Puppy's First Steps: The Whole-dog Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-behaved Puppy

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Nicholas H. Dodman, Lawrence Lindner
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Pets - 286 pages
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The new gold standard in raising puppies for the enlightened dog owner: a unique whole-dog approach combining health, training, and behavior

If you feel bombarded with conflicting advice about what to feed your new puppy or uncomfortable rapping her under the chin, if the idea of a choke collar makes you wince even though you’ve heard it’s the right way to go, here at last is advice you can trust -- and embrace. The faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, one of the most prestigious and pioneering veterinary schools in the world, now shares its accumulated knowledge and experience in this groundbreaking whole-dog approach to raising the healthiest, happiest, most well-behaved puppy possible.

The authors of Puppy's First Steps are singularly qualified to look at a puppy from all angles, physical, emotional, and behavioral. In contrast to a single breeder's or trainer's theory about what is effective most of the time, the recommendations in this book are scientifically proven to work. This integrative body-and-mind approach stands out from the one-size-fits-all mentality that pervades the dog-training world. And the advice here delivers not just during the puppy's first year -- the most essential twelve months of a dog's development -- but throughout the dog's life, ensuring a strong, happy bond between you and your new best friend for years and years to come.

Puppy's First Steps features:

* How to test a puppy’s temperament before you decide which one to take home

* The most nutritious, safest food for your puppy

* To crate or not to crate?

* Socializing your puppy with other people and dogs

* Easy-to-implement training methods based on reward, not punishment

* Housetraining in less than a week

* Overcoming puppy’s fears and phobias

* Keeping your puppy happy while you’re at work

* What to do in a medical emergency

You'll want to get your puppy off on the right foot, and now the best advice is in your hands. Comprehensive yet accessible, sensitive, and, above all, practical, Puppy’s First Steps is the only book a puppy owner will need.
  

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Review: Puppy's First Steps: The Whole-Dog Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Puppy

User Review  - Anna Nordseth - Goodreads

This is a great training book for anyone getting a new puppy. It's super-informative, gives great tips, and has really helpful info for the new puppy parents. Read full review

Review: Puppy's First Steps: A Proven Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Companion

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

Appears reasonable and balanced in its approach. Organized well. Proponents of head halters. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

NICHOLAS H. DODMAN is a world-renowned animal behaviorist. He is the author of The Dog Who Loved Too Much, The Cat Who Cried for Help, and Dogs Behaving Badly, and the editor of Puppys First Steps. Currently Dr. Dodman serves as director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tuftss Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He lives in Westboro, Massachusetts.

LAWRENCE LINDNER is a best-selling collaborative author.

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