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SUCCESSFUL DOG ADOPTION
by Sue Sternberg (See other books by author)


Publisher: Howell Book House
Edition:
2003 Paperback, 256 pages

ISBN: 0764538934
Item: DEG737
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Summary: Gentle, expert guidance on how to find and adopt an exceptional canine companion. From popular author, trainer and shelter owner Sue Sternberg.

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Gentle, expert guidance on how to find and adopt an exceptional canine companion. Helps potential adopters examine their reasons for adopting a dog and translates those reasons into what to look for in a particular animal. Explains the difference between canine behavior and temperament, the impact of temperament on the canine-human bond, and its importance in successful adoptions. Shows how the reader can work with shelter personnel to ensure that they have temperament-tested the potential adoptee appropriately. Learn about basic behavioral assessment and get up to speed in basic training, with special attention given to distinctions between temperament types. From popular author, trainer and shelter owner Sue Sternberg.


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Dangerous Book, April 30, 2012
Reviewer: zoomo7
I have just finished this book and I have to admit I am a little shocked. I am from Germany and plenty of good dog books are not published in German so from time to time I just have a look at your store and up to this book I could blindly pick any book from your store and it was a good one. Of course some are good and some are better but there was never a bad book - up to now.



Not only that from a German point of view the Euthanization of dogs seems very cruel but I would overlook this point as Germany and the USA have a completely other background and the circumstances are different.



But what Sue Sternberg writes about 'dominance' (how I dread this word) and aggressive or 'potentially aggressive' dogs contradicts almost every other book I have read from your authors. According to her, all of my three dogs should have been euthanasized, as one is fearful of strangers (he was beaten with sticks and kicked at as a puppy in a 'perrera' (kill shelter) in Spain, so no wonder he has problems with strangers) but according to Ms. Sternberg he would be potentially aggressive and better euthanasized, one is fearful of loud noises and movements from above (he was found as a puppy in a trash can in the middle of his already starved siblings, so no wonder he is afraid of things coming from above). But in her opinion he is also potentially aggressive and dangerous. Finally, our third little fellow is a former stray dog who was roaming the streets with a broken leg. He is quite bold and cheeky, otherwise he would probably not have survived. But according to Sue Sternberg he is not only dominant (!) but also potentially aggressive and dangerous.



In her chapter about the 'tail posture' of dogs she seems to forget that different breeds have a different 'default position' of their tails. Dogs, who carry their tails high are according to her book - you might guess it - potentially or even highly aggressive.



If it wasn't for the lives of dogs who might depend on this book, it would be a funny read but I really think this is a dangerous book and I am really surprised to find it in your shop among books from Patricia McConnell, Suzanne Clothier, Jean Donaldson and all the other great trainers.



Best regards from Germany!
 
Just plain good reading!, December 11, 2008
Reviewer: Brenda Cox
I am not at this time in a position to adopt a dog but if I am I will be sure to re-read this book. I am a dog savy owner who trains in various dog sports. I have been around a variety of dog types and breeds. Even so I learned alot from this book.

A shelter insider has much to learn from this book. And those of us who admire the dedication of shelter volunteers from the 'outside' gets a fascinating glimpse into that world. A mundane chapter title such as 'Where do I go for my dog' does not even begin to display the interesting information contained within. Like 'regional differences in shelter dogs'and 'attitudes about rescued dogs.' The chapter 'What am I Really looking for' is FULL of interesting information. And I haven't even got to other compelling parts such as 'What have I done?' 'Basic Manners' 'Where all else fails?' and 'Adding another dog.'

The easy going writing style of the book is chock full of anecdotes to flesh out each point she makes. And she does what all good non fiction writers do, gives us glimpses into her own personality even while writing about another subject.

I recomend this book highly.

Brenda
 
great for owners, shelters and trainers, September 14, 2006
Reviewer: ZKV
I love that book. It really describes in words what I had difficulty to explain: what makes a dog's appearence safe -social and what turns warnings in my head. Sue really is able to give this great description what to look for in a dog, what is the most important. Just for that the book is worth reading. She really knows shelters and all what she writes is very accurate.
 

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