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Before & After Getting your Puppy

The Positive Approach to Raising A Happy, Healthy, & Well-behaved Dog

Dunbar, Ian

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Before & After Getting your Puppy
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Very few dog trainers have not been influenced by Dr. Ian Dunbar's dog-friendly philosophy. In the 1970s, Dr. Dunbar sparked a dramatic shift in dog training - away from leash corrections and drill-sergeant adult dog classes based on competitive obedience and toward a positive approach using toys, treats, and games as rewards for teaching basic manners, preventing behavior problems, and modifying temperament. Before Dr. Dunbar there were no classes for puppies, very few family dog classes, and not much fun in dog training. His positive approach to training revolutionized the field, especially in training puppies.Now in Before and After Getting Your Puppy Dr. Dunbar combines his two popular puppy-training manuals into one indexed value-priced hardcover edition. In clear steps, with helpful photos and easy-to-follow training deadlines, he presents a structured yet playful and humorous plan for raising a wonderful dog. Dr. Dunbar's guide is based around six developmental deadlines: completing your education and preparation, assessing a puppy's prior socialization and education, teaching errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training, completing a socialization program of meeting strange dogs and people, etc.
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2004
ISBN: 1577314557
Branch Call Number: 636.70887 D898b 2004
Characteristics: xiv, 224 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Dr. Dunbar was ahead of his time with the rewards based training. If rewarding for things done correctly works, why punish for things done wrong?


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Aug 27, 2012
  • lbomya rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a really good book on how to correctly train your puppy especially what to do if you work during the day. Highly recommended for dog owners that want to properly socialize and train their puppy from the beginning to not be destructive and know how to entertain themselved during the day when you're not home. Clear steps as to how to curb barking and housetraining.

Jun 12, 2012
  • mkliewer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an awesome resource for someone who is thinking of getting a puppy (or just got one).
A clear explanation of why puppies behave the way they do, and how to start your relationship with your dog on the right foot.
Dr. Dunbar also has tons of material available on Youtube for further information.

Mar 16, 2012
  • theno1bet rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book for a beginner dog owner or someone who has had dogs before and want a more positive method of training and understanding their puppy.

Apr 25, 2011
  • frosty73 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is absolutely one of the best books available for puppy training. I highly recommend it.

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