There’s nothing more exciting in life than bringing home a new family member. Especially when that family member is small, cute, and furry! This weekend I will be bringing home a brand new puppy, and I am really grateful that the SJCPL system has so many great books to offer about puppies. My favorite book that I have read (twice) is Before & After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar. Although I haven’t tried out his methods for chew toy and potty training yet, I really like his “positive reinforcement” approach to dog training.
Another book that I felt was very informative and easy to follow was The Puppy Owners Manual by Diana Delmar. This is a must read for any new puppy owner. Some of the information in this book was very useful in training our older “puppy,” too!
I’m currently reading Scared Poopless by Chiclet T. Dog (and co-authored by his owner, Jan Rasmusen), which is a book written by a dog/dog owner team who want you to know everything you can about the dangers that your puppy may face in the world. I’m pretty sure my vet, whom I have yet to meet until I take my new puppy in for his first vaccinations, is going to want to strangle me by the time I’m done asking him all the questions I have about the things I have read in this book. And I’m still only on the first chapter.