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Adopting a Dog: The Indispensable Guide for Your Newest Family Member

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Unbelievably, there has never been a comprehensive training-and-care guide written for the adopted or "pre-owned" dog. Manuals abound for the puppy, even for the adult or mature dog, but Adopting a Dog has established itself as the standard work for this exploding population. John Ross and Barbara McKinney provide invaluable advice for every kind of adoptable dog: the olde ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 2005)
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Read a lot of it. Started getting annoyed with bits because I didn't agree with a lot of the author's views. For example, the author believes that certain breeds are always like this; I get the feeling he would support BSL, and I think that shows a lack of understanding of dog behaviour. That frustrated me.

Then when the training part started, there was talk about dominance/submission (which, after a lot of reading, I think is very largely a crock of bull) and I disliked the training methods --
The first half of the book is strait forward, but the training section seems a little wonky. I'm a little dubious of anything titled THE (fill in the blank) METHOD. But this is the only book I've seen written exclusively for adopted adult dogs, not puppies.
Checked it out from the library. Good info and gave us a good start on training our adopted dog, Macey.
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jesus h. christ, those dogs are a lot of work.
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Born in 1938. Grew up in Greenwich Village, New York City. Lived in California and Mexico. Worked as a free-lance journalist in Mexico. He wrote, "I have worked for many years as a freelance foreign correspondent, a job description that dignifies the trivia of political exile. Social strife in the Third World is a particular attraction. Which is to say, for a long time now I've been moving around ...more
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