"McCue McGrath's personal stories and the stories of her clients add an emotional layer to this book that take it beyond being a dry or boring textbook affair. The writing is inviting and touched with humor, even as it is packed with information. It is not only informed by personal experience, as the author has researched the topic thoroughly and included citations to the work of numerous other trainers, veterinarians, and scientists.
Considerations for the City Dog is an enjoyable and informative read that belongs on the bookshelf of any dog owner, urban or otherwise."
-Brian McGrath, Editor
"We owe it to our dogs to read this resource-rich, highly informative handbook." - The Bark Magazine (Winter, 2015)"Considerations for the City Dog
is not an owner's manual. It is not Rocco's story, nor McCue-McGrath's. It is a book full of insight useful to dog owners, potential dog owners, dog lovers, and any curious body in between."
-Amy Swain, The Somerville Times
Somerville Author Considers The City Dog (10/9/2015)
"But as she began learning the tricks of the trade, McCue-McGrath also started noticing that the problems faced by urban dog owners differed from those experienced by owners raising their pets in suburban or rural communities. For example: "The conventional advice for, say, a dog that's barking and demanding and, like, 'Pay attention to me!' is to ignore it," she explains. "But you can't do that if you have a landlord that lives upstairs. Or neighbors."
-Emily Cassel, Scout Somerville
Considerations for the City Dog Author Talks Raising Dogs in the 'Ville(9/10/15)
About the Author
Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA is a certified professional dog trainer in greater Boston with over 10 years and 800 cases under her belt. She grew up in a dog-sledding family in rural Maine and now sits as the co-Training Director of New England Dog Training Club, the oldest AKC obedience club in the country. She advocates for urban canine sports and science-based training techniques to help dogs cope in the "new normal". Additionally, Melissa writes alongside one of her best friends, Dr. Sip Siperstein, for NPR's Car Talk FIDO Blog. She rather infrequently updates her MuttStuff blog and Muttstuff Facebook Page. As a result of this book, Melissa started #HandsOnFirst, a movement that encourages rescue groups and breeders to stop shipping dogs directly to potential dog owners sight-unseen. #HandsOnFirst explains what responsible rescues, shelters, fosters and reputable breeders actually look like, and educates people how to find a dog that will be best suited to their lifestyle and environment. She and her husband have a daughter named Aislyn. They currently live outside of Boston with their 2 cats, a fish and a snail. The McGraths are actively looking for their next family dog.