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.
I feel that this book is a must read for anyone planning on adopting a shelter dog.
I imagine shelters/rescues/individuals whose mission is to adopt out *all* dogs at any "cost" to prospective adopters will find this book particularly annoying.
This is a ground breaking book , and an important book addition to the field of dog training.
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 7 months ago 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 10 months ago 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 16 months ago by William Stavers
If you are looking to add a dog to your household, read this book first! Sue Sternberg takes a very no nonsense approach to helping you choose the right dog for you. Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Sue Brown
I have just finished this book and I have to admit I am a little shocked. I am from Germany and plenty of good dog books are not published in German so from time to time I just... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Monika H
I read many reviews for this book before I purchased it. I would agree that the author's "tests" for behavior could be controversial and to perform most at the shelter/kennel are... Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by 06734m
I feel that this book is a must read for anyone planning on adopting a shelter dog. If you already have a shelter dog there's lots of useful information and good training tips to... Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Benji
This book is unique in that it is euphemism free and not only tells adopters what to look for at the shelter but exactly how to do the looking . Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by Dennis J.
After reading this book, I feel that Sue Sternberg long ago designed a method to deal with a very real problem - canine overpopulation. Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by A. Miller