Pup Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Happy, Well-Trained Dog
Lynn Lott, Jane Nelsen & Therry Jay
Rodale, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Anise Hollingshead
ynn Lott and Jane Nelsen have paired with animal behaviorist Therry Jay to pen a book on dog training, combining their parenting advice described in the
series with animal behavior techniques. The result is
, an approach to dog training that relies on an inclusive
approach, rather than just modifying annoying or destructive dog behaviors.
hat type of doggie parent are you?
takes a few minutes in the first chapters to educate dog owners on exactly what type of owner they are, and how to best correct possible problems with their style of dog training. As expected, the primary focus is more of an
approach, rather than authoritarian or permissive.
he book is grouped into chapters that are organized around the types of interactions between pets and their owners, depending on life stages and environmental influences. Behavior problems and solutions are detailed, but are incorporated into these topics, so aren't easily accessible by problems or discipline techniques.
ach chapter offers descriptions of common situations with pets and their owners - with several possible solutions to the problems, in the style of personal anecdotes of real pet owners. Several chapters also offer useful advice on what to do before getting a pet, and how to best research the type of dog that will best fit into the family's current lifestyle.
found this book helpful and informative, especially since we just (unexpectedly) received a pup as a birthday present. While I didn't discover the correct method of dealing with surprise live presents from misguided friends, I did find practical advice on what to do with the puppy after the initial shock was over. However, while the book is engaging, the information isn't organized optimally. Though the chatty approach is highly readable, it's more practical to have the discipline and problems listed in a manner that allows readers to find them by topic, rather than incorporated into the book as a whole.
is a good dog-training book that is entertaining as well as useful, but one that may be best paired with other dog training resources, as well.
Note: Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of BookLoons.
Find more NonFiction books on our
or in our book