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Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog

by Dr. Ian Dunbar. New World Library, 2004.

In the 1970s, veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dunbar revolutionized the world of dog training with an approach that eschewed punishment for fun, reward, and motivation. In this summary of his system for novice owners, he explains that turning a puppy into a pleasant companion actually begins before it is brought home; he describes how to evaluate and select a puppy and then discusses the crucial aspects of a puppy’s education, including house training and chew-toy training, socialization, bite inhibition, and maintenance of socialization through adolescence and adulthood. Consistency, confinement, short training periods integrated into daily routines, and the use of a stuffed Kong toy are other hallmarks of his system. (Library Journal).

 

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