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Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right [Kindle Edition]

Sophia Yin , Lili Chin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With 400 photos and a step-by-step plan, this puppy book visually guides you through socialization, potty training, and life skills while making the process fun.

Dr. Marty Becker; "America's Veterinarian" of Good Morning America, says, "This is like no other puppy book you've seen before. It’s not just about teaching your puppy manners, it's a step-by-step recipe for bonding with your puppy, learning to communicate with him, and preparing you pup for life! With Dr. Yin's approach your puppy will learn more in a week than many dogs learn in a year!"

Victoria Stillwell from Animal Planet's "It's Me or the Dog" says, " This book is a must-have for any puppy parent or canine educator."

Dr. Johan Bradshaw, author of "Dog Sense" says, "This book is a comprehensive and humane guide to puppy behavior and training, incorporating a detailed guide on how to interpret your puppy's body language. Worth buying for the socialization advice and checklist alone."

Dr. Ellen Lindell, veterinary behaviorist, states, "This well-organized book is filled with essential information about puppy development and learning. Experts and novices alike will appreciate the illustrations and analogies that turn science into a clear and enjoyable read. Most important, Dr. Yin offers a plan that incorporates critical socialization and training into a daily routine. It will be a puppy life-saver."

Nancy Abplanalp of "Thinking Dogs" says, "I own tons of dog training books and none of them are as much fun to read as this one. It's accurate and easy to access. The puppy socialization chapters and checklist are especially well done. If you have a puppy, work with puppies, raise puppies, or just plain like puppies, get this book.

Chapters include:
• How Your Puppy Developed Before You Got Her
• Why Start Training So Soon?
• Preparing for the Puppy
• A Foolproof Potty Training Program
• Dr. Sophia Yin’s Learn to Earn Program for Puppies
• Socializing Your Pup to Dogs, People and Handling
• A Head Start on All the Rest

Product Details

  • File Size: 8096 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: CattleDog Publishing (August 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FR0OEA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Puppy Training Book! August 9, 2011
By Emily
This book is thorough and easy to follow; the illustrations are excellent. I love the chart at the end where you rate your puppy's progress for a variety of tasks over the course of the week. I used this book with a feral puppy and after 2 weeks (that includes time recovering from illness), he's approaching friendly strangers, handling like a champ for the vet, taking medicines with ease, walking nicely on leash, playing nice, not jumping up or nipping, and offering automatic sits for toys, treats, and attention, etc etc. So Dr. Yin's methods really work, they're friendly for the dog and the owner, and everyone has a lot of fun with them! Plus, a vet's perspective is priceless. HIGHLY recommend.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for keys to a raising a great dog!! September 5, 2011
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I've read many books on dog training and puppy raising, but this is one of the best! As one of the few board certified Vet/Behaviorists in the US Dr Yin brings good science and not the myths found in so many books on dogs. I teach pet dog classes and help train service dogs and recommend this book to all my clients. In addition to great information Dr Yin's book is very well illustrated.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, quick to read puppy book April 13, 2012
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I have several books about raising puppies and they all emphasize different things. This book is handy because it is a quick read and has a lot of pictures which can help you better understand the techniques suggested in the book. For really understanding the principles behind positive reinforcement training and why it is the more effective dog training technique, this book lacks a little bit in that area. It is also not quite as detailed as other puppy books out there. However if you want a good, basic book to help you get started with your new puppy, this is a pretty good buy. Just to mention, though the title says that you can have the perfect puppy in 7 days, be clear that the first 7 days are a mere foundation and obviously raising a puppy really takes work all the way until they are finished with adolescence (which can be 1 to 2 years), and their whole lives if you want to maintain that good behavior. Remember a puppy is a lifetime commitment so if working with a puppy actively for a year (and maintaining it for their life) sounds like too much work, you probably shouldn't be getting one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Anyone Getting a Puppy March 29, 2012
First of all get this book before you get your puppy so you can have a plan in place day one. I'm a breeder and dog trainer and I wanted to comment on the "if your dog is not socialized in the first 8 weeks you have a bad puppy" comment. I question the use of the term "bad" you just have a lot of work to do the next 8 weeks. The optimal window for socializing a puppy closes at 16 weeks so you have lost half your time if your puppy is under socialized. How do you know? Read between the lines here, good breeders socialize their litter starting day one by handling them and later on by giving them exposure to all sorts of household activity and noises. They have the puppy meet new people and lots of novel experiences. Who doesn't do this? Puppy mills, puppy brokers, pet store pups, order over web pups, etc. Careful selection of where your puppy comes from and what happened in those first weeks make a huge difference. That's the message, be careful where you get a puppy from. The most convenient source isn't usually the best source. Also plan on a lot more time than 7 days. While a parent could write a book entitled how to have a Perfect Toddler in 30 days, it's unrealistic. I think the editor /publisher came up with this title rather than Dr Yin. Ignore the marketing title of this fine book and focus on the content which is excellent. Most of all be patient and enjoy your puppy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can we take her class? October 26, 2011
Well, my pup has not become the perfect pup that Lucy is, but then I'm not training her full-time like Yin recommends. Sophia Yin is a great read, and she's super-focused in this book on getting a purebred puppy ready to live with her elderly parents. She's a lot more calm than I am (when will my puppy stop having accidents!!) and points out that if my puppy is not in his crate but free to roam about the house, I will discover accidents. She doesn't tell you what to do if your puppy is possessed by the devil, but overall her book is really helpful.

