Just as I prepared for my own children, I also prepare for each puppy whelping. I read and study as if it was our first litter, to refresh my memory on how to set our mama and her puppies up for whelping success in the beginning.
Now that I am bringing home an 8 week old puppy, the situation is new once more. I don't rear puppies from 8 weeks to adult every year. So I like to read new books to refresh my memory of puppy rearing and pick up on new insights and methods. I want to understand her developmental stages, provide her with her needs and structure her life from the beginning, so we will help her reach her highest potential and avoid any bad habits or behavioral issues for the future.
Dr Ian Dunbars recommendations are consistent with the methods I will be using with my new puppy. He recommends preparing a puppy confinement area with a crate, a puppy toilet, appropriate chew toys etc. He discusses the importance of early socialization, house training, chewing and Bite inhibition. He also addresses common pitfalls, simple commands, tricks and adolescence behaviors. I am especially interested in this book because it will be a nice summary for my new puppy families to buy for themselves. Read it before you get your puppy. I will keep my book on the coffee table. Hopefully other members of my household will also pick it up for reference. This books is truly the nuts and bolts of what to do and when to do it with your puppy from 8 weeks through adolescence.