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The Puppy Primer Paperback – February 23, 2010
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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
About the Author
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.
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The book touches on key behavioral commands that all dog owners use such as sit, lay down, come and stay while also including some unique commands as well as games that can help stimulate your dog mentally and physically. The author did an amazing job of not only explaining how to train these commands into your dog, but how to maintain a positive and engaging environment the entire time. One aspect of the book that's key is the author explaining why to work with your puppy in certain ways, explaining some of the drawbacks to alternative methods as well as common consequences to using adverse training measures.
A very realistic training manual, the tricks/commands are explained to include common problems that may arise but the reader is constantly told that if they are experiencing a more unique behavioral issue with their dog to SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP!!! The author doesn't explain this book to be the end all, be all of puppy training but something to allow the owner to lay a foundation.
Definitely a worthwhile read for pending puppy owners, or those interested in studying canine training and behavior.
All training methods in the book are completely positive. But I like that the author includes some tips on what to do when puppy is running off with your $300 glasses or getting into spilled medicine. When you're ready to add more advanced tricks and training, I like Kyra Sundance's books, either "51 Puppy Tricks" or "101 Dog Tricks" (I bought it for only 2.99 on Kindle). And for more troubleshooting and health related topics, I like "Baron's Dog Training Bible" by Andrea Arden.
Enjoy your puppy!