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Puppies for Dummies, 3rd Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: Choosing a Dog to Love for a Lifetime 7 Chapter 1: Puppy Love: Making All the Important Decisions 9 Chapter 2: Considering a Puppy to Fit Your Lifestyle 17 Chapter 3: Browsing the Breeds: Choosing the Right Dog for You 31 Chapter 4: Searching High and Low for Your Puppy 43 Part II: Caring for Your Puppy's Everyday Needs 61 Chapter 5: Outfitting Your Home 63 Chapter 6: Preparing for the First Days and Weeks 75 Chapter 7: Communicating with Your Puppy 95 Chapter 8: Socializing Puppy 105 Chapter 9: Living in the Real World: Kids, Travel, and Other Adventures 117 Part III: Training with a Positive Spin 137 Chapter 10: Involving Everyone in Team Puppy 139 Chapter 11: Using Cool Tools and Groovy Gadgets 147 Chapter 12: Teaching Lessons for Puppies of Every Age 163 Chapter 13: Civilizing Your Puppy Indoors and Out 187 Chapter 14: Living Life Off-Leash 207 Part IV: Conditioning Good Manners in Your Puppy 219 Chapter 15: Housetraining for Success 221 Chapter 16: Redirecting Everyday Hassles 231 Chapter 17: Addressing Extreme Reactions 251 Chapter 18: Recognizing and Redirecting Aggressive Behavior 259 Part V: Creating a Wellness Plan 273 Chapter 19: Feeding Your Puppy Well 275 Chapter 20: Staying Healthy and Handling Emergencies 289 Chapter 21: Identifying Common Ailments 311 Part VI: The Part of Tens 327 Chapter 22: Ten (Plus One) Crowd-Pleasing Tricks 329 Chapter 23: Ten Fun Games 337 Index 343

About the Author

Sarah Hodgson has been New York's and Connecticut's favorite dog trainer for over 25 years and is a prolific author, columnist, media personality, and inventor. Her trademark upbeat, proven, and positive training techniques teach owners how to help their puppies become well-behaved familycompanions. Visit Sarah at

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