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ISBN-13: 978-1577790761 ISBN-10: 1577790766 Edition: 4th

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The 1981 edition (now out of print) of this little classic on puppy rearing was a word-of-mouth best seller. This substantially revised and expanded edition benefits from an additional decade of observation of puppy behavior by its authors and includes effective, up-to-date methods for educating puppies to become good canine citizens. Along with Job Michael Evans's The Evans Guide for Housetraining Your Dog (Howell, 1987), this is required reading for new puppy owners. Whether the copy still in circulation is battered and gnawed or the book slipped by the first time around, every public library should acquire this new edition, and academic libraries should seriously consider it for its insights into canine behavior. Highly recommended.
- Jennifer King, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This book may be as important for puppies as preschool is for children" --(Dog Fancy)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Alpine Publications, Inc.; 4 edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577790766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577790761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Concerned on May 19, 2004
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Orginally, I purchased 3 books on training new puppies. "How to Raise A Puppy You Can Live with" is the only book I would recommend. And I do highly recommend it. I found it to be interesting and descriptive, but also an easy read, with language for the lay audience. The book details the growth of a puppy, at which ages to expect certain results, training methods at different age levels, and methods to punish a puppy without being cruel (like ignoring your puppy, which gets them begging for your love and acceptance). The book is filled with tons of advice on situations that will be encountered along the way of raising your puppy.
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265 of 285 people found the following review helpful By SL_ABQ on January 16, 2003
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This book was an okay book. It covers all major areas of puppy development, looks at training and problems in an elementary way, and uses nice black and white pictures for illustration. I find that it does rely rather heavily on food as reward. I liked this book better than the Monks of Skete's Art of Raising a puppy because it's more practical, yet I think that you are even better of if you purchase Kilcommens Good owners, great dogs. Though a bit more expensive, you get what you pay for. To me, dog training books need to have the potential to be used daily as a guide. I consulted this book maybe 3 times, while I use the Kilcommens book almost every other day.
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115 of 126 people found the following review helpful By AndyCat on April 3, 2002
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I am a novice dog owner and I have to say this book has helped me tremendously with the most important period of the dog's life- puppyhood. This is my favorite "puppy guide" in my large library of puppy and dog training books I have bought over the last year. All I can say is wow! If you have been searching for a good book so that you can raise a new family member and best friend look no further because this is the book for you. It is extremely imformative and easy to understand, a must for anyone bring a puppy into their home.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
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This book had everything any person needs to know if they are getting a puppy. The issues it touches are ones I've never seen touched before in a format so easy to understand. It's invigorating that someone actually put it into words and published it. This is the puppy bible. For anyone getting, or considering getting a puppy this is the first book they need to read.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2000
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This is the best book for those planning to bring a new bundle of fur into their family and for those who already own a dog. All breeders should include this informative book as part of their package with the puppy. It is packed with information, but not an overwhelming read. I would not raise a dog without it.
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This is 1 of 5 books I bought in searching for the one I wanted to use. I reviewed them all in 1 review so you can see my direct comparison without having to try and find my other reviews. Skip down to #4 to see the details on this book.

While my wife and I both had dogs growing up we never had any real formal training. We are now considering getting a dog for ourselves and wished to do it right.

After spending a couple hours reading reviews I narrowed my books down to 5 possibilities.

1) Before and After Getting Your Puppy – Ian Dunbar
2) Good owners, great dogs – Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson.
3) How to be your dog’s best friend – revised and updated edition
4) How to Raise a puppy you can life with – Clarice Rutherford and David Neil
5) It’s me of the dog, how to have the perfect pet – Victoria Stilwell.

To start your favorite choice of book will vary where your beliefs lie on 100% positive approach vs use of correction/discipline. The current pendulum appears to have swung to the 100% positive side of things. Many reviews I read (particularly about the How to be your dogs best friend) are particularly critical of the alpha roll. I just want to highlight in the revised and updated edition they specifically say they “no longer recommend this technique and strongly discourage its use to our clients”.

My disclaimer would be that I lean towards a 100% praise/positive approach but am open to the EXTREMELY rare need for correction in certain circumstances (eg. dangerous/threatening behavior towards strangers/children not improved by praise/positive). Also note that I read these 6 books over the course of 1 week. My opinions are based upon the retained impressions I have from the books with occasional direct reference.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "kpoland" on February 25, 2001
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I bought this book before the purchase of my new puppy..I wanted to make sure that I could handle and train a puppy that would end up being a pleasure to live with..After reading this book, I knew what to look for when I went to look at the puppy, because of the information in "The Temperment Test", I knew what to do with the puppies when I looked at them for the first time. I am fully confident that:1.)I can raise a good puppy that my family can live with,2.)That I picked the best puppy that would suit my family's livestyle. I highly recommend this book. Full of valuable information!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
Originally my vet recommended this book. Subsequently, I have shared the recommendation with several soon to be or relatively new dog owners. I highly recommend this book, especially to those who are new to the world of dogs.
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