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Perfect Puppy: Take Britain's Number One Puppy Care Book With You! Paperback – 30 May 1995

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (30 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600585816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600585817
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (573 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gwen worked for a leading UK national animal welfare charity from 1988-2002 and pioneered the use of dog behaviour knowledge in the rehoming of unwanted animals.
She was the first person to be appointed by a national animal welfare charity as a full time Animal Behaviourist, eventually heading a team of behaviourists.
Gwen has successfully solved behaviour problems in thousands of rehomed dogs, helping to prevent dogs with behavioural problems being passed from home to home and improving the rehoming success rate.
Gwen lectures at national and international conferences, runs training courses for staff at animal charities around the world and has written many books & education leaflets. She is a Trustee for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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The Perfect Puppy is one of the most popular puppy-care guides in the world, having sold over 350,000 copies. This completely revised and updated edition is sure to continue selling for years to come. It is estimated that there are around 140 million pet dogs in the world. Some 55 million of them are in the United States, with around 7.5 million living in Britain. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Perfect Puppy is for puppy owners, or would-be owners, who want to know how to bring their puppy up to be a happy, well-behaved and friendly adult dog. Anti-social behaviour in dogs is often blamed on owners, but many are not irresponsible or uncaring, they simply have insufficient knowledge. This book provides that knowledge.

Containing the most up-to-date bahavioural information, the emphasis of this fascinating book is on prevention rather than cure. Follow Gwen Bailey's advice and you should have no trouble with problems such as chewed shoes, pulling on the lead and aggression when your dog is fully grown.

Full-colour photographs illustrate subjects such as socialisation, house-training, preventing biting and aggression, training and many more.

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Format: Paperback
This book is essential reading for anyone about to buy or having just bought a new puppy.
There is nothing worse than being confronted by a book full of jargon but this book is a joy to read. It is easy to pick up and put down when you have a spare five minutes and the information is written is very clear and easy to understand steps.
Every issue of rearing a puppy is covered, including socialization, house training, playing games, dealing with anti-social behaviour etc. Its common sense approach fills you with confidence and helps you to understand the priorities in puppy training.
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When we bought our puppy we bought a whole heap of reference books, most of which were rather dull and difficult to follow. This is a very clear book, very easy to understand and great to have at hand at all times. It clearly explains what is right and wrong -a great book to keep on hands for those panic moments and just to keep by the bed for reassurance. We thought we knew a lot about dog training but alot of it is old wives tales, this really makes things as unstressful as possible for both owner and puppy.
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Everyone has a theory about how to train your dog, and everyone who has a dog will be keen to offer you advice on your new puppy. However in this book, it shows you the way to live with the ups and downs of your puppy growing up and how to cope with the sometimes-frustrating parts of living with a puppy, as well as how to help your pup develop into a well mannered and happy dog. There aren't any wonderful or 'wise' cures in here, it helps us realise the best way to understand our puppy, is to use our common sense.
The author is obviously a person with vast experience and know how. The book is written very well and succeeds in showing us two things: One, how as a puppy owner to deal with behaviour that is not acceptable and how to train and encourage growth in out pet, and two, That the world from the eyes of a puppy is very different to ours, and there are reasons why they do things, and that our pets behaviour is a way of it expressing its needs and wants, and to help them grow, we have to understand this as best we can.
This is the ONLY book I would suggest a puppy owner, or someone thinking about getting a puppy to buy, read and use as a reference over the first few, and sometimes stressful months that your puppy will be in his or her new home.
Good luck..:)
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Format: Paperback
Sent for this book after buying a new Labrador puppy. I chanced on this book after researching on Amazon for a guide to training a puppy. Thanks to customer reviews I found this book. Received within a couple of days which is excellent service from Amazon as always.
I devoured book quickly as puppy growing fast and so I needed to learn fast. As per the other reviews, this book is easy reading, covers a wide range of topics that any new puppy owner needs to know and gave me all the basic information I needed for guidance to raise my puppy to be a healthy happy well trained puppy.
Used some techniques straight away to stop nipping and over excitement and our puppy cottoned on very quickly.
Any worries re. health and feeding and behaviour can be looked up quickly and fears allayed.
We are responsible owners but would never learn all that basic information so quickly.
A great read and at vet's practice today I was telling the vet's nurse and she has to help and give her first talk next week re. -puppy socialisation classes which our puppy has attended. Nurse is rather nervous and asked me what book it was. I told her and she is going to purchase it from Amazon so she is able to get information for her talk next week.
Wish I had known about this book before I bought a puppy but at this stage it has enhanced our ownership and allayed any worries easily and our vet is very impressed with our handling of puppy re. paws and teeth and ears so vet is able to deal with puppy without any problems because he is so used to being handled in such a way. So praise from a very grateful vet and nurse as well and our puppy is only just under 4 months old!
Big thanks to Gwen Bailey the author!!
And thanks to the Amazon site for lots of customer reviews and information as otherwise I would never have found this book!
I have never written a book review before and so the book must be good.
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Read this book before you get a puppy. If it all sounds like too much hard work, then do yourself and the puppy a favour, and don't get a puppy. Puppies are very hard work. They also wake-up in the small hours of the morning needing to toilet.

If you read and follow only one chapter in this book, make sure it's the one on socialisation. Nothing will help your puppy more than early socialisation (before 12-weeks of age), nothing will hinder your puppy more than a lack of early socialisation. YOU CANNOT GET THIS TIME BACK. More dogs are euthanised due to a lack of early socialisation than any other reason. Your dog has to meet other dogs as early as possible - before he is vaccinated - this will mean introducing him to friends' dogs that you know have been vaccinated, before he has been vaccinated himself. Doing this will make an enormous difference to how your dog eventually turns out and how he gets on with other dogs.

Having experienced a dog-aggressive Whippet, we were determined that our Whippet puppy was going to be people and dog-friendly. We went the extra mile with socialising him. We introduced him to other (vaccinated) dogs as soon as we got him. We carried him around to see the world, see other dogs and meet lots of people before he was vaccinated - yes we took a risk with parvo and distemper, but it was essential we did so. The window of socialisation is very narrow and waiting for him to be vaccinated before we took him out, meant that we would lose all but a week of this absolutely critical time. There's no way we could have crammed all of his socialisation into one week, because it's not just a case of the puppy experiencing something once, he has to experience the same thing lots of times, in order for your dog to turn out 'bomb-proof'.
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