I wish I had this as a bound book, rather than a digital one. I'm not crazy about the embedded advertisements for Yin's products (treat & train)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photos and illustrations! September 17, 2011
By L. Mayo
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I love that the author often shows you (with photos and illustrations) what she's talking about when it comes to how dogs see, how you should train them, how they relate to their environment. And I like her approach to training -- without some of the more heavy-handed and cruel practices of the past. Excellent!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book before you buy your puppy!!! October 3, 2012
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We breed & show Australian Shepherds. WOW what a great book to begin the training - and such immediate results!!! Loved how the pups were able to learn "manners" (how to say/do their "please" sits) - our pups within one day! This is based entirely on positive reinforcement. My son is raising a hunting dog & much of the "training" is excellent for her also & walks right in to the training he'll do for upland hunting. Seriously, I think so much of this book I recommend it to everyone who purchases a pup from us & am considering making it part of my "puppy pack" for new owners. Dr. Yin also has a very useful website to help show you how to do some of the training & how to work on behavior problems. Highly, Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars he loved it!
Was a gift...he loved it!
Published 4 hours ago by Cowgirl_WY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book on raising a puppy. Sophia Yin is absolutely wonderful in her approach.
Published 2 days ago by Phyllis Vinchattle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great basic puppy book
Great for a beginner. A little too basic but intelligently written and reminds people about where your puppy's prospective.
Published 7 days ago by Corvallis OR
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful advice for raising a puppy.
I am preparing for the puppy I am getting in the spring, and this book is great. I love her positive training methods and sensible approach to creating a happy, well balanced... Read more
Published 10 days ago by pboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you want to raise your puppy right, this is a must read!
Published 11 days ago by Marika Koncek
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright book, but not sure the author is for me
The concept of everything is the book is great and the techniques are spot on, but the author says some pretty condescending lines and snide comments. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Zach S
3.0 out of 5 stars it had some good ideas but I found I didn't really agree with ...
This book was ok, it had some good ideas but I found I didn't really agree with or find some of the suggestions practical. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Susan Corning
5.0 out of 5 stars Ver informative
Very informative
Published 14 days ago by John Hieb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quick and informative read as I prepared to bring my puppy home.
Published 16 days ago by Karalfuller
5.0 out of 5 stars My dog turned out to be amazing thanks to this book
I learned a lot from this book. My dog turned out to be amazing thanks to this book!
Published 17 days ago by mabel longuetti
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More About the Author

Dr. Sophia Yin knows what it's like to have a problem pet and nowhere to turn for professional help. And she has witnessed countless fractured relationships between misunderstood pets and their frustrated humans companions.

As a result, her mission in life is to improve our understanding of animals and their behavior so that we can care for, appreciate and enjoy our time with them better.

Sophia learned that every pet needs a human who can lead. Not like a boss, but like a partner in a dance--someone who gives clear signals, rewards desirable behavior as it occurs, removes rewards for inappropriate behavior immediately, and sticks to the plan consistently until the new, good behavior is a habit.

Sophia's dedication to helping people communicate with pets in a positive, scientifically sound way has led her to create a variety of exceptional books and products for pet owners and pet-care professionals who also aspire to bond with their pets on a whole new level.

Dr. Sophia Yin currently sees behavior house calls, works at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists (, writes for several veterinary and popular magazines and has consulted for several zoos. She also lectures and teaches workshops internationally on animal behavior and low stress handling and has served as a behavior expert for shows such as Dogs 101 on Animal Planet. She is also on the executive board for the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Handling Guidelines Committee, and the American Humane Association (AHA) Animal Behavior and Training Advisory Committee.

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