Before & After Getting Your Puppy Hardcover – Apr 16 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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 :)
Most recent customer reviews
Great training book! I recommend it to anyone getting a new puppy. :)Published 1 month ago by lopearedrabbit
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 6 months 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 12 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 13 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 18 months ago by Leanne
Prompt delivery before schedule . Have new puppies, books very helpfulPublished 19 months ago by B Campbell
Lots of great tips for looking after and training a puppy in a positive way rather than using punishment techniques.Published 23 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 23 months ago by Richard Murray