Raising Dogs With Common Sense by Angela Thompson Roberts

When Dakota first joined our family in October of 2007, while being ecstatic about having my life-long dream of having a Shetland Sheepdog finally coming true, I was at a loss as to how to be a good and responsible dog owner.

Why? I had a cat for 18 years prior to Dakota’s arrival, and the only other dog I lived with was when I was a child, (and that was only from ages 2 to approx age 7).

I wish I had Raising Dogs With Common Sense by Angela Thompson Roberts at that most confusing time. When I first read the title I thought, “hmmm…can I help Dakota to HAVE common sense?” but that isn’t what the book is about AT ALL. It’s about helping and guiding dog owners who, whether they are adding their first dog to their family or 20th, make better decisions and choices  to help them “raise healthy, low-maintenance pets while saving time, money and worry.” The information in this book applies to ALL dog breeds!



Author Roberts dedicates this book to her first bulldog, “Odis”. She raised him from age 6 weeks onward. He led to a “20-year hobby of raising dogs.”

I love that Angela states: “I am not a veterinarian, nor do I possess a vet-tech degree; however, I do consider myself to be an expert in raising dogs the right way.” My “common sense” approach includes providing the best nutrition possible, following simple guidelines, spending a few minutes per day to reinforce basic training, and knowing how to handle emergencies.”

Angela focuses heavily on how to avoid illnesses and injuries. She also advises you to establish a good relationship with a vet who exhibits compassion, and is willing to respond to your telephone call in the event of an emergency, REGARDLESS OF THE HOUR.

In Raising Dogs with Common Sense you will learn things such as:

  • How to socialize your dog
  • What your first purchases should be (accessories, etc.)
  • How to handle chewing and biting
  • How to select your Veterinarian
  • General Healthcare
  • and much, much more!

Some Suggestions that I loved were:

  • Purchasing a waterproof mattress cover if your new pup/dog sleeps in the same bed with you
  • Warning that ANYTHING that is small enough to be swallowed should be kept away from the dog/pup. “If it can be swallowed, but it’s not FOOD, it can result in exploratory surgery, because it doesn’t digest.”


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  • Keep a bottle of Peroxide and Mineral Oil in your home-read the book to find out why!

And more!

Written in a straight forward and often humorous manner, Raising Dogs with Common Sense is one of a number of handy reference books that you will want to add to your doggy tool box!




I was not compensated for this review. I was asked by the author if I would review her book. I was sent a copy by the author in exchange for my honest review.






  1. I thought it was about teaching your dog common sense too! Clearly, common sense is not my strong suit. I need all the help I can get.

    • Dakota says:

      Are you kidding me? YOU my friend, need to write a book!! Get cracking!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Caren

  2. When Chewy first came home, I put a plastic tablecloth under his bed and covered the exposed parts with tiles because I was terrified his pee would seep into the wood floors!
    Sounds like an interesting read.
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  3. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    OH this world really lacks common sense….drives me crazy! We need more ‘how not to be stupid’ books 🙂

    • Dakota says:

      BOL BOL BOL!! Will you please write one? I want to be the FIRST to review it!! Love, Caren

  4. Clowie says:

    I like the sound of this book.
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  5. Tina says:

    Considering what a great dog Dakota is, you should probably be writing some of these books! I will put this one on my ‘to read’ list–Maisy needs a few pointers.
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    • Dakota says:

      Me??? OMG NO WAY!!!!!! I only had cats for over 20 years! I made soooo many mistakes with poor Dakota!!! It’s a miracle he is as good as he is! But thank you!! xoxo

  6. Jan K says:

    This sounds like a great book. There are so many things that can really only be learned by experience and by using common sense. Sharing what she has learned is definitely a good thing! We all do our best, but sometimes we just don’t know things that could help us in important decisions and situations.
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  7. Carrie says:

    Sounds really great! Does it come with free common sense? I could use all I can get!
    Hugs, Carrie and Pups! x
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  8. Ludo says:

    Sounds like a very useful book!
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  9. Emma says:

    Common sense is something many humans seem to be losing, so this would be an important book!
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  10. I hope all who plan to share their crib with a pup will read it. There are so much mistakes we can make and if we can start with some background knowledge we can avoid many bad or sad moments. Thanks for a great review Dakota, I love your way to write bout books!

    • Dakota says:

      Thanks so much my dear friend!!! That means a lot!! My Mom wishes she had had this book when I joined the family!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  11. send an “a” for the about, WP is a word mess today, think we have a flying laptop here soon :o)
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  12. haha! I am loving this book already!
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  13. Sounds like a book that my mom should read!

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  14. Dawn says:

    Sounds like a great read! I wish I had though about a mattress cover when Maya was a puppy. Shortly after getting Maya I had purchased a brand new mattress. It took only a few weeks for Maya to decide to pee on it and several more weeks of sleeping on the couch while trying to get the smell out.
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  15. Sounds like a great book. Del is the first dog I have owned by myself and I wish I read something like this before getting him!
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  16. Wow, Caren! I am so tremendously HUMBLED and HONORED that you would take the time to read AND to give my book this review. A million thanks are not enough, to you and to the folks on this page who are open to reading my book. My goal truly is to save folks time, money and stress, just by sharing all my learned-it-the-hard-way secrets. Our pets rely on us to know their routine so that any illness or injury (whether easily detected or invisible/internal) will be found and treated quickly.
    From the bottom of my heart, please know that I am grateful for this kind book review and excited about meeting new folks who order my book or take the time to share my website address with friends & family. I hope you all run out of numbers while counting your blessings on this beautiful day!

    • Dakota says:

      Oh my Angela!! You are bringing me to tears!! THANK YOU! I am the one who is “humbled and honored!!!” I truly think your message is the most BEAUTIFUL I have ever received on ANY book that I have reviewed. THANK YOU for appreciating the painstaking time that I put into them. xoxo Caren

  17. I agree on having peroxide handy. Had to use it on a certain puppy a couple of times….lol.
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  18. Bailey says:

    What a wonderful idea for a book.
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