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How To Find Your Dream Dog
Book Review & Giveaway
At one time or another, it’s happened to all of us: we’ve become smitten by the cute little puppy or the adorable dog we’ve seen in the park, on our television screens, or in a friend’s home. We fall in love and decide that we want a dog to call our very own!
But what happens when we act on impulse and – without regard to our lifestyle and a potential puppy’s temperament – we bring a new dog into our home? How do we know if we are suited to be a puppy parent or dog guardian? How do we determine which breed is the right one for us?
In her new book How To Find Your Dream Dog, Dixie Tenny – an award-winning dog trainer and activist – shares essential information to help ensure that bringing a new dog into your household is one of the happiest events of your life and not one of the most heartbreaking!
Dixie’s book is divided into four important parts. In Part One, Getting Ready For Your Dream Dog, Dixie helps us examine if we really want a puppy or a dog and if we’re really prepared to care for one. She provides us with an overview of what living with a puppy is really like (be prepared for lots of barking, growling, chewing, biting, digging, running, jumping, accidents and messes, among other things!) and asks if we are realistically ready to take on the responsibilities of living with Rover 24 hours a day!
In Part Two, Choosing Your Dream Dog, Dixie reminds us that even if we pass the perils of Part One and decide that we’re ready for a dog – that “a dog is not a dog is not a dog!” In other words, not all breeds are alike and if we bring home a mutt, we bring home a mystery! Dogs are bred for different purposes and their different characteristics, including their sociability, energy levels, and trainability reflect that. It’s important to spend time researching different dogs to determine what breeds are going to best fit into our family and to learn as much about these traits as possible before impulsively investing in a “free to a good home” dog!
Part 3 is all about Finding Your Dream Puppy – this section discusses the best places to find purebred puppies, other good sources to find puppies, and places you should avoid. Most importantly, you’ll find advice on how to help you choose the perfect puppy for you once you’ve found a prospective source!
Part 4 will help you to evaluate whether an adult dog is a better option for your family than a young puppy by weighing the pros and cons of both choices, and identifying good sources for finding adult dogs. You’ll also find a Frequently Asked Questions and Resource section at the end of the book.
How To Find Your Dream Dog is an easy-to-read yet invaluable resource for anyone who is considering adding a new canine member to their family. I highly recommend this book to you and invite you to visit Dixie’s Website, the iRead Book Tour Page, and Amazon for more information.
I also invite our US/Canadian readers to enter the iRead Book Tour giveaway for your chance to win one of 5 Dream Dog Packages, which includes:
- One Copy of How to Find Your Dream Dog
- One $15 Amazon Gift Card
- One Outward Hound Slow Feeder Dog Bowl
Please note that iRead Book Tours is overseeing the drawing and assumes full responsibility for all aspects of this contest, including notification and prize fulfillment.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from iRead Book Tours as a Tour Host. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Chat In The Comments
Have you ever adopted a dog that was less than a perfect fit for you?
Or have you been lucky enough to discover your dream dog?
Please share your stories in the comments –
Inquiring minds and prospective dog parents would love to know!
Wordless Wednesday – Week of March 28, 2017
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