A representative passage: "If, on the other hand, your puppy is given unsupervised free run of the house from the outset, the odds are that it will be confined later on--first to the yard, then to the basement, then to a cage at the animal shelter, and then to a coffin. Here's a suggestion for Dunbar: the people who pick up the book are not the ones who need the Scared Straight treatment.
We're the folks who are interested and invested in raising a happy and healthy dog. Using fear tactics will not train us well. Which is a little ironic, since he keeps emphasizing that fear is not a good training tool--the same thing applies to us humans, too!
Puppies and their owners occasionally make mistakes, and that's okay. I refuse to believe that if my puppy has one accident, or hasn't met people before 3 mo. That's just ridiculous. Grave pronouncements aside, Dunbar really knows his stuff.
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If you can get past the pre-emptive condemnation and unrealistic expectations, you'll find some really good information about puppy development, behavior, and training. Apr 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: nook , ebook , dogs. Excellent ideas, especially the encouragement to strongly integrate all kinds of puppy-training into every day life.
However, I do think Ian Dunbar is rather unrealistic and terribly discouraging. But I quickly realized that with my 9 week old puppy, according to Dunbar, I was already a total failure. Dunbar emphasis error-free house-training and what new puppy owner wouldn't be excited about THAT concept Excellent ideas, especially the encouragement to strongly integrate all kinds of puppy-training into every day life. Dunbar emphasis error-free house-training and what new puppy owner wouldn't be excited about THAT concept? Once you decide to just take Dunbar's perfectionism with a grain of salt, it's easy to follow many of his instructions and work extensively with your puppy, when you can, to teach new tricks, to play, to encourage compliance.
I found the section on bite-inhibition to be particularly helpful. Dunbar emphasizes that the puppy MUST bite, and that the owner must work toward making it increasingly clear what level of puppy biting, then mouthing, hurts, and will not be tolerated.
This is in such stark contrast of other advice I've been given, as a new puppy owner. Our vet immediately grabbed our then 9 week old puppy, said he needed to teach us how to discipline our dog, and gave her an alpha-shake by the scruff of her neck. The Petco dog-trainer-wannabe also pronounced as necessary her version of a "therapeutic grab and hug" by rolling our puppy over on her back, snarling "OFF" at her, while putting her hand in the puppy's mouth, holdng the bottom of the mouth, and shaking her.
Our puppy backed away into a corner by the dog food, and peed on the floor. He does not recommend being highly punitive, and proposes that there is value in the puppy learning, very early, with baby teeth, what is "too much", and how to inhibit force. Dunbar strongly encourages using an entire arsenal of dog toys for chewing to establish acceptable items for chewing and off-limit items.
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Encouragingly, these methods seem to be working well with our now 12 week old puppy. Dunbar can be overwhelming, however, making puppy training seem like you might not only need to quit your job, but perhaps hire an entire platoon of servants to help with the work load. Then again, maybe I'm just now tired, as we enter our 5th week of puppy parenthood. View all 3 comments.
Apr 02, Peacegal rated it really liked it Shelves: owned-books. I have good and bad news about this book. The result should be a happy, well-behaved, confident dog companion.
I was especially thankful for h I have good and bad news about this book. I was especially thankful for his copious information on bite inhibition and developing a soft mouth. Since we have three cats, this is of vital importance to me. He also is a strong believer in errorless housetraining…yikes. Jun 06, Bark rated it really liked it Shelves: dogs. This book is a comprehensive guide to selecting, preparing and caring for a puppy and a must read for anyone considering adding a canine baby to their lives or for anyone who needs to housebreak and train an older pup from scratch.
As an example he says if your puppy dog makes a potty error inside the house, you should p This book is a comprehensive guide to selecting, preparing and caring for a puppy and a must read for anyone considering adding a canine baby to their lives or for anyone who needs to housebreak and train an older pup from scratch. I thought that was a very cute and tactful way to handle owner stupidity without calling out said stupidity in an insulting way as some trainers are prone to do.
