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Before & After Getting Your Puppy Hardcover – Apr 16 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1 edition (April 29 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,230 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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About the Author

Veterinarian, author and animal behaviorist, DR. IAN DUNBAR is the Director od SIRIUS Puppy Training and Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Ian Hosts his own popular television series in England, "Dogs with Dunbar," He lives in California with his son Jamie, two dogs and a cat.


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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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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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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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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 important and influential the little things are. He loves dogs, but more than loving dogs, he is super educated and everything he says is firmly based in proof and science. I bought two copies as gifts for friends and would buy again.
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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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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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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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