Book Feature: What to Expect When Adopting A Dog: A Guide to Successful Dog Aoption For Every Family by Diane Rose-Solomon

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I agreed to review What to Expect When Adopting A Dog by Diane Rose-Solomon, months ago.  Diane was kind enough to approach me because I had reviewed another book of hers,  I agreed because I have met Diane in person and love her, I admire her writing, and I admire her commitment to the well-being/welfare of animals. But…. I was feeling more and more like a hypocrite. Why? I DID NOT ADOPT MY DOG. I got my dog from a responsible breeder. 

I pride myself on being transparent and a trusted source for book reviews and product reviews on my blog. Since I did not adopt Dakota, I have chosen to post about this book as a “book feature” (as opposed to a “book review”), because I think it is a marvelous guide and a MUST HAVE FOR ALL PET OWNERS. I will share information about the book, but I can’t offer any insight about dog adoption since I did not adopt Dakota. How could I honestly do anything else? Many of YOU out there have far more knowledge about dog adoption than I do, Diane and YOU are the experts on dog adoption. I am not. That being said, when you read about this book, I believe you will agree it is a must-have for anyone who is contemplating dog adoption, or for pet parents who have questions, or for anyone integrating a dog into their home.

“I’m so impressed and truly excited about this book. It’s a much-needed resource for shelters, rescues, bloggers, and anyone interested in or considering a “new” pet in their home. There is a wealth of information and Diane Rose-Solomon’s insight into pet adoption and successful homing of a new dog into your family, is outstanding. “ From Yvonne DiVita, Co-Founder of BlogPaws, Woman of the Year, Women in the Pet Industry Network.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Diane is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and has gathered a national network of colleagues who are top pet professionals. Through her volunteerism with rescue or­ganizations, she’s met many prospective pet owners asking questions and voicing concerns about pet adoption.

What to Expect When Adopting a Dog offers expert advice from rescue specialists, veterinarians, dog parents, and pet business own­ers with links to the best, most relevant articles from pet profession­als, making this book a one-stop shop for all dog-related questions, before, during, and after adoption. The book answers questions like:

  • Whether dog adoption is right for you
  • How to pre­pare your home for a new member
  • Integrating the dog into your home, family, lifestyle
  • Advanced dog parenting
  • How to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group
Plus Diane has over 100 links to expert resources for more in-depth research. The book is a small but mighty tool to help pet owners through many situations with love and compassion.

In five modules, Diane leads the reader through all the steps they should take to decide on a dog, go through the adoption process, bring the new pet home, as well as life­long care. And, with the shorter lives of animals, she delivers a heart­felt chapter on saying goodbye to a pet. The book educates a prospective pet parent on what to expect and how to add the joy of dog parenting.

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN:
What to Expect When Adopting A Dog is broken down into the following modules:
Module 1:Taking the First Steps
  • Asking yourself “Am I Ready?” which includes “do I have the time/energy?”, “do I have the resources?”
  • Part II: Beginning the Search, considering things such as age, size of dog, breed, temperament.
Module 2: Ok, You’re Ready, What Now?
  • Part I: Where Do I Go to Adopt a Dog?
  • Part II:What to Expect at the Shelter/Rescue Organization
  • Part III: Dog Adoption vs. Dog Breeders
Module 3: Preparing Your Home
  • Part I: Items You Will Need, which includes items explained, optional items.
  • Part II: What You Will Need to Do includes “to-do” explained.
Module 4:Integrating Your Dog Into Your Home
  • Part I: Getting Acquainted, including tips for introducing dog to dog, dog to cat, housebreaking
  • Part II:Kids Roles, Expectations and Safety
  • Part III: Safety For Your Dog, such as weather extremes, holidays
  • Part IV:Training, Exercise and Socialization
Module 5:Advanced Dog Parenting
  • Part I:Living Your New Life
  • Part II:Advanced Training and Special Certifications
  • Part III:Specialty Health and Wellness
  • Part IV:Exceptional Dogs including special needs dogs, dogs with physical challenges, emotional challenges and senior dogs.
IN SUMMATION:While I did not adopt Dakota, there are COUNTLESS things that I can and SHOULD still be learning to help Dakota be the best dog that he can be and to help me provide valuable information on my blog. Dakota is a senior dog now, and Part IV of Module 5 is of particular interest to me. What to Expect When Adopting A Dog by Diane Rose-Solomon is a guide that should be a part of EVERY home where a dog resides, whether it has been adopted or not!
194 pages

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