AYWYP: Owning a first dog, a survival guide book

Puppies are hard work! There is a lot to learn and it can be daunting and difficult. This workbook, with its weekly lessons will take you through the first year of owning your puppy. You will probably attend puppy classes and read books, but this is a different resource to help you manage this new relationship. A Year With Your Puppy (AYWYP) will take you through this first year, step by step.

Puppy book

The ultimate hands-on guide

A Year with Your Puppy is designed to help you learn about your dog in a way that is manageable. The course and workbook are divided into weekly chunks, covering problems, training tips and information. Best of all, the workbook is interactive, with plenty of space for you to record your progress. You can try out the weekly challenges and write about what has gone well. You can also add a photo each week! At the end of the year, you should be proud of your dog and all that you have achieved.

Have a look at the Contents of the course, for a quick way to navigate to the parts you needs most!

Border Collie puppy
How will you cope?

Details of the AYWYP book

NB: This book is PRINTED IN BLACK AND WHITE and designed to be written in. IT IS NOT A GLOSSY PICTURE BOOK

The course is designed to be finished, and this is not a glamorous, well-finished book, it is a rough-and-ready *work* book – it’s for people who want to finally understand their puppy, not just read about it. Be warned – there are plenty of photographs and illustrations, but they are NOT COLOUR and they are not fine art quality.

Please use the “Look Inside” feature which is enabled when you go to the Amazon website? You can see the workbook nature of the book before you buy, and check it is what you are expecting.

Puppy book
An adorable puppy

How to use the book

When you open this book you will breathe a sigh of relief, realising they don’t have to learn everything all at once. It is easy to navigate around the book, meaning you can skip ahead to find out how to tackle problems as they arise. You will also revisit some issues and challenges. And there is plenty to celebrate too! Room for you to record things that are going well, so you can really see the progress you and your puppy are making.

Border Collie puppy
Cheeky chappy

Online support

I wrote the contents of this book initially as a series of blogs, and they are now available for you to work through on this website, for nothing. However, this book will give you the hands-on keepsake of the journey you take with your puppy.

Puppy book
Best dog

Please share your thoughts and a photo? You can do this in the AYWYP Facebook group.


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NB: I am not a dog trainer, or a dog behaviourist, just a dog breeder and owner. I can only offer my opinion, based on my experience.