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Puppy Primer, 2nd Edition

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Author:
Brenda Scidmore & Patricia McConnell
Publication Year:
2010
ISBN:
9781891767135
Page Count:
117
Publisher:
Distributed by Dogwise Publishing

Engaging, humorous and user-friendly, The Puppy Primer describes a six-week program to get you and your puppy off on the right paw. Designed for puppies under five months of age (see Family Friendly Dog Training for older dogs), you’ll learn how to create the foundation your pup needs to become a well-adjusted and well-behaved member of the family.


Here's what you can look forward to learning with your puppy:
How to make training fun for BOTH you and your puppy
How to teach basic cues including Sit, Down, Come, Heel, Stay
Simple steps for house and crate training
How to use positive reinforcement without spoiling your puppy
What to do when adolescence strikes!

Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted dog lovers for over twenty years. She is the author of ten books including The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs and For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend. Trisha lives on a farm near Madison, Wisconsin and two dogs, one cat and a flock of sheep.

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  • 4
    The Puppy Primer

    Posted by Skye Anderson - DogEvals on 14th Sep 2020

    At first reading, a simple book, but don’t let that fool you. The Puppy Primer is a new classic and one that should be in your training toolbox if it isn’t already!

    With six chapters, the authors have provided both puppy people and puppy trainers with a week-by-week bible of training and behavior, a recipe for turning a puppy into a wonderful best friend for life. Perfect for those experienced trainers who may not have taught puppies for a while (or ever), The Puppy Primer provides a 6-week curriculum with enough explanation for the students to read before class (if they wish) and to review during the following week to solidify the exercises (games), explanations, and words of wisdom provided.

    Each chapter begins with a sort-of lecture topic starting with the all-important socialization, positive reinforcement and housetraining. After that, we get down to the basics of training but nearly every skill taught is covered bit by bit over more than one week, so both dog and person can practice and succeed in small increments.

    Each week covers new exercises plus sections titled Practice Makes Perfect which build on previous exercises and make them just a wee bit harder, yet still do-able for both human and canine.

    Oh, and the chapters end with a bulleted summary that is oh, so helpful. Sort of like ‘the least you need to remember.’

    Writing Style

    McConnell and Scidmore have an unusually lovely and human writing style for a how-to book: essentially more story-style than dry academic recipes and with a sense of humor that is priceless! You will keep reading just to find more conversational gems. Plus the Recommended Reading List at the back is the most complete list I have seen in two pages – and I agree with the authors’ recommendations!

    Skye Anderson - DogEvals

  • 5
    Puppy Primer

    Posted by Gwen Tomlinson on 4th Jan 2019

    I buy this book to include in my puppy going home package. I find it to have the most important info for a new puppy owner. Described in a way that novice folks can understand & fun to read the way it is organized with highlighted key training “ truths “ for each chapter.