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The Puppy Primer

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Minimal shelfwear w/beginning to curl corners. No markings. Pages are clean and bright. Binding is tight.
Paperback, 117 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by McConnell Publishing, Ltd. (first published January 1st 1996)
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As we prepare to welcome a new canine addition to our household, it was suggested by two different breeders that we read this Puppy Primer. I have lived with many canines in my life both as indoor pets and combination outdoor/indoor residents. I am surprised by how many things I noted in this book that I have been doing wrong all these years!! The evidence being the very behaviors about my former buddies (and my dogs are my children and treated as such) that often drove me to distraction and has...more
Karen Lawrence
An excellent book to read before bringing home your new puppy. I am glad I read it before we brought Gipper into our home in June. It gives good tips on training and dog behavior.
This is a good intro to having and training a puppy. The method is 100% positive and reward-based and I think the advice is good. But it's riddled with copywriting errors and typos- honestly, I spotted one every couple of pages. There are no pictures, and I would have liked more specificity about puppy ages and time frames. Maybe the authors were being purposely vague to avoid building up owners' expectations, but it would be nice to know an approximate age when I can expect to let my puppy play...more
One of the better books on what to teach your puppy. Don't look for info on nutrition, finding a breeder/source, or choosing a pup here. This is McConnell's take on what you need to teach your puppy early on and as an adolescent. Includes ideas on how to make things more challenging for your puppy as he progresses. I've read many puppy books and this is by far my favorite general source on working with puppy behaviors early on.

I do wish they would have used a different font for the body text......more
Seems strong and practical. Proof will be in the training, though, and that is yet to begin, in my case.
Another great book by Patricia McConnell. It didn't necessarily provide everything I needed to know to take care of my 5 rambunctious puppies, but it would be perfect if you were just adopting one.

Definitely a good reference book.
Really helpful. Aligned with the advice in Dr. Sophia Yin's "Perfect Puppy in 7 Days" book. Would have liked more general puppy care info and pictures; for what it is though--book on training puppies--it's clear and detailed.
Definately a great resource for puppies or dogs of nearly any age. I read it on my Kindle, but am also going to buy it hard copy to have on hand for easy reference.
Helpful and easy to understand. Makes me want to adopt a puppy so I can train it well--which I realize is hard work, but sounds so rewarding and fun!
lots of good tips and a fairly detailed schedule for training
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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and i...more
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