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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST puppy books ever!, April 22, 2006
This review is from: Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog (Hardcover)
I've read every dog training and behavior book out there since 1982. And I've raised six puppies as my own pets over the years. When I found myself in a bind with a challenging, rambunctious new challenge, I read everything looking for help- CESAR MILAN, GOOD OWNERS/GREAT DOGS by Kilcommons, PERFECT PUPPY Gwen Bailey , MOTHER KNOWS BEST by Carol Lea Benjamin, HOW TO RAISE A PUPPY YOU CAN LIVE WITH, SARAH HODGSON, THE ART OF RAISING A PUPPY, Jan Fennel'S DOG LISTENER, UNCLE MATTY.... you name it. I'd spend hours reading looking for suggestions. Far and away the #1 book that helped me the most and offered me the most practical advice was IAN DUNBAR'S BEFORE & AFTER YOU GET YOUR PUPPY- mostly the 'after' part! The book contains short and sweet, easy to read and apply how to's for raising a well-behaved, well-adjusted puppy. You know the kind that goes potty outside, is quiet through the night, will go into her crate and stay quietly without whining. After all these years, I thought I knew it all. I didn't. When I needed help, IAN DUNBAR provided it. The best advice ever, 1-2-3 housetraining, confinement, rules, restrictions, 'sssshhh', etc.

ONE (1) complaint: my puppy can't get the stuffing out of the Kong - any size - and whines terribly over it in frustration.

Also recommended: MOTHER KNOWS BEST, Carol Lea Benjamin/ THE ART OF RAISING A PUPPY, Monks of New Skete/ NO BAD DOGS Barbara Woodhouse/ TV Show: Cesar Milan's DOG WHISPERER on National Geographic.
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Initial post: Feb 4, 2007 7:30:05 AM PST
I don't think you understand dogs and dog training at all. AND I think Ian Dunbar would be horrified to learn that you've recommended these other books as if they're in the same category with his. I don't like Dunbar's paranoid deadlines, and really dislike him trying to get everyone to shove their puppies into training before they're emotionally developed enough for it, but every one of the books you recommend promote promote violent, aggressive, and harmful training techniques that are in direct opposition to Dunbar's gentle approach.

LCK

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2007 7:26:54 PM PDT
Ray Ellen says:
My puppy just turned 6 WEEKS old, potty trained, crate trained, & loves his chew toys, ... Thanks to Ian.
PS: "Emotionally developed?" Give me a break. It is a DOG! HAHA!

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 1:51:22 PM PST
JoJo says:
To Ray Ellen, "...emotionally developed? Give me a break. It is a DOG! HAHA!"

That you have no awareness of the emotional life of dogs makes me very sad for the life of your pup. And for you, for that matter.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2011 12:31:29 PM PDT
rmccarren says:
I would take exception to the Jan Fennell books. Very positive and off leash style of training.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 3:40:46 PM PDT
Julianne1026 says:
Very sad that you cannot appreciate the emotional development in animals. You are missing a lot.
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