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on 19 May 2011
Ian Dunbar is a bit of a drama queen, yet despite this the book is packed with great advice. A kind, gentle and effective way to train a puppy.
The drama queen bit....Ian Dunbar sets certain ages/dates that are critical in a dogs life. If they've not got it by this age all is lost. Yet at the same time he rescues older dogs. Dune, who is featured in this book, is an older dog in training. There is a little discrepancy here!
Yet at the same time he makes the very valuable point that puppies take a lot of time and input if they are going to grow into great dogs. Don't get a puppy, leave it home alone all day and expect a faithful loyal obedient companion.
So if you can cope with the dramatic emphasis this is a really great book about how to prepare for and train your puppy. Follow his instructions and you will get a great dog. Just take the drama with a pinch of salt. For example he says puppy must meet 100 people by 12 weeks. Translate to mean "meet as many people as possible in the early days, of all kinds, types and in/on different modes of transport (bikes, skateboards wheelchairs etc) and your puppy will accept these as normal". Great, but don't take him too literally and panic because you have one day to go and you are only up to 86 people and puppy has not yet met a bearded man in a hat with a facial tattoo, or a tall lady with a wedding hat and gaiters on a bike, or.......