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

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

by John Ross, Barbara McKinney
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
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.
Library Journal - Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393050790
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.12(d)

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