Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0084FGYWG
- Publisher : Karen Pryor Clickertraining (May 17, 2012)
- Publication date : May 17, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 9664 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Print length : 355 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,476 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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I do like the way it's laid out, it's easy to jump around to what I want to find. The pictures are helpful but a tad redundant. Overall an easy read with lots of helpful stuff.
I read several books beforehand, including Caesar Milan's puppy book, and the one by those monks. I've been a big fan of Caesar's TV show, and after having seen a million episodes, figured I'd be a real pro whenever I finally got a dog. Boy, was I wrong.
First of all, raising a puppy is more challenging than anyone can possibly imagine, if it's one's first time. But also, I quickly found that while a lot of what Caesar says is rooted in sound enough "dog psychology", the whole "pack" mentality and dominance thing is a bit off the mark. For example, the show often teaches when a seriously misbehaving dog is out of control, to hold him on his back. This really isn't such a great idea for a puppy... They lack the capacity to understand just what that means.
So, anyway, Caesar's book, and several others I read (including a few small e-books found on Amazon) were too general-too abstract. They sound good in theory, but they don't really leave you with useful, explicit tools and methodologies. They leave you more with a handful of obvious tips and some philosophy. That's great, too, but it's insufficient, in my opinion.
Enter this book. I had a wonderful, wise old man for a vet, and during my dog's first checkup, he went through a list of things. When he reached the "behavior" topic, he recommended the authors of this book (who were local), and this book specifically. At first, I balked a bit, because I figured it must have been something so-so to have been written by local authors who also consult on these kinds of issues. Some time later, I actually spoke with the author, regarding some in-home consulting to help me lay sound foundation for training and raising my puppy. Our schedules didn't match up, but she recommended the book and said it would answer all of the questions I was having.
It did, and more. This is, simply put, the best written, most useful puppy book I have ever come across. It's very light on philosophy and celebrity self-inflation and things like that. It's extremely to the point, so much so that I recommend reading it in small chunks, and really meditating on what you've learned in just a few pages, because every few pages contain an absolute wealth of information. It lays general groundwork that is phenomenal, but it also has specific answers to questions like "What do I do about excessive mouthing?" Rather than give one of the many dumb answers I found all across the internet (and strangely, were lacking in the two most popular puppy books on Amazon), the book provided a brilliant answer that plugs into an underlying behavioral training framework that was just as brilliant. Perfect.
I have no doubts in saying that anyone who studies this book in its entirety, and puts its lessons to practice, will end up with a very well trained and behaved dog indeed.
Top reviews from other countries
This one was the best. A handbook on the right way to do things.
A touch technical, but lot’s of insight on why puppies behave the way they do, and clear steps on how to get good behavior.