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      New puppy training guide/book/videos ?

      I'll admit that I am old school when it comes to my dogs. I do the basics and thats it. But with this guy I want to do more so I am looking to the members to show me a book/online guides/ videos that are the best or easiest to use. My wife and I have read through Ceasars book before but she has lost it - ugh so I do nt have that as a reference.


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      It may be for the best she lost that book. He is very very very old school and uses techniques that do not encourage a good bond/working relationship with your dog.

      I HIGHLY encourage puppy classes. It is a wonderful place for safe socialization even if you don't "feel" the need for you to learn anything. If you don't do puppy classes, make sure to find safe places to socialize the puppy (it is harder as the critical socialization period is also when they don't have all their shots).

      Here are books I recommend and personally have and read/reread. All all positive training based (which doesn't mean luring with treats nor letting the puppy get away with anything and everything).

      Ian Dunbar is a wonderful world renown training, he has a wonderful site with TONS of great free information:
      Raising a Puppy | Dog Star Daily

      He has two books for free download that can help for right now:
      Free downloads | Dog Star Daily

      The Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell is a terrific book
      The Puppy Primer book | Puppy Training Book | Patricia McConnell

      Culture Clash - Jean Donaldson also a great book with some great step by step training wrapped up with lots of great info on how to understand how dogs think VS how humans think (which is important to understand)
      The culture clash - Jean Donaldson - Google Books

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      even "labradors for dummies" is better than caesar. he's good to watch on the tube but i wouldn't use his methods, and certainly not for a lab.

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      I second that it might be a good thing she lost the Cesar Millan books.

      What are you looking to do with the new pup? I'd start with a puppy class and there is a wealth of information on the internet from people blogs and websites you could read too. just begin googling stuff and you'll find your self with a lot info.

      You could look into clicker training, which is how a I trained Emma and its been fantastic and b

      Here are a few blogs I have bookmarked.
      Blog Archives - Smart Dog University
      Dog Behavior | Suzanne Clothier
      52 Tricks to Teach Your Dog
      Clicker Training Lessons - Sit, Down Stand

      Books I own.

      How to behave so your dog behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin DVM MS
      How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves: Dr. Sophia Yin DVM MS: 9780793806447: Amazon.com: Books

      Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor
      Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals: Karen Pryor: 9780743297776: Amazon.com: Books

      Don't Shoot the dog by Karen Pryor
      Dont Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training: Karen Pryor: 9780553380392: Amazon.com: Books

      Also Clash of Culture Mentioned by Tanya
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      What a sweetie. Have to agree with all above that kind of good your wife lost Ceasar's book. Definitely an old method, but really think focuses on rotties and pitbulls. Definitely different with dealing with a Lab. Most Labs are food motivated and really want to please, though they can be strong willed, the positive method I think would be a better way to go.

      The book I have right now which is really a good reference and talks about clicker training is "The Everything Labrador Retriever Book, by Kim Campbell Thornton." Also was told "Labrador for Dummies" is also a good reference. The books mentioned above also look like they can help you and your wife. Will look into them as well.

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      There's a puppy book by the Monks of New Skete that's good.
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      Kikopup on youtube has heaps of videos on using clicker training which are good. But I think Puppy Class/Obedience school has been the best for us. We went to the local puppy class when Ajax was 10 weeks old at our vet for socialisation - but it was shocking for actual obedience. We go to a local dog club (obedience club) to do our training and really like it - much better than any book I read or videos I watched

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      I had never been to a puppy class until we got Max our Italian Mastiff. It was a huge waste of time and money.

      1. It was in some ladies garage in the 100 degree Texas heat with no fans
      2. It was packed full of puppies, children and an hour of chaotic screaming.
      3. The "trainer" was terribly uneducated in dog training and she was some sort of a Gold Star rated person.
      4. The trainer would let her two Boxer's and a mutt out to bully the puppies around.
      5. $125 of my money was wasted as well as time.
      6. Didn't see the need or value in "socializing" at my expense.

      I have not had a good experience with puppy classes.

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      I second the Puppy Primer book. The trainer you went to sounds horrible and not what a puppy needs for socialization. If that's your only option I think you might be better off not doing training.......but maybe there's a better option somewhere else?

      He is adorable! Love his face

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      Wow, definitely a list of why not to go to that puppy class. Definitely not an atmosphere to socialize a pup either. I'd steer clear and do it yourself. Got a lot of good informational books to do so. Thankfully I got some good review for where I'll take my pup, with smaller classes. If I couldn't find something I felt comfortable with, I'd be doing the same as you. My husband feels the same way.

      KAZ

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