• Before and After Getting Your Puppy

  • The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog
  • By: Ian Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Home & Garden, Pets & Animal Care
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (252 ratings)
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Before and After Getting Your Puppy is a simple, practical guide for anyone bringing a new puppy into the family. In clear steps, with easy-to-follow training deadlines, Dr. Ian Dunbar, who pioneered puppy classes and a loving style of dog training in the 1970s, presents a structured yet playful and humorous plan for raising a wonderful dog.

The guide is based on six developmental deadlines:

  • Completing owner education and preparation
  • Assessing a puppy's prior socialization and education
  • Teaching errorless house-training and chew-toy training
  • Completing a socialization program of meeting strange dogs and people
  • Learning bite inhibition
  • A continuing program of ongoing training

In the first half of the book, Dr. Dunbar focuses on what the owner needs to know to select a great puppy. In the second half, he presents the crucial lessons the puppy must be taught during its impressionable early development. Over time, Dr. Dunbar's kind, positive program has been proven the most effective.

©2004 Dr. Ian Dunbar (P)2016 Tantor

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Disappointing

Ian Dunbar is one of my favorites when it comes to trainers. He helped promote the bond between dog and owner.
However, this book was very disappointing.
It lacked training methods, just vague concepts. It constantly relied on talking poorly on owners who missed the socialization period with their dog and said that your dog would be "mentally retarded" for the rest of his life if you didn't socialize by 12 weeks.
As a dog trainer, I think these broad, negative statements only make people fear training their dog.

I would not recommend as a book for owners looking for training advice.

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Not enough substance

Too much repetition and not enough substance. Some good pointers, but the repetition gets monotonous.

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Most read

I loved this book because it is writing with knowledge and heart.
The writer has a lot of love and respect for dogs, and he knows what he is talking about. I think that is wonderful.

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Essential listening for puppy-dog owners!

Excellent book, excellent narration. Should be required reading or listening before anyone is allowed to own a puppy or dog! I cannot emphasize enough how important the information in this book is if you want to have a well adjusted dog who is a joy to be around and is a happy member of your family.

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Lovely narration of a harsh book

First of all let me say that the narrator fits this book perfectly. With his lovely British accent it is a joy to listen to. I read several websites which referred me to this book regarding training a new puppy. Fully half the book is dedicated to work you should do before getting a puppy but by the time I got the book the puppy was already in our home. And this makes you feel behind the eight ball from the very beginning. Throughout the book he emphasizes “errorless training”. Nothing is errorless in life — especially puppy training! It makes you feel terrible for every accident or slip. Furthermore he has deadlines and time tables by which things must be done in a puppies life. I’m sure there are ideals and goals but puppy development is not black-and-white and good training can continue past his artificial deadlines. All in all I think this is a very judgmental and harsh book which has some good ideas that I will take away. The prevailing feeling is fear and anxiety so if you want that go ahead and get this book.

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Fantastically Informative

I have searched far and wide for someone/information that not only makes sense to me, but resonates with me.

I think that Dr Ian Dunbar’s training methods and techniques are the way of the future.

I would recommend this book to any pet owner who wants to be the best pet parent they can. This book gave me a lot of confidence on how to approach my dog, and dogs to come, in terms of their training and integration of our lifestyles.

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Repetitive / Boring / Unrealistic

This was well intended, but most of the ideas expressed in this book are far reaching and unrealistic. Overall, this was hard to listen to due to the constant repetitive points and ideas, causing boredom.
I did like some of the humor and that made it a little more bearable, but not really very much.

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very helpful

I can not believe how much I've learned from this book and how much more prepared I feel to own a dog.

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Decent info, but consistently somewhat off putting.

While I’m sure the author has done years of research on the subject, some of the information he puts out seems plain wrong even to a lay person like me.

For instance, he suggests that puppies that are not fully socialized and taught basic commands before you ever take them home are not suitable pets. As most puppies come home at about 8 weeks, that seems like a lot to ask.

Additionally, he flat out calls some training techniques that differ from his beliefs “stupid”, and calls puppies from breeders that don’t meet his standards “livestock”. It’s all pretty off putting, at least for me.

It’s entirely possible that lots of people will gain a lot from this book, but personally, I couldn’t get through two hours.

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Save yourself 4 hours...

TL;DR..."If you and your breeder don't do EXACTLY what I say, your dog is RUINED." This book is awful.

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  • Book Worm
  • 09-03-16

Excellent for training

I thought I would read several books on training a puppy.
This is the best one.

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  • Maggsie
  • 05-02-17

Very useful information

So glad I bought this book. Good info for someone who's never had a dog before. Will read it a few more times before getting my puppy and will refer to it afterwards. Pity that it was written by an American as it often referred to 'dog parks' and gave out US phone numbers which wouldn't be useful to someone living in the UK.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-21

The way to bring up your puppy

Gives a logical regime for socialising and producing a well behaved and happy dog. All based on up to date scientific evidence.
I needed to listen to each chapter a couple of times, to embed the recommendations, but it was worth it!

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  • MD
  • 01-15-21

practical advice and thorough

I would definitely recommend this as a prerequisite to purchasing or adopting a puppy. Some basic and we'll reasoned methods of training and great to get an idea of timings on certain skills training.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-20

Author assumes all prospective dog owners are idiots

This book was really hard going. Everything was approached from a negative standpoint, assuming the prospective owner has no common sense or intelligence. Full of sarcasm with a condescending tone throughout.

Lessons could be summarised into ten minutes or key points - socialise, bite training, toilet training.

Would not recommend.

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  • pavlos
  • 09-05-21

very informative and enjoyable

A fantastic book written by someone I consider to be probably one of the best dog trainers ever. it's fun it's common sense and shows clearly what you need to do to make yours and your new puppy's life stress free.

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  • S. Durao
  • 01-29-20

excellent

a must for puppy owners that want to have a well mannered dog. training is crucial

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  • Andrew Scott
  • 12-26-18

Best book on puppy training

I have found this book most instructive. We have really enjoying our puppy as a result.

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  • AJ
  • 02-05-18

Good guide

Good guide for training with useful and essentially easy tips for getting the results you and your dog deserve.

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  • Angel
  • 07-12-17

Happy Puppy

I don't usually leave reviews but most definitely found this book to really work. Training my puppy has become fun and at 8 weeks old she has learnt to sit and pee on her puppy pads. I will go through the book a second time. Worth it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-18

patronisingly read making it hard to learn

felt patronising as a listener. unsure whether it was meant to be funny but it didnt come through.

the text itself didnt work for me and my puppy. good as a reference but not for everyone

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  • TheColonel
  • 06-26-18

A must

A must for all new puppy owners. Be sure you read it before you get a pup.