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BEFORE AND AFTER GETTING YOUR PUPPY - THE POSITIVE APPROACH TO RAISING A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND WELL-BEHAVED DOG
by Ian Dunbar (See other books by author)


Publisher: New World Library
Edition:
2004 Hardback, 216 pages

ISBN: 1577314557
Item: DTB790
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Summary: Outlines everything you need to know to select the right puppy, as well as all the crucial lessons a puppy must be taught during its impressionable early development.

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Outlines everything you need to know to select the right puppy, as well as all the crucial lessons a puppy must be taught during its impressionable early development. In clear steps, with helpful photos and sidebars, Dr. Dunbar presents a structured yet playful plan built around six critical developmental deadlines:
1. Completing your education about puppy education
2. Evaluating your prospective puppy's socialization & training
3. Errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training
4. Socializing with new people
5. Learning reliable bite inhibition
6. Preventing predictable adolescent problems

NOTE: This book contains the same material as "Before You Get Your Puppy" DTB720, and "After You Get Your Puppy" DTB721.


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Simple and Specific- Great for Day-to-Day Use, March 11, 2012
Reviewer: Amelia Looper
Dunbar provides the reader with simple but specific instructions in an accessible format. The first half of the book addresses what to expect from a new puppy and the proper means by which to bring one home. The second half consists of ready-to-use protocols for socialization, housetraining, chewtoy training, teaching bite inhibition, and beginning obedience. This book stood out compared to other puppy books I've read in that these protocols were sufficiently straightforward and simple that I felt I could implement them right away. Also stands out for its recommendations for maintaining puppy training throughout adolescence, an often neglected topic.
 
A Must Book!, February 22, 2012
Reviewer: Jody Freeland
This book is a must for people who are thinking of getting a puppy. Ian Dunbar is an expert in his field. He gives you lots of tools and techniques to help you through the new puppy stages.
 
Don't make a snap judgment, April 17, 2011
Reviewer: StdPoodleLvr
When I started this book, my first thought was that I had wasted my money. I understand he is trying to emphasize that great dogs don't just happen; they are created. And those with unrealistic expectations have puppies who wind up in the pound.

But as a responsible dog owner who loves training my dogs for all kinds of sports (and is expecting a puppy soon), I didn't need the lectures on the need for housetraining, crates, controlling the puppy's access, etc. I'm fully prepared to start training from Day 1 and I felt that some of his cautions about never having a single accident in the house was a bit over the top. Although, in fairness, I kept thinking of people who do everything wrong with their puppies and wait to seek help until they've created a monster who could benefit from such blunt advice.

However, late last night (e-book on Kindle!), I got into the nitty gritty. The actual advice on schedules, feeding techniques, ways to stop nuisance barking before it starts, teaching the pup an on/off switch. Marvelous advice. I am taking notes and making up a schedule. This is going to be invaluable. I've got two marvelous canine good citizens living with me, but I expect with this book that this time we'll get there without the bumps in the road. Highly recommend, even if you have confidence that you can raise a well adjusted puppy.
 
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