Puppies For Dummies

Puppies For Dummies

by Sarah Hodgson


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Everything you need to train a puppy

Bringing home a puppy? This fun, friendly guide to puppies prepares you for this tough but terrific time. From the basics of puppy training—housebreaking, feeding, crating—to the latest on doggie day care, traveling with a puppy, and the new designer breeds, you'll get everything you need to help your puppy grow up to be a healthy, playful, well-mannered dog.

In this new edition, noted authority Sarah Hodgson offers trusted information on caring for a new puppy, including the newest dog training tools and gadgets, the best treats and dog food suppliers, and new insight into positive reinforcement training.

  • Everything you need to start out right from day one
  • Trusted and proven advice from an authority
  • The latest information on positive reinforcement training
  • Includes a completely new 8-page color insert

If you're one of the lucky people getting ready to bring home a canine kid, this fun, informative guide gives you everything you need to smoothly integrate a puppy into your life and home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118117552
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 86,330
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sarah Hodgson has been New York's and Connecticut's favorite dog trainer for over 25 years and is a prolific author, columnist, media personality, and inventor. Her trademark upbeat, proven, and positive training techniques teach owners how to help their puppies become well-behaved familycompanions. Visit Sarah at WhenDogsTalk.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Choosing a Dog to Love for a Lifetime 7

Chapter 1: Puppy Love: Making All the Important Decisions 9

Chapter 2: Considering a Puppy to Fit Your Lifestyle 17

Chapter 3: Browsing the Breeds: Choosing the Right Dog for You 31

Chapter 4: Searching High and Low for Your Puppy 43

Part II: Caring for Your Puppy's Everyday Needs 61

Chapter 5: Outfitting Your Home 63

Chapter 6: Preparing for the First Days and Weeks 75

Chapter 7: Communicating with Your Puppy 95

Chapter 8: Socializing Puppy 105

Chapter 9: Living in the Real World: Kids, Travel, and Other Adventures 117

Part III: Training with a Positive Spin 137

Chapter 10: Involving Everyone in Team Puppy 139

Chapter 11: Using Cool Tools and Groovy Gadgets 147

Chapter 12: Teaching Lessons for Puppies of Every Age 163

Chapter 13: Civilizing Your Puppy Indoors and Out 187

Chapter 14: Living Life Off-Leash 207

Part IV: Conditioning Good Manners in Your Puppy 219

Chapter 15: Housetraining for Success 221

Chapter 16: Redirecting Everyday Hassles 231

Chapter 17: Addressing Extreme Reactions 251

Chapter 18: Recognizing and Redirecting Aggressive Behavior 259

Part V: Creating a Wellness Plan 273

Chapter 19: Feeding Your Puppy Well 275

Chapter 20: Staying Healthy and Handling Emergencies 289

Chapter 21: Identifying Common Ailments 311

Part VI: The Part of Tens 327

Chapter 22: Ten (Plus One) Crowd-Pleasing Tricks 329

Chapter 23: Ten Fun Games 337

Index 343

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Puppies for Dummies 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A LOT of good practical information on getting off to a good start with a new puppy. My daughter, who has raised a large number of puppies, was very impressed with the information in the book. I was very pleased with the straight forward, easy to apply, way the information was presented.
Melanie Cohen More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for new puppy owners of every breed. Easy to reference and find examples to implement. Haven't had a puppy in years and forgot how much care they need. This book answered all my questions
BritneyP More than 1 year ago
I got a puppy for Christmas and immediately got this book. It is a wonderful reference (though would have been more beneficial if bought before I got him). Topics covered are housebreaking, fun educational games, barking, aggression, and other topics.
AnnieB65 More than 1 year ago
We were clueless about puppies (yes, dummies) - so this book was perfect as it assumes you know nothing. I also think it will be a good resource as the puppy gets older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two friends recently got puppies. I bought each of them a copy of this book. It is loaded with practical information that, put to use, will make dog ownership better for you and your pet. The book is very down to earth and user friendly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had been looking and looking for a good puppy book befor I picked up our puppy, and this one was the best out of all of them. I liked most about this book was: easy to read and it teaches you how to think like a dog thinks and how they look at the world. Once I understood this, It made trainning much easier. We are all much happer now that we know how to work with the dog and not against her and she is happy as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a good source to get me on track with the decision making that comes with getting a puppy. It helps you analyze yourself if your ready and how to meet the needs of a puppy with an already demanding lifestyle. It also helps identify which dog would best suit you. The reading level was so simple I easily made it through the entire book in less than a week. Well now that I have read this I'm off to go get my new puppy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives you all the information you could need when you get a new puppy. It explains in clear, understandable English how, why and when on just about everything relating to puppy care. This book is to raising puppies, what Dr. Spock has been to child-rearing.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great resource for anyone looking to get a puppy. The information helped me out both before and after I'd found my dog. I've recommended it to several friends on dog searches of their own, and they've also found it very useful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned SO much after reading this book! I feel like this book gives a fantastic comprehensive overview of how to work with a puppy. I love how they clearly highlight how using the basic commands can be applied to address common puppy behaviors. It was the first of a few training books that made dog training "click" with me. I would highly recommend this to anyone new to puppies!
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I use to have a dog named Ash. This book really helped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had puppies my WHOLE LIFE but i recommond this book to first time puppy owners
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