The much-anticipated sequel to The Dog Whisperer, 2nd Edition! Following the phenomenal success of his book, The Dog Whisperer, Paul Owens and his protege Terence Cranendonk bring a step-by-step guide to all things puppy: • Evaluating temperament • Choosing the right personality for the family • Problem solving • Training • Diet • Health • Play • Exercise The Puppy Whisperer includes what to do from the moment a family adopts a puppy - starting with the trip home and continuing through the critical developmental months. An indispensable companion to The Dog Whisperer, The Puppy Whisperer is a must-have guide for anyone thinking of adding a furry bundle of joy to the home. In addition to diet, training, play and problem solving, readers will learn: • The importance of early socialization and positive conditioning • Step-by-step instructions for potty training • Safety and health care, including the latest on vaccinations Nicole Wilde, author of Energy Healing for Dogs: Using Hands-On Healing to Improve Canine Health and Behavior says, "Paul Owens is well known as the "original" Dog Whisperer, and has always advocated gentle, compassionate training methods. Continuing on that note, his latest offering, The Puppy Whisperer, focuses on getting puppies off to a good start and preventing problems from ever starting. I love that Paul not only discusses the importance of socialization (which is key to how that dog will relate to new people, places, and things for the rest of his life), but gives concrete socialization plans that owners can follow. He also clearly explains the developmental stages that puppies go through, which is vital to understanding behavior, and is not always covered in a puppy primer. Of course, there is also a nicely illustrated section on teaching basic obedience behaviors, complete with the proper use of food treats and how to wean dogs off them. (The tricks section will provide fun for new pups and their owners as well.) As a professional trainer, I highly recommend this book, not only for the actual information, which is invaluable, but for the tone Paul helps owners to set for the lifelong relationship with their puppies; one of respect, love, and compassion."