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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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In the 1970s, veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dunbar revolutionized the world of dog training with an approach that eschewed punishment for fun, reward, and motivation. In this summary of his system for novice owners, he explains that turning a puppy into a pleasant companion actually begins before it is brought home; he describes how to evaluate and select a puppy and then discusses the crucial aspects of a puppy's education, including house training and chew-toy training, socialization, bite inhibition, and maintenance of socialization through adolescence and adulthood. Consistency, confinement, short training periods integrated into daily routines, and the use of a stuffed Kong (a hard, rubber chew toy) are other hallmarks of his system. Although this was previously published as two separate volumes by a small press, James and Kenneth Publishers (2001), the books were not widely distributed. Free of jargon, sprinkled with humor, and copiously illustrated, this one-volume edition belongs on public library shelves alongside such classics as Carol Lea Benjamin's Dog Training in 10 Minutes and Pat Miller's The Power of Positive Dog Training.-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577314554
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 127,112
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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Before and After Getting Your Puppy

The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog
By Ian Dunbar

New World Library

Copyright © 2004 Dr. Ian Dunbar
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-57731-455-7


Chapter One

What's Important to Know Right Away

If you have your heart set on raising and training a puppy, make sure you train yourself beforehand. Remember, it takes only a few days to start ruining an otherwise perfect puppy. Without a doubt, the most important developmental deadline comes before you even think of getting your puppy. It's time to start your education about puppy education!

Many first-time puppy owners are surprised when they discover their new companion bites, barks, chews, digs, and marks the house with urine and feces. Yet these are all perfectly normal, natural, and necessary doggy behaviors.

Your canine newcomer is just itching to learn human house manners. It wants to please, but it has to learn how. It's no good keeping house rules a secret. Somebody has to tell the dog. And that somebody is you.

Learning the Rules

Before inviting a puppy to share your life, surely it is only wise and fair to find out beforehand what you might expect from a normal developing puppy, which behaviors and traits you consider unacceptable, and how to modify the pup's inappropriate behavior and temperament accordingly. Specifically, owners need to know how to teach the youngster where to eliminate, what to chew, when to bark, where to dig, to sit when greeting people, towalk calmly on-leash, to settle down and shush when requested, to inhibit its otherwise quite normal biting behavior, and to thoroughly enjoy the company of other dogs and people - especially strangers and children.

Picking a Pup

Whether selecting your prospective pup from a professional breeder or from a family breeding a litter for the very first time, the criteria are the same. Look for puppies raised indoors around human companionship and influence - specifically around people who have devoted lots of time to the puppies' education.

Your puppy needs to be prepared for the clamor of everyday domestic living - the noise of the vacuum cleaner, pots and pans dropping in the kitchen, football games screaming on the television, children crying, and adults arguing. Exposure to such stimuli while its eyes and ears are still developing allows the puppy (with its blurred vision and muffled hearing) to gradually become accustomed to sights and sounds that might otherwise frighten it when older.

Avoid pups that have been raised in an outdoor run or kennel. Remember, you want a puppy to share your home, so look for a puppy that has been raised in a home. Basement- and kennel-raised puppies are certainly not pet-quality dogs. They are "livestock" on par with veal calves and factory hens. They are neither housetrained nor socialized, and they do not make good companions. Look for litters that have been born and raised in a kitchen or living room.

Choosing a breed is a very personal choice - your choice. But you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary problems and heartbreak if your choice is an informed and educated one. Choose the breed you like, investigate breed-specific qualities and problems, and then research the best way to raise and train your puppy. Make sure you test-drive several adult dogs of your selected breed or type before you make your final choice. Test-driving adult dogs will quickly teach you everything you need to know about a specific breed. Test-driving adult dogs will also pinpoint gaps in your education about dog behavior and training.

Regardless of your choice, please do not kid yourself that you will get a "perfect" adult dog simply by selecting the "perfect" breed and the "perfect" individual puppy. Any puppy can become a marvelous companion if appropriately socialized and trained. And, no matter what its breed or breeding, any puppy can also become a doggy delinquent if not properly socialized and trained. Please make an intelligent, researched choice when selecting your puppy, but remember: appropriate socialization and training is the single biggest factor determining how closely the dog will approach your view of perfection in adulthood.

