With almost 200 pages, corresponding photos, and step-by-step instructions, Puppy Start Right is the ideal book for fostering and enhancing a “parenting relationship” among people and their dogs! This book is a great resource for all dog parents, dog trainers, puppy socialization class instructors, shelters, and adoption agencies. Whether you are raising a new puppy, have recently adopted an adolescent dog, or are living with an adult dog, Puppy Start Right is the book for you. This book sets the foundation for a lifelong partnership between you and your dog based on a mutual understanding and trust. Puppy Start Right is more than a puppy book about socialization; it’s a positive approach to problem solving, prevention, and training, all without the use of force. Problem-solving topics address common behaviors of adolescent dogs, including mouthing/biting, jumping, chewing, digging, counter surfing, and stealing objects. Prevention topics include confinement/independence training, food bowl exercises, handling and restraint, and more.
The book also includes:
• The Developmental Life Stages of Dogs
• Domestication, Social Behavior, How Dogs Perceive the World, and Canine Communication
• How Dogs Learn
• Positive Socialization and What to do if Your Dog is Frightened?
• Applying the Problem-Solving Model to Prevent Common Behavior Problems
• House Training in 5 Easy Steps
• Foundation Training Exercises
About the Author
Kenneth M. Martin, DVM, is the owner of Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC, a veterinary clinic with practice limited to the prevention and treatment of animal behavior disorders. He graduated from Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He practiced companion animal and exotic animal medicine and surgery, as well as emergency medicine prior to completing a behavior medicine residency at Purdue University’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is working toward diplomate status by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Dr. Martin is a contributing author to the textbooks Manual of Parrot Behavior and Animal Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. He frequently lectures at veterinary continuing education conferences and seminars. He guest lectures to veterinary medicine students at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include conflict-related (owner-directed) aggression, compulsive disorders, behavioral development, and psychopharmacology. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Dr. Martin currently shares his home with two beloved Belgian Malinois, Iliana and Polo. Debbie Martin, RVT, VTS (Behavior), CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, is the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. Debbie has a B.S. from The Ohio State University in human ecology, and an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a full time registered veterinary technician since 1996. She began instructing puppy socialization classes in 1997. Debbie is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (Behavior) and a professional member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Debbie is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and Karen Pryor Academy faculty member. She lectures at local and national veterinary conferences and universities to veterinary and veterinary technician students. Debbie is a published author in veterinary technician journals and is a contributing author in the textbook Animal Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. Debbie currently shares her home with Iris, a beagle-terrier mix with one eye, and Jazmin, a Belgian Malinois.