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“Just as it takes a whole village to raise a child, it also takes commitment, effort, and time to raise a puppy.” Having young life in your home is challenging at the best of times, be it a human child or a puppy. It’s a lot of work: training, providing a healthy safe environment, and so much more. If you’re a first-time puppy owner, you’ll quickly learn that it’s a lot more than a cute little bundle of fur coming into your home to lick everyone profusely. Doggy kisses are cute, but chewed shoes and furniture, destroyed bedding and clothing, are not so cute and unchecked circumstances like these can instantly lead to a doggy nightmare. It can be an on-the-job learning experience that will have you pulling your hair out or giving up in frustration (hopefully not the latter). Or, you can make use of a useful puppy-raising guide to help you along the way.
Max Parrott’s book, A Practical Guide to Puppy Raising: Nurture Your Dog the Ideal Way (Furry Friends Series Book 1), is just what every new puppy owner needs to help with the difficulties and multiple questions that will enter your home along with the furry little bundle of joy. Even a seasoned dog owner bringing a new puppy into their home for the umpteenth time will find this book useful. It’s well organized and covers just about any topic or question you might have, from basic training advice, housebreaking, feeding routines, and crate training, to possible medical issues, vaccinations, and doggy first aid. The key point this author makes is that raising a puppy to be the perfect best friend is a lot of work, a considerable commitment, and, most important, one that should be lined with lots of love. But, in the end, it’s worth it. And, with a dog’s lifespan being considerably shorter than a human’s, this book also offers advice on how to deal with the tragedy of losing this best friend, or having to make the most difficult decision of all and having the best friend put down. A valuable resource with lots of helpful tips and a few cute puppy photos to help make the effort more enjoyable.