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"This book should go home with every new puppy! The fun, easy to follow exercises guide puppy owners through every aspect of raising a puppy with lots of games, helpful hints and trouble-shooting tips that even an expert will appreciate." - Valerie B. Olszyk, CBC, Pet Behavior Help, Inc

"This is the perfect book for the perfect puppy! I highly recommend The Puppy Primer to anyone, whether a novice or experienced trainer. I'll be sure to give this book to all of my training clients!" - Khris Erickson, CPDT-KA, Humane Animal Welfare Society, Waukesha, WI

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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for over twenty years. She combines a thorough understanding of the science of behavior with years of practical, applied experience. Her nationally syndicated radio show, Calling All Pets, played in over 110 cities for fourteen years and her television show Petline played on Animal Planet for two-and-a-half years. She is the behavior columnist for The Bark Magazine (the "New Yorker" of Dog Magazines) and is Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching "the Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships." Dr. McConnell is a much sought after speaker and seminar presenter, speaking to training organizations, veterinary conferences, academic meetings and animal shelters around the world about dog and cat behavior, and on science-based and humane solutions to serious behavioral problems. She is the author of thirteen books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash, For the Love of a Dog and Tales of Two Species.

 

Brenda Scidmore's lifelong passion for dogs became a professional interest many years ago, after receiving help from Dr. McConnell for "Kato", Brenda's very shy, and aggressive Great Dane puppy. Thanks to appropriate early intervention, Kato overcame his fear of and aggression toward people, while Brenda became permanently hooked on the study of dog behavior and how to influence and change it. Brenda began her career working with Patricia McConnell at Dog's Best Friend, Ltd. as a class instructor, behavior consultant and writer. Brenda currently owns Canine Behavior Consulting, a family dog consulting and training business that offers in-home counseling and training for families with dogs that are exhibiting behavior problems from minor, to serious. Brenda is a charter member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and lives in Verona, WI with her husband, Dave, their Great Dane Sophie, and two rescue terriers, Wally and Belle.

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  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: McConnell Publishing, Ltd.; 2 edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891767135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891767135
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert applied animal behaviorist. Her company, Dog's Best Friend, Ltd., specializes in family dog-training and treating aggression in dogs, and she is an immensely popular speaker around the country. She is the co-host of Calling All Pets, an animal behavior advice show syndicated to a hundred public radio stations, and works daily with four dogs (three border collies and a Great Pyrenees) on her sheep farm outside of Madison. Her Web site is www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com..

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By gi on September 30, 2012
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This book changed my life-with-pup immediately and my understanding of dog training forever. It is the best-written concise manual to basic training I've ever encountered. I recommend it to anyone, even an experienced owner, who has a dog and wants to understand him better.

It is divided into a set of progressive exercises and reviews, one major lesson per week. The authors briefly explain in the simplest, clearest manner possible both how to bring about a behavior---e.g., the sit or down or get-away-from-that-bottle-of-pills-that-just-spilled-onto-the-floor-and-will-kill-you-if-you-ingest-them---and why that particular method works. They explain precisely---step-by-step-- how to conduct the little exercise that will create the new behavior. The week is spent in short, repeated drills and practice of former lessons.

I felt confident, once again at ease with myself and pup, by the end of page one.

The basic message of the book? IT'S NOT MAGIC: dogs act from genetic, canine-specific behavioral patterns, just as human beings act from human-specific patterns. Learn those behavioral canine patterns and adapt your training to them. Then training will be easy, even fun for both owner and pup. It will be simple.

I was ready for simple. I've owned rat terriers all my life. I like their zip and feistiness and sharp features. I love their spirit and admire their sharp minds. I have taken all my dogs through their basic training without instruction or classes, and I've had few problems, none that did not resolve themselves pretty quickly. And I'd just had fourteen wonderful years with the gentlest ratty I've ever known.

So when The New Guy arrived, he was a mild surprise. I'd forgotten the all-teeth, all-chewing, all-running stage. The bounce.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By MD on April 26, 2011
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good book, easy to follow, step by step advice, and good advice that works.

it's setup to be read just as you get your puppy, the first chapters are on the very first things to start working on with your puppy and the later chapters after that build on it. Good exercises. Also, common puppy behavior problem solving; digging, chewing, mouthing, potty training, etc.

It's a step by step beginning training guide (it's definitely worth it to teach your puppy to walk on a leash nicely--it will last his whole life).

However, I think Puppy Love Puppy Love is a more complete reference book that covers way more puppy topics and all about having a puppy. If you can get both, I recommend both, there's almost no overlap (shocking, right?)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mario on October 9, 2012
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As a small animal veterinarian, I recommend this book to clients and friends all the time. Our family recently acquired a puppy, and everyone in our home had to read this book before we picked him up. I strongly encourage you to do the same: have everyone in the family that is of reading age study this book before even bringing a puppy home, as consistency in training is the key to success. Most pets that end up in humane societies are surrendered due to behavior problems. Study the Puppy Primer, follow Dr. McConnell's advice, and prevent problems before they start!

For those of you who don't already know, Patricia McConnell is one of the top canine behaviorists in the world. She has many inexpensive booklets available to help with a variety of issues, including separation anxiety and aggression. She also has a fantastic booklet called "The Fastidious Feline" that has saved many cats' lives by teaching owners how to prevent their cats from urinating outside the litter box. There is a plethora of free advice in articles posted on her website, as well.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By kuiken123 on April 13, 2012
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I have several puppy training books and they all emphasize different things. I like this book for the average puppy owner because it doesn't get too technical with the lingo and is easy to understand, however it goes over all the major concerns one has about raising a new puppy. You can read this book all at once, but it is set up so that you can progress week by week as your puppy grows with more and more challenging tasks to work on and develop. This is nice because it does not feel as overwhelming as some puppy books and it helps you understand what you can and can't expect from your puppy at certain ages. Also it helps remind you to keep working behaviors that are vital for any puppy/dog such as come and loose leash walking. Patricia B. McConnell is highly respected in the field of positive reinforcement dog training and has many great books out there; if you have any dog issues or are simply interested in the topic, check her out.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By JN on December 30, 2010
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I loved the Puppy Primer. My now 5 month old Aussie is always getting compliments on his behavior. I bought this book before I picked him up and highly recommend it for people who want to get off on the right foot with their puppy.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie A. Heller on January 12, 2011
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I hadn't had a puppy in 13 years so I wanted a little refresher on what to expect. This book is all that and more. Many great tips on how to manage life with you new companion and gentel reminders of how much you can and can't expect of a puppy. A valuable reference for anyone who whats to start their puppy on the road to becoming a great dog.
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