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Successful Dog Adoption Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Written by a renowned expert in shelter adoption, Successful Dog Adoption delivers all the information you need to find the perfect dog at a shelter and make him part of your family. In easy-to-understand language, Sue Sternberg helps you decide if youre ready to adopt by evaluating your reasons and translating them into what you should look for in a particular dog. She shows you how to find a reputable shelter, prepare for the adoption process, and work with shelter personnel to make sure they have appropriately screened their dogs. Youll also learn about "rescue" dogs and why one might be right for you.
This practical guide covers all the vital issues you need to consider when adoptingchoosing a male or female, a puppy or an adult; identifying fearful dogs or dogs who will bite; and seeking out a dog with the ideal temperament. Featured here are detailed tests and observations used by professionals to ascertain the temperament and compatibility of shelter dogsnow made available to the public for the first time. Youll discover how to determine risk factors in an unknown dog, gauge a dogs potential reaction to guests and strangers, and predict the compatibility level when you add another dog to your household.
This book also offers invaluable advice on training your new pet, including guidance in housebreaking, selecting a training class, and helping a dog who gets carsick or doesnt like to be home alone. And, if you still experience difficulties with your dog, Sternberg gently discusses the steps you can take.
Authoritative and friendly, Successful Dog Adoption is the one-stop guide for finding your own "superdog"and keeping the dog-owner relationship fresh and rewarding for years to come.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is an engagingly written book, and has much useful information, but the test is very, very controversial among shelter people and dog-knowledgeable people.
Take it with a grain of salt. No, take it with several grains of salt.
Sue Sternberg has her finger on the pulse of shelters and breed rescue as they stand today, and minces no words in describing for adopters how to find the BEST DOG EVER.
With her trademark compassion, humor and wisdom, Sternberg instructs would-be dog adopters on how to successfully negotiate an adoption, from the moment you decide you want a dog (or even before you decide), to the first phone call to the shelter, to your first weeks at home with your new companion.
Most important, she includes information to help you determine, from an expert's point of view, whether the dog you are considering will be SAFE, or whether the dog is a ticking time bomb... BEFORE the dog is in your home.
She also writes chapters on training your dog (including a list of dog sports you can dabble in with your new companion) and what to do when a dog's problem behavior seems overwhelming. In a chapter on Internet adoptions, Sternberg provides a straightforward (and achingly insightful) dissection of ads describing dogs available for adoption.
Her recommeded adoption process may feel long to some readers, especially if you're eager to adopt or facing an uncooperative shelter staff or rescue group. But following Sternberg's advice -- however long it takes -- is time well spent, not only for the safety of your family, but for the added enjoyment you'll get from your new friend.
How valuable is this book? No dog professional, shelter worker or rescue volunteer should be without a copy, either.
Page 100 - when she states that she created and refined the Assess-A-pet and "I stand by it, having been in the shelter field studying temperament testing longer than anybody else." What studies? There are none named. There are no statistics, research information, nada to support her claims. She's been at this 20+ years but devised no formal system to check her methods. She created a temperament test when she was essentially a novice in the shelter system, she has a very obvious poor understanding of how nature and nurture mix together. But she "stands by" this test? As previous comments mention, the research that has been done (by others in the field mind you) to test her methods show an extremely high error rate in predicting dogs that will or will not bite.
My jaw dropped at some of the things that would fail dogs.Read more ›
I feel I have a much, much better chance now of finding the "Love of my life" dog we are all hoping for.
I've had 12 dogs in my life and am thinking of adopting when my 12 year old dog dies. I've been reading as many books as I can about adopting dogs and adult dog behavior and this is one of the best that I've found.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone considering adopting a dog should first read this book. Then review the section on what to do when meeting dogs before starting to look. Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Morando
I do suggest reading this, great explanations of dog behavior. The test within really requires you to commit to buying some things like a fake human arm that has no use outside dog... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wolf
First and foremost, I would like to point out in the first 2 chapters alone I found both spelling and grammar errors. The book is one false fact after another. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
My girlfriend and I are actively seeking a dog to adopt, but we have had some bad experiences with shelters that either don't do temperament tests or either don't adequately... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Drew
Actually I would give a zero-star rating if it were possible. Sue Sternberg's book was as bad as I expected. Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. Hill
This book is filled with practical wisdom. We learned a lot about how to test a dog to see if it was a cat killer or not. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Martie
Very well written and informative book. Very practical outlook. I am an experienced dog owner who never has been exposed to the author's way of looking at dog temperament and... Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Jane B. Colangelo
I have admired Sue Sternberg since 1996, when I saw, probably her first, presentation at Terry Ryan's Training Camp in Moscow, Idaho . Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by William Stavers