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Successful dog adoption
Sternberg, Sue
Adult Nonfiction SF427 .S85 2003

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ContentsPage
Chapter 1 - So You Want to Adopt a Dogp. 1
What's Involved in Adopting a Dog?p. 2
Do You Think You're Ready, or Do You Know You're Ready?p. 2
Your Pre-Adoption Checklistp. 3
Take a Look at Your Own Lifestylep. 9
Chapter 2 - Where Do I Start?p. 13
On the Telephonep. 13
What to Look for in a Shelterp. 19
Chapter 3 - Where Should I Go for My Dog?p. 21
What Kind of Shelter?p. 22
Regional Differences in Shelter Dogsp. 25
Rescue Groupsp. 27
Internet Adoptionp. 29
Attitudes about "Rescued" Dogsp. 40
Chapter 4 - What Am I Really Looking For?p. 47
What Should I Expect from the Shelter?p. 47
What Is the Adoption Process Like?p. 49
Why Temperament Testing Is Vitalp. 51
What Should I Worry about Most?p. 52
How Can I Avoid Dogs Who Bite?p. 53
What Being a "Fearful Dog" Meansp. 58
Male or Female?p. 60
Are Puppies Clean Slates?p. 61
What if I Have Allergies?p. 63
What's the Best Age to Adopt?p. 64
To Pit Bull or Not to Pit Bull?p. 72
Breed Generalizationsp. 74
The Ideal Temperament of a Family Dogp. 76
Safety Scanp. 76
Bite-O-Meterp. 82
The Importance of Selecting Carefullyp. 89
Behavioral Rehabilitation Programs in Sheltersp. 90
Chapter 5 - How Do I Meet the Dogs?p. 93
What to Bring With You to the Shelterp. 93
What You Can Expect from the Dogsp. 94
Your Gender Mattersp. 95
How Will the Dog Behave When Meeting Guests and Strangers?p. 96
Temperament Testing Shelter Dogsp. 99
Tests to Leave for the Prosp. 114
The Wrap-Upp. 137
Chapter 6 - What Have I Done?p. 139
What Gender Is Your Dog?p. 141
Guessing the Age of a Dogp. 141
Guessing the Mix of Your Dogp. 146
Chapter 7 - Basic Mannersp. 151
Pledge for New Dog Adoptersp. 151
When Should I Start Training?p. 153
What Kind of Training Class?p. 153
Housebreaking for Puppies and Adult Dogsp. 155
Male Dog Urine Markingp. 157
Cleaning Up the Spotsp. 158
The Basic Sitp. 158
Coming When Calledp. 160
What to Do if Your New Dog Gets Carsickp. 161
Helping Your Dog Stay Home Alonep. 162
Don't Be a Spectatorp. 163
Extracurricular Activitiesp. 165
Chapter 8 - When All Else Failsp. 175
Problem Behaviors and What to Dop. 176
If It Just Doesn't Work Outp. 181
What to Expect When Calling the Shelterp. 185
Special Considerations for Families with Young Childrenp. 186
Don't Go It Alonep. 191
Chapter 9 - Adding Another Dogp. 193
Choosing a Compatible Companion for Your Resident Dogp. 195
Why Dog-Dog Aggression Matters for Everyonep. 196
The Dog-Dog Aggression Testp. 197
The Four Play Stylesp. 212
Welcoming a Second Dog into Your Home and Your Heartp. 215
What Do Dogs Fight About?p. 217
Indexp. 223


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