- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 20, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061435597
- ISBN-13: 978-0061435591
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Petfinder.com The Adopted Dog Bible: Your One-Stop Resource for Choosing, Training, and Caring for Your Sheltered or Rescued Dog Paperback – January 20, 2009
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About the Author
Since 1996, Petfinder.com has facilitated more than twelve million pet adoptions. What began as one couple's New Year's resolution to "do something good" by uniting homeless pets with prospective adopters has become the largest searchable database of adoptable pets on the Web. More than one out of nine homes with pets in the U.S. contains an animal found on Petfinder.com. Kim Saunders is vice president of shelter outreach at Petfinder.com and is the proud adoptive parent of Kona, Mojo, and Mocha.
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Top Customer Reviews
Because this book is so honest and helpful, the reader will find himself facing questions or doubts that he may have. This book will address these concerns. This book emphasizes the importance of adopting and/or rescuing dogs, as opposed to purchasing a dog that was bred, stating how many dogs need good homes and that overpopulation is prevented by adopting or rescuing. He also states that some animals may remain in shelters for many years or possibly face the other possibility: euthanasia.
The prospective dog owner will find all of the information in this book very helpful, and will want to continue to refer to it during the selection process and for all of the matters that arise during the life of the dog.
I'm a total novice at dog training, and I think this book is great. It has great step-by-step pictures, and tells you the correct hand cues and voice cues to give.
Right now, me and my toy poodle (adopted from a shelter of course!!) are still at the "1 star" level--- but that's a huge accomplishment in my opinion! She knows how to jump over my leg, shake, give paw, and now we're working on "peekaboo". I've noticed that each trick seems to be progressively easier to learn---- as my furry baby seems to have caught on to the idea of training!
Not only is this a great way for you and your dog to bond and spend some real quality time together---- it's a great learning experience! For the humans--- learning how to teach, is tough... but so rewarding. For the dog, it can help in ways beyond cute tricks--- I think it teaches them discipline, to look to you as the leader, and in the long run, it will smooth out some bad behavior (like small dog syndrome... which my dog definitely has!!)
This book covers all aspects of dog care, with a special emphasis on the needs of the adopted dog. They take a realistic approach to everything, making care manageable. They don't even bother to mention compulsion based equipment or outdated training theories, because the advice they do give works, while building a bond of trust between you and your adopted dog. And they troubleshoot! Too many simpler guides provide only 1 option.
As a bonus, the book is an enjoyable read. How many dog care books are page-turners? What a gifted author!
I wanted to call this book "Perfect," but I can't. The main thing it lacks is a primer on reading your dog's body language - in particular, stress signals. Your adopted dog is more likely to be stressed, and being able to read those signals is critical. So, to make this book perfect, you have to supplement it with Turid Rugaas's exceptional and affordable On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals. I would also have liked more discussion on choosing quality commercial dog food (get Whole Dog Journal's annual guide).
If your dog has some really entrenched issues that need very specific help, you can buy additional, affordable pamphlets by either Turid Rugaas or Patricia McConnell.
who are adopting from a Humane Society or County shelter or even private adoption.. Every question is fully addressed and the education you receive is extremely important for the health and welfare of your new 4 legged family member.
My only disappointment was that Amazon.com sent me (what was supposed to be(2) NEW books,)covers that were torn or "dog eared"....Not really suitable to give as a gift, which I did for friends who are first time dog owners.I kept the latter for my pet sitting business.