No matter your eventual choice, success or failure is entirely in your hands. Your puppy's behavior and temperament now depend completely on good husbandry and training.

Learning the Importance of Confinement

Your puppy's living quarters need to be designed so that housetraining and chewtoy-training are errorless. Each mistake is a potential disaster since it heralds many more to come.

Long-term confinement prevents your puppy from learning to make mistakes around the house, and allows your puppy to teach itself to use an appropriate toilet, to settle down quietly and calmly, and to want to chew appropriate chewtoys. Confinement with chewtoys stuffed with kibble and treats teaches your puppy to enjoy its own company and prepares it for those times when it might be left at home alone.

Short-term close confinement also prevents your puppy from learning to make mistakes around the house, and allows your puppy to teach itself to settle down quietly and calmly, and to want to chew appropriate chewtoys. Additionally, short-term confinement enables you to accurately predict when your puppy needs to relieve itself, so that you may take your puppy to an appropriate toilet area and reward it for using it. The knack of successful housetraining focuses on being able to predict when your puppy "wants to go."

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Excerpted from Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar Copyright © 2004 by Dr. Ian Dunbar. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2009

    If you follow through, it works

    This book is an amazingly good step by step approach to training your puppy. If you actually read the whole thing and follow his advice and are consistent in your own behaviour, you will have a well trained dog in weeks. Yes, take your dog to meet all the people and dogs, he suggests!! Actually set up the house training like he says and the puppy learns fast, If you actually do it, the results last forever. I used this book and my puppy was trained in no time. It is now over a year later and I still have a well trained dog. Like kids, consistency is key.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    Great Advice Simply Stated

    I have renewed this book from the library two times (the limit). I have to return it today and that is why I will buy a copy for myself. It explains things very clearly and to the point. Of the six books I checked out from the library and one that I bought. This is the one I refer to the most. This is THE book to get if you're a first-time puppy owner. Be wary of book reviews from people that only skimmed the book!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2007

    Good for any new puppy owner

    I'm a dog trainer and I don't know what the other reviewer, Amy, is talking about. Ian Dunbar is the father of positive reinforcement in dog training. There is NO way he would EVER recommend using punishment. I don't think that someone who just 'skimmed' the book should ever write a review on it. I re-read through the whole chapter on play biting and it NEVER recommended 'grabbing the puppy's scruff until it screamed..' Amy must have either read what NOT to do or she's confused with another book. I recommend this book to clients, but give the warning to not worry if your puppy makes mistakes. Ian Dunbar goes a little overboard on expectations. The average person would not be able to do some of his suggestions, but it has some great guidelines.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    A great guide for the working puppy owner

    Dunbar gives you great tips for raising a healthy, happy puppy, even if you can't be home all day, as many puppy books suggest you must. I think the training and socialization wisdom in this book, combined with Cesar's 'Exercise, discipline, affection' motto will produce a well-rounded, well-behaved, happy dog. (Although many folks think Dunbar and Cesar are opposing forces, I challenge you to actually read both books before coming to that conclusion.)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    This is a fabulous book. I agree--anyone who says that Dunbar r

    This is a fabulous book. I agree--anyone who says that Dunbar recommends mis-treating dogs has simply not read the book. His advice is simple and clear and told with a great deal of humor. It's clear he knows and understands dogs. I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Great book. And to the reveiwer who talks about the scruff grabb

    Great book. And to the reveiwer who talks about the scruff grabbing, I think you misundstand. He advises AGAINST such punishment.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

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    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    Beware

    I will admit I only skimmed this book, mainly because near the beginning I came across a segment advising me to grab my puppy by the scruff of her neck and shake her until she screams to teach her to stop biting. Any book that advises this is not one I am interested in reading.

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Great book

    Get thibook and read it before getting your puppy.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    Highly recommend

    The techniques work!!! We have been using the potty training technique and had success from the start! His will play for treats mantra is good and his writing style has enough humor that you aren't bored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    This book reminded me of the importance of Leadership. My 7 YOF

    This book reminded me of the importance of Leadership. My 7 YOF Italian Greyhound runs the house, and is now receiving Leadership exercises in preparation of our new Rat Terrier puppy arriving in a few weeks.

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    Posted March 18, 2008

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    I admit I only read the book in the store but his advice was horrible and inpractical. How are you suppose to test drive a dog. Buying a dog and a car are not the same thing.

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