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The Perfect Puppy: Take Britain's Number One Puppy Care Book With You!

The Perfect Puppy: Take Britain's Number One Puppy Care Book With You! [Kindle Edition]

Gwen Bailey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)

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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.

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Gwen Bailey's bestselling puppy care guide has helped hundreds of thousands of owners throughout the world raise a problem-free dog. Now, updated with the latest findings in canine behaviour and a completely new user-friendly design, this revised edition will teach you how to raise a problem-free dog. From housetraining to playing games, it will show you how to teach your dog good manners and build his confidence with the world around him. There are step-by-step training and socialization plans as well as a guide to understanding and preventing biting, chewing and other problems. If you want your puppy to develop into a happy, well-behaved and friendly adult dog, you cannot afford to be without this book.

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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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206 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for new puppy owners 28 Sep 2004
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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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puppy training at its best! 23 Nov 2000
By A Customer
From choosing your puppy through to adulthood, this book clearly shows you what to expect and how to cope with it! Sections deal with introducing your new puppy to other members in the household, ideal day activities, how the puppy thinks and basic training exercises. I found the training section particularly useful - photographs supported the easy to follow text. At least my puppy is no longer a strange being in my house as I have learnt to understand how she thinks - all thanks to this fantastic book!
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236 of 241 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puppy Power 4 Nov 2002
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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166 of 170 people found the following review helpful
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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125 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Puppy book 11 Jan 2006
By A Customer
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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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Puppy 2 Sep 2003
This dog owners book is a must offering clear and easy to digest information.
I found this book very helpful when our puppy first arrived and even now she is an adult refer to it from time to time. Although she will never be on one man and his dog!many of the things I have learned from this book helped me to make sense of why dogs do the things they do also how to prevent potential behavioural problems and as the book states, many behavioural problems are not caused by irresponsible owners but simply insufficient knowledge.Covering subjects from puppyhood to adolescence and beyond.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Informative
A gorgeous book covering all the salient points of choosing and bring up a puppy in today's modern life.
Contains beautiful images and well-informed advice. Read more
Published 1 day ago by MRS
5.0 out of 5 stars very handy to have
This is a good book to have around and be able to dip in when situations arise. Obviously it does help if you read the first chapters, which cover a puppy, but also a good book... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars still amazing
So helpful & full of advice. Always able to turn to the right page in a pickle & help is there.
Published 7 days ago by R. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars This I call my puppy bible :)
I have used this book over the years with each of my dogs first thirteen years ago and still using it time after time first the paper back and pleased it is now on e book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Binki Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
A great products does exactly what it says on the tin a big thumbs up I will recommend it to anybody great value for money
Published 13 days ago by kev
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential read for first time puppy owners in the big smoke.
This book is an absolute delight!

I first read it five years ago when considering getting a puppy (after trying and being refused to even apply for a rescue dog due to... Read more
Published 17 days ago by c smith
5.0 out of 5 stars New puppy owner!
Buy this book if you are getting a puppy - it gives really good advice to us new dog owners.......those first weeks really do set up your dogs behaviour and the book covers a lot... Read more
Published 17 days ago by markone
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for new puppy oners
Have read this book cover to cover in a short space of time in preparation of the puppy's arrival and it is a fantastic read. I now feel very well prepared for what lies ahead. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Johnny E
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great service. Cannot recommend this book enough, a must for all new puppy owners! Really helped us with our black Lab.
Published 23 days ago by J JACKSON
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference
A very helpful reference work for puppy rearing, perhaps could be up-dated and the lay-out improved to make it easier to dip into.
Published 26 days ago by Janet H Menzies
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