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The Puppy Primer by Patricia B. McConnell
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really liked it

This book is a mix of how to deal with puppy and how to train the puppy.
It was good, quick read to learn a few tricks.
- determining that your pup may want to go out (list is long)
- punishing puppy may have different effects than we anticipate. He may not know what he was punished for depending on timing.
- attaching leash to front of harness is better than back as attaching it to back cause more pulling.
- off leash walking - give (good) treat every time your dog come to you/look at you
- entire family has to be consistent with commands and behavior (it helps to speed up the training process)
- baby steps approach: do not try to train coming or sitting in the wild (when distracted by new environment or other dogs) until something is mastered without distractions
- when training to play fetch, you need to throw ball right after dog releases it
- to teach command at the beginning (e.g., 'come') practice randomly ~20 times per day!
- distract instead of try to retrieve item from dog mouth, otherwise dog will mistake it for a game

Book is divided into 6 sections (6 weeks), but...every puppy is different and some will get some of the things right away, some other will take longer...hence it does not help much. Everyone just need to adjust learnings from the book for their dog. The Power of Positive Dog Training is more comprehensive overview of dog training where you can go over each exercise, and focus less on ones that your dog is good at and more on ones that are problematic.

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Reading Progress

September 13, 2020 – Shelved
September 13, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
December 8, 2021 – Started Reading
December 8, 2021 –
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December 8, 2021 –
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December 14, 2021 –
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December 16, 2021 –
December 22, 2021 – Finished Reading

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