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Q: Best first book for a new puppy owner?

January 8, 2009 | By Azzurrapl | 5 answers | Expired: 2013 days ago

Azzurrapl

Before I adopted my puppy - I got the book "The Puppy Whisperer" from a friend..... and I read that. My book has pink & yellow highllighting througout. Nice Reading - but is there a better book for a new puppy owner - someone who has had dogs before maybe but never a puppy or someone who has never even had a dog? If you work in a shelter - do you give adoptive families any written information - like about Vets and Training? I am trying to get a list of resources together for adoptive families for a Rescue group that I am going to start volunteering with.... I know from my own experience that I wished I had more information before picking my puppy up. That way I would not have gone through some of the bad experiences I did with my pup. Thanks for your suggestions.....
Many dog owners like Cesar - many trainers do not..... I do not want to get into that argument here. I do know that Cesar refers new puppy owners to good trainers.... he works and writes about grown dogs that have behavior problems. He would defer to Dr. Dunbars knowledge about puppies. I was hoping to hear about any good puppy books by him or one of his protegees? (I am spending a small fortune buying books to read and review for this project.) Since I have not gotten many responses - I guess shelters do not give any information to adoptive families? I would think from a marketing standpoint - training schools would have thought about this before and sent lists and or marketing brochures lists to "Rescue Groups"? I guess I was wrong?

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Liann L.
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Jan 14, 2009

I like "The Perfect Puppy" by Gwen Bailey. It's what we recommend to all new owners at our shelter.

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Thad R.
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Jan 10, 2009

I like anything written by the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan.

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Nichole B.
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Jan 10, 2009

puppies for dummies...

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Cindy S.
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Jan 08, 2009

Raising puppies with children author Pia Silvani

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Judy  Z.
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Jan 08, 2009

There is no such thing as the book that is going to tell you everything you need to know. All puppies are different - like the proverbial first child that is a true "angel"! you have to make adjustments to any dog you get whether a new owner or otherwise.
I liked the book "Dog Perfect" by Sarah Hodgson. She writes about the basics and also gets into problems.
Another book is "Never Say No" by Dr. Roger Mugford. A bit more technical but easy to read.
Another is "Good Dog, Bad Dog" by Siegal and Margolis.
Each one gives some points towards training the "unexpected".
AND, you should be thinking about going to puppy training classes to socialize your new pup. You need to find out at what age your pup may be able to get started. It varies by trainers and clubs. Do not take your pup to dog parks or into pet stores until you get the okay from a vet that the vaccination program is complete and your pup is protected. This is important!!

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