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    DefaultLabrador Retrievers for Dummies

    So, I know (thanks to a previous thread on training and puppy books) that the Puppies for Dummies is supposedly really helpful, and was wondering what other's takes are on the Labrador Retriever version. Just found out that my breeder gives this to all of the new puppy parents, which I thought was pretty nice, but should I still purchase an additional reference?
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    DefaultRe: Labrador Retrievers for Dummies

    It's written by Joel Walton, a student of Ian Dunbar (a vet, animal behaviorist, and generally smart guy). I would say it's a good book--nothing earth shattering, but a useful reference. Theo's breeder encouraged us to buy it, along with Dunbar's "Before and After You Get Your Puppy." The Dunbar books are better for the novice puppy owner, but having both in combination is good, too.

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    DefaultRe: Labrador Retrievers for Dummies

    IMO, thgere's no ONE book which is sufficient.

    In addition to "L4D" I suggest:

    "The Other End of the Leash"- by Dr. Patricia McConnell. This gives a lot of the inner life of the dog to be aware of.

    "Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson; this follows accepted scientific principles of learning and teaches you how to teach your Lab.
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    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    DefaultRe: Labrador Retrievers for Dummies

    I will have to check those out as well. Thanks for the suggestion!
    Cadey, mama to Jaida and Bali


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