Adoptable Dog: Teaching Your Adopted Pet to Obey, Trust, and Love You

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Whether you are planning a trip to the shelter to adopt a dog or have been struggling with your pet's problems for many months or even years, Adoptable Dog: Teaching Your Adopted Pet to Obey, Trust, and Love You will guide you through all the challenges you might face. Written by John Ross and Barbara McKinney, leading dog-training experts and authors of the best-selling Puppy Preschool, Adoptable Dog is a comprehensive volume that covers common problems and provides realistic solutions Adoptable Dog is not only ...
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Whether you are planning a trip to the shelter to adopt a dog or have been struggling with your pet's problems for many months or even years, Adoptable Dog: Teaching Your Adopted Pet to Obey, Trust, and Love You will guide you through all the challenges you might face. Written by John Ross and Barbara McKinney, leading dog-training experts and authors of the best-selling Puppy Preschool, Adoptable Dog is a comprehensive volume that covers common problems and provides realistic solutions Adoptable Dog is not only santial for anyone considering adopting a dog but also hugely helpful for anyone who already owns an adult dog. Unbelievably, there has never been a comprehensive training-and-care guide written for the adopted or "pre-owned" dog. Manuals abound for the puppy, even for the adult or mature dog, but Adoptable Dog promises to be the standard work for this exploding population. John Ross and Barbara McKinney provide invaluable advice for every kind of adoptable dog: the older puppy, the overactive or unhouse-broken adult dog, the shelter pooch, or even the mature canine in need of one last, loving home.

As people who already own dogs know, great intentions are not enough to make your new pet a well-loved, well-behaved part of your family. Your enthusiasm after rescuing a homeless dog can quickly turn sour when problems appear. After all, it's not unusual for adopted dogs to bring all sorts of behavioral baggage with them. In fact, their behavioral problems may have been the reason they were given up in the first place. Here, in one comprehensive volume, you will find an abundance of commonsense, canine advice -- everything to make your dog adoption an unqualified success. At the heart of Adoptable Dog is a pet-focused training program. In an easy-to-use, step-by-step style, Ross and McKinney show you how to overcome training challenges that are common to so many adopted dogs. You can teach your dog to behave, whether he is unruly on the leash, jumps all over guests, steals dessert, grabs the kids' toys, or struggles during a much-needed bath. No behavior is beyond the reach of Adoptable Dog training! It's good news for owners, but it's great news for an entire continent of previously unwanted pooches. At last, they have a real chance to have a successful and permanent home: yours.

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Each year, more than 2 million "pre-owned" dogs are adopted from shelters and other places, yet little attention has been paid to the special needs of these dogs and their new owners -- until now. In this warmhearted, commonsense guide, the authors of Puppy Preschool and Dog Talk take prospective new owners, step by step, through the process of selecting a great adoptable dog, introducing it into a new home, and teaching it the fundamentals -- "Sit-Stay," "Down-Stay," "Come on Command," etc. -- that will make life more rewarding and enjoyable for both dog and owner.

Using "a canine point of view," as the foundation for their training tips, the authors stress two points: 1) that dogs need to feel like vital and purposeful members of a pack, and 2) that they actually are more comfortable knowing you're in charge. Throughout, the authors are sensitive to the missteps that may have led adopted dogs to shelters in the first place. "Adopted dogs," the authors explain, "often have 'issues.' These may be failed housebreaking, destructive chewing, obsessive barking, separation anxiety, or fear biting. Some adopted dogs are scarred by neglect or abuse." But despite these problems, the authors emphasize that dogs are highly adaptable creatures that, with understanding and insight, make wonderful lifelong companions; they provide clear troubleshooting suggestions that zero in on common difficulties. Sharing their infectious delight in the love of dogs, the authors stress that the ultimate goal should be to find a dog that is a great match for you, your family, your home, and your lifestyle. If you can achieve this, you will have increased the chances that your wonderful adopted dog has come home to stay. Deirdre Mullane

