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Before & After Getting Your Puppy [Hardcover]

Dr. Ian Dunbar
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April 16 2004
Very few dog trainers have not been influenced by Dr. Ian Dunbar's dog-friendly philosophy. In the 1970s, Dr. Dunbar sparked a dramatic shift in dog training - away from leash corrections and drill-sergeant adult dog classes based on competitive obedience and toward a positive approach using toys, treats, and games as rewards for teaching basic manners, preventing behavior problems, and modifying temperament. Before Dr. Dunbar there were no classes for puppies, very few family dog classes, and not much fun in dog training. His positive approach to training revolutionized the field, especially in training puppies.
Now in Before and After Getting Your Puppy Dr. Dunbar combines his two popular puppy-training manuals into one indexed value-priced hardcover edition. In clear steps, with helpful photos and easy-to-follow training deadlines, he presents a structured yet playful and humorous plan for raising a wonderful dog. Dr. Dunbar's guide is based around six developmental deadlines: completing your education and preparation, assessing a puppy's prior socialization and education, teaching errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training, completing a socialization program of meeting strange dogs and people, etc.

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The star of the British television show Dogs with Dunbar has been teaching pet owners to train their dogs humanely and thoroughly for over 30 years. In this compassionate and honest volume, the veterinarian shares his definitive opinions about the way dogs should be trained. This is a great tool that anyone who wants to get a dog should peruse before they bring their pup home because, as the author points out, owning a dog is a big responsibility, and "millions of dogs are euthanized each year simply because their owners did not know how to housetrain or chewtoy-train them." Dunbar includes information that prospective dog owners should know before they select a puppy, and he also explains how to meet his proscribed series of important Developmental Deadlines (two of which come up even before the dog reaches its new home!). In addition to a step-by-step guide to every stage of puppyhood, the book includes practical services, such as a pre-puppy shopping list and lists of the best dog training books and videos.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have been a long time fan of Dr. Dunbar's work and was pleasantly surprised to see this new title to add to my collection. Very compreshensive and enjoyable. It takes the reader step by step through the first year with their puppy or adopted adult dog. Pure genius and full of useful information. I think it is his best work yet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I read this book while on a wait list for my puppy and referred to it often after she came home with me. I'm new to the doggy world and didn't have a clue what to do but Dr. Ian Dunbar's book explained everything in this easy to read book. He covers everything you need to know to raise a puppy. I would have never known about bite inhibition or giving my pup stuffed kongs to amuse her when I have to leave her alone if not for Dr. Dunbar. Nearly a year later, I have a socialized, well adjusted and wonderfully obedient young dog. Read this book and practice what Dr. Dunbar teaches and success will follow. Thank you Dr. Dunbar!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incontournable-A must for new dog owner Feb. 12 2008
As a brand new dog owner, I was panicked at the idea of house training and puppy training as I waited for my 8 week old fox terrier. I read several books but only Dr. Dunbar's book really hit home. It's an easy read and to the point. My fox is now 10 months old, he is great, asks for the door to go out, sleeps all night (since the second day home). Thanks Dr.Dunbar for a great book. Highly recommended (in fact I just lent my copy to my neighbour who has a new dog.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Tool for Upcoming Puppy Owners Feb. 19 2006
By Julie
In anticipation of my puppy's arrival next year, I thought I would read this book after a friend's recommendation. I did and I learned so much. My current dog came to me as an adult (luckily, a very well-socialized girl & with great bite inhibition). For the inexperienced or somewhat knowledgable puppy owner, this book outlines the key factors each and every puppy should experience from learning to be alone and learning not to bite hard.
Dr. Dunbar's book is a step-by-step plan which allows you to really focus on what's important (like having a puppy that relieves itself OUTside!) and one that knows what things are OK to chew. I like the list of things to be done in specific timeframes (first 4 weeks home, first 8 weeks home). It also shows that the breeder needs to take responsibility to very early socialization so that their puppies grow up to be well adjusted and good representatives of the breed and their kennel.
This book is easy to read and accessible to most readers. This book is definitely worth the investment in time and money for a dog that will be with you for at least 10 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From someone who knows dogs, March 26 2008
By Lee-Ann
Being highly involved in the dog sport world I have friends come to me for advice on their new puppy or dog. The first thing I do is recommend this book for everyone! Dunbar uses sound techniques based on the science of dog training. Even if you already have your dog, get this book.
If you are thinking of purchasing one of Caesar's books, keep in mind that he does not consider himself a dog trainer. If training your dog to live with you is what you had in mind, pick this book and not others :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars good suggestions but not practical Jan. 5 2014
By Carol
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Several months after reading this book and getting a puppy 3 weeks ago I want to re-do this review and down rate the book to a 1 star. First of all if I had tried to feed my puppy via Kongs she would have starved to death as she showed no interest or ability to chew a stuffed Kong for 3 weeks after we got her. Second: Dunbar considers it a "catastrophe" if a pup has even 1 accident in the house. I walk Skye and she pees and poops outside, she is praised and rewarded and I bring her in and 5 minutes later she poops on the floor. Does he really expect us to confine the puppy all the rest of the time to a crate? It is not possible to keep my eyes on her all the time. House breaking challenges are all about being a puppy...not a "catastrophe". He has made me feel so guilty I threw away the book. All the chapters on socialising her are the easy part. She loves other people and the dogs she has met. I much prefer the book "KISS Guide to Raising a Puppy by Liz Palika" as a much more human friendly and practical book if you are considering a book on raising a puppy.
Following is what I thought prior to the reality of a puppy.

