Puppies For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Everything you need to raise a healthy, happy puppy

Bringing a puppy home? This fun, friendly guide prepares you for this tough but terrific time. From puppy care basics ? feeding, crating, and housetraining ? to the latest on training tools and advice, you'll get everything you need to help your puppy grow up to be a healthy, well-mannered dog.

  • Puppies 101 ? get the scoop on choosing a puppy, including ...

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Puppies For Dummies

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Overview

Everything you need to raise a healthy, happy puppy

Bringing a puppy home? This fun, friendly guide prepares you for this tough but terrific time. From puppy care basics — feeding, crating, and housetraining — to the latest on training tools and advice, you'll get everything you need to help your puppy grow up to be a healthy, well-mannered dog.

  • Puppies 101 — get the scoop on choosing a puppy, including knowing what to expect from different breeds and finding the perfect personality to match your lifestyle

  • Train your prize pupil — find basic lessons, hints on housetraining, and ways to involve the whole family in training your new puppy with a positive spin

  • Paws for developing good manners — understand the array of behaviors your puppy uses to communicate with you to combat issues such as separation anxiety, chewing, jumping, nipping, and even aggression

  • Here's to your pup's health — discover everything you need to know about good nutrition and exercise, as well as how to identify and avoid harmful and hidden toxins

  • Handling illness and emergencies — find out what to do if your puppy gets sick or hurt

Open the book and find:

  • Your puppy's needs and developmental phases

  • How to communicate with your pup and shape good behavior

  • Ways to puppy-proof your home before his arrival

  • The freshest training techniques and gadgets

  • Tricks and troubleshooting for housetraining

  • Important lessons for puppies of every age

  • The dish on diet options for your pooch

  • Recognizing and redirecting frustrating behavior

Learn to:

  • Choose the best puppy for your lifestyle

  • Socialize your puppy

  • Translate your puppy's actions andredirect problem behaviors

  • Use positive reinforcement tocommunicate with and train your puppy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118206355
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 121,241
  • File size: 11 MB
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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 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous

    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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