The tried and time-tested methods in the book will help you avoid most of the problems and pitfalls that cause adolescent dogs to end up in the dog pound. You’ll learn how to shape your puppy’s behavior using positive reinforcement, clear communication, and easy puppy training techniques. Your dog will learn good manners at home and outside your home, with your family and with visitors. You will learn how to communicate with your puppy and how to prevent problem behaviors before they become a habit. And most ...
The tried and time-tested methods in the book will help you avoid most of the problems and pitfalls that cause adolescent dogs to end up in the dog pound. You’ll learn how to shape your puppy’s behavior using positive reinforcement, clear communication, and easy puppy training techniques. Your dog will learn good manners at home and outside your home, with your family and with visitors. You will learn how to communicate with your puppy and how to prevent problem behaviors before they become a habit. And most important of all, you’ll raise a dog that is a joy to live with and an asset to your family.
...This book includes new information on calming signals, puppy testing, and training the adolescent dog...Additional topics are covered such as the responsibilities of the breeder, critical periods of a puppy's development, caring for a new puppy, house training, behavior problems, and training exercises for the junior and adolescent dog.
This small gem would actually function well as a Puppy Psych 101 text. The authors cover things to consider when selecting a puppy, environmental influences on behavior, developmental periods and a breeder's responsibility, puppy testing, socialization, shaping the puppy's behavior, the pack leader concept, and puppy training. A sound introduction to understanding the basics of dog behavior written in a very understandable manner.
Clarice Rutherford is co-author of Retriever Puppy Training. A Labrador breeder in past years, she is a member of breed and obedience clubs and has competed in breed, obedience, and field events. Mrs. Rutherford obtained a B.S. degree in Animal Science and an M.S. in English from Colorado State University and was employed for several years at the CSU Animal Care Center. She currently is working on a children’s book that will be published in 2012. Through her work in obedience classes, she has seen too many dogs living lives of quiet desperation (or, more likely, noisy and hyperactive desperation) very little stimulation in their environment and lack of consistency in the way their owners treat them. This results from the owners’ lack of appreciation for what the dog has to offer. The dog is a victim of abuse because of the ignorance of people. We have domesticated the dog to the extent that he is totally dependent on humans and then we abuse him by refusing to understand his needs in the sophisticated world of the twenty-first century. Mrs. Rutherford’s goal is to help people understand the nature of the dog they live with, respect his dogness, and, in return, be respected by their dog.
Dr. David Neil received his veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 1959 and was in mixed private practice in Wales and then England for three years. During that time, he came to rely heavily on the almost uncanny ability of the working sheepdogs, particularly where the treatment of large flocks was involved. Throughout his career, many ethical questions brought him face to face with man’s use of, and interactions with, domestic animals. He has been an active participant in the humane movement and was president of the Humane Society for Larimer County (Colorado) from 1978 to 1981. Currently, he is involved with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and the Alberta SPCA. Since the first edition of this book was published in 1981, there has continued to be a great deal of activity in attempting to reduce the large number of unwanted dogs that regrettably must be euthanized each year. The authors remain committed to help deal with this problem by doing what they can to ensure that people end up with a dog they can live with and share much happiness together.