat can be seen as an object to be taken away. This is also true if the dog perceives the cat to be the possession of the owner.
There are some harder cases, and then it's a matter of the commitment level of the owner to making the dog accept the cat. Electronics can be used to imprint on the dog. These should be used under the direction of a trainer who knows how to instruct the owner in their proper use. Electronics can take the form of shock, sonic or citronella collars. At that time the owner will train with electronics instead of food or whatever other reward system was being used.
This type of training will also tend to result in a dog which does not chase cats at all because it is not building on the pack and possession instinct aspects of behavior. A dog who chases cats endangers both the cat and itself. A cat scratch in a dog's eye can cause infection, cataracts, glaucoma, loss of sight or even loss of an eye... (c) Laurie Shaft (SFBAGS Rescue volunteer) Q. How do I stop jumping behavior? A.
One of the most common complaints we hear from dog owners is how can I stop my dog from jumping? Jumping is your dog's way of seeking attention. There is an easy and fast way to train a dog not to jump. When your dog jumps on you, bring your knee up and give him a thump on the chest. This does not have to be hard and give him the command "OFF" at the same time. Keep this consistent. Everyone he comes into contact with must understand he is not allowed to jump on them.
Keep up with the training do not allow your dog to jump up on you at any time. Teach them to respect your space. If your dog is a furniture and counter jumper, use the "OFF" command while pulling them down. When they get down, praise him and tell them he is a "good boy/girl". The "OFF" command can be one of the handiest to teach a young dog. One must be willing to put a lot of effort into the training.
(c) Sharon Grafton (Dog trainer @ SCAC) Q. Why can't I let my dog off-lead? A. Many people get a dog and want it to have the freedom of running in the country and enjoying its life. There is nothing wrong with wanting your dog to run free enjoying the country life like Lassie. The problem is we do not have the same country life as they did when Lassie was around. Our roads and lives are much busier.
Our dogs are more at risk of being hit by cars or getting into trouble with neighbors. If your dog gets hit by a car the expense can be very high, the range can be from $150 for a slight laceration up to the life of your best friend. Putting up a fence can cost between $80 to $300 on up depending on what you want. With a fenced yard the dog can get plenty of exercise and play time. A dog running the neighborhood can cause a lot of problems, getting into garbage, chasing cats, knocking over young children etc.
Is it worth having your neighbor mad at you and calling the dog catcher? The fines for a dog running free can start at $50 for the first offence and then increase every time it happens. A dog tie-out can cost from $5 on up to $ 35 and this will keep your neighbors happy, your dog safe and save you some money in fines. Many people would like to let their dogs run loose when hiking or when they live out in the country.
Dogs will chase wild animals if given a chance. This can cause major problems with the game warden or your dog may come in contact with a porcupine and get a snout full of quills. This is very painful for the dog and very expensive for you. The cost of having quills removed can run from $100 up to $400 in addition to the medication that may be needed for infections. A cost of a collar and a lead will run you $15 up to $30 depending on what you want.
Some dogs after much obedience work can go for walks with you off leash. What I always tell people is, "Dogs have a mind of their own at times and you never really know what they will do." So, if your dog gets to the point of being off leash, always be there with him and keep him in sight. I believe a dog enjoys being with you (their best friend) it doesn't matter to them if they are on the end of the leash or not.
I would rather spend 9-15 years with my dog on a leash with me enjoying hiking, camping, and long walks than 6 mos. or 2 years with my dog running loose, getting being hit by a car and dying or running off somewhere and never returning. (c) Sharon Grafton (Dog Trainer @ SCAC)