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We are bringing our puppy home in one week and our breeder has already laid a solid foundation for our pup. She recommended that we read this book for a step by step guide for socializing our puppy to become a confident, happy dog. The book is easy to read, science-based, well-researched, and provides links to other resources that might come in handy along the journey. It guides the reader through the basics of a puppy's mental development during the first 16 weeks, providing a checklist of activities to stimulate the puppy's brain and provide confidence building experiences. I would recommend this book for any new breeder or puppy owner.
This is a great book! I'm a 'people and their dogs' trainer and I'm recommending it to every client I have. It should be required reading for every potential puppy and dog owner/adopter. It shoots it straight from the hip about what dogs need. Which is not always what owners want or need. And it puts a big chunk of responsibility on the breeder to do what pups need prior to going to their new homes. It defines socialization, socialize, social, and habituation, the first three in particular, that are so miss understood by the dog owning public and also by a lot of trainers. I'd give it 7 or 8 stars if I could!
I loved the info on what breeders should be doing to prepare puppies for life in their new homes. Hopefully, it will encourage more breeders to do what they need to do to get their puppies off to a good start. I think it is helpful for puppy buyers as well; what the breeder has done is something many people don't give a thought when they choose a new puppy and it's so important. I will definitely be recommending this book to clients with new puppies as well as those who are considering breeding their dogs
I really enjoyed it -- I ended up reading the whole thing in one day. Definitely learned many valuable lessons. I highly recommend this ebook to anyone who will be bringing home a puppy in the near future. Five stars.