Perfect Puppy in 7 Days
So you just got a new furry friend who is absolutely adorable, lovable, and sometimes plain obnoxious, so you are trying to figure out how to train your puppy. Maybe your problem is crate training, or maybe your puppy simply will not stop barking all day long, even while you are on that very important conference call.
Whatever the problem is, puppy training problems can leave you feeling frustrated and impatient, which does not help you or your dog.
Whether your friend recommended it or you stumbled across it online, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days by Dr. Sophia Yin, but it sounds too good to be true. Can the book really help you fix your training nightmares in seven days? By the end of this article, you will have an answer to that exact question, and you will know whether or not you are ready to go out and buy the book.
What is the Book?
Before we can address whether or not the book actually works, we need to lay out what the book is promising to do. Understanding that will help you view the book with a more open mind.
While it is unlikely that you will end the week with the perfect pup, the book will lay out Dr. Yin’s plan for teaching and training your puppy really quickly, and you may find that you are able to teach your furry friend a lot in just one week. In the book, Dr. Yin talks through personal training stories, lays out step by step instructions for training, and even provides you with tons of pictures so you can see just how the training is supposed to go.
This training book includes things like potty training, social skills, and other important life skills that your puppy needs to have, especially as she or he begins to get bigger in size and in strength.
Who is Perfect Puppy in 7 Days For?
While you might enjoy the read if you are a seasoned dog owner who has raised and trained many dogs before, the book is not really designed for you. Perfect Puppy in 7 Days is really designed to go back to the basics to help explain to someone how they can train their dog to deal with different problems like potty training; if you are a seasoned dog owner and trainer, some of the processes that Dr. Yin goes over in the book may seem rather basic or common sense to you.
This includes things like the fact that you need to establish leadership and how your dog’s vision is different from yours.
The first disclaimer is that there will probably never be one single dog training method that everyone can agree about and use, so just because a method works for other people does not mean it will work for you.
However, of course, more positive feedback tends to mean success and Perfect Puppy in Seven Days has lots of really positive feedback from a wide variety of established (and less established) sources, so it is safe to say that if you use her methods correctly, you will probably start to see some sort of progress with your dog.
One of the methods that Dr. Yin swears by in the book is called tethering, and it is actually used by a lot of different trainers.
Tethering is all about how to teach your dog to spend time in the same room as you and other family members without requiring constant attention.
This could involve teaching them how to go to their own space and take a nap, providing them with toys and bones that they can use by themselves, etc. Tethering and many of her other training techniques are very successful. Remember, as you apply these techniques, you should see a lot of improvement in your puppy within a week.
You will quite possibly end up shocked at just how much your dog can learn in a single week, but that does not mean he or she will become the perfect puppy.
Puppies will always be puppies, which means that sometimes they will run around, make messes, get into things that you do not want them to get into, and make noise no matter what you do to try to make it all stop. And believe it or not, when the puppy stage is over, you may find yourself missing the adorable chaos.
What Are the Different Parts
The book is separated into seven main parts, which were then broken down further into subcategories. The chapters are broken down as follows:
- Chapter one is all about the very, very early stages of your puppy’s life, starting with the neonatal stage. In this chapter, she talks about things like a brand new puppy’s vision, how the puppy needs to be introduced to other puppies and people, and how you can help your dog learn to walk on different surfaces.
- Chapter two really lays out the basics of training and answers any concerns you might have going in. Yin addresses things like when it is safe to start training your puppy and whether or not it is okay to wait to give your dog more time to adjust.
- Chapter three is all about preparing for training (or if at all possible receiving) your puppy. Yin goes over the different things you need and what you can just leave at the store.
- Chapter four tackles potty training, the bain of many dog parents’ existence, and it also goes over crate training, so your dog does not endlessly whine while inside.
- Chapter five covers tethering and precisely how you do that using her step by step instructions.
- Chapter six is all about socializing your puppy, which is really important if you want him or her to be okay around other dogs when older.
- Chapter seven, the last chapter, pretty much covers all the other odds and ends that a puppy owner might need.