We have had 2 Border Collies over 30 years. Neither were very well behaved at times, as how a dog is now trained is a lot different, so thinking about getting a puppy this spring made me decide to get this book. I really like his positive approach of rewarding to train, his chapters on crate training, chew toys filled with food, bite inhibition. Almost everything makes sense.
The only parts that to me are not workable are the puppy socialization sections. Where I live there is no way in 100 years a puppy could meet 100 strangers before it is 3 months old. First of all that would be 100 strangers who wanted to meet my dog never mind the 500 who do not want to.
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My brother stressed that we read this book before getting our puppy! Everything Dr. Dunbar writes seems to be working like "magic" in crate and housebraking our puppy. We grew up with Dogs of different breeds in Mexico City, but they were never living inside our House. Our puppy's breed is hard to train (Shiba "INU"). So we followed his instructions and got ready with a crate, play pen, chew toys and all. We have had her for three weeks now and everything has worked like Magic. Yes, I know she is about to go from "Gizmo to Gremlin" as she is teething and has more energy and character every day. We have already had "hints" of a little monster but honestly, what Dr. Dunbar writes works to the letter.

Following all his "rules" and recommendations has been a lot of work but surprisingly pleasant and even rewarding. Everything he writes seems to work and althought it does seem like common sense, we would not have done many of these things have we not read the book. Convincing our teen agers of the benefits of crating our puppy was a bit of a challenge, but once they read the book (at least parts of it) it really helped them to understand.

His writing is friendly and easy. Now, worrying that becuase The Shiba is one of the "ancient breeds" and they don't recognize a master, we decided to also get her puppy training. We had a first session with the trainer and she practically said everything that Dr. Dunbar writes in his book! So YES I recommend this book for anyone that wants a dog; even if you don't get a puppy but rescue a dog. It is worth every cent!

Thank you Bro for insisting that we get a dog and making sure we read this book first. We owe it all to you and Dr. Dunbar!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Lots of great tips for looking after and training a puppy in a positive way rather than using punishment techniques.
Published 28 days ago by Elisabeth Sorensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Very informative book! I highly recommend it whether you're a new dog owner or have owned dogs in the past.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good stuff
Published 1 month ago by Alexandre Filion
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and useful book!
It helps me daily with raising my puppy! I recommend this book to anyone who is considering getting a puppy!
Published 2 months ago by Chany Desgroseilliers
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best puppy training guides ever
I am a registered veterinary technician and the behaviour information and training techniques Dr. Ian Dunbar gives in this book work great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amanda Lynne Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guideline
I have an Australian Shepherd, Border Collie puppy.
I picked up a few used books at thrift stores here and there. One about Border Collies only. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kristie Jensen
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT TOO IMPRESSED
I was kind of disappointed with this book. I have had a dog before, but it's been a long time since I had a puppy. Only found a small section that was helpful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marlene Barin
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
good information! This certainly helps the family prepare for what you are in for. The training tips are well thought out and very useful!
Published 13 months ago by Brian Lutz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books
Wonderful book, very useful. I would recomend it to clients in a heart beat. Arrived on time and in good condition. Only thing is you can find it online for free (and legally! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jodi
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
When we bought our Golden Retriever I decided to do things right and bought a lot of books (about half a dozen) on dogs/puppies/training/dog psychology etc. Read more
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