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"A must-read for the soon-to-be puppy owner." Stephen J. Musso, Sr. V.P., Chief of Operations, ASPCA "A non-intimidating book that walks you through … raising a puppy" Stephen J. Musso, Sr. V.P., Chief of Operations, ASPCA

Create a lasting relationship between you and your puppy!

A book you will love — and every puppy will need! From housetraining to proper puppy socialization, it's all here in this fun and friendly guide to the toughest and most delightful era in your dog's ...

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"A must-read for the soon-to-be puppy owner." Stephen J. Musso, Sr. V.P., Chief of Operations, ASPCA "A non-intimidating book that walks you through … raising a puppy" Stephen J. Musso, Sr. V.P., Chief of Operations, ASPCA

Create a lasting relationship between you and your puppy!

A book you will love — and every puppy will need! From housetraining to proper puppy socialization, it's all here in this fun and friendly guide to the toughest and most delightful era in your dog's life — puppyhood. With a focus on behavior and relationship, Sarah Hodgson helps your puppy grow up to be a healthy, playful, well-mannered dog.

Discover how to: Choose the perfect puppy for you Raise a well-mannered, happy puppy Housetrain your puppy quickly and effectively Provide proper puppy care and nutrition Keep peace between kids and puppies

Get smart! www.dummies.com

Author Biography: Sarah Hodgson, director of the Cooperative Canine, has taught dog training classes for more than a decade. She is the author of DogPerfect and the coauthor of You and Your Puppy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780470037171
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet 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.
PART I: Maximizing Your Chances of Success.
Chapter 1: What's the Big Deal? A Puppy Is Just a Puppy.
Chapter 2: Figuring Out Which Kind of Puppy to Get.
Chapter 3: Just Do It: Picking Your Breed.
Chapter 4: Where Can I Find My Puppy?
PART II: I've Picked Out My Pup — What's Next?
Chapter 5: Shopping for Initial Supplies.
Chapter 6: Bringing Your Puppy Home.
Chapter 7: How to Be a Good Puppy Trainer.
Chapter 8: How to Think Like a Dog.
PART III: The "What Have I Gotten Myself Into?" Months.
Chapter 9: Puppy Phases.
Chapter 10: Kids and Puppies (Reality Bites).
Chapter 11: Not on the Rug!
PART IV: Oh, Behave!
Chapter 12: Teaching Your Pup Some Control and Manners.
Chapter 13: Daily Hassles.
Chapter 14: Training Through the Phases.
Chapter 15: Dealing with Socially Unacceptable Behavior.
Chapter 16: Me Thinks I Need Some Help!
PART V: Behaving in the Big League.
Chapter 17: Training Off the Leash.
Chapter 18: Going out in Public.
Chapter 19: Great Adventures for Performing Types.
PART VI: Ensuring Fitness and Health.
Chapter 20: Even Puppies Have to Watch What They Eat.
Chapter 21: Proper Puppy Exercise.
Chapter 22: Staying on Top of Good Hygiene and Health.
Chapter 23: "Eewwww!" (The Parasites Chapter).
Chapter 24: Accidents Happen.
PART VII: Dealing with Life in the Real World.
Chapter 25: Being a Good Neighbor.
Chapter 26: Adjusting Your Puppy to Stressful Changes.
Chapter 27: Traveling with Your Puppy.
PART VIII:The Part of Tens.
Chapter 28: Ten Fun Games.
Chapter 29: Ten Crowd-Pleasing Tricks.
Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    A great book for the new or seasoned puppy owner.

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2011

    Awesome

    Best book ever!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    New puppy owners help

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    An Excellent Reference

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Good if you are a rookie puppy owner

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    excellent resource

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2002

    what an awsome book!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    Now I know I'm ready, thanks to this book

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    Almost everything you need to know !!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Paris Love

    I use to have a dog named Ash. This book really helped.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Pupies

    I have had puppies my WHOLE LIFE but i recommond this book to first time puppy owners

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Puppies for dummies

    FANTASTIC BOOK!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    To below

    Did you know people say that this is the best book to help you raise children? That is the same exact thing. You are an idiot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 7, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Honey

    Goes and gets some webs and some moss

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Mystic

    "Ok..." *starts walking to camp*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    I am not dumb

    Dumb people are smarter than this book!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Not impressed

    Overall the book did have some useful information, but Every time I thought I was actually going to get some information it would touch on the subject and say will be covered more in Ch. such and such and when you get to that Ch. it would say covered more in Ch. such and such. If I'm in a chapter about housetraining your puppy then I want all the information in that Chapter not to where I get a bit and bit in different chapters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    Good Info for First Time Puppy Owners

    I bought this book and found that I did know a lot of the material since I've owned about 5 dogs, but no matter how much you think you know, there's always more! Not every technique works for every puppy but it gives you an idea of what to do. Some dogs like Bianca and using it as a deterent for jumping may not work but i use a spray bottle which works well since my dog does not like getting wet. At least it gives suggestions so people don't yell at their puppies for jumping b/c it will send the wrong message! This book also gives some breed info and a puppy quiz to help you pick a breed more suited to your lifestyle! Very good job!

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