Blog Tour/Review: How To Find your Dream Dog by: Dixie Tenny @iReadBookTours #dreamdog

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.

Buy the Book:  Amazon  ~  Add on Goodreads


Dixie Tenny has been helping people and their dogs find each other and form successful partnerships since the early 1980s. She founded two rescue organizations: Purebred Dog Rescue of Saint Louis in 1984, and Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue, Inc. in 1987. Dixie was the Director of Training for the Greater St. Louis Training Club, Inc., for five years, creating classes and overseeing the work of 40 head and assistant trainers. In 2003 she and another experienced trainer created Dogs Unleashed, LLC. They traveled to clients’ homes and worked with behavior and training issues.
Dixie’s professional credentials include trainer certifications from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and the Association for Pet Dog Trainers. Dixie formed her own business, Human-Animal Learning Opportunities, LLC (HALO) in 2013. HALO hosts continuing education seminars for dog trainers.
Dixie has lived with a wide range of dogs over the years including mixed breeds, Australian Shepherds, Welsh and Cairn terriers, and more. While in Seattle, Dixie raised a labrador puppy for Canine Companions for Independence, Inc. (CCI). Currently Dixie lives with a Beauceron and an elderly Papillon, as well as four cats. When not doing things related to animals, she reads widely, enjoys the company of her three grown children, follows baseball and English Premier League football, and travels the world.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Facebook

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.


2 thoughts on “Blog Tour/Review: How To Find your Dream Dog by: Dixie Tenny @iReadBookTours #dreamdog

  1. Good morning! Thanks for the great review of my book, “How to Find Your Dream Dog.” I’m so very glad you enjoyed it and think it would be useful to people considering puppy or dog adoption. I want everyone to get their dream dog – and every dog to get its dream owner! — Dixie


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