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New member here! We are planning on getting a standard poodle puppy in a year or so and I'd love to read more about raising a puppy as well as the breed itself. So, if you have any recommendations for books that you have found useful and informative, please share!

I searched the forum already but didn't see a recent thread for this so thought I'd start a new one. So far, I've downloaded Ian Dunbar's two books (the before and after ones).

Thank you in advance!
 

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Congratulations! Have you found a breeder?

Somewhere there's a book thread featuring all of the greats: Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, and Pat Miller. You can't go wrong with those three.

You might also enjoy this eBook, Life Lessons for My Puppy.
 

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Congratulations! Have you found a breeder?

Somewhere there's a book thread featuring all of the greats: Jean Donaldson, Patricia McConnell, and Pat Miller. You can't go wrong with those three.

You might also enjoy this eBook, Life Lessons for My Puppy.
Thank you! And I've been looking at Cinnfully Sweet Standards but also open for recommendations!

I might dig deeper in those older book threads but thank you for giving me the names! :)
 

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Here's the book recommendation thread : Reward-based training, a reading list

I think my favourites are Culture Clash and the Other End of the Leash, though I intend to get and read a few more.

I know many people here highly recommend the (free online!!) Before and After Getting Your Puppy books by Ian Dunbar.


There's a great thread on standard poodle breeders here: 🐩 Breeders Listed by Location 🐩 Plus Additional Resources 🐩
which includes some criteria to look for in a great breeder - the health testing, etc. I took a glance at the breeder you mention, and the only thing I didn't see was the health testing (OFA/physical tests + genetic testing) which they may be doing but not list or I may have missed, and is worth asking them about. It also looks like they show IABCA, not AKC/UKC, and not all the dogs have titles listed.
 

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This book was recently recommended to me, though I’ve not yet read it:


Patricia McConnell’s blog is also a treasure trove of doggy insights.

For the nuts and bolts of puppy raising, I find it helpful to choose one method and stick fairly closely to it, rather than overwhelming yourself with often contradictory advice. You can’t go wrong with those Dunbar books. The PDFs are great and accessible, but I cherish my dog-eared hardcover:

 

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the only thing I didn't see was the health testing (OFA/physical tests + genetic testing) which they may be doing but not list
They do at least some testing, they don't list it on their site. They're one of the many that I had to search OFA by kennel name:

 

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Here's the book recommendation thread : Reward-based training, a reading list

I think my favourites are Culture Clash and the Other End of the Leash, though I intend to get and read a few more.

I know many people here highly recommend the (free online!!) Before and After Getting Your Puppy books by Ian Dunbar.


There's a great thread on standard poodle breeders here: 🐩 Breeders Listed by Location 🐩 Plus Additional Resources 🐩
which includes some criteria to look for in a great breeder - the health testing, etc. I took a glance at the breeder you mention, and the only thing I didn't see was the health testing (OFA/physical tests + genetic testing) which they may be doing but not list or I may have missed, and is worth asking them about. It also looks like they show IABCA, not AKC/UKC, and not all the dogs have titles listed.
Thank you so much for such a thorough reply! I've gone through that thread and gotten my hands on a few books so that'll keep me busy for a while! :)

I've only glanced on the breeder resources here in the Poodle Forum but will definitely go more in depth to check all the requirements to make sure we will pick the right breeder. I really appreciate you taking the time to write in such a detail, thank you! :)
 

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This book was recently recommended to me, though I’ve not yet read it:


Patricia McConnell’s blog is also a treasure trove of doggy insights.

For the nuts and bolts of puppy raising, I find it helpful to choose one method and stick fairly closely to it, rather than overwhelming yourself with often contradictory advice. You can’t go wrong with those Dunbar books. The PDFs are great and accessible, but I cherish my dog-eared hardcover:

Thank you! Really appreciate you pointing out to sticking fairly close to one method, it makes sense!

Thank you for the book recommendations, I'm actually really liking the idea of learning more about how dogs perceive the world.
 
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