October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month:#31DaysOfRescueDogs

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 October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and with millions of dogs entering shelters each year, the ASPCA is hoping to raise awareness about how great adoptable pups can be.  They have launched #31DaysOfRescueDogs, a social media campaign to raise funds for homeless pets. Participants will be asked to post one photo of their favorite rescue every day, and each post will encourage their friends to donate $1 a day in exchange for 31 days of adorable photos. The featured dogs could be rescues, fosters, or shelter pups in need of homes. Each post should contain the hashtag #31DaysofRescueDogs for the chance to win prizes and be featured on Pit Bulls and Parolees. Users can visit www.aspca.org/31days to learn more and sign up.

 

The ASPCA is also hosting a #TricksOrTreats HOWLoween Twitter Trivia Party on Tuesday, October 25th at 2pm EST. There will be lots of spooky trivia and treats, and prizes!! Register here!!! 

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Book Review: Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions by Steve Dale

Have a new dog and don’t know what to do?

Have an older dog and think you can’t “teach an old dog new tricks?”

Up to your ears with doggy mischief?

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Good Dog: Practical Answers to Behavior Questions written by Steve Dale with messages by Betty White, Victoria Stilwell and Dr.Sheldon Rubin is just the ticket to help answer the questions that you have, as well as the questions that you haven’t asked yet!

This book is chock full of information with chapters such as:

Dog-On-Dog Aggression

Pet-On-People Aggression

Housetraining 101

To Crate or Not to Crate?

Excessive Barking (a personal favorite!)

and many more.

From Facebook:

“Steve Dale is a syndicated columnist; TV, radio and podcast host; pet advocate and certified animal behavior consultant. Pet owners across the United States seek out his expert advice and commentary on everything from controversial pet legislation to calming an anxious calico.

Dale writes two weekly syndicated columns for Tribune Media Services (TMS). He’s also a contributing editor at USA Weekend, a columnist for Cat Fancy and thecatchannel.com, and a ChicagoNow blogger. Recently, Dale published his first series of eBooks, including “Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions” and “Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions,” for the ePublishing division of TMS.

Dale also hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, “Steve Dale’s Pet World” and “The Pet Minute,” together these shows air on more than 100 radio stations, and a weekly WGN radio podcast. He’s appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show;” “National Geographic Explorer;” “Pets: Part of the Family,” and several Animal Planet television programs.”

From the Foreword by Victoria Stilwell, Dog Trainer,  Author and Host of “It’s Me or the Dog” on TV’s Animal Planet

“Steve and I are both advocates for the use of modern, science-based, positive reinforcement dog-training methods, as opposed to outdated dominance/punitive methods. Usually these are based on the misguided belief that positive training signifies weakness in the owner, and that dogs won’t respect such supposed non-leaders. This, of course is nonsense.”

This book is a treasure trove of information written in a question and answer format,  offering multiple, practical solutions to common problems that all of us who own dogs either are experiencing or have experienced at one time or another.

It is Steve’s hope that “people read and learn, and sometimes are entertained by, these questions and answers. If one dog is saved from the shelter as a result of the advice offered in these pages, I’ve done my job.”

One of my favorite parts of this book happens to be in the back section where Steve has listed many “Additional Resources” which range from books to a vast assortment of websites which are invaluable to dog/pet owners everywhere.

I was not compensated for this review. I received a copy of Good Dog to read/review.

This book is dedicated to Steve’s dog Lucy, a miniature Australian Shepherd who passed away in 2011. For over 10 years she regularly visited an animal-assisted therapy program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In memory of Lucy, Steve created a memorial fund to support animal assisted therapy efforts and the American Humane Association Award for Therapy Dog. You can read more about Lucy and give to her cause, here

ISBN 978-1-930645-00-4

Buy the eBook now for $2.99

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