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Authors of three other books on pets, including Puppy Preschool, Ross and McKinney know that many people want to adopt homeless dogs, and here outline the advantages and disadvantages. Adopting, the authors say, is generally cheaper than going to a breeder, but important details such as the health of the animal, its background and its behavior may be hard to come by when the animal comes from a humane society, shelter or rescue group. A puppy from a breeder will often already be trained, while the person who is adopting needs to do some research into the dog's background. In considering which animal, if any, will be the right fit, the authors encourage readers to think about such issues as the size of the house, whether they can afford veterinary care, temperament of the family and whether neighbors would mind a dog's barking. The rest of the book is primarily devoted to training issues such as disciplining and handling dogs who have been abused. This is a useful book that should be read by people before they start looking at dogs and "falling in love" with a particular one. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Every year approximately 2.5 million dogs are adopted from shelters. Many of them are older dogs with behavioral problems, including housebreaking accidents, excessive barking, biting, mouthing, separation anxiety, and the scars of abuse. Professional dog trainers Ross and McKinney (Dog Talk; Puppy Preschool) have written a comprehensive and comprehensible guide for the lay reader who wants to turn the adopted shelter dog into a well-behaved family pet. The authors cover such topics as evaluating a shelter dog as a prospective pet, equipment, grooming, housebreaking, loose leash walking, and basic obedience commands: sit, down, come, and stay. The training methods involve learning the canine perspective and using it to shape behavior and correct inappropriate responses. Recommended for public libraries that do not already own Gwen Bailey's Adopt the Perfect Dog, Carol Lea Benjamin's Second-Hand Dog, and Nona Kilgore Bauer's Adopting a Great Dog, which are similar in scope.-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393050790
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1 Adopting the Right Dog 1
1. Why Adopt? The Pros and Cons 3
2. What Are You Looking For? 10
3. Evaluating Adoption Resources 20
4. Picking the Perfect Pet 29
Part 2 Off to a Good Start 39
5. A Dog-Friendly House and Yard 41
6. Canine Communication 52
7. Taking Charge: What It Means to Be Pack Leader 60
8. Bonding from Day One 70
Part 3 Problem Solving for Your Adopted Dog 77
9. Housebreaking an Adolescent or Adult Dog 79
10. Mouthing and Biting Problems 96
11. Excessive Barking 106
12. Problems with Food 116
13. Separation Anxiety 126
14. Shy and Submissive Dogs 133
15. Overcoming the Scars of Abuse 149
16. When the Best Efforts Fail 158
Part 4 Adoptable Dog Training 165
17. A Commonsense Training Philosophy 167
18. Using the Right Equipment 172
19. Your Training Environment 191
20. Sit on Command 198
21. Down on Command 207
22. Sit-Stay 218
23. Down-Stay 231
24. Come on Command 236
25. Walking on a Leash 254
26. Greeting People Without Jumping 266
Part 5 Additional Tips for Success 281
27. Exercise Is a Must 283
28. Grooming Tips 294
29. Kids and Dogs: Play It Safe 302
30. Your Adopted Dog and Other Pets 312
31. Spaying and Neutering Myths 320
Epilogue: Giving Back--More Ways to Help Unwanted Dogs 329
A Personal Afterword 333
Appendix A Adoptable Dogs on the World Wide Web 335
Appendix B Humane Societies 337
Index 341
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2008

    Beginner Book

    I think this book had a lot of great, in-depth information. As an advanced animal owner with quite a few rescues, this book was a little lacking for me because I know so many of the basics already. I did learn a few things though. I think this would be great for a new owner who has taken in a rescue especially an abused animal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Great resource!

    We just adopted a 'Red Collar' dog who will be a house dog. Having had outside dogs in the past, we are comfortable with dogs. However, an indoor dog is a whole new idea. The great advice given in the 'Adoptable Dog' book is illuminating and practical. I'd recommend this book to anyone adopting a new 4 footed family member!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Adoptable Dog: a good reference for someone preparing to adopt a rescue dog

    I recommend this book to those who: 1. Are new to rescue dogs. 2. Need to know some of the typical behaviors a rescue dog may exhibit. 3. Need a refresher course on foundational basics of rehabilitating rescue dogs. 4. Need affirmation about good methods used in modifying negative dog behaviors. 5. Want to rehabilitate any dog that exhibits negative or undesired behavior(s). To the experienced dog rescue workers like me, this book offers nothing new. The author wrote very much as if he were standing next to you talking with you. Verbiage is simple and easy to understand. He uses case-in-point examples that are helpful in clarifying his point and method. Occasionally, the author would title a paragraph where I expected to get much more out of the following text than what was present. On these instances, I felt like I was left hanging and looking for more. Other than those instances, I was delighted to find the author's approach to be factual, experienced, compassionate and common sense. And I did enjoy the author's views when he addressed some of the dog world's trendy idealisms. Overall, this book is a good type of manual for foundational dog training with an emphasis on how that relates to an adopted rescue dog. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. And I hope people who either have adopted or plan to adopt a dog will read this book and keep it on hand for reference. I plan to keep my copy, too.

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