I looked through the first few pages and didn't see anything about books. My puppy is just 10 weeks old today, but I want to get started right away. So who can recommend some good training books/authors/etc.
When waiting for Jacks to come home, I got a lot of inspiration watching some of the puppy videos on this channel... <- Before seeing the videos, it never would have occurred to me to start training puppies that young, even before puppy classes start up (usually around 12 weeks).
I am (hopefully) expecting my new puppy later this spring. Litter hasn't been born yet, so no guarentees...But I checked out some of these videos and they were great. I want to start brushing up on my puppy training so we are ready to go! Thanks for your responses!
The Art of Raising a Puppy by the monks of New Skete. It's a monastary in upstate NY. They actually raise german Shepherds, but I learned a lot from this book. Very gentle but assertive style of raising a well behaved dog.
I like Patricia McConnell's books, e.g. The Puppy Primer and The Other End of the Leash. Now reading (and loving!) Jean Donaldson's The Culture Clash. The trainer in our puppy class (through BravoPup—excellent!) was trained by her. I like the Monks, and esp. their emphasis on developmental path and dealing appropriately, but I prefer a more positive approach. Sometimes I think we have to apply context into all dog advice (and advice on OUR well-being). That means, what "dogs" are like has validity, but specifically what Goldens are like matters too (which is why we're reading posts in this forum). (On my health I consider research and public health advice but also take into account MY habits, age, body, etc.).
I'm a reader, so hope people will share their finds! Michele