From the Author
Adopting Dakota was like adopting a street-wise teenager who'd bounced from foster home to foster home leaving mayhem in her path. She was ready for us but we weren't ready for her.
I don't know why we chose to commit ourselves to transforming this dog. We aren't professional dog trainers and we had no experience in dealing with such a problem dog, but we learned.
We shared our trials and tribulations via several internet articles, offering detailed instructions on how we potty trained Dakota, kept her from chewing our home to pieces, and how we finally succeeded in transforming her into a dog who could stay home alone for many hours with our full trust.
So many people left feedback telling us how helpful our articles were that we decided to compile the articles into this book, adding many chapters that we hadn't before shared. We did not set out to write a book; we simply adopted a used dog, one who needed fixing, and soon after Dakota's story found its way into words.