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Successful Dog Adoption

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ISBN-10: 0764538934

ISBN-13: 9780764538933

Edition: 2003

Authors: Sue Sternberg

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This practical guide delivers the information potential adopters need to determine what kind of dog temperament best suits their needs, how to find the perfect dog at a shelter and how to make it part of the family.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

So You Want to Adopt a Dog
What's Involved in Adopting a Dog?
Do You Think You're Ready, or Do You Know You're Ready?
Your Pre-Adoption Checklist
Take a Look at Your Own Lifestyle
Where Do I Start?
On the Telephone
What to Look for in a Shelter
Where Should I Go for My Dog?
What Kind of Shelter?
Regional Differences in Shelter Dogs
Rescue Groups
Internet Adoption
Attitudes about "Rescued" Dogs
What Am I Really Looking For?
What Should I Expect from the Shelter?
What Is the Adoption Process Like?
Why Temperament Testing Is Vital
What Should I Worry about Most?
How Can I Avoid Dogs Who Bite?
What Being a "Fearful Dog" Means
Male or Female?
Are Puppies Clean Slates?
What if I Have Allergies?
What's the Best Age to Adopt?
To Pit Bull or Not to Pit Bull?
Breed Generalizations
The Ideal Temperament of a Family Dog
Safety Scan
The Importance of Selecting Carefully
Behavioral Rehabilitation Programs in Shelters
How Do I Meet the Dogs?
What to Bring With You to the Shelter
What You Can Expect from the Dogs
Your Gender Matters
How Will the Dog Behave When Meeting Guests and Strangers?
Temperament Testing Shelter Dogs
Tests to Leave for the Pros
The Wrap-Up
What Have I Done?
What Gender Is Your Dog?
Guessing the Age of a Dog
Guessing the Mix of Your Dog
Basic Manners
Pledge for New Dog Adopters
When Should I Start Training?
What Kind of Training Class?
Housebreaking for Puppies and Adult Dogs
Male Dog Urine Marking
Cleaning Up the Spots
The Basic Sit
Coming When Called
What to Do if Your New Dog Gets Carsick
Helping Your Dog Stay Home Alone
Don't Be a Spectator
Extracurricular Activities
When All Else Fails
Problem Behaviors and What to Do
If It Just Doesn't Work Out
What to Expect When Calling the Shelter
Special Considerations for Families with Young Children
Don't Go It Alone
Adding Another Dog
Choosing a Compatible Companion for Your Resident Dog
Why Dog-Dog Aggression Matters for Everyone
The Dog-Dog Aggression Test
The Four Play Styles
Welcoming a Second Dog into Your Home and Your Heart
What Do Dogs Fight About?