Puppies for Dummies

January 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Puppies for Dummies by Sarah Hodgson (2000)

I stumbled upon this book while roaming the dusty shelves of a Salvation Army thrift store. Aside from the obvious fact that the corner of the back cover appeared to have been chewed off by a feisty puppy, the book was otherwise in good condition with all the pages intact. I eagerly made the S$2 purchase even though, at that time, Maple had not yet been introduced into our lives. I was merely conducting research and figured that Puppies for Dummies would serve as an indispensable reference book for “the soon-to-be puppy owner” (as advertised by the caption on the front cover).

I find “Chapter 14 Training Through the Phases” to be especially informative. This section of the book covers lessons suitable for puppies at various stages of their lives. I am currently practicing “Puppy Puberty Lessons: 6 to 9 Months” with Maple, and each morning we would run through the five recommended commands: ‘Heel’, ‘Sit’, ‘Down’, ‘Wait’, and ‘No Sir or Ma’am’ (although, I have modified this with just a simple ‘No’). 

I enjoy reading “Puppy Puberty Lessons: 6 to 9 Months” and often review it several times over because, not only does it provide useful training tips for puppies within that age range, but it also describes some of the behavioural traits typical of adolescent puppies. I feel slightly comforted knowing that, when Maple acts up, she is just going through a common phase of puppyhood—her hormones are starting to kick in and she’s trying to test the boundaries that MM and I have established.  

Puppies for Dummies is certainly a good beginner’s guide to the world of puppies. Without a doubt, I will be referring to it regularly for several more months to come as Maple’s growth spurts continue!

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