Mark Vette – Internationally renowned Animal Behaviourist, Educator, Author and TV personality

Puppy Zen Book

8 weeks to train your pup and create a lifelong bond
If you want to prevent behaviour problems occurring and grow a deep lifelong bond with your pup, then this book is a must for you.

Follow Mark step-by-step as he outlines everything you need to do to raise a happy stable pup. Week by week Mark will show you what critical training activities you should do and when.

There is a critical time, called the Formative Period, during which puppy training is essential as they can learn skills and social behaviours quickly and easily. Miss it, and you could have a lifetime of problem behaviours. Make the most of it, and you will have a happy lifelong bond with your pup.

Here’s a sneak peek into the book

Part A: The Puppy
Discover why we love our pups so much and our long ancient history of co-evolution over 40,000 years! Together we have built one of history’s most amazing cross-species bonds, a relationship based on trust, co-operation, honesty and love.
Part B: A Bond for Life

When you become your pup’s mentor you become the centre of their world. Having a healthy bond gives your pup the security and trust they need to feel safe in the world and stay in a learning state.  Using techniques that mimic nature, this section will take you through all the essentials you need to form a secure, harmonious bond with your pup for a lifetime.

Part C: Training foundations

Learn how to establish all the foundational tools that will help you build that harmonious bond with your pup and lay down the puppy training basics for life.
You will learn:

  • How a puppy learns
  • The different ways we train our pups
  • The Puppy Zen toolkit
  • The basic commands
  • How to extend your training beyond your backyard!
Part D: Puppy Zen training techniques

Pull together all the tools you learnt in Part C and apply them to key foundational techniques that you will use with your pup and all your dogs across their lifetime including:

  • Contrast training – yes and no of boundary setting
  • Joining up
  • Meet and greet
  • Cross fostering onto other species
  • Teaching separation
  • Fear and phobia prevention
  • Puppy toilet training
  • And much more
Part E: Preparing for your puppy

The work you do before you even get your pup is critical in laying down the foundations of a successful relationship and grow a happy, stable dog.

In this section you’ll learn:

  • How to choose the right pup for you and your family
  • Preparing your home and getting equipment ready
  • How to manage the vaccination clash and still do the all-important socialisation
  • Write your family rules together and create your 8-week plan
Part F: What to do, when

The MOST critical part of the book where we bring all your new-found knowledge together to take you step by step, week by week through what to do when. This section takes all the guesswork out of raising your pup, providing you with a handy summary of what time is the best time to teach critical behaviours (and what to avoid!). This includes the time with breeders, so use as a guide for them too.

Puppy Zen is for anyone who loves dogs.

This book is for any dog lover and puppy owner or those planning to get a pup. It is also a useful resource for vet clinics, rescue organisations, breeders, groomers and anyone who works with puppy owners. It will transform a puppy owner’s life and their pup’s.

Mark’s week by week guide will teach you:

  • The ‘why’ of puppy behaviour and how pups develop and learn
  • How to pick the right pup for you and your family
  • How to prepare your home for a new arrival
  • How to undertake the basics of training
  • How to ensure your pup is friendly towards people, dogs and other animals

It will also show you how to avoid having a dog that:

  • Bites
  • Barks excessively
  • Jumps up
  • Destroys household items and furniture
  • Whines and cries when you are away
  • Is frightened of everyday noises and objects

Be supported step-by-step by Mark Vette, with this weekly guide. Beautifully illustrated with gorgeous photos by renowned animal photographer Rachael Mckenna, you will enjoy reading this as much as training your pup.


Sue - New Zealand

“Hope more people benefit from your Dog Zen book and experience. I’ve found it most helpful with my rehomed English Springer. Thanks”


Cathy - Auckland

“Thank you I have absolutely loved reading your Dog Zen book and have watched every video. I’ve learnt so much and feel so well prepared for our pups arrival next month.”


Debbie - New Zealand

“I have your fabulous book Dog Zen. Great read great help. Love it”


Gloria - Breeder, Auckland

“I recently purchased Puppy Zen book and thoroughly enjoyed the read and have some new things to try now.”


Sonia - Breeder Cider Field Labradoodles, Australia

“As a breeder of working lines of labradoodles, we recommend all owners to get a copy of Puppy Zen, and read it before they get their pup. It has been a very helpful book and we are consistently told how prepared they feel for their pup, and we notice that the transition into their new homes is extremely smooth. If people are thinking of getting a pup, we would wholeheartedly recommend Puppy Zen and also Mark’s training videos. The information in Puppy Zen will give you the key to continue with the training from when puppy comes home, through the crucial early socialising period.”


Rhea - Breeder, Cambridge

‘Puppy Zen book has ABSOLUTELY blown me away. The amount of useful and sensible tools/information/knowledge and skills to learn in this book is just incredible. It highlights how important it is as responsible dog owners to play our part and provides excellent guidance on how to achieve it.’

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