Letting the dog out every hour on the hour, training him to sit, stand, come, be gentle, take food from your hands -- all that stuff is so important in the beginning. My older doggies, who are now in doggie heaven, were angels only to me, LOL. They were what many would call naughty. I highly recommend this book to anyone pondering a pup. View 2 comments.
Feb 03, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , reference , animals , Dunbar has some interesting techniques for raising dogs. But "puppy receiving all of his food from stuffed chewtoys or being handfed by people vs food quickly gobbled down "for free" from a bowl" I'm not so sure but I will give it a try once I get my puppy. The biggest one for me was Dunbar's socialization technique - "Your puppy must socialize with at least one hundred people before she is three months old.
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That's just twenty-five people a week, or four a day. Since that's before pu Dunbar has some interesting techniques for raising dogs. Since that's before puppy is fully immunized, Dunbar suggests inviting those hundred-plus people over to your home, take their shoes off before entering and after each being handed a bag of kibble to proceed to handfeed puppy while teaching him to come, sit, lie down, stay, off, take it and "gennnntly".
And to have guests to offer kibble to pup after examining his muzzle, ears, paws and rear end. Oh, and what I love is for guests to offer kibble to pup after "examining and cleaning the pup's teeth and clipping the puppy's nails"! Sure, I know that's so puppy can get used to somebody other than me in preparation for a groomer and vet, I just can't wait to see how my guests will react to my request. Perhaps 25? Unless I have hubby invite everybody from the pub to come over and meet his new puppy every time he stops by there in that 4 week window. Apr 30, Tamara rated it it was amazing. I started off being totally scared when reading this book because the author kept saying the dog would be ruined forever if I messed up!
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However, he becomes more comforting as the book progresses and I like his straight forward, to the point approach. While there seems to be a lot to do, his checklists and urgency guides help a lot. I really, really found this book helpful- other puppy books are really wish washy in comparison. I think we will have a a very Dunbar trained dog! Jul 13, Alika Aion rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone with or about to get a puppy! Recommended to Alika by: A random lady in a bookstore--thanks!
Shelves: non-fiction. This book helped my husband and me tremendously when preparing for our first puppy, an excitable Boston Terrier.
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Dunbar breaks down the training process for you and makes it less overwhelming and more logical. He definitely seems to understand the canine mind and what ways work best to communicate with our favorite furry friends. Puppies might take a few weeks or months to want to eat out of Kongs. My advice is to stick with the things you really want your pup to learn--whether it's eating habits, potty training, or cute tricks.
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Have patience--puppies take awhile to learn new things, just like human babies! There are different schools of thought with puppy training. Dunbar definitely sides with positive reinforcement and is not keen on emphasizing the negative by punishing dogs which could cause the dog to fear you and make more mistakes. All I can say is, his techniques worked for us and we have a happy, healthy, loving dog and never have to worry about him biting anyone! Oct 25, Justin Podur rated it really liked it Shelves: how-to , psychology , science.
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The most in-depth and indispensable how-to for the positive approach to dog training. Trying to use this book with a real and wonderful puppy taught me that I didn't have what it takes to raise one. Dunbar talks about the importance of crate training, bite inhibition, and socialization in puppyhood. So, the puppy ended up finding a better home with someone who could crate train him properly, had the requisite experience and understood how to read and treat a dog.
My point is that Dunbar's instructions are unimpeachable. Use them if you want a happy, healthy, and well-behaved dog. Or, like me, you may realize you don't have what it takes to have one, because by reading Dunbar you will know exactly what needs to be done to have one. Dunbar offers most of the instructions as free PDFs online, but it's worth getting the book if you can. Aug 28, Craig rated it liked it Shelves: dogs , non-fiction , training.
I love that Ian Dunbar made this book available for free on his website Dogstar Daily. The book is filled with practical solutions to problems new dog owners are likely to face such as house training, bite inhibition, chewing, separation anxiety and barking. There are too many well-trained dogs that were rescued and trained as adults for me to agree with that idea. People would be much better prepared reading this book vs. Oct 02, Andie Murray rated it really liked it Shelves: dogs , nonfiction. This was a good primer for raising a puppy, with good positive reinforcement training techniques.
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