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Puppies For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Sarah Hodgson

ISBN: 978-1-118-20635-5 February 2012 384 Pages


Everything you need to train a puppy

Bringing home a puppy? This fun, friendly guide to puppies prepares you for this tough but terrific time. From the basics of puppy training—housebreaking, feeding, crating—to the latest on doggie day care, traveling with a puppy, and the new designer breeds, you'll get everything you need to help your puppy grow up to be a healthy, playful, well-mannered dog.

In this new edition, noted authority Sarah Hodgson offers trusted information on caring for a new puppy, including the newest dog training tools and gadgets, the best treats and dog food suppliers, and new insight into positive reinforcement training.

  • Everything you need to start out right from day one
  • Trusted and proven advice from an authority
  • The latest information on positive reinforcement training
  • Includes a completely new 8-page color insert

If you're one of the lucky people getting ready to bring home a canine kid, this fun, informative guide gives you everything you need to smoothly integrate a puppy into your life and home.

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