The Puppy Primer

Engaging, humorous and user-friendly, The Puppy Primer describes a six-week program to get you and your puppy off on the right paw. Designed for puppies under five months of age (see Family Friendly Dog Training for older dogs), you’ll learn how to create the foundation your pup needs to become a well-adjusted and well-behaved member of the family. Here’s what you can look forward to learning with your puppy:

  • How to make training fun for BOTH you and your puppy
  • How to teach basic cues including Sit, Down, Come, Heel, Stay
  • Simple steps for house and crate training
  • How to use positive reinforcement without spoiling your puppy
  • What to do when adolescence strikes!

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a have a house-trained puppy who comes when you call? Each chapter in this best-selling book provides step-by-step instructions on teaching manners to new puppies. Also included are important topics like socialization, appropriate play, helping puppies conquer their fears, and how to stop unwanted behavior.

It is true what they say: Practice really does make perfect, but it has to be fun or you won’t do it.
The Puppy Primer not only makes it fun, it provides a week-by-week structure that is easy to follow and realistic for busy owners and distractible puppies.

Who Should Buy

Dog Owners
Equally useful as a compliment to training classes or for people who are “home schooling,” this book will help you and your puppy graduate at the top of your class. Lots of experienced puppy owners tell us they are grateful they had The Puppy Primer as a resource.

Class Trainers
Perfect as a supplement to classes, trainers all over the country use this for ideas on class structure and as a supplement for their clients. Be head and shoulders above the competition by including the book in your training class fee.

Veterinarians/Veterinary Technicians
Establish lifelong clients by providing effective and science-based training resources along with good medicine. We all know how serious behavioral problems can be—The Puppy Primer is an essential resource to help prevent problems in the years to come.

So many problems and so little time! The Puppy Primer is an invaluable resource to support our one-on-one work with clients. Everyone will profit from enhanced communication between owners and dogs, an understanding of what is expected, and enthusiastic responses to standard cues like sit, down, come, stay and leave it.

Great to send home with new adopters to make sure they are fully prepared. Make sure your placements get the level of care that they deserve!


“…Puppy Primer is a must have for anyone who has or is thinking of getting a puppy.
Raising a puppy can be a challenge, but McConnell’s book [provides] . . . valuable
supportfor any puppy parent. The Puppy Primer is also a great resource for trainers.”
-Victoria Stilwell, Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog

“I loved The Puppy Primer. My now 5 month old Aussie is always getting
compliments on his behavior. I bought this book before I picked him up and
highly recommended it for people who want to get off on the right foot with their puppy.”
-JN, Amazon Customer Reviews

The Puppy Primer is the perfect guide for all dog lovers,
no matter how many dogs you have raised or lived with….”
-Claudia Kawczynska, Senior Editor, Bark Magazine

Product Details

Description: Paperback
Publisher: McConnell Publishing, Ltd
Edition: 2nd (2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 189176713-5
ISBN-13: 978-1891767135
Product Dimensions: 10.0 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
Authors: Patricia McConnell PhD and Brenda Scidmore
Publish Date: February 22, 2010
Number of Pages: 117


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