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Written in a fresh, warm voice loaded with empathy, Welcoming Your Puppy from Planet Dog lights the path to a relaxed, happy interspecies household

“Expert advice that is deeply insightful, funny, entertaining, and highly relatable.”
— Traer Scott, bestselling author of Shelter Dogs and Finding Home

After a decade of guiding people who’ve just added a puppy to the family, dog trainer Kathy Callahan has learned a fundamental truth: at some point every one of them feels overwhelmed. When they seek out expertise, they’re flooded with impossibly detailed advice, conflicting opinions, and a surprising number of techniques that seem unkind.

In contrast, Callahan reassures owners that success flows not from nailing an intimidating list of disciplinary tactics, but from adopting a mindset of “trusted guide” rather than “master.” The key to great training is recognizing that we have essentially kidnapped these puppies from their own vastly different culture. Using an easy-to-grasp “Planet Dog / Planet Human” concept, Callahan dives into the puppy essentials, including:

• how to prepare your house (and yourself) for puppyhood
• potty training, chewing, jumping, and other challenges
• how to train with fun, not fear
• why it might seem your puppy “just doesn’t listen”
• navigating puppyhood with young kids, cats, and/or other dogs
• what to do if there’s household disagreement on things like whether dogs belong on furniture

In fun-to-read chapters filled with empathy for both the beleaguered humans and their confused puppies, Welcoming Your Puppy from Planet Dog paves the way for a rewarding friendship between a relaxed, well-prepared human and a canine family member who’s happily at ease in our world.

Rave Reviews!


“This is an amazing, absolute must-have book for new puppy owners. Kathy Callahan’s exceptionally readable writing style combines scientifically sound guidance with humor and empathy.”
    -- Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, author of The Power of Positive Dog Training

“THIS is the evolution of all puppy books … the single most important read puppy families can get.”
    --  Kim Brophey, CDBC, CPDT-KA, author of Meet Your Dog

“Disguised by its cheeky title, there is seminal information in this beautiful book.”
    -- Dr. Ian Dunbar, author of Barking Up the Right Tree 

"A must-read"
    -- Marc Bekoff, PhD, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Dogs Demystified

“This short-yet-powerful handbook spells out all the puppy essentials in a fast and funny read.”
    --From Justine Chater Schuurmans, CPDT-KA,

LFDM-K, author of The Dial Method.

I cannot put this book down! This is the most practical puppy resource I’ve ever seen. It’s full of empathy-driven and ethologically-informed strategies.”
    -- Marlene O'Neill Laberge, FT-CBT Therapist

“One of the few reads I’ve found to really prepare people before their puppies come home."
    -- Helen St. Pierre, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, founder of Old Dogs Go To Helen

“This fresh voice is just what today’s puppy owners need. She knows exactly what they’re going through, and exactly what they need to hear.”
    -- Nancy Kerns, editor of Whole Dog Journal

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