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19 Books About Puppies


This article is from the Publications about dogs FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore with numerous contributions by others.

19 Books About Puppies

Another popular topic is puppies -- how to pick them, raise them, and
train them.

Allan, Eric. _Every Puppy: Perfect Pet or Perfect Pest?_. Howell Book
House, 1996.
Covers everything involved in owning a puppy. Great primer.

Bailey, Gwen. _The Perfect Puppy_, Readers Digest, 1996.

Benjamin, Carol Lea. _Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way To Train Your
Dog_. Howell Book House, 1985.
She uses praise, contact, play and toys to motivate puppies,
but she does not recommend food training a young puppy. She
does recommend crate training and she also recommends sleeping
in the same room with the puppy. She provides methods to teach
no, OK, good dog, bad dog, sit stay heel, come, down, stand,
go, enough, over, out, cookie, speak, take it, wait and off to
puppies. She talks about canine language and talks some about
mental games you can play with your dog such as mirror games,
and copying your dog and having him copy you, chase games and
even playing rough with your puppy.

Most training methods rely on the foundational relationship
between an owner and his dog, and this book provides some ideas
on establishing that relationship while the puppy is still
young. While the prohibitions on food training are considered
outdated today, this classic book is still a valuable book for
anyone trying to understand and establish a good relationship
with their puppy from the start; highly recommended.

Brahms, Ann and Paul. _Puppy Ed.: Training Your Dog at an Early Age_.
Ballantine Books, 1995 (reissue)
Describes how to start teaching your puppy commands. This is a
thoughtful book that discusses in practical detail what you can
and cannot expect to do with your puppy in training it. They
stress that by expecting and improving good behavior from the
start, later, more formal training goes much easier.

Dunbar, Ian, DVM. _How to Teach a New Dog Old Tricks_ (Manual for the
Sirius Puppy Training Program). James and Kenneth Pubs.,
Oakland. 1991.

Hart, Ben, Lynette Hart, Benjamin L. Hart. _The Perfect Puppy: How to
Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior_. WH Freeman. 1988.
This covers only about 65 breeds' temperaments, but makes a
greater effort to be objective than some other sources. Lists
health defects in particular breeds.

Kovary, Robin. _12 Step Problem Prevention Program for Puppies_.
Self-published, New York. 1990.

Lowell, Michele. _Your Purebred Puppy: A Buyer's Guide_. Holt and Co.
Far more comprehensive than the Harts' book, with useful
warnings about health defects to watch for in specific breeds.
The author may be reached at elowell@sprynet.com.

Monks of New Skete, The. _The Art of Raising a Puppy_. Little, Brown &
Co., 1991.
The monks of New Skete have put together an excellent book that
discusses puppy development and the things that should be done
at the appropriate stages and why. First they follow a newborn
litter through its various stages of development and at each
stage they discuss what is happening. They discuss testing
puppies' temperaments and what you want to look for, under
which circumstances. They discuss briefly dog breeds, and how
to find reputable breeders. They then launch into a series of
useful chapters: housebreaking, preliminary obedience, laying
the foundations of training, understanding (reading) your dog,
how to become the pack leader, basic training, discipline, and
general care. A good bibliography is provided at the back.

Randolph, Elizabeth. _How to Help Your Puppy Grow Up to be a Wonderful
Dog_. Fawcett Books, 1995.

Rutherford, Clarice, and David H. Neil, MRCVS. _How to Raise a Puppy
You Can Live With_. Alpine Publications, Loveland, CO, 1981.
ISBN 0-931866-09-X. 126 pages.
The authors demonstrate their deep understanding of young dogs,
and their clear guidance is sure to help owners build a strong
bond with their new companion. For a new owner this book
demonstrates basic obedience training, covers the first year
developmental stages, and presents simple practical advice for
dealing with behavior problems

Schwartz, Charlotte. _The Howell Book of Puppy Raising_. 1st ed.
Howell Book House. c1978. ISBN 0-87605-770-9.
Full of all kinds of useful information. Tips on housetraining,
use of crates, how to feed, ways to train them, etc.

Shook, Larry. _The Puppy Report: How to Select a Healthy, Happy Dog_.
Del Rey 1995 (reprint)
Larry Shook is a newspaper reporter who, despite working with
an allegedly reputable breeder, ended up with a purebred dog
with a very serious temperament problem - a problem that the
breeder had compelling reason to know about in advance. So
Shook put his professional skills to work and has written a
helpful, brief book about the dangers of 'inbreeding' and about
how to avoid breeders who'll knowingly sell dogs that are very
likely to have serious physical or psychological problems. Not
surprisingly, he comes down very hard on puppy mills and stores
that sell live animals. Surprising/shocking is some of the
information he relays about the AKC and certain common breeding
practices which are, in effect, encouraged by AKC policies.


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