This book very succinctly lays out, in easy to read and understand terms, the sensitive periods of dog development. Better yet, the author explains why they are sensitive periods and exactly what the breeder should be doing during each one. The author also makes some painfully honest statements about what he feels the breeder's responsibility should be, and unfortunately, why people who breed dogs often do not take this responsibility seriously.
People who are breeding dogs and are not properly educating the puppies or who allow puppies to leave their mother at too young an age do everyone a disservice. The problem is people still get puppies from these sources because they do not know any better. This book is an excellent source for puppy buyers to educate themselves about what a good breeder should be providing.
The author goes over the details of what breeders can do to make a lasting impact on the life of the puppy that they helped to bring into the world. The intimate understanding that this author has of the power of imprinting and other early puppy training is passed along to the rest of us in a way that everyone can easily utilize. No matter how you are involved "in dogs" this book will help to increase your understanding and enjoyment in the relationship that you create with your dog.
The author goes over the details of what breeders can do to make a lasting impact on the life of the puppy that they helped to bring into the world. The intimate understanding that this author has of the power of imprinting and other early puppy training is passed along to the rest of us in a way that everyone can easily utilize. No matter how you are involved “in dogs” this book will help to increase your understanding and enjoyment in the relationship that you create with your dog. The puppies that come from a program such as this one, will surely be the best dogs that they can be: Superstar Dogs!--Brenda Aloff, Midland, MI. Author of Getting Connected With Your Dog; Canine Body Language, A Photographic Guide; Aggression in Dogs: Practical Management, Prevention & Behavior Modification, and Positive Reinforcement: Training Dogs in the Real World
This is a delightful book. A super book! Wonderfully well written and overflowing with numerous practical tips for raising puppies to have solid temperaments, dynamite demeanors and stellar dispositions — true SuperStar Dogs! Every breeder and every prospective puppy owner should read this book.---Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS, Founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
If all breeders followed Jerry Hope's Superstar Program, there would be fewer dogs in shelters, fewer behavior problems, happier owners, and many, many more well socialized dogs. In short, the world would be a better place for dogs and their people.- Nicole Wilde, CPDT, author "Help for Your Fearful Dog" and "So You Want to be a Dog Trainer
To call this book a breeders guide does not do the amount of information and common sense advice held within these pages justice. This is a book for everyone thinking of owning a dog, already owning a dog and those wishing to develop a wonderful companion. By building a solid foundation of behavior and brainpower in a pup we have a solid base from which to train and grow. To understand your dog and help him become a responsible canine citizen others admire is more than just rewarding, it brings a partnership and love that lasts for a lifetime. In the Chapters of this book, there is a wealth of practical common sense and fun interactions with your pup that will have you understanding, guiding and enjoying your pup and in doing so will help you create that rich human/canine bond we all long for.--- Martin Deeley IACP CDT ~ Co-Founder International Association of Canine Professionals ~ UK Gundog Trainer of the Year 2007 ~ Author, "Working Gun Dogs, An Introduction to Training and Handling"
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