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Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development Paperback – February, 2004

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About the Author

Pat Hastings has been involved in the dog world since 1959. She is currently an AKC judge and renowned dog fancy educator.

Erin Ann Rouse has been a professional writer for over 25 years, focusing on dogs and their people.

Together they have created the "Puppy Puzzle" video and the Tricks of the Trade book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dogfolk Enterprises (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967841429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967841427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Johnson on January 5, 2005
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I was originally disappointed with this book when it first arrived. I looked at how small it is (comparatively, to the rest of the dog books I have) and wondered how such a little book could possibly hold that much information.

Thankfully I was wrong! Puppy Development is an incredibly useful book about puppy raising and socialization. It is written in a concise, easy-to-read format and is actually a collection of smaller articles written by various authors.

Grrreat things about this book:

· Entire chapter (about 25 pages) detailing the different emotional/social "periods" of puppy development, from pre-whelping to mature adult. This is such important information, every breeder/puppy raiser/foster mom should be familiar with this chapter! It was VERY helpful!

· Special information on "clicker litters" and how to get the most out of your litters by using a clicker

· An article on socialization and special needs of "singleton" (one-puppy) litters... very important for those of us whose breeds have small litters normally

· Advice on losing puppies, fading puppies, and when to let go

This book includes well-known articles such as "The Rule of 7's" by Pat Schaap and "Mental Conditioning" by Becca Weber... must reads for any breeder!

Another thing really useful about this book is the "Tips/Tricks" sections, both for breeders and for new puppy owners. There is also a one-page checklist of what you should put in your puppy packet to send home with pups.

There is a lot of practical "stuff" covered in this little gem (knowing the breed you choose, nutrition, vet care) along with information for the experienced breeder on show-dog socialization and making agility puppies.

It is easy to read, easy to use as a reference, and every breeder or puppy raiser should own a copy! I absolutely loved this book!
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I got confused thinking this was the book about learning to evaluate litters and predict what their conformation will be like as adults but that is a VIDEO called simply the "Puppy Puzzle". Whoops! This book is a collection of dog articles about developmental stages and lots of tips for socializing puppies insanely well so they have like no chance of being social misfits. This makes it a good book in itself. I probably would have needed to buy it anyway.
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Pat Hastings and Erin Ann Rouse edit Another Piece Of The Puzzle: Puppy Development, showing the importance of evaluating litters to determine each puppy's lifestyle needs and temperament. There are developmental stages which pros use to assess and evaluate a puppy's potentials, and these are revealed in a guide which will appeal to a range of owners; from neo-pros and breeders to the average new puppy. owner. Raising clicker litters, single litters, and placing a puppy appropriately are all covered in detail.
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I have been raising and showing dachshunds for 48 years and am a dog show judge but enjoyed reading and learned a few new tricks so you can teach an old dog and an old lady new tricks. Enjoyed it very much.
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Very informative book, will help you go through a litter of pups. I didn't agree with some of the opinions expressed with the interviewed breeders in the last half of the book, but dog people are as bad as horse people for having opinions! Overall, a helpful book.
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As first time breeders we found this book to be very helpful in what to look for in puppy development and how to stimulate the puppies for proper neurological and social development. Should be required reading for any responsible breeder
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It's a good book with some older articles compiled to address what to expect from a puppies developmental stages. I lot of the things I was already aware of and/or agree with. But there were a few things that I learned and since put into practice so for me the book is a winner! All around it is a good book with good information and is another tool to add to my library.
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An outstanding book! Pat Hastings, ably assisted by co-author Erin Ann Rouse, once again shows her astonishing depth of knowledge about dogs gleaned from her years as a dog breeder, professional handler, and dog show judge. A worthy follow-on to her seminars and acclaimed video, The Puppy Puzzle, this book clearly delineates the stages of puppyhood and outlines the interactions that a puppy's human should be providing throughout each stage. I liked this book so much that I bought more to give to every new "parent" for my recent litter of eight puppies.
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