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Not Another Puppy Book! Cesar Millan Has Covered It All - Or Has He Not?
Tim Carter from MyGermanShepherd.Org has just released a puppy book with Amazon KDP, because he felt that none of the books on the market cover certain essential points of puppy development, he says. This made me curious.
He just published exclusively on Amazon a book called "Puppy Development Guide: Puppy 101 for Dog Lovers - The Secrets to Puppy Training without Force, Fear, and Fuss" to help the owners of any dog breed to develop their puppy to become the dog they want, he says.
This Puppy 101 even comes with a success guarantee - inside the 120-pages quick-read guide it says any buyer will get their money back if he or she is not entirely happy with this book's guidance and tips. An email is enough.
I wondered how can he be so confident? When interviewed by Rene Stucky, Tim explained that their puppy development or dog training approach wins every time. Regardless of breed, every dog that is treated the way they recommend has been turned around, even the most destructive dogs rescued after weeks in a shelter. Now that convinced me! I've been to dog shelters and have seen with my own eyes how the dogs suffer from the shelter stress.
So, how does this apply to puppies then? Tim says the majority of the famous dog trainers use either some form of a) force, or b) fear, or c) bribes like food treats to train their puppy, or they get stressed and shout at or scold the pup, or pull on the leash or push the pup. None of this would allow the puppy owner to develop the puppy to become the dog they want, because while puppies are forgivable, they are not forgetful, he claims.
Dogs, and already puppies 3 months of age, have a burning desire to PLEASE their owner. They don't mean anything bad when they behave what we humans feel is badly. Tim encourages us to keep this in mind, and reminds us that it takes time for a young puppy to understand what we want, what makes us happy.
But when we follow this entirely gentle and relaxed puppy training approach, no matter which breed, puppies would respond much quicker. He draws some fascinating parallels between litter socialization and family socialization, and explains in plain English how we can become our dog's accepted pack leader - and why this acceptance as pack leader, and not merely becoming the pack leader, is so crucial for the dog-human relationship.
Tim continued to explain that it's this acceptance issue in the puppy's pack (our family basically) which puts enormous stress on the dog because, after securing food, the second most important canine trait deep in their genes is the desire to belong to a pack. Either as a pack member, or as the pack leader. And already a young puppy would, every day anew, seek to establish itself as the pack leader, unless we clearly show the pup through certain consistent behavior of ourselves that we are indeed the pack leader.
This consistent behavior must cover the fundamental areas of the life of a dog: It must be embedded in our feeding routine, in the pup's natural desire to seek our attention, and in our leash training - among others. Of course the book shows exactly what we need to do to communicate this pack leadership to our puppy in order to be its accepted pack leader. Once we have achieved this, Tim says, developing our puppy to become the dog we want is a snap.
I wondered why he stresses this point "the puppy to become the dog we want". And a fellow dog owner told me that Tim Carter probably wants to ensure that new puppy parents don't give up on their pup, and give it to a shelter. If a dog behaves the way we want, we wouldn't want to give it away. That makes sense, and is an understandable goal for someone from a dog rescue organization.
Our readers can get details about this fascinating and handy puppy guide at the following web address: http://www.amazon.com/