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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