Sunday Reviews: My Smart Puppy

Sundays are for book reviews!

My Smart Puppy by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilsopn

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I have to start by saying I don’t have a new puppy. Sorry, if you are looking for puppy pictures, ooops. I do, however, read a great many books on dogs and other approaches. I have been reading books on dogs since the early 70s when my family bred and showed poodles, and along the way found my place training German Shepherds and enjoying American Eskimos. (The dog, well, the people too, but I am talking about the UKC dog breed here)

I had not read the authors previous book and when I bought this I was highly interested in the approach. I will say up front a lot of this is both common sense (If readers have it) or pretty straightforward but I was struck with some of the tables, figures, and narratives of cause and effect and some of the easy repeatable ways of dealing with many types of dogs.

As I read through the chapters I compared the approach of the authors to my past approaches and was pleased at how they saw dogs. There are things I do differently but I think this book can do two things for any reader: 1) introduce them to dog ownership and how to “read” their puppy and 2) Train the puppy owner to do things well.

Lots of good advise about behaviors and training approaches as well make this a good addition to my library. The index is a little clunky, but nothing that is hard to overcome. A good reference, 5 of 5 stars!