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Puppies for Dummies
Everything you need to train a puppyBringing home a puppy? This fun, friendly guide to puppies prepares you for this tough but terrific time. From the basics of puppy training--housebreaking, feeding, crating--to the latest on doggie day care, traveling with a puppy, and the new designer breeds, you'll get everything you need to help your puppy grow up to be a healthy, pla...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by For Dummies
(first published June 5th 2000)
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This book was an invaluable resource/lifeline when my husband and I suddenly adopted our first puppy this summer at the age of 38. The little 12-week-old lab was taking over and we had no idea where to start! I really like that Hodgson focuses on positive reinforcement instead of negative training. There are lots of terrific pointers for newbies - housetraining alone was worth the price! (Look at the dog when it goes - they crave eye contact - and repeat the bathroom word you use.) Coupled with...more
This is a quality work of reference! Covers tons of stuff, organized in a useful way. It has been a godsend over the last three weeks of puppy-care! Sometimes it helps to just know that other people have dealt with things like chewing and biting, and that there are techniques to deal. Good stuff.
This is a very thorough introduction to dog care by an obviously knowledgeable trainer who focuses less on the Dog Whisperer's style of loving dominance over the dog and more on general puppy-family bonding and positive reinforcement. There are a lot of great pointers in here, from how to select a puppy from the litter (less useful to our family, however, since we were relying on online videos posted by the breeder and couldn't perform some of the in-person submissiveness tests she recommends -...more
I got my first puppy a month ago and this book has been invaluable for help with him. Definitely a must-read for any first-time dog owners (or anyone who gets the first dog that is really theirs, after growing up with family dogs like I did).
I think this book was informative and has a bunch of information on Puppies. If you are thinking about getting one, already have one, of just want to read for the information like me, read this book. The Pets Dummies books are pretty informative and helpful.
Jun 18, 2012 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Myself being a first time puppy and dog owner I found it full of pleasant information about how to positively train my puppy. I've been using some of the suggestions like the "Looking for rain," and the treat cups for my 11 week old Pekingese. At the end of the book it had a chapter devoted to fun tricks you can teach your dog, or games to play with them. I wish I had known about this book before I got my puppy because I really like the puppy personality test that can be performed as early as 8...more
Oct 05, 2009 Caralee rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Much of this information was nice and useful. However, they try to break down some of the different commands and give set amount of repetitions and days for your dog to learn the skill. It seemed like that was unproductive to me since dogs, like people, learn at different rates, so doing 5 repetitions for 3 days may be too little for some dogs and could lead to frustration on the part of the puppy and owner.
This gets a 4 because one of Chase's favorite supervised games comes from this book: puppy soccer. Use empty plastic bottles with the labels removed. Everyone in the game gets a bottle. Start kicking your bottle around. When the dog becomes interested in your bottle, you let him have it and continue kicking another bottle. Chase loves it.
This is currently the savior of my sanity. I love its gentle and loving approach, as opposed to "The Everything Puppy Book," which focuses more on how to show your puppy who is boss. Puppies for Dummies emphasizes the importance of bonding with your puppy, and making them feel comfortable and happy in their new home.
Can say much about this can I?
I have 2 dogs, and I couldn't gone through it without the excellent help of this book.
Of course, read it if you have dogs xD otherwise will be pointless, unless you are a dog trainer or aiming to be one.
Great tips and great ways of helping us understand them!
Oct 08, 2007 Adrienne rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a dog of any age, not just puppies
This book tells you everything you need to pick a breed and then a particular puppy. Then, it gives very practical tools for training a dog of any age to have manners and do basic tricks: sit, down, stay, come, off, calm down, go to sleep, do your business. I used this book to train Zinfandog.
Apr 22, 2008 Hope rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a dog or thinking of getting a dog
Wow, there is a lot of information here. Never having brought up a puppy before it helped to understand so much in regards to relations with the dogs as well as training. This book is very thorough and sits close for quick reference.