Bringing Light to Shadow: A Dog Trainer's Diary: From Aggressive Rescue Dog to Canine Good Citizen

Overview

The gods that protect fools, optimists, and little children must have known what they were doing when they brought together THIS dog and THIS owner. Shadow was a handsome, fearful, aggressive, one-year-old, second-hand Border Collie. He lashed out at people without warning and avoided human touch. Pam Dennison was a professional dog trainer with 12 years experience and a half dozen successful dog adoptions behind her when she met Shadow. When Pam found Shadow at a Border Collie rescue site on the Internet she was...
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Overview

The gods that protect fools, optimists, and little children must have known what they were doing when they brought together THIS dog and THIS owner. Shadow was a handsome, fearful, aggressive, one-year-old, second-hand Border Collie. He lashed out at people without warning and avoided human touch. Pam Dennison was a professional dog trainer with 12 years experience and a half dozen successful dog adoptions behind her when she met Shadow. When Pam found Shadow at a Border Collie rescue site on the Internet she was just looking to round out her canine family. Like a match.com date she decided to meet Shadow "just to see" and, because she couldn't think of any reason not to take him home, he became hers. He also became her problem!

Follow their 18-month journey from the early, dark days of fear and frustration to the daylight of confidence and trust. Learn how difficult it is, even for a professional dog trainer, to handle a dog with a past-and a temper too. Did she regret her decision to adopt Shadow? Yes. Sometimes. Did she make mistakes along the way? Of course. Did she resort to punishment? Never once.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929242177
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 233
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgements iv
How It All Started 1
1 Hope is the Denial of Reality 3
2 Close Only Counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades 34
3 The Test of a Vocation is the Love of the Drudgery it Involves 57
4 Serendipity is the Ability to Make Fortunate Discoveries By Accident 97
5 Climb High Climb Far, Your Goal the Sky, Your Aim the Star 120
6 There Are Two Ways to Live 146
7 It's the Constant and Determined Effort That Breaks Down Resistance 175
8 I Think I Have Ended Up Where I Intended To Be 205
Epilogue 219
Appendix, Resources 225
Author Biography 231
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