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Before and After Getting Your Puppy

The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog
Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2004 Dr. Ian Dunbar (P)2016 Tantor

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Excellent for training

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

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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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excellent

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

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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
  • 05-02-18

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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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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  • Dawnwhisper
  • 15-10-18

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 Brown/Tan
  • 12-07-16

Not enough substance

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

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  • Agnes
  • 30-11-16

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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  • Illyria
  • 26-07-16

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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  • Michael Knapper
  • 25-01-19

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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  • Helena
  • 22-05-18

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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  • Rebecca
  • 18-05-20

problematic

I'm surprised anyone would get a dog after reading the book. All he says in the first few chapters is that by 8 or 12 weeks, it's already too late for the dog and that dogs not from good homes are "livestock" not pets, and can't be saved. it is ridiculous. I've raised dogs and adopted rescue dogs, and it is never too late for them. good grief. this guy has a strangely elitist view of raising dogs.

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  • Kristen
  • 21-01-20

Excellent Book for First Time Dog Owners

This is an excellent and comprehensive book for first time dog owners. The advice is clear, and easy to follow.
My husband and I did everything suggested in this book and have a dream dog thanks to Dr. Dumbar’s teaching.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-19

Lovely introduction to puppies!

Very good book with lots of useful tips. The main points are repeated many times, and shown with funny examples. Very useful and a very nice introduction to new owners or those who want a better behaved doggy next time!
All advises are very specific and well explained.
Liked the book a lot!

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  • Ali Rafatjah
  • 16-12-18

Awesome book!

I saw this book on a list of some of the best books to read for owning a dog. Although I haven’t read the other books that the list recommended I have read enough books in general to know a good book from a bad one and this book is truly outstanding.