The Happy Puppy Handbook: Your Definitive Guide to Puppy Care and Early Training Paperback – Illustrated, October 1, 2014
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0091957265
- ISBN-13 : 978-0091957261
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Ebury Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2014)
- Language: : English
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I purchased the Kindle version because it was cheaper, but I'm thinking of adding the paperback as well because I prefer to have reference books in print. When I purchased the Kindle version I didn't realize how often I'd be returning to the book.
If you want a well-rounded approach to caring for your dog or puppy, you need this book!
I'm not bringing home a Labrador puppy, but when I read the line "For weeks or months you have thought about and prepared for this wonderful occasion" I thought "YES! This book is for me." This is a great read for the planner-type who makes lists, plans ahead, bought their dog's crate and collar months before they were born (yes, I'm guilty) and wants to do the best possible job for their puppy. I'm eight weeks out from being able to bring home my puppy, and it was the perfect timing to read this book.
I had dogs growing up, but always rescue pups and have never brought home an 8 week old puppy. This resource has been wonderful and my confidence is growing with every chapter. There is a little additional information/caution that I think is breed specific, regarding stairs and hip dysplasia, but even though this isn't a primary concern for my chosen breed (Dalmatian) I appreciated the advice, because better safe than sorry.
I hope my Dal is as happy and well-adjusted as Pippa's Labradors must be, and with the advice in this book I feel like we're already halfway there.
I do wish it gave the names of all vaccinations needed and when they were due. It mentions them but vaguely.
Top reviews from other countries
- Beautifully written
- Logical layout
- Easy to follow
- Makes perfect sense
- Pippa should consider writing a handbook for rearing children and or husbands 😂
I chose to get a fox red Labrador puppy (she is beautiful) this book was extremely helpful, in particular the advice about letting my dog off the lead from an early age my dog is a year old now and she is fantastic off lead. Whilst most people I know won’t even let their poor dog off!
My dog doesn’t jump up, she doesn’t bite, she has never destroyed anything in mine or anyone else’s home (with the exception of some of her own toys) which considering numerous people told me not to get a Labrador goes to show, if you train your dog properly then this is not an issue no matter the breed. The first night she was in our home, she didn’t cry at all - all because of the guidance of this book.
We have used a crate to train our dog and it has been wonderful, I can not recommend it enough.
My only criticism regarding the book is I felt there wasn’t a lot of advice about teaching the dog to walk nicely on a lead, this is the one area where we have had issues, but have now found a a gentleman who is teaching us how to communicate with our dog to get her to walk nicely and we are having great success.
It was pre-used and heavily highlighted, but interestingly, all the highlighted bits were the bits we needed to come back to for correcting our puppy's bad habits.
This book gave us confidence with our puppy and has made life so much easier.