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Hi all!

Just wondering if anyone has any good puppy books to recommend to my new owners on the care, feeding and/or training of a dog. I'd like to know of some anyway, but I have a particularly sweet 12 yr old girl who wants to read everything she can before her new little love arrives! THANKS!! :)
 

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I bought Annie the Labradoodle book (pictured above) as well as one called "Puppy Training for Kids" - I got them both at petsmart. The kids one is VERY easy to understand and it breaks everything down for them :) Its about as much training as you should expect a 12 year old to do :) In fact, Annie reads them both every night at bedtime. I haven't seen them since I bought them!

Good luck to her, and happy waiting!

 

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I really like the book - Raising Puppies and Kids Together - a Guide for Parents by Silvani and Eckhardt.

It has great sections on how children should interact with puppies and appropriate (and fun games) for children to teach the new puppy!

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Julie - Thank you so much for posting this question! And many thanks to the others that have replied. I've added all to my list to search for in the library this weekend!

We have an almost-8 year old and a 4 1/2 year old who are already talking about what tricks they want to teach our puppy to do. I'm sure these books will help make their dreams reality.

Our pup joins our home in about a month so the excitement is definitely ramping up.

We start shopping for dog necessities this weekend (I've taken notes from that thread as well).

Thanks again!
 

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Though it isn't a "how to" on feeding, bathing, etc., I think all of my babies are going home with another piece of the puzzle: Puppy Development, edited by Pat Hastings(?) et al. Available on amazon.com

It is a collection of articles by well known breeders and handlers, a terrific overview of the stages of development a puppy experiences, along with stressing the importance of certain socialization at particular ages, and how it all contributes to a well adjusted and complete dog. Interestingly, the breeder who uses clicker training reports that her return rate dropped to Zero per cent when she started using the method. She said the puppy quickly discovers that it can make the handler reward it for a particular act, and becomes very eager to learn. (Aside to fellow breeders: I am of the opinion that this book is a Must Have!)

Along these lines I began a fun experiment last week. I decided to pet and praise only the puppies who were sitting at the time. Mind you, these guys had Just accomplished the gifts of eyesight and hearing! Within two days I was crowing to a childhood friend that I had four of them sitting! "Coincidence!", she said. Well... the next day there were eight, and for the past two days, ALL TEN little tails are planted on the floor.

Only thing threatening to derail this little mission is that I'm out of hands! My most assertive little girl is complaining long and Loud when I'm not petting Her (I Don't reward that with attention!), and others can get distracted and move one. Another couple plant the moment they see me, sometimes eight feet away, where I can't reach them without leaving the others, so it looks like the next mission will be the Recall.

These guys are Fun!
 

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I checked out many books from the library but was so busy with Tanner that I didn't have time to read them...but all the wonderful folks on this forum gave me great advice and I learned a great deal from their experiences. :) :) :)
 
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