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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Pets)
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470037172
  • ASIN: B0013L4DBM
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Features a new 8-page color section

The bestselling guide to making the most of puppy's first year

Bringing home a puppy? This fun, friendly guide to puppyhood prepares you for this tough but terrific time. From the basics — housebreaking, feeding, training — to the latest on doggie day care, traveling with a puppy, and the new designer breeds, you get everything you need to help your puppy grow up to be a healthy, playful, well-mannered dog.

Discover how to

  • Choose the perfect puppy for you
  • Socialize your puppy
  • Stimulate your puppy's growing mind
  • Use the latest training tools
  • Keep peace between kids and puppies

About the Author

Sarah Hodgson has been a trainer of dogs and their people for over 20 years. She has had many famous clients, including TV personality Katie Couric, actors/actresses Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Chazz Palminteri, Chevy Chase, and Lucie Arnez, business moguls George Soros, Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Mottola, and Michael Fuchs, and sports greats Bobby Valentine and Alan Houston.
Sarah is the author of eight dog training books, including Teach Yourself Visually, Dog Training; Dog Tricks For Dummies; DogPerfect; and PuppyPerfect. Soon to be released: Miss Sarah’s Book of Etiquette for Dogs.

More About the Author

Sarah Hodgson has been a dog trainer for twenty years and owns Simply Sarah, Inc., a dog training school in Westchester, New York. She has written five books about dogs, including the bestselling DogPerfect and Puppies For Dummies.

Customer Reviews

Very informative and helped me learn a lot about puppy training.
Audrey Rothbacher
I recommend anyone getting a new puppy purchase this book and, more importantly, read it!
Kindle Customer
I found this book to be very helpful and very easy to understand.
Courtknee926

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209 of 230 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
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If you want a book that lays a guilt trip on you because you feed your puppy anything less than holistic food (that you can nibble on yourself in an emergency!)or because you allow your baby to play satanic tug-of-war or wrestling games, then you might like this book, but I doubt that you'll like your puppy. I'm a new puppy owner, and found much in here frustrating -- she doesn't talk much about crate training, for instance, because it makes her cry to see a dog in a cage, so she suggests you just tie your pup to yourself all day. Do yourself a favor: the information in How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With is far more helpful and complete, and the writing in The Art of Raising a Puppy is far more readable and enlightening. I can't vouch for the other puppy books, but the two books I mentioned are worth your time and money; this one is, well, for dummies.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By SL_ABQ on January 16, 2003
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This book was truly useless. I read it and sold it because I knew that I would never want to look at it again. It's very elementary (hence the name, "For Dummies) and many sections are not very helpful when it comes to training. I had many questions after I read this book. Maybe I made the mistakes to read other books before this one which just blew me away so that when I read this book, I wasn't very impressed....In addition to the somewhat inferior content of the dummy book, it also lacked the many black and white photographs that I came to appreciate in the other readings which really drove home the points that these readings made (Pictures are worth a thousand words - when I see a "sit" sequence, that does a lot more for me than being told "pinch this, push there, and pull that). If you are on a budget and want to save money for dog toys, quality dog food etc for your puppy/dog, don't get this book. Spend your $ more wisely by getting Kilcommon's Good owners, great dogs. That book will be your friend and advisor, while this one will just end up on your book shelf, because it doesn't have the info you need on a daily basis to really help you and your dog. Think of yourself more highly and don't get a dummy book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erin Sweany on October 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
One common thing I found throughout this book is that all the information is very breif and it doesn't really adress any topic or issues in details. For example it mentions that nipping puppies are "bosy and manipulative" however is doesn't explain their reasoning for such a bold statement. It also doesn't adress how to deal with such a behavior. All it says is "nipping is bosy and manipulative and needs a firmer regimaent." It then says to follow the advice in the following chapters, but it never even adresses this issue.

All the information is just incredably breif and wont answer any questions you might have with answers or proof. This might be an ok choice as a small guide, but if you are truly interested in learning more about your puppy, this book is to breif and will not go into any needed detail.

The puppy calander is also pretty useless and basically just takes up space. if you want a puppy dairy just write in a notebook. All the tips listed are repeated over and over on the dairy pages, they could have at least not repeated the same tips and used all new ones.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Brown on August 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book has a lot of information. I had already bought a puppy so the handful of chapters on deciding what type of dog to get, etc were not that useful to me. I was mainly looking for training information. There is training information in the book, but with all the other information it is not 100% convenient to get to. I am better off with the thin book I got from the "puppy kindegarden" class I enrolled in.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kristen P. Nelson on January 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just got my second puppy, and picked this book off my bookshelf to refresh my puppy training homework. I am primarily a positive reinforcement trainer and like to set my puppy up to make good decisions. It makes teaching the puppy how to fit in with your house a fun experience.

So my puppy keeps getting into the cat's food. I've worked on recall from distractions and on a "leave it" command. Basic stuff. Since my puppy is either in a crate or under direct supervision, this is working pretty well. What does puppies for dummies recommend? That you berate the cat's food in a scathing fashion. Next time your puppy sees the food she'll know it's bad and avoid it.

I was going to insert a sarcastic remark here, but it would be redundant.

I don't think Puppies for Dummies is a bad book necessarily, but there are simply better books out there. Try Dr. Ian Dunbar's "After You Get Your Puppy." Dr. Dunbar's book includes primary guidance on crate training, puppy mental development, and basic training. All the fundamentals your average person needs to help a new puppy grow up to be a great dog.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. V. J. O'Sullivan on July 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
I always approach the 'Dummies' series of books with some trepidation since I always expect them to be shallow and short on detail. Although true for some of their computing books, that's not the case here.
By coincidence, I came across this book as we were about to get a puppy ourselves. The most useful part is certainly about housetraining and then the stuff about properly looking after it so that it doesn't get instilled in bad habits.
I'm sure there are many other books on how to look after puppies. This one, I'm sure, is as good as any of them.
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