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An interesting book which accompanied some excellent puppy training classes and reinforced much of the same material.
A new puppy is coming to our home. Being a first-time pet owner, I wanted to be well-prepared for what is to come. I purchased "It’s Me or the Dog" by Victoria Stilwell, "The Whole Dog Journal Handbook of Dog and Puppy Care and Training", by Nancy Kerns, and this book, The "Perfect Puppy". Of the three, I liked Stilwell’s the best and "The Perfect Puppy" the least. Having read the other two first, perhaps I found this one lacking in new information. It is still a great resource. Chapter sixteen,...
Like most books of its kind, this one makes you feel that you can have a lovely, happy and well behaved pup with a little work. Once pup arrives and life gets busy, the book reminds you of everything you should be doing and aren't. By the end, I was wondering if just having a dog that will sit when asked isn't about all I could wish for. Good advice, easier said than done. My pup, I fear, will never be perfect.
I really liked the author's take on training. It goes along well with my philosophy in raising kids - understanding what is happening in their natural development, making use of critical periods of development (in dogs there is one for socialization), etc. I liked her method of completely avoiding punishment due to the fact that the dog doesn't understand and so it isn't helpful. Lots of great things to keep in mind - like "winning" more games than you "lose" when playing games like tug of war w...
Our dog is two years old, so no longer a puppy, but he is a rescue dog so we are starting from scratch with his training. This book was great for that, since it covers how to train your dog right from him knowing nothing at all. Oh and we knew nothing too - this is our first dog! The author covers all the basics of how to choose a puppy and how to introduce him to your home and this looked useful, although was less relevant to us.There is an interesting section comparing how a dog views the worl...
An interesting and informative book. I read this in preparation for my own puppy that arrives next month and I'm glad I did. While I don't know if I agreed with every single bit of information, the majority was very useful and something I'll refer back to in future when training.
Lots of detail and great chapter on training methods in particular! But i will have to wait a little while to judge the actual effectiveness of this book
A fantastic and easy to understand book. Anyone who is looking to get a puppy should read this first.
I found the book The Perfect Puppy, by Gwen Bailey, very helpful. I really want a dog and I am trying to learn as much as I can about rearing a puppy. The book talks about things like housebreaking and socializing in great detail. It also talks about things like choosing a breeder and a dog. It explains what puppy mills are and how to avoid buying from them. The book says that, when looking at a breeder, ask to see the puppy with its mother to make sure it is not a puppy mill or the dog inherite...
This is a good puppy training book with a lot of good ideas. But someone else reviewed this book and said life gets busy, and then this book just reminds you what you should be doing but aren't. And I feel that sums up my experience perfectly: if I can just get Copernicus to stop biting people and sit when I tell him to, I am going to consider that a win.
From what I've read so far, she doesn't think it should ever be necessary to verbally reprimand a dog, and to just distract them from behavior problems instead with toys. To me, that seems like asking the puppy to act out in order to get a toy. I think this would work great with a sensitive and submissive dog, but isn't a one-size-fits-all guide.
Simple yet effective techniques that really work.
I would like to quote (and slightly amend with my own interjections) Judie Holliday's 2011 Goodreads review of this book, because it definitely reflects my feelings: "Like most books of its kind, this one [initially] makes you feel that you can have a lovely, happy and well behaved pup with a little work. Once [the puppy] arrives and life gets busy, the book reminds you of everything you should be doing and aren't [and boy, did I feel guilty for the not being the perfect pet owner]. By the end,
I liked the step by step instructions for teaching tricks. I would have never thought to start with the end of the trick and work backwards so that something the dog already knows how to do follows each part of the trick as you teach it. I much prefer working with rewards rather than punishments but it is hard to remember when they're sinking their little razor blade teeth into the back of your knee and ripping up your favorite work pants. This book did encourage me to persevere even though some...
I borrowed this book from the library after having a puppy for a couple of months. The puppy was not my first , nor my second but it had been a few years since a puppy had been in the house. I knew most of the info presented in the book but everyone can always use a refresher. There were a few things in here that I had not heard about which was refreshing and the book is filled with pictures which I found very helpful. I would recommend this book to any puppy owner.
Started this book just before I got Gordon, however I didn't complete it until after he joined the family as I was with busy with uni at the time. A good read with good advice for a first time puppy owner :) the advice at puppy school / obedience school followed the same structure which was all about positive reinforcement. Love it :)
We do not have a dog, never had. But as you get older you start thinking of getting one to keep you going. As a companion and a driver to keep you going. We both love dogs and this is a great little book. I'll buy a copy when the day comes mainly for all the advice and training sessions included in this book, good photos so easy to understand.
It is a very solid book that made us make our puppy an amazing companion. I would give it 5 stars if it wasn't for the authors weird comment about the fact that she refers to all the puppies as "him" instead of "her" or "them". I couldn't care less if she would call it the bloody kitty, but having to take a stancd on that fact is a wee childlish.
Cannot recommend this book highly enough to any new puppy owners - everything you need to know in a very acessible style that will help avoid all sorts of easy to make mistakes and set your relationship with your puppy of to the best of starts. Got a puppy? read this book.
I know no dog will ever be perfect but I have to say that if you follow the wonderful advice in this book you will end up with a well trained beautifully behaved pup. An excellent manual for any new puppy owner
Both easy to read from cover to cover and to use as a quick glossary reference guide. Recommended by our vet, this guide has helped us tremendously to get little Arthur and his hooman parents off to a good start. It focuses on the positive approach to training and ongoing fur family life .
What a great puppy-raising book. It breaks down what dogs learn socially at certain ages, what actions you can take that make sense to your dog, and is a very dog-friendly body language guide, too. The tricks section got a little copy-paste, but the majority of the book was so useful.
A practical book that has proven very helpful as a new puppy entered our lives.
This book gives us some basic level of knowledge. Apart of this, there’s nothing special.
Just ok. Very basic and verrrrry British.
Great pictures and sound advice.
Straightforward book about training a puppy.
Great book with some seriously good tips and tricks to help you raise a well-adjusted and well-behaved dog. Would highly recommend to anybody thinking about getting a new puppy!
This is an update of the book I used to successfully train Lucy. The author is British so it is somewhat geared toward the UK, but has US resources.
I absolutely loved the book - it is immensely good for all puppy owners! I loved the step-by-step exercises they offer.