Puppy Love
320 Pages
English

Puppy Love

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Description

Combining informative text with beautiful full-color photographs, this book covers everything you need to know about caring for puppies from birth to age six months. Busy puppy parents will get fast and authoritative advice on:



  • Puppy-proofing your home and yard


  • What age to bring home a puppy


  • Housetraining


  • The first trip to the vet


  • Crate training


  • Feeding


  • Socialization


  • And much more



Whether you're a proud puppy parent or just love to admire these adorable bundles of joy, this is a charming book you'll turn to again and again.

A Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Liz Palika has written more than fifty books. She has received two prestigious Maxwell Awards from the Dog Writers' Association of America. Her work has been published in Newsweek, Dog World, Dog Fancy, the AKC Gazette, and other magazines.

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Published 03 March 2009
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EAN13 9780470452929
License: All rights reserved
Language English

Legal information: rental price per page €. This information is given for information only in accordance with current legislation.

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Introduction
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Chapter 1 Welcome to the World of Puppies 5
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Genetics Determine Your Puppy’s Health and Temperament 7 Puppy Development during the First Two Weeks 9 Puppies Grow and Change during the Third and Fourth Weeks 10 Puppies Become Toddlers in the Fifth and Sixth Weeks 13 The Joys and Lessons in Play 14 Littermates Teach Social Skills 17 Puppies Become More Independent in the Seventh and Eighth Weeks 18 Momma Dog Is the Best Teacher 21 Lots of Changes during Weeks Nine and Ten 22 The World Is a Scary Place 25 The Best Age to Bring Home a Puppy 26 A Shopping List for Your New Puppy 29 Puppyproofing Your Home 30 Making Your Yard Safe 32 Bringing Home Your New Puppy 34
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Chapter 2 Your New Family Member 37
Meeting Your Family 38 Introducing Your Puppy to a Dog at Home 41 Introducing Your Other Pets 42 Choosing Your Puppy’s Name 45 Limiting Your Puppy’s Freedom 47 Your Puppy Needs Her Own Bed 48 Why Is Your Puppy Crying? 51 Puppies Just Want to Have Fun 52 Teaching Your Puppy and Children to Play Nicely 55 Being a Good Puppy Parent 56 Introducing the Buckle Collar and Leash 58 Putting Identification on Your Puppy 61 Don’t Worry; Relax and Laugh! 63
Chapter 3 Housetraining Your Puppy
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Housetraining Goals 66 Incorporating Longterm Goals into Your Housetraining 69 Using a Crate for Your Puppy’s Bed 70 Introducing the Crate to Your Puppy 73 Using the Crate Wisely 74 Don’t Abuse the Crate 77 Establishing a Schedule 78 Teaching Your Puppy to “Go” on Command 81 Going Outside with Your Puppy 82 Praising the Behaviors You Want to Happen Again 85 Preventing Housetraining Accidents 86
Chapter 4 Teaching Household Rules
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Household Rules Are Vital 90 Avoiding Self-Rewarding Behaviors 92 Your Home before and after Puppy 95 A Suggested List of Household Rules 96 Teaching Your Puppy to Follow the Rules 99 Sometimes Puppies Make Mistakes 100 Don’t Ignore Good Behavior 103 Don’t Inadvertently Reward Bad Behavior 104 Teaching the Sit for Petting 107 Teaching the Collar Touch 108
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Chapter 5 The Human-Animal Bond
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Why Do We Bond with Dogs? 112 How Is Bonding with Dogs Good for You? 115 How Does Bonding Happen? 116 Women Bonding with Their Dogs 119 Men and Their Dogs 120 A Child’s Companion 123 Key Points to Bonding with Your Puppy 124
Chapter 6 Playing with Your Puppy
How Puppies Play 128 Using Playtime as a Teaching Tool 131 The Best Toys 132 Fetch Games 135 The Touch Game 136 The Name Game 139 Hide-and-Seek 140 The Find It Game 143 Simple Fun with Household Objects 144 Teaching Tricks 147 Avoid Playing Rough Games 148 Things Not to Use as Toys 151
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Chapter 7 Socializing Your Puppy
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The Best Age to Begin Socialization 154 How to Socialize Your Puppy 157 Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Feels 158 Introducing Your Puppy to a Variety of People 161 Letting Your Puppy Meet Other Dogs 162 Cats, Ferrets, Rabbits, Birds, and More 165 Going to Different Places and Seeing New Things 166 A Fun Game: Walking on Different Objects 169 Noisemakers Aren’t Just for Parties! 170 Don’t Overwhelm Your Puppy 173 Your Goals for Socialization 174
Chapter 8 Puppy School
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You and Your Puppy Both Learn during Training 178 Choosing a Class and Trainer 181 Teaching the Sit 182 Teaching the Release 185 Teaching the Down 186 Teaching the Stay 189 Teaching the Come 190 Teaching Your Puppy to Come from a Distance 192 Playing the Come Game 195 Teaching the Watch Me 196 Teaching Your Puppy to Walk on a Leash 198 A Socialization Game 201 Puppy Playtime 202 Conquering the Confidence Course 205 Asking Questions about Training Problems 206 Training Takes Time 209
Chapter 9 Preventing Problem Behaviors 211
Problem Behaviors Are Not Problems to Your Puppy 212 Nutrition Can Affect Behavior 214 A Tired Puppy Is a Happy Puppy 217 Prevention Is the Name of This Game 218 Teaching Your Puppy How to Be Alone 221 Being a Leader to Your Puppy 222 Teaching No Bite! 225 What Is Aggressive Behavior? 226 Resource Guarding Might Require Professional Help 229 Teaching Your Puppy Not to Jump on People 230 Teaching Your Puppy to Sit at Doorways 233 Barking Can Quickly Become a Neighborhood Problem 234 Destructive Chewing Is Dangerous 237 Teaching Your Puppy to Stay off the Furniture 238 Preventing Begging 241 Are You Causing Your Puppy’s Behavior Problems? 242 Health Challenges Can Cause Behavior Problems 245
Chapter 10 Caring for Your Puppy
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Choosing Your Puppy’s Healthcare Partner 249 Feeding Your Puppy a Nutritious Diet 251 When and How to Feed Your Puppy 252 The Daily Massage 255 Brushing, Combing, and Removing Tangles 256 Bathing Your Puppy 259 Fleas, Ticks, and Mites 260 Cleaning the Eyes, Ears, and Teeth 263 Teething Problems 264 Trimming Toenails 267 Vaccinations 268 Spaying or Neutering Your Puppy 271 When to Call the Veterinarian 272 Emergencies 275
Chapter 11 As Your Puppy Grows Up
What Is Adolescence? 278 Surviving Adolescence 281 Continuing Your Puppy’s Training 282 Physical and Mental Changes 285 Checking Out Dog Sports 286 Canine Good Citizen 289 Therapy Dogs Provide Affection 290 Enjoy Your Dog! 293
Photo Credits Index 299
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