My Smart Puppy (TM): W/DVD: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training
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My Smart Puppy (TM): W/DVD: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training

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America's most beloved dog trainers are back with brand-new training techniques in the definitive guide to raising a happy, obedient puppy. Photos.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing
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Kristen Smith

I can't give this 5 stars yet since we don't currently have a dog to try these training techniques out on... But they seem relatively easy to follow and it was a quick, fun read! It also made me very anxious to now get a puppy so I can get to work!
Although I'd heard great things about this book, I wasn't too impressed with it. Mostly, I think the organization of the book threw me off - it didn't seem to be there at all. I just couldn't understand how it was organized (or more importantly, why it was organized that way). I compared the information in this book to the other two dog-training books I've been reading (Good Owners, Great Dogs and How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With), and the information seems to be on par with that found in...more
I really like this book, as it offers some unique methods and games to training. It breaks dog training up into different levels and sections such as Trust, Touch, etc. It even includes a DVD that could potentially be useful, however, the dog trainers are a little over the top happy for me. The one thing I wish would have been more thoroughly discussed is the order to do the training/games and how to know when to move on to the next level in the sections.

Overall, a nice approach to dog training....more
Pamela D. Pope
Mar 14, 2008 Pamela D. Pope rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: new pet owners, pet owners who need traning,
Recommended to Pamela D. by: talk radio show
There is an exceptionally funny and embarrasing story behind how I came to learn about this book and speak with the author. I'll tell it to you some time. We adopted a 9 month old 74 pound black lab mix. I had not been around dogs since my childhood and he was a BIG puppy. The book was great and helped our family work with our dog and his issues instead of returning him to the shelter. My copy came with a DVD which is great for addressing specific problems quickly and for those who are visual le...more
An indispensible guide to having a puppy. I love how there are actual lessons to practice with your pup. Even if you only do 1/4 of the exercises, you can see how much your dog appreciates the guidance. Also, the tone of the book made me look forward to working with my puppy. My fav. advise that has kept me motivated to work with charlie is to avoid the 4 "s"'s when describing him - sneaky, stubborn, stupid or spiteful. Just think of him as being confused! Yelping helped alot for nipping.
This book might be great if you have a larger breed dog, but for mid-size to smaller it is only vaguely useful. Also the organization of the book is illogical and confusing, referencing things way further into the book. The authors should follow the progression of problems with age and include their solutions at that time. I would not recommend this book to anyone. By the time I read this book, I could have looked online for a multitude of solutions.
There are some good things in here: You get what you pet and you raise what you praise. Get to 'Good!'

Overall, some things I agree with, a lot that I don't. A little too 'precious' with all the cutesy names. I think they were trying to come up with catchy names that would make it easier to remember training aspects, but it was too much for me.

I can't endorse a book that says pronged collars are good for certain situations.
This is a great book for new puppy owners! Not all of the information will be pertinent to your specific puppy as it is laid out by puppy personality, age, and training level, but the layout is easy to navigate. Even if you don't have time to read the whole book, you can learn a lot by devoting a small amount of time to this book. There is a very positive vibe throughout, even when discussing your puppy's(our your) mistakes.
though i am not currently in ownership of a puppy --or a dog for that matter-- i keep hanging on to my dreams. someday.....when i do go that direction and once again at least take on the foster care side of dog ownership, this book will be a treasure in helping me to get through sticky situations, and tackle common dog problems. it's a real piece of gold for those headed towards adding a new puppy to their home. great advice!
So, I'm not really done reading this. At this point it will be more of a reference title, than one I'll read.

I like the advice. I like the authors' combination of physical discipline (leash tugs), praise rewards, treat rewards, and play rewards. We owners need to spend absorb more of the information, there is quite a bit in a very small space, but it's all geared to having a happy, healthy dog.
Jun 15, 2012 Sumiko rated it 5 of 5 stars
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If you're going to get just one dog book for a new puppy, I'd recommend this one. Positive approach, fun training games, good ideas for commands to teach your puppy so she'll grow into a well mannered dog with good self control. I also recommend "Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog" by Ian Dunbar.
The main book that I used to train my dog. She turned out perfectly well behaved in no time. The training they advocate in this book is something you can easily incorporate into your everyday life.
Oct 09, 2007 Alie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: new puppy owners
This is a very good puppy training/behavior book. I skimmed about 6 other books at Barnes & Nobles and ended up buying this one. Solid advice, and the dvd is a nice bonus.
If you're getting a puppy, get this book and read it cover to cover. And read it BEFORE you get the puppy. It will help you know what to expect and what you are in for.
Great resource, going to be referencing it for quite some time I think. Gives training "games" and helpful hints. Even common problems and how to avoid those.
At first i hated this book because I thought it was too complicated. But if you pick and choose, it's not so bad.
well, all the tips iread in the other puppy book do not work for brophy...thisone's already helping!
Great info book about puppies. We keep referring back to it!
Dec 31, 2011 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Kilcommons is great--my favorite resource for training advice.
Lots of practical dog wisdom in one place!
Generic information, nothing new
Love Love Love this book!!
so far, so good.
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