- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Andalou Books (July 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099046640X
- ISBN-13: 978-0990466406
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bark and Lunge: Saving My Dog from Training Mistakes Paperback – July 3, 2014
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Prospective puppy/dog owners can save themselves a lot of heartbreak by reading Bark and Lunge, which tells the story of what can go wrong when a puppy is not properly socialized and when unsuspecting owners are bullied into using aversive training techniques. Please read this book so you don't make the same mistakes with your puppy. - Dr. Ian Dunbar, founder of Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Bark and Lunge is not an easy journey from point A to point B with loose ends neatly tied up. It is something much better: a truthful, sometimes painful, always hopeful account of life with a dog who has anxiety and reactivity issues. Many dog owners will relate to their story, and even those who can't will empathize and find it a fascinating read. - Nicole Wilde, author of Hit by a Flying Wolf
Bark and Lunge is worth reading slowly for the details and for the joy of it. The book recognizes the inappropriate use of simple dominance theory which is so common and so wrong for dogs. Many dog owners will recognize some of the questions they have and now, will have some answers. - Professor Alan M. Beck, Professor and Director, Center for the Human-Animal Bond, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University
About the Author
Kari Neumeyer has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School and has worked for news outlets in Washington state and the Czech Republic. She grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television.
Now she lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her beau, Rob, and their dog family. In her spare time, she volunteers teaching an adaptive martial arts class to adults with developmental disabilities at the Max Higbee Center, fostering a love of creative writing to Whatcom Young Writers, and walking shelter dogs at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley.
She blogs about dogs at KariNeumeyer.com.
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Some of the stories Kari shared were, also, quite amusing. Rob and Kari had taught the energetic young Isis to catch and retrieve soccer balls, and she really loved that game! Unfortunately, one afternoon while Kari and Isis were playing in a large public field, Isis noticed a group of people playing soccer. She raced onto the field and retrieved the ball. After leading the players on a merry chase, she finally gave them back their ball. Fortunately, the players had a good sense of humor!
I highly recommend this book even if you're not a dog lover. Anyone who has ever loved and lost a pet will understand the devastating feeling of sadness that Rob and Kari experienced at the untimely death of Isis. Ultimately, the reader is left with the feeling that, in spite of the problems Isis, Kari and Rob experienced and the pain of her unexpected death, she was a very lucky dog to have been so deeply loved..
Now that I've said goodbye to my dog, I had the chance to return to Neumeyer's book, which is warm and funny and sad and heartbreaking and heart-affirming and all of the things a memoir should be.
I'll admit that I was initially put off by the title. Saving My Dog From Training Mistakes sounded like a training manual, and while training manuals are both good and necessary, they don't normally make for lively reading.
But Bark and Lunge isn't really a training manual. It's the story of a woman and her reactive dog, Isis, and the lengths she and her husband go to try to find help for their dog's behavioral problems.
It's also a story of love, and regret, and trying to make an impossible situation that much more possible. In the end, Bark and Lunge isn't about training mistakes and reactive behavior so much as it's about hope.
What I loved was the subtle streak of humor that weaves through the book, such as how Neumeyer opens Chapter Two: "Rob and I decided to exchange only small gifts that Christmas, because we'd spent so much money on toys and other accouterments for the puppy."
Yes, yes, and yes.
Highly recommend for all dog owners, dog lovers and those in search of a good read.
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