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Parenting Your Dog
Parenting Your Dog
by Trish King
Edition: Hardcover
78 used & new from $0.01

3 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars As much as we adore them, dogs aren't "kids"!, November 5, 2004
This review is from: Parenting Your Dog (Hardcover)
Wow -- what a concept! Dogs as "children" and their owners as "parents" !

The insurmountable challenge with this premise is that puppies don't grow (with or without our human help) into an "adulthood" comparable with human responsiblitiies that would benefit from, let alone require, human "parenting" . . .

As dog owners, *we* are responsible for our dogs' care and behavior their *entire* lives . . .*no* amount of "understanding their behavior" or training will turn them into "children" for us to "parent" by human definition. Successful dog training is ultimately dependent on the understanding of the significant *differences* between our extraordinary canines and human children.

Surely, Ms. King's *heart* is in the right place . . .
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Successful Dog Adoption
Successful Dog Adoption
by Sue Sternberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.83
112 used & new from $0.01

20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hallelujah! A PRO-adopter book!, November 5, 2004
If you don't want to make the life-altering mistake of adopting a "heartbreak" dog -- one which winds up intolerably dominating your life, perhaps even physically threatening your spouse, kids, friends, other pets -- this is a must- have book.

*Of course* the tests author Sternberg describes are controversial -- they are pro-"family" - even if it is {just} a family of two! But as I read it, Sternberg is in no way recommending potential adopters actually test potential adoptive dogs *themselves* -- the tests are explained as informational, and a way to screen the shelters and rescues with which potential adopters would choose to work.

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. However, that opinion should not deter [especially first time or previously "burned"] adopters from benefitting from the author's superb recommendations and insights as contained in this gem of a book.

We *all* want to save as many dogs as possible from behaviorally-inspired euthanasia, but asking potential dog adopters *not* to discriminate in their selection of a suitable pet is simply humanly unreasonable. Afterall, the adopters are the are not the only ones who have to live with the result of their selection of their canine "partner"/family pet -- their selection has a significant impact on their human families (biological or extended) as well as the increasingly anti-dog-owning community, and responsible dog owners at large.

Hurrah for Sternberg's willingness to work with the conscientous "consumer"!

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