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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1 edition (April 16 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577314557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577314554
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By A Customer on May 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By AlphaBette on Oct. 5 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By Book lover on Feb. 12 2008
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Onigiri on May 12 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is really good, it guides the new dog owner from A to Z. I'm convinced if I had this book for my first dog I could have avoided all her current behavioral problems and make the integration of the second puppy so much easier. If you are planning to get a puppy, I recommend reading this book before you do to prepare yourself to avoid future headaches.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julie on Feb. 19 2006
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee-Ann on March 26 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Birgitt M. Gardiner on June 28 2009
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I read this book within 3 days, it was an easy going enjoyable story, as well as an overview of what to expect from your puppy, and at what timeline. It also suggested taking puppy classes early, which I didn't do when I had dogs before. My dog is now 14 weeks old, and I have had the book for about 4 weeks. Everything I learned from the book is helping me shape her into a wonderfully well behaved social butterfly. I can take her everywhere, she loves all people and all dogs. Highly recomend it as a must read for anyone wanting to get a very young puppy.
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I would recommend this book for anyone who's planning to get a puppy. There are some very interesting points on what to do during the first couple of days/weeks since you get your dog. For example, teaching the puppy to chew on toys instead of furniture - there's a good technique on this.

The book starts off with how the owner should choose the breed and the puppy. Then goes on to talk about the different stages of the puppy's life during the first year. What to focus on and what to teach the dog during the first month then what to do afterwards. At the back of the book the author created a summary with key points for each puppyhood life stage which is great, as well there is a homework section where you can check off the things you practice and teach your puppy each day.

Overall the book was very informative, however, the author repeats the same ideas in different sections of the book which is a bit annoying. Also, there is nothing on nutrition. Plus, each time the author explained how to train the puppy to do something, he never said how long the owner should keep feeding the kibble during the lessons and when they should stop; or on average how long it takes the puppy to learn the skill or what to do if the puppy just doesn't seem to understand.

I would strongly recommend buying a few other books to have a better understanding in all areas of puppyhood. I purchased another book along with this one and that other had a very good section on nutrition which i started to use immediately. Overall, this wasn't a waste of money or time, the book gave me a very good idea on how to deal with my puppy and how to teach.
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