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Puppy brain : how our dogs learn, think, and love / Kerry Nichols.

Nichols, Kerry, (author.).


"Full of actionable guidance, Puppy Brain will show you how to raise a happy, healthy, well-behaved, and emotionally resilient pet. Through years of research on puppy brain development and intentional breeding practices, Kerry Nichols, the founder of Nicholberry Goldens, opens a whole new world of communication between you and your dog. Kerry has developed a system of raising dogs that actively stimulates her puppies' neurological systems, laying the foundation for emotional bounce back and creating connections in the brain that produce life-long problem solving skills. In this book, Kerry teaches you how to apply those principles at home with your dog. With guidance about every step of pet ownership, from bringing your new dog home to raising them through adolescence and old age, Puppy Brain uses the latest research to help you understand what your pet needs, and how to stop poor behaviors in their tracks. She likes to say, While I can't raise a puppy for everyone, I can help everyone raise a puppy." With irresistible photos, clear guidance, and engaging humor, Puppy Brain shows you how your dog's mind works, and how to use that to your advantage. While this book grows out of Kerry's viral social media content (@NicholberryGoldens on Instagram and TikTok), its chapters go even further, delving more deeply into fascinating dog science and providing her readers with in-depth answers to years of questions from her followers and "forever families." It is a perfect gift for dog lovers and anyone looking for an accessible resource for training their beloved dogs." -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781250867919
  • ISBN: 1250867916
  • Physical Description: viii, 392 pages : illustrations, photographs ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Human beginnings. From lawyer to breeder: how it all began ; "Adopt or shop responsibly": a word on breeding -- Developmental milestones. Conception and pregnancy: the making of a puppy ; Birth: welcome to the world, little ones ; Days 0 to 7: the wonders of smell ; Days 8-14: the wonders of sight ; Days 15-21: the wonders of sound ; Days 22-28: the magical transition to puppyhood ; Days 29-35: fear, fun, and gruelfests ; Days 36-42: classical conditioning, kitchen walks, and the supersuit ; Days 43 to 49: capitalizing on synaptic connections ; Days 50-56: godspeed, little ones -- Puppy preparations. Your ideal dog: (and what's ideal for your dog) ; Researching breeders: buyer beware (and be informed!) ; First, train the humans: changing how we think about dogs ; Learning to speak dog: reading canine body language ; Preparing your home: puppy zones, selecting crates, and establishing potty areas ; Getting your puppy home: low-stress strategies for a successful transition ; Understanding decompression: the first three days ; Gotcha day!: daily puppy schedule and first-week goals ; Crate training: making the crate your puppy's happy place ; Potty training: making it easy with timers, consistency, and patience ; Optimizing synaptic connections: emotionally vaccinating your puppy through socialization -- Hardwiring your puppy for happiness. Training foundations: a practical guide to the essentials ; The dreaded bath: how positively layering the experience develops comfort and trust ; Body handling and touch: understanding puppy consent ; Landshark: rethinking puppy biting and how we survive it ; Adolescence: blame it on their brain (and be patient) ; Puppies and children: fostering a lifelong bond ; Resource guarding: what it is and strategies to prevent it from developing ; Rethinking spaying and neutering: making the best choice for your dog ; Therapy dogs: changing the world one dog at a time ; The inevitable goodbye: when the rainbow bridge calls.
Subject: Dogs > Psychology.
Dogs > Behavior.
Puppies > Training.
Genre: Informational works.
Instructional and educational works.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 12 of 16 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 3 copies available at Jefferson County.


  • 0 current holds with 16 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jefferson County Library-Arnold 636.7 NICHOLS (Text) 30061100287735 New Books Checked out 06/04/2024
Jefferson County Library-Northwest 636.7 NICHOLS (Text) 30051100287744 New Books Checked out 06/05/2024
Jefferson County Library-Windsor 636.7 NICHOLS (Text) 30065100287751 New Books Available -

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