Unfortunately, not all books are created equal, and “Googling it,” can pop out some pretty scary answers.
In response to a request on our facebook page, the Do You Believe in Dog? team has put together a short list of easy-to read books for before and after you get a puppy or dog.
These books that are not only short and easy to read but they are easy on the wallet or even free!
Before and After You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar
Dunbar has been in the dog world for a long time. He began his career studying dog hormones and behavior alongside Dr. Frank Beach and has since moved into helping dogs an humans get on the same page. His two free e-books get straight to the point:
- Before you get your puppy: Dowload Free PDF here
- After you get your puppy: Dowload Free PDF here
Perfect Puppy in 7 Days by Dr. Sophia Yin
Yin is also a veterinarian, and she specializes in behaviour. Perfect Puppy in 7 Days is available to order as book (or e-book).
If you're looking for something family friendly (accessible for kids to read too) on your local library shelves, try Gwen Bailey's books: Puppy handbook, The Perfect Puppy, Good Dog Behaviour or The Rescue Dog.
The Puppy Primer by Dr. Patricia McConnell
McConnell received her PhD in Zoology in 1988 and has been working with dogs (and their people) ever since! The Puppy Primer is a trainer favourite and describes a six-week program to get you and your puppy off on the right paw.
Karen Pryor, a biologist who got her start working with dolphins, has has created a wealth of information at her Clicker Training website and her book, Don't Shoot the Dog is really valuable to help understand how and why certain training methods will work better than others.
Happy reading before and after you get your new family member!
Julie & Mia