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Second-Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet (Howell reference books) Paperback – May 1, 1988
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Praise for Second-Hand Dog
"At long last, the book all animal shelters have been waiting for is here: Carol Lea Benjamin's Second-Hand Dog." —Sue Sternberg ASPCA Report
"...goes right to the heart of what it's all about..." —Barbara Dyer, Director Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
"Benjamin writes with love and sensitivity about caring for pets 'adopted' from a shelter." —Publishers Weekly
"...a solid training program...a great book." —Job Michael Evans, Dog Fancy
"Why a book like this has never before been written is beyond me. It is an invaluable guide to rehabilitating those myriad unfortunate dogs which have either never had a home or have been shuttled from one owner to another, losing confidence, trust and self-esteem every step of the way. It is an absolute must for every owner who wants his second-hand dog to regain the ability to become the warm, loving companion every dog should be." —Kenneth A. Marden President, The American Kennel Club
"...Carol Lea Benjamin has written a witty, sound and thoroughly appropriate book on the extraordinary advantages that each of us who has second-hand pets knows first-hand. If you're thinking about sharing your life with a pet or with another pet, read this book first!" —John F. Kullberg President ASPCA
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When my in-laws acquired a beautiful dog that was rescued from use as a bait dog for training pit bulls (unbelievable how low some humans can sink), I ordered this book immediatly for them. They were happy to receive it. Their dog, also, has turned out to be a loyal and loving companion.
I now have 3 recued dogs ages 4,8 and 13. This little book has been very helpful with each one. I highly recommend it.
Rescue dogs are still dogs and need the same leadership and love that all dogs do. The quicker the new owner shows they have the dog's back and are in control the quicker the dog will feel secure. They need it even more because they had NO owner.
This book does a great job of teaching anyone how do do this for a dog. Dogs live in the moment and the sooner you start making his moments great (by being the alpha he craves) the sooner he will blossom.
I learned a lot from the book and my rescue is doing very well.
It isn't about rescued or adopted dogs or how to help them. It is a VERY basic training guide [and I do mean *very* basic]. It is only 93 pages long and at least 30% of those pages are just hand drawn cartoons or stark black and white photos that are irrelevant to the text. I read the whole thing in less than 1 hour [an hour that I wasted unfortunately :( ].
There was *nothing* specifically about training or working with second hand dogs and the special problems/challenges and rewards you face.
The training advice is pretty bad too. First, it is very basic. Second, it is very negative and punative - most "modern" trainers would not advocate or approve of her methods. Third, some of the advice is just plain dangerous. [For example, her advice on how to deal with a dog who is growling is actually contra-indicated by every other resource I've read - her advice will actually teach the dog to *bite* first instead of giving the warning growl. Many of the techniques she recommends would be especially inappropriate for a rescue/shelter dog who faces special challenges in getting past aggression and/or fear because of their history.
Do yourself a favor and skip this book - there are many better books on both dog behavior and dog training. This book is a waste of your time.