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Everything you need to raise a healthy, happy puppy

Bringing a puppy home? This fun, friendly guide prepares you for this tough but terrific time. From puppy care basics — feeding, crating, and housetraining — to the latest on training tools and advice, you'll get everything you need to help your puppy grow up to be a healthy, well-mannered dog.

  • Puppies 101 — get the scoop on choosing a puppy, including knowing what to expect from different breeds and finding the perfect personality to match your lifestyle

  • Train your prize pupil — find basic lessons, hints on housetraining, and ways to involve the whole family in training your new puppy with a positive spin

  • Paws for developing good manners — understand the array of behaviors your puppy uses to communicate with you to combat issues such as separation anxiety, chewing, jumping, nipping, and even aggression

  • Here's to your pup's health — discover everything you need to know about good nutrition and exercise, as well as how to identify and avoid harmful and hidden toxins

  • Handling illness and emergencies — find out what to do if your puppy gets sick or hurt

Open the book and find:

  • Your puppy's needs and developmental phases

  • How to communicate with your pup and shape good behavior

  • Ways to puppy-proof your home before his arrival

  • The freshest training techniques and gadgets

  • Tricks and troubleshooting for housetraining

  • Important lessons for puppies of every age

  • The dish on diet options for your pooch

  • Recognizing and redirecting frustrating behavior

Learn to:

  • Choose the best puppy for your lifestyle

  • Socialize your puppy

  • Translate your puppy's actions andredirect problem behaviors

  • Use positive reinforcement tocommunicate with and train your puppy

About the Author

Sarah Hodgson has been New York's and Connecticut's favorite dog trainer for over 25 years and is a prolific author, columnist, media personality, and inventor. Her trademark upbeat, proven, and positive training techniques teach owners how to help their puppies become well-behaved familycompanions. Visit Sarah at WhenDogsTalk.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118117557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118117552
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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214 of 236 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristen P. Nelson on January 16, 2009
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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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31 of 38 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Brown on August 11, 2003
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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 9 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dog lover on January 15, 2005
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Although the more general aspects of this book are good (how to choose a puppy, how and when to start training etc.), I found some of the author's suggestions actually made the training process more difficult, while others were outright questionable. Most of the elements she instructs (sit, down, stay) can be taught in much simpler ways. She spends too much time showing how to force your puppy into position, and any good dog trainer will tell you that puppies learn best and fastest when they figure out what you're asking on their own by luring with food etc. The author often suggests "hugging" as appropriate praise for a dog. While hugging is tolerated by many dogs, it is really considered quite rude in the dog world and isn't the best way to reinforce behavior.

She also relies on a lot of unnecessary equipment, such as the "teaching lead" which she invented and suggests using choke collars for all puppies. She also downplays the importance of other tactics, such as crate training and hand signals.

I started teaching my puppy at home using the methods described in the book and was amazed at how much faster he picked things up once I had been shown a different way of doing things in obedience class.
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