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Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog Into Your Home

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So here you are, right next to a new dog who just entered the house, and whose life history you know little or nothing about. Now what? How do you welcome an adult or adolescent dog into your home and incorporate this new individual into your family? This booklet is designed to help you ease the transition from "new dog" to "family member" by guiding you through the first ...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by McConnell Publishing Limited (first published June 1st 2011)
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Liz
Jul 08, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
This is the book we were sent home with after adopting our two new springer spaniels, ages 4 and 7. It's pretty common sense stuff but was a good reminder that, above all, dogs need patience and love. No matter how many stuffed animals they eat, how many 'accidents' they have in the house, and how many screen doors they bowl through (my last week in a nutshell; couldn't be more smitten). Concise and positive book.
Bailey
Jun 20, 2011 Bailey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Great little booklet for people thinking about adopting an adult dog. McConnell explains how to prepare for your adult dog's arrival, how to help her settle in, how to build a relationship with her, and more. She also briefly addresses some common problems: housetraining, chewing, separation anxiety, etc. The best part of the book is the bibliography at the end, arranged by subject such as "Crate Training," "Barking," "Fearful Dogs," "General Training," etc.

McConnell's booklet is brief and intr
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Dani Jameson
May 21, 2015 Dani Jameson rated it liked it
I think I would have liked it more had it addressed issues I've had with a rescue 8 years after I got her but I know that is not the intention of this book.
Jupiter394
Nov 01, 2012 Jupiter394 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone thinking of adopting a dog
A wonderful book for anyone thinking of or who has adopted an adult dog. This book is a great reference when you've first adopted, helping you through the transition and giving you some insights into what your new dogs behavior might mean.

It also briefly covers some some of the most common obstacles you might encounter. Just know that if you have any of these issues, you might need to get one of the more in depth booklets as well.
Kara
Dec 30, 2015 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs
Ms. McConnell's book encourages readers to adopt rescue and shelter dogs into their lives. She addresses basic concerns that a dog adopter would have, such as how to make the transition to the new home and family easy for the dog and the people. She also explains some basic dog training to help the new owner manage her dog. The tone of this book is very encouraging and supportive for a new dog owner.
Janis Lai
Aug 07, 2015 Janis Lai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-summer
Useful book for anyone looking to adopt a dog and need a kind introduction/reminder on what to do.
Sueij
Sep 08, 2013 Sueij rated it it was amazing
Women in Afghanistan, race relations in the US post WWII, rescuing abused dogs. Can I pick 'em or what?

Anyway, this book was really good. A smart, concise summary and beginner's guide to bringing an adopted dog into your home. Probably not the detailed one we might need if/when we have specific training needs later, but a great start and overview.

Highly recommended as a start.
Janaki Kuruppu
Jun 03, 2015 Janaki Kuruppu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice simple clear advice for bringing an older dog into a home. i am referring to it often. it was recommended to me by an old friend who trains dogs, who i have a lot of respect for.
Abby
Sep 21, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing
Best book on adopting an adult dog that I've read to date! Patricia McConnell is my hero. Full review forthcoming on my dog blog, Doggerel.
Leah
May 09, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
Very helpful for people who have just adopted a dog. So much of the literature is on puppies, not adults dogs from unknown backgrounds!
Colleen Strasburg
Sep 02, 2013 Colleen Strasburg rated it really liked it
Great book for new k9 parents its short and easy to read but packed with helpful tips when bringing home a new dog.
Elena
Feb 16, 2015 Elena rated it really liked it
Really great tips and advice for bringing home a rescue dog!
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Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. Patricia has seen clients for serious behavioral problems since 1988, and i ...more
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