This book shows that "bringing up" a puppy rather than "training" it is the route to success.
In this practical, readable and entertaining book, Caroline Spencer and Lesley Harris bring a new slant to a well-explored subject and propose significant shifts in an owner's understanding of why their puppy behaves as he does and what makes him tick.
Like children, dogs are born without behavioural issues; it is what happens in the early weeks of life, and the way in which his new owner nurtures, guides and educates him that will enable him to become a well-balanced adult - or not.
Drawing on a combined 40 years of experience, the authors will help you in your initial choice of a puppy. When you take him into your home, it will show you how to interpret natural canine communication and play, and how to use these signals to educate and guide your puppy in a positive way. The confidence he gains in you, the parent, will help him through sometimes difficult and confusing situations, to become a happy, trustworthy, and trusting friend for life.
This book gives sound advice for everyday situations you will face with your new canine companion, starting from the moment you first set eyes on him'. - TV and PDSA vet, Paul Manktelow
This book will give you the tools you need to choose and train a great friend and companion. - Brenda Aloff, US dog behaviourist and author
I love this book. It's brimming with practical advice on how dogs think and learn, and how to live cooperatively and harmoniously with our canine friends. - Catherine O'Driscoll, author and founder of Canine Health Concern