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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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In reading the reviews, it is clear this book strikes a nerve -- with many thankful for the shared (reading) time and experience and others snarky and critical. This book is an invaluable information addition to the dog behavior world. One may agree or disagree with the various training methods, care/feeding/socializing/exercising methods, Kari's perspectives/analyses/conclusions, etc. The value of the book and it's story is the brave willingness of the author to not only put out personal details that leave her susceptible to criticism, but to come forward with her story that many would not in this highly litigious society. So much is not known about dog behavior and dog psychology (just as so much is not truly known about human behavior and psychology), and opinions and theories (again, as with humans) abound. There is no Holy Grail approach, and the "right" answers that may end up being "wrong" and visa versa are myriad. But to find oneself with a reactive dog -- whether created or just simpley wired wrong, under wrong circumstances or unfortunate events -- is profoundly overwhelming, hurtful, emotionally-draining, financially-draining and stressful. And the incredible hurt (both physically and emotionally), confusion, anxiety, and sense of betrayal experienced after a dog bite is awesome. If, and when, one finds themselves in that situation, he/she will find available resources and support very limited to non-existent. There will be no definitive answers. There will be no quick answers. And there will be no truly or completely satisfactory resolution. But Kari's brave, soul-searching shared memoir helps to bridge those gaps.
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