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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Chapter 1: 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.Chapter 2: Where Do I Start?On the Telephone.What to Look for in a Shelter.Chapter 3: Where Should I Go for My Dog?What Kind of Shelter?Regional Differences in Shelter Dogs.Rescue Groups.Internet Adoption.Attitudes about "Rescued" Dogs.Chapter 4: 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.Bite-O-Meter.The Importance of Selecting Carefully.Behavioral Rehabilitation Programs in Shelters.Chapter 5: 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.Chapter 6: What Have I Done?What Gender Is Your Dog?Guessing the Age of a Dog.Guessing the Mix of Your Dog.Chapter 7: 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.Chapter 8: 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.Chapter 9: 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?Index. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Expert guidance in choosing the right dog -the first time

Written by a renowned expert in shelter adoption, Successful Dog Adoption delivers all the information you need to find the perfect dog at a shelter and make him part of your family. In easy-to-understand language, Sue Sternberg helps you decide if you're ready to adopt by evaluating your reasons and translating them into what you should look for in a particular dog. She shows you how to find a reputable shelter, prepare for the adoption process, and work with shelter personnel to make sure they have appropriately screened their dogs. You'll also learn about ""rescue"" dogs and why one might be right for you.

This practical guide covers all the vital issues you need to consider when adopting-choosing a male or female, a puppy or an adult; identifying fearful dogs or dogs who will bite; and seeking out a dog with the ideal temperament. Featured here are detailed tests and observations used by professionals to ascertain the temperament and compatibility of shelter dogs-now made available to the public for the first time. You'll discover how to determine risk factors in an unknown dog, gauge a dog's potential reaction to guests and strangers, and predict the compatibility level when you add another dog to your household.

This book also offers invaluable advice on training your new pet, including guidance in housebreaking, selecting a training class, and helping a dog who gets carsick or doesn't like to be home alone. And, if you still experience difficulties with your dog, Sternberg gently discusses the steps you can take.

Authoritative and friendly, Successful Dog Adoption is the one-stop guide for finding your own ""superdog""-and keeping the dog-owner relationship fresh and rewarding for years to come.

About the Author: SUE STERNBERG is one of the foremost authorities on successful shelter adoption in the United States, with more than 23 years of canine behavior experience. She is the Executive Director of the Community Animal Shelter Association (CASA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to pet owner outreach, safe animal adoptions, and quality-of-life issues at animal shelters around the world. Her extraordinary work with dogs is the subject of a Winter 2004 HBO documentary, Shelter Dogs.

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