With spring and summer upon us, many people are starting to think about adding a puppy to their family. Please do your research thoroughly and be sure the entire family is on board for the new addition. A puppy is a commitment of 12 years, not just a short summer project.
Once the decision has been made and just the right puppy located, you need to work at training your puppy. a well trained pup quickly becomes a beloved family member. An untrained pup will be relegated to the garage or outside and may even end up at a shelter or rescue.
Colleen Pelar's latest book, Puppy Training for Kids, will help your family achieve the goal of that well behaved canine. Trade paperback size, this book is loaded with excellent color photos and short, easy to follow training tips. From house training to tricks, lots of great basic info is shared here.
Especially important are the chapters on socializing your puppy and canine communication. These subjects are serious but are dealt with in a fun manner. For socializing, there is a fun "scavenger hunt" of people and things your puppy needs to be exposed to in a positive way.
Canine communication and how to behave around dogs are two important areas that help children understand what their puppy is saying to them and how to respond properly around unknown dogs. Dog savvy kids are much less likely to be bitten or have bad dog interactions.