Sooo, we recently started the search for dog no. 2 and had a call this week from one of the rescues about a pup from an accidental litter. He gets on with SpicyDog like a house on fire and has a lovely little temperament so we are going ahead. However, we haven't had a pup before, only adult dogs. I've already booked puppy classes for next month but also need to read up and get a good routine sorted.
Wondered if the good people of the Doghouse could advise on a clear and concise reward based/positive puppy book that will get us going in the right direction in the couple of days before SpicyDog2 comes home?! Thanks.
Total Recall by Pippa Mattinson is good. The emphasis is on getting your dog to come back to you but also also explains how dogs learn, how to use treats and rewards etc. Specific advice on starting recall training from scratch with puppies, as well as older dogs who've developed bad habits. The About Turn walk completely sorted my labs habit of walking a long way in front of me when off lead.