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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Not enough substance

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

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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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great book for people wanting to get a pup.

loved it! full of great advice! I now know what is important to do with my pup.

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Good, positive advice - for most dog owners

I realize there is a sharp divide between positive-only methods and the old school methods. For the most part, I lean towards the positive only, but appreciate and respect the dogs nature and pack life.

I found a good deal of the advice useful and plan to incorporate it into my own dog training with my puppies. The "before" advice is not as useful if you already have puppies. Some of the advice is dependent in selecting the right puppy from the right breeder from the beginning and Ian offers little advice if that didn't happen. What do I do if I didn't happen to get my puppy pre-house trained and well socialized?

However, there are several good tips that I would not have considered otherwise and he does give reasonable explanations as to why. Additionally, I enjoyed the British accent of the narrator and the author's occasional use of humor to spice up an otherwise dry topic.

I don't recommend this be your only puppy training book. There are several other perspectives worth considering and even if you stay on the positive-only side, this book feels incomplete as the sole resource for puppy training. However, it is a worthy part of a well rounded library of dog training and canine behavior books.

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Fun and Powerful!, Learned a lot of simple tools.

Great writing...great expertise.. amazing tools to help my two puppies be angels. Don't think you can do it without help.. This stuff works and is proven.

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good resource

This book was a good dog training resource for our husky puppy! It's easy to follow, and has a positive training focus.

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un magnífico libro

Magnífico. muy útil especialmente si se le antes de que el cachorro cumplan 5 meses.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.