After You Get Your Puppy
However, he becomes more comforting as the book progresses and I like his straight forward, to the point approach. While there seems to be a lot to do, his checklists and urgency guides help a lot. I really, really found this book helpful- other puppy books are really wish washy in comparison.
I think we will have a a very Dunbar trained dog! Jul 13, Alika Aion rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone with or about to get a puppy! Recommended to Alika by: A random lady in a bookstore--thanks! Shelves: non-fiction. This book helped my husband and me tremendously when preparing for our first puppy, an excitable Boston Terrier.
Dunbar breaks down the training process for you and makes it less overwhelming and more logical. He definitely seems to understand the canine mind and what ways work best to communicate with our favorite furry friends. Puppies might take a few weeks or months to want to eat out of Kongs. My advice is to stick with the things you really want your pup to learn--whether it's eating habits, potty training, or cute tricks. Have patience--puppies take awhile to learn new things, just like human babies! There are different schools of thought with puppy training.
Dunbar definitely sides with positive reinforcement and is not keen on emphasizing the negative by punishing dogs which could cause the dog to fear you and make more mistakes. All I can say is, his techniques worked for us and we have a happy, healthy, loving dog and never have to worry about him biting anyone! Oct 25, Justin Podur rated it really liked it Shelves: how-to , psychology , science.
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The most in-depth and indispensable how-to for the positive approach to dog training. Trying to use this book with a real and wonderful puppy taught me that I didn't have what it takes to raise one. Dunbar talks about the importance of crate training, bite inhibition, and socialization in puppyhood. So, the puppy ended up finding a better home with someone who could crate train him properly, had the requisite experience and understood how to read and treat a dog. My point is that Dunbar's instructions are unimpeachable.
Use them if you want a happy, healthy, and well-behaved dog. Or, like me, you may realize you don't have what it takes to have one, because by reading Dunbar you will know exactly what needs to be done to have one. Dunbar offers most of the instructions as free PDFs online, but it's worth getting the book if you can. Aug 28, Craig rated it liked it Shelves: dogs , non-fiction , training. I love that Ian Dunbar made this book available for free on his website Dogstar Daily. The book is filled with practical solutions to problems new dog owners are likely to face such as house training, bite inhibition, chewing, separation anxiety and barking.
There are too many well-trained dogs that were rescued and trained as adults for me to agree with that idea. People would be much better prepared reading this book vs. Oct 02, Andie Murray rated it really liked it Shelves: dogs , nonfiction. This was a good primer for raising a puppy, with good positive reinforcement training techniques.
Dunbar is a well-respected trainer and seems to really understand dogs and how they think. However, I was irritated that Dunbar really never offerred any advice for what you should do if your dog does't respond the way his theoretical dog did. For example, he would say "hold the treat above his head and say 'Puppy, sit'. Your puppy will sit his butt down on the floor to get a better look at the trea This was a good primer for raising a puppy, with good positive reinforcement training techniques.
Your puppy will sit his butt down on the floor to get a better look at the treat. Then what? There were many instances of this, where the author would tell you what to do, then tell you what your dog would do in response, and then how you should respond to that response. But no attention was paid to the fact that not every dog is necessarily going to make the expected response, so he doesn't provide any guidance in that scenario.
Still a very useful book, but it lost a star for that because it was less useful than it could have been. Mar 15, Sherrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-dog-care-books. A must read for anyone who is thinking of getting a puppy.
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Two caveats however due to new info and updates since it was written. He says puppies under 12 weeks shouldn't go to puppy classes. This is no longer the case. It is now recommended that dayc A must read for anyone who is thinking of getting a puppy. It is now recommended that daycare is better.
Apr 22, Erin added it. Will assess when we see how the results play out! Dec 28, Anna rated it it was ok Shelves: dogs. I mean, it's fine, and helpful, but pedantic and fear-mongering. We all make mistakes. Dogs are resilient. One accident is not the undoing of your puppy training program.
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Possibly I just chafed at the tone because at this point I'm relatively well-read in this area, and it felt condescending and unnecessarily absolutist-- there's more than one right way, but you'd never know it from reading this. That said, I know this is a product of an overwhelming desire on the part of the author to avoid the I mean, it's fine, and helpful, but pedantic and fear-mongering. That said, I know this is a product of an overwhelming desire on the part of the author to avoid the sort of disasters that happen when unprepared puppy owners get in over their heads and end up surrendering dogs to shelters or worse.
He's not wrong that many perfect puppies are ruined by their owners, and we ended up doing things that are similar to much of what he advocates in most cases. Notable departures: our vet is a big advocate for feeding on a set schedule, so our puppy is fed out of a bowl and not a Kong.
He does have a kong for when he's crated We did not use a puppy toilet. Even in the depths of the Wisconsin winter i. Dunbar's approach to training uses the cue word immediately, even before you're getting a consistent response from the dog with luring. We took an approach advocated by others and made sure the puppy had nailed the behavior on a lure before adding the cue word, hand motion, and gradually removing the lure, so that the command cues would not become diluted. Overall, a useful reference if you can get past the tone.
Mar 17, Sarah rated it really liked it. This has been on my to-read list for a loooong time. I didn't know anything about dogs until Faith was not a puppy anymore. Poor Faith had to go through a LOT of mistakes.
By the time I realized this was kind of a famous book that I should read, I didn't have very much incentive to read it. Now I have incentive because I'm getting a puppy! To be honest, I was a little disappointed. There's some great advice in here and I think some not-so-great advice.
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I liked the parts about bite inhibition This has been on my to-read list for a loooong time. I liked the parts about bite inhibition and the long-term confinement plan. The socialization parts are kind of opposite of the advice in the puppy CU book; I think a happy medium and an owner who understands her puppy are the best bet.
Of course, yesterday I came downstairs to discover that Faith had helped herself to a decorative votive holder that was on the dining room table and destroyed it. So maybe the fact that she peed on the floor about three times when she was a puppy did signal many more mistakes to come!
Actually, Faith's belief that anything in her environment is fair game positively punishes me to clean up after myself, which makes me a happier human. Sometimes we have casualties, though! May 17, Victoria rated it really liked it. The last of my invaluable puppy books. I love how this one breaks things into 6 key goals of puppy development, which I have been working towards with my dog.