The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy & Well-Behaved Dog
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  • Author: Ian Dunbar
  • Product Code: 14557
  • ISBN: 978-1-57731-455-4
  • Pages: 240
  • Hardcover
  • Size: 9.00 x 6.00


Before & After Getting Your Puppy is a simple, practical guide for anyone bringing a new puppy into the family. In clear steps, with helpful photos and easy-to-follow training deadlines, Dr. Ian Dunbar, who pioneered puppy classes and a loving style of dog training in the 1970s, presents a structured yet playful and humorous plan for raising a wonderful dog. The guide is based on six developmental deadlines:
  • completing owner education and preparation
  • assessing a puppy’s prior socialization and education
  • teaching errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training
  • completing a socialization program of meeting strange dogs and people
  • learning bite inhibition
  • a continuing program of ongoing training
In the first half of the book, Dr. Dunbar focuses on what the owner needs to know to select a great puppy. In the second half, he presents the crucial lessons the puppy must be taught during its impressionable early development. Over time, Dr Dunbar’s kind, positive program has been proven the most effective.


“There is no single person on the face of the planet to whom dog trainers and owners (not to mention dogs) owe more.”
— Jean Donaldson, director of San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers and author of Culture Clash

“Ian Dunbar's intellect, experience, and common sense combine in Before & After Getting Your Puppy to create a landmark book about the selection and training of puppies. It should be required reading for anyone even thinking about adopting a pup.”
— Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, author of If Only They Could Speak and director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

“A delight to read, Dr. Dunbar's Before & After Getting Your Puppy is filled with essential, preventative puppy-raising information. If a new puppy owner buys just one book, this should be it!”
— Amy Tan, dog lover and bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club