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Bad Dog to Best Friend by [Delarose, Sharon]
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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Like so many dog owners, we adopted a dog expecting fun and games but what we got was a dog who turned our world upside down with bad behavior, dirty tricks, frustration and destruction.

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.

About the Author

Sharon Delarose has been writing both fiction and non-fiction for over two decades and has been published in magazines, books, newspapers, newsletters and online publications including Wikipedia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1020 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Gityasome Books; 2 edition (July 24, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X95NM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I have had dogs my whole life, most have come to me as if they were soul mates, until one dog ate my couch and turned it into a million balls of foam and other dog deposits. This book is the story of one caring, patient owner's efforts to tame a doggy hurricane. Unlike, "how to" books that are bland and boring, the author shares her personal experience in both learning by trial and error and applying the principles dog trainers must learn. In the process an out of control dog becomes her best friend. Walt Disney said, "I would rather entertain with the hopes of educating then educate with the hopes of entertaining." This author has taken Walt Disney's approach. If you are planning to add a "Best Friend" to your home, this book is a guide to making that friendship become a reality. Get it!
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Bad Dog to Best Friend is the author's personal journey of rehabilitating a "used" dog with issues named Dakota. The family chose to adopt Dakota in the hopes that she would perk up their aging dog and help ease the pain of her all too eventual passing. Their first dog arrived already trained and perfect and they were naively expecting the same easy transition when they brought Dakota home. Boy, were they ever wrong.

Dakota was a dog abandoned numerous times and they soon discovered why. She had no house manners, was a submissions pee-er, had separation anxiety, chewed, bullied and was an all-around menace in a doggie suit. I felt bad reading these early chapters both for the family and for their elderly dog. Unlike most people in the general population, they chose to keep Dakota and help her through trial and error and various methods. I have to give them a lot of credit for this. They make some mistakes and are a little clueless in the beginning but their heart was always in the right place.

This book isn't really a hard core training book (if that's what you're after) but more of a journal of Dakota's trials and tribulations interspersed with stories about her naughty deeds and the ways they worked through them. Though it suffers from repetitiveness, is a little unpolished and a few chapters, notably the one devoted to "almost" meeting Victoria Stillwell, should've been culled and/or reorganized to improve the flow of the book, the memoir felt extremely honest to me and I enjoyed reading about Dakota and watching her slowly blossom into a loving member of the family.
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This book would make a valuable addition to the library of anyone considering adopting a troubled dog. The author is honest about what worked and what didn't as she and her husband transformed a neglected, anxiety-ridden shelter dog--even when she used unconventional methods. Unlike some, I understand the use of buzz collars in a temporary, supervised manner when a dog is showing aggression toward other dogs or people. I believe the author was responsible in the way she handled this difficult situation.

The information on Auskies (half Australian cattle dog/ half Siberian husky) was interesting. The unusual confluence of traits made for some trying as well as endearing characteristics. My previous dog was an Australian shepherd, so the tips about dealing with nipping and darting rang true.

The book is repetitive in places with some anecdotes being related two or three times. I probably read the word poop--admittedly not my favorite word--enough times to last a decade. I also would have liked more stories about the best friend that Dakota later became.

As the owner of a sometimes bad shelter dog of my own, I can only applaud and admire the author for the sacrifices she made not only to prevent Dakota's demise, but also to bring out the best friend hidden inside.
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I loved this short book; easy reading and a very satisfying, well-written story. Literally, a journal of a anxious, "wild child" dog to a well-behaved and beloved family pet.The author made a major commitment when she adopted Dakota, a "yo-yo" dog with terrible behavioral issues, who'd been repeatedly abandoned by less sympathetic owners. (How folks can do that, I'll never know!) This book struck a real chord with me because my grown son adopted a shelter dog of the same size, with exactly the same profile. Unlike author, Sharon Delarose, my son knew exactly what he was in for! The dog had been returned more than once. In fact, considered unadoptable, she was scheduled to be euthanized the following day. He took her home and named her "Yomi"... or "You owe me". It's been years now, and (like Dakota) she's a happy, well behaved, much beloved pet. This is an instructive, heartwarming book; I highly recommend it. It's the first of Ms Delarose's books I've read, but it won't be the last...
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Excellent read! Even if you have never had a dog you can't help but appreciate this hysterically true story that also is a really good dog training manual for anyone who rescues/adopts an adult shelter dog...especially a so-called "psycho" like Dakota!

Sharon Delarose uses a witty descriptive style that like how she trained Dakota to stay by her side, you don't want to leave her side in anticipation of what is going to happen next...and her ultimate success in creating her Best Friend!

Look out Cesar Milan & Victoria Stillwell, here comes Sharon Delarose!
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