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Social, Civil, and Savvy: Training & Socializing Puppies to Become the Best Possible Dogs Paperback – March 13, 2017
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Laura knocks it out of the park again with her new book, Social, Civil, and Savvy, teaching how to work on the "well-adjusted" part.
This book isn't just for puppies. It's required reading for anyone who has a dog, whether the dog is ten months or ten years old. Being well-informed and knowing how to introduce your dog to new stimuli is vastly important, and this book shows you how to do it at your dog's speed.
I worried that I wouldn't find this book useful, as I've been working with my singleton Australian Kelpie, Blazer, for almost six years now. It's hard to find anything fresh or new when you've read just about every book on canine behavior out there. This book not only pointed out the things I did right (I worked with Blazer's feet since the moment he came home) to the things I did flat out wrong (dog park at eleven weeks!) to things I can work on now and forever ("touch the goblin"). She writes and recommends without judgment, with her trademark flair of dry humor and love of science fiction.
The thing I've enjoyed most about Laura VanArendonk Baugh's books is that she always has a way of showing what a dog is experiencing through human analogies. It's sometimes hard for us to understand how a dog may interpret situations. I don't want to give too much away, but I particularly enjoyed her comparison of dog parks to clubbing (you'll have to read it!).
I found the book a great page turner from the second I opened it to the moment I closed it.
Thanks for another great one!
I love that she also gives the reasons why we are doing a particular exercise, along with potential broader applications for them (for example, hand targeting is a good exercise in and of itself, but it’s also useful for keeping the dog calm in nervous situations – read the book for more info how!). And it was great that she explained concepts in simple, layman’s terms for a novice like me, but also gave more in-depth explanations, for those with more experience. And like any good dog training book, I believe this gives as much info about how to train us, the humans, on how to communicate with the puppy in a way that the puppy mind understands. Since we’ve gotten the puppy, we have referred back to the book multiple times.
It was entertaining, fun, and accessible to read, but I didn’t feel like she dumbed anything down – a really tricky line to straddle, but she did it with skill and wit.
This book is going to help me and my husband raise our puppy into a confident, happy dog, who is empowered to deal with new situations in a calm manner. I really feel this book is a must-read for anyone getting a puppy, whether you’re a first time dog owner like me, or someone who’s had dogs most of their lives, like my husband.