Before & After Getting Your Puppy Hardcover – Apr 16 2004
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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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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.
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 :)
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Problem with this book is... Only Ceaser Milan is Ceaser Melan. Most the stuff is great advice, accept for the fact most of us don't have his gift with dogs. Read morePublished 11 days ago by richard
A lot of talking but no clear instructions?? I was looking for something that would show me how to teach a dog commands with more detail.Published 7 months ago by Jer
This to my way of thinking is the only way to train a puppy so that he is good with the three year old and not just the
calm, authority figure that other trainers would like... Read more
I purchased this book based on the reviews. I am barely half way through it and find it a little unreasonable and unsettling. Read morePublished 7 months ago by H.W.
I have read this book along with several other of the more popular ones. I found myself getting overwhelmed trying to take everything I have read into consideration. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Leanne
Prompt delivery before schedule . Have new puppies, books very helpfulPublished 13 months ago by B Campbell
Obviously Dr. Ian Dunbar knows what he's talking about. He is a little harsh on the imperfect owner sometimes, but he gets the message across clearly and lets the reader know how... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Heather Booker
Lots of great tips for looking after and training a puppy in a positive way rather than using punishment techniques.Published 17 months ago by Elisabeth Sorensen
Very informative book! I highly recommend it whether you're a new dog owner or have owned dogs in the past.Published 18 months ago by Richard Murray