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Read this book before your puppy arrives!
on 26 September 2006
What a fantastic book! I was thoroughly engrossed for about 3 days while I read it from cover to cover (and still tried to cook, iron and clean in between) and was so glad I had all the information to hand before our mad puppy arrived!
My husband and I had decided the time was right to bring a puppy into our family now that our children were getting older (8 and 10) and could hopefully show some responsibility. (Plus the fact that my youngest was sending me daily emails begging for a puppy!!!) We chose a West Highland Terrier (and named him Wellington) and arranged to pick him up a couple of weeks later. Having been really impressed with Victoria Stilwell's "It's me or the dog" TV series, I decided to see if her book could help us with our new addition.
Within a week or so of arriving with us our new puppy was sitting, laying down, rolling over and staying on command. Ms Stilwell's training tips are easy to follow by owners and dogs alike!
We also knew what food to feed him, especially since Westies are prone to skin conditions and these can be exacerbated by pet foods with a high cereal content (all this information was gleaned from this fab book!) It gives you the pros and cons on wet and dry dog foods and also tells you the products you should never feed your dog.
The housetraining information is straight forward and three weeks after arriving with us, Wellington is now only having the odd accident.
Victoria Stilwell's book is set out so that you can flick back through to review what she suggests on certain subjects and is therefore very easy to use.
I recommend you definitely read this book before your new puppy arrives. I do however agree with a previous reviewer who found that it did not contain as much information about older dogs with problem behaviour. I think the information in this publication is geared more to people with new puppies.