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Old 02-18-2012, 09:31 AM
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Adorable!

There is a book I would recommend... believe it or not the author of the book gets mixed feelings from the world and I can say the basic philosophy is one I agree with but the other parts of the "training" I'm not sure. However, this book is one I have read myself and outlines some very good information for when your choosing the dog and bringing it home. The book is called "How to raise the perfect dog" by Cesar Millan.

I know he gets mixed feelings and I have mixed feelings on him but I gave the book a chance and I think the information in it is benefitial. Surprised me at how much positive reinforcement is in it.
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Oh Dear! Not the salad man!

The whole dominance/alpha paradigm will not help you with a gentle dog such as a cocker. It may even do her harm. Be careful!
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Im not a Cesar fan... the guy bugs me for some reason? lol
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I don't like that flavor dressing either.
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Haha I do, I lost interest in it after I found out its made with anchovies
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I know how people feel about his methods and yes I do feel the same way. I won't touch his other books and I don't have intentions to train my puppy using those techniques. Being a technician we get educated on techniques that are positive for the dog not negative.

However, as a professional I will admit that it does contain good information regarding responsble breeders, the things you will need, how to choose a puppy that's right for you (focusing more on first-time dog owners), health information and the first nights home with the puppy and how to make them positive experiences. It's good information for a first time dog owner. If your like me who won't actually purchase his books and support him - sit in a book store and just skim through the chapters.

If not, I'm willing to re-type the same information because a lot of it we explain to clients on a regular basis its the exact same information with the use of positive reinforcement. The informaiton he put into the book is mostly from veterinarians, certain breeders and some hollywood dog trainer. So it has a different twist then what Cesar seems to usually project - I like the informaiton - not the author lol

But moving away from the subject...

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Its OK VT, I get where you are coming from and it sounds like that book is not a bad thing read overall. You are very knowledgeable so can evaluate that book in a bigger context, but not all new puppy owners will have that broad base and perspective.

Its just that there are some really good puppy books out there, that first time owners can trust the whole thing, and the author as well. Which is why I always recommend McConnell and Dunbar. You won't find either one of those authors ever recommending controversial methods in their teachings anywhere, or showing us things on TV that would be harmful to any dogs.

Its helpful to have information for folks, as well as reliable mentors too, if you get what I mean.
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vettech- I found the bully sticks at our petstore here in town! They had 3 different sizes and I got sticker shock! OMG are they expensive! Our petstore is already more expensive because its a locally owned business (which I like to try to support over chain stores) so I ended up buying 2 twisted bully sticks at $4 a pop that are only about 6inches long, they also had like 2 footers that were $17 a piece.. yikes!
I also bought a slicker brush, and a brush that has to different bristles on each side, and some no tear all natural puppy shampoo that smells sooo good, like aloe kinda
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Getting our new puppy Rue

Aww the puppy is so cute! Good luck!
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Yes some places can be more expensive then others. Sometimes ordering online can save money but it depends where its coming from. For a puppy a smaller bully stick should be okay. You'll come to find how quickly they chew them but generally the larger the dog, the larger the chew. I think one inbetween would be suitable for the breed at hand.

I think for my 23lb Westie he only has a 7" bully stick and he's had it a week now and is no where near making it small enough to be a choking hazard. When it comes too small I throw it out and replace it. Just to be safe.
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