Puppy Primer


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What is it about?

Dr. McConnell added new information about the benefits of positive reinforcement AND the importance of realistic expectations. For instance, “sit” while waiting for the food bowl is NOT equivalent to “sit” when company comes to the door! While it’s almost twice the size of the original, the book is still easy to read, user-friendly and priced right for trainers and dog owners. It’s the perfect guide for positive-based training classes or for new dog owners flying solo! Expanded sections/special topics include:

  • Socialization
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • House Training
  • Crate Training
  • Handling/Collar Touch
  • How to Stop Unwanted Behavior
  • Helping Puppies Conquer Their Fears
  • How Play Teaches Obedience and Emotional Control
  • How Not to Play!
  • Lots of New Tricks and Games
  • Adolescence

Exercises include:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Come
  • No Jumping Up
  • Walking Side by Side
  • Games like Fetch, Find the Toy, etc.
  • Take It/Drop It
  • Puppy Pause (Precursor to Stay)

More about the Authors

Patricia McConnell, Ph.D, CAAB, has been training dogs and helping dog owners for over twenty years. She is the behaviour columnist for The Bark magazine (“the New Yorker of Dog Magazines”), a consulting editor for the Journal of Comparative Psychology and Adjunct Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She hosted public radio’s Calling All Pets for 14 years, and is an internationally acclaimed speaker and seminar presenter. She is also the author of many books.

Brenda is a professional dog trainer who began her career working with Dr. McConnell at Dog’s Best Friend Ltd, as a class instructor, behaviour consultant, and writer. Brenda currently owns a consulting business offering in-home counselling and training for dogs exhibiting serious behaviour problems.

When was it published? 2010

Who published it? Dogwise Publishing


Illustrations- None


Reviewer: A Jussero

There are several great puppy books out there but I was really impressed with this one. The set up of the book is very easy to follow, making it easy for a new puppy owner to follow through. Exercises are presented in a very common sense way. Even the price is a great way to get new owners to try it. I’ll be using this from now on in teaching my Puppy K classes (and when I finally break down to get a new puppy myself). Good job for authors, and especially for the puppies themselves!


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