Buy it, Read it, Live it. It doesn't matter whether you've owned dogs in the past, are adopting a puppy for the time, or have had your current dog for years...both you and your dog will benefit by your reading this book. The authors cover everything from the most basic questions and safety issues to things that you should look for in your own behavior that may be confusing your dog(s). I've owned & lived with five dogs in my life and personally taken three through obedience training, but only after reading this book do I feel confident that I finally understand WHY dogs behave and react the way they do. In fact, after reading the first few chapters, I started to notice other dog owners (walking in parks, on the street, in their own homes, etc) who struggle to "control" their dogs without success and who continue to repeat the exact actions Brian & Sarah warn against.
We've just adopted a new 18-month-old dog who had no prior obedience training. She had been surrendered to Animal Control three times in her life. After one week of applying the approach and philosophy described in this book, we are already seeing our dog calm down, eat regularly, and obey basic commands. Miraculous!
If you're happy yelling at your pet in frustration, having it jump up on you, and steel from your dining table, then don't buy this book. Your pet doesn't respect you and you're either apathetic or have a high pain threshold. Whatever, it's your choice and your fault (Fido can't make you buy the book!). If you want a happier and more "mature" relationship with your pet, you MUST read this book.
In a more perfect world, every breeder and SPCA adoption process would include a copy of this book. The fact is, 95% of pet owners simply DO NOT KNOW how to raise/train a dog. We merely need to take about as much time to read this book as we would to learn how to play a video game or use a coffee maker. If everyone did so, there would be far fewer abandoned and surrendered dogs due to the failure of their owners.
Save your dog (and your sanity), buy this book and enjoy living with your faithful four-legged friend (it's never too late).