The Happy Adopted Dog
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The Happy Adopted Dog provides comprehensive coverage to help prospective dog parents successfully navigate the process of adopting a family dog. Featuring all newly authored text by an expert on the subject, the book addresses important topics such as where to adopt a dog, finding and choosing the perfect dog for you and your family, preparing for your dog’s arrival and easing the transition to his new home, providing for daily care and special needs, forging relationships with family and other pets, and basic training. It also describes why adopted dogs may be prone to certain behavior problems, explains how to deal with established unwanted behaviors while preventing new ones, and sets forth multiple step-by-step solutions and training or retraining tips that result in a well-adjusted and happy pet. About the Author: Tammy Gagne is a freelance writer who specializes in the health and behavior of companion animals. In addition to being a regular contributor to several national pet care magazines, she has authored numerous books for both adults and children. Tammy resides in Maine with her husband, son, dogs, and parrots.
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The Happy Adopted Dog helps rescue owners with the challenges of raising adopted pets.

July 7, 2011 4:06 pm | By Zootoo Editor Flinn D.

The Happy Adopted Dog, by Tammy Gagne, is an informative book aimed at anyone who wants to get a dog and is considering adoption as the primary option. Given the increasing popularity of the adoption movement and the multitude of no-kill shelters gaining prominence around the country, this book couldn’t have come a moment sooner.

The Happy Adopted Dog is available with a bonus DVD covering information about how to train your adopted dog after bringing him home. Gagne starts out with the basics of canine adoption, the pros and cons of adopting, and where you can go if you decide you are ready to adopt. Then the book segues into the nuts and bolts of post-adoption life, such as those behavioral problems commonly exhibited by adopted dogs and how to deal with them, and ways to retrain adopted dogs and instill new habits in them.

While Gagne has done an admirable job of laying out the various concerns specific to adopted dogs and their pet parents, her prose could do with a bit of levity. I know rescuing mutts is no laughing matter, but the serious tone and earnestness that seeps off the pages can get to be a bit much, especially considering the joys that many adoptive parents feel throughout the experience.

The information in this book, however, is second to none, and as a proud parent of multiple rescues over the years, it’s refreshing to see a book that looks specifically at their needs and the challenges inherent in raising them. With thousands of dogs around the country in desperate need of a home, and thousands more roaming the streets because shelters are full, let’s hope this book finds an audience.

Pros: Informative training tips; important for adoption advocacy.

Cons: Tone can be overly serious at times.

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