Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour of Dixie Tenny’s book How to Find Your Dream Dog! What a great book for anyone who is thinking of adding a new furry member to their family!
Bringing a new dog into the household should be one of life’s happiest events. The process always starts with excitement and high expectations. Too often, though, it ends in disappointment. The new puppy wakes everyone three times a night, gnaws on furniture, piddles everywhere, knocks the children down. The new adolescent dog is too wild. The new adult dog growls at your neighbors. And where did all this dog hair come from?
Most people spend hours researching a new mattress, days researching a new car, and weeks researching a new home or job. Yet for a new dog, a companion for the next 10-15 years, the most they do is visit the nearest shelter or pet shop and buy whatever looks cute and appealing. It’s no wonder they end up disappointed.
Whether you are looking for a purebred puppy or a charming mixed-breed, the type of dog you bring into your home matters. A quiet owner will struggle to keep up with a high-energy labrador mix, for instance, while an active outdoor family will be impatient with a snoozy bulldog. And finding the right kind of dog means becoming the right kind of owner—a task that takes some forethought and planning.
How To Find Your Dream Dog is here to fix the disconnect of dog ownership. It walks you step-by-step through the process of choosing the right type of dog for you—not only exploring the canine qualities that can determine your perfect puppy, adolescent, or adult dog, but also assessing your lifestyle to make sure you’re a good match for the dog, too. The book also looks at good (and bad) sources for finding healthy and sound pet dogs, gives guidelines for evaluating individual puppies, and warns of some red flags to watch out for during your dog search. With this guidebook in hand, you can be confident that the next puppy or dog you bring home will be the right companion and friend for you for the rest of its days.
Dixie Tenny is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior. During her 30+ years spent working with people and their pets, she has seen again and again how mismatches between dog and owner can create “behavior problems” that never would have happened if the right dog had been matched to the right owner in the first place. She wrote this book to help puppy buyers and dog adopters start out on the best possible foot with their new pet dogs, and stay on that path for years to come.
My Review: 4/5
As a dog lover, I was excited for the opportunity to read this book. It was a nice welcomed change of my usual genre.
This is a fast read (I read it in an afternoon), and so informative. It is so common these days to think you want a dog, go to the shelter, and BAM your world has been turned upside down! I’ve seen too often where people adopt a puppy/dog, only to realize they were beyond unprepared and ended up having to return him/her. It’s such a sad story and breaks my heart every time I think of the poor animal who is so confused and rejected.
This book could be the answer to everyone who is even thinking about adopting a puppy. The author starts out with a great comparison of two families, both adopting a lab-mix puppy. One of the families is not prepared at all, while the other one ends up giving the puppy a forever home. There is so much that goes into pet adoption, and so much preparation, research is crucial.
I love the way the book is laid out. While she does tend to focus on adopting a puppy, towards the end she touches on dog adoption. I think I would have liked it if she added a little more content to the dog portion, as I think dogs tend to be overlooked compared to puppies. She includes a number of resources in the back, as well as a faq section, which are also particularly helpful.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is even thinking about adopting a puppy/dog.
***Thank you to iRead Book Tours for a copy of the book! All opinions are my own.