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Do you want to dump your dog because he tries to escape your yard? Barks too much? You-know-whats in the house? Doesn t play well with others? Chewed up your favorite pair of shoes? You wouldn t be the first person asking to return your pet. And dog rescuer Randy Grim has heard every reason under the sun. But before you load Fido into the back of your car, read this book.Do you want to dump your dog because he tries to escape your yard? Barks too much? You-know-whats in the house? Doesn t play well with others? Chewed up your favorite pair of shoes? You wouldn t be the first person asking to return your pet. And dog rescuer Randy Grim has heard every reason under the sun. But before you load Fido into the back of your car, read this book. In it, Randy addresses the concerns of dog guardians everywhere by responding to letters that he 's actually received. With humor, and from his vast experiences with abandoned dogs, he reveals exactly what you can do to remain calm and fix every bad behavior problem. (Even if it means dumping your husband instead of the dog.)...

Title : Don't Dump the Dog: Advice from America's Favorite Dog Rescuer
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ISBN : 9781602396401
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Don't Dump the Dog: Advice from America's Favorite Dog Rescuer Reviews

  • Yvonne
    2019-04-03 12:01

    Such a good read! I am buying a hard copy of this book for our library for future reference.

  • Natalia Corres
    2019-04-09 13:10

    Experience plus humor plus an easy going writing style equals an enjoyable and informative read. I work with dogs and cats (and other animals) both in my business and in my volunteer work. It is always heartbreaking to see dogs who have been labelled with bad behaviors when most of the time, the dog could be trained and wants to be a "good" dog, even more heartbreaking when the dog pays for it with their life, as in an owner surrender to a high kill shelter. I would love to get a copy of this book in the hands of every dog owner. Dogs (and cats) with behavior issues are just like people with behavior issues, with patience and corrective and/or reinforced alternative behaviors - everyone can live in harmony. Will all the behavior change? Maybe not, but the owner can change how they deal with it, and learn to accommodate some things so that peace can be attained in the household. That's my rant for the day - read this book. You will enjoy it whether you currently have a misbehaving dog or not!

  • Sue
    2019-04-14 10:56

    this was a WONDERFUL book!!! I laughed, I wanted to cry and at the same time I received invaluable information about what to expect from a rescue dog, why they behave the way they do, and why everyone should rescue a best friend from a shelter. I wish everyone would read this book, especially if you're one of the "Dumpers" Randy discusses in the book - someone who is considering returning a dog to the rescue for a really dumb reason.

  • Natasha North
    2019-04-03 11:05

    Good stuff for when you're feeling a bit discouraged on the dog-training front. If you're looking for a straightforward, indexed training guide, then you'll need to find something to supplement this frequently amusing narrative. However, it's an interesting glimpse into an organization that does unique work with the animals who need the most love and patience. And he does share some useful tips for curbing frustrating behaviors.

  • Cathy Ehrhart
    2019-04-15 07:04

    Good book for dog loversThe writer has some good experiences and easy fixes for common dog problems, some of which I have recommended to friends and family over the years. Some are new ideas that I will try with my own. He has a good point that the dog (or any pet) is not disposable it is a member of the family. I couldn't imagine dropping one of mine off and walking away.

  • Taylor
    2019-04-12 09:56

    Love love love this book! Warning there are some sad stories and some really really stupid people out there but it's very informative and fun to read.

  • Natalie
    2019-04-21 14:09

    This book his humorous and accurate in the "responses" to common messages received in a shelter or rescue, but has awful advice for training. If anyone came into my shelter telling me that they used coin filled bottles to shake at the dog, or uses Tabasco sauce, or sprays dogs with water or citronella...or bark collars....ugh. "Quick-fixes" that lead to more fear and aggression. Do yourself a favor and actually put the work into your friend that it deserves. Do your research on positive training methods. You and your dog will appreciate it.

  • Lynn Rice
    2019-04-16 07:54

    Great book! I loved this book! It has truth and humor, two things I live by. My husband and I adopted from the local shelter a little over a year ago, a 2 month old boxer beagle mix named Mac. He’s my best friend. We’ve had our ups and downs, but he’s the sweetest, most loveable being ever. We are a work in progress. The can shaking trick has helped tremendously!!! Thank you for the work you do in every aspect!!

  • Katy
    2019-04-23 07:58

    This dog training book made me laugh out loud more times than most humor books I've read. The author's stories are so engaging and unique that it was worth reading just for the stories. I also found the training advice to be really useful.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-20 07:46

    Real and practical advice. No B.S.. also a great read - would have read without having any dogs in my house.

  • Danielle Caeton
    2019-04-13 11:55

    Outstanding and FunnyExcellent book. So much information iced with humor, patience (for the 4-legged) and insight. Thank you Randy for being a champion for dogs.

  • NebraskaIcebergs
    2019-04-24 11:07

    Don’t Dump the Dog offers practical advice for solving behavior problems of dogs, along with lots of laughs and a few tears. Randy Grimm is well-qualified to write this collection of stories and solutions, given that he’s devoted two decades of his life to rescuing street dogs and operates the well-known Stray Rescue in Missouri. As with the biography written about him by Melinda Roth, Don’t Dump the Dog will also make you at least a little mad.This opening chapter sets the stage for how the rest of the book is laid out, being hilarious in setup and style, practical in advice about how to channel the energy of an A.D.D. dog, and poignant in showing just how deep the emotional needs of stray rescued dogs can be. After sharing the owner’s letter, which states that he wants to return his dog due to being too hyper, Grimm goes on to talk about how he probably should have responded more politely but… The evening before a dog had went into labor and so Grimm had spent the night ensuring the pups were all born okay. On top of that, most of the volunteers had called in sick—Grimm suspected they weren’t sick but instead avoiding having to deal with a terrier who smelled of skunk. As telephones rang, the coffeemaker overflowed, and kenneled dogs barked for breakfast, in walks the owner of the A.D.D. dog. Grimm walks off with the dog to find a holding area, leaving the owner to handle the computer, the phones, and other interruptions. While not all chapters are equal, many like this one made me laugh and think, while also rewarding me with a happy end. The owner decides not only to keep his own dog but he also adopts a companion for her.With regards to practical advice, I particularly appreciated the ones on aggressive and submissive dogs. In each case, Grimm overviews the origins of dogs, and explains how why some dogs might attack or defecate in the house. His explanations make all too clear how carefully owners need to be the type of dog they pick. Finding oneself with bullies and crybabies will obviously bring challenges, which dog owners need to be prepared to handle them. Otherwise that’s when a dog who has already faced a lot of trauma in its life will end up being abandoned at a shelter, which no matter how well-run it is, can’t help but scare a dog simply by not being a home. Instead of dumping their dog, owners instead should turn to books such as those by dog experts such as Randy Grimm to find advice on how to manage their unruly “child”. I won’t give away all his advice here, but just enough to tantalize you. For example, when it comes to dogs who try to dominate, teaching them through the command “SIT” who is in charge of their food and other resources is a good start. When it comes to dogs who are more subservient, Grimm is a huge fan of bringing out hot dogs and helping them associate pleasure with what scares them.As for why the book will make you mad, foremost, far too many of these stories will make you realize how cavalier or even abusive the attitude of some dog owners are. The losers are the dogs who end up strays. While many of them will end up finding forever homes and adjusting well, some will never be whole again because of how their owner deserted or abused them, which breaks my heart. With regards to the latter, Grimm mostly focuses on how to help those dogs as well as commends those who will work with them. As for the cavalier attitude, there are few situations more upsetting than owners who bring their dog to the shelter simply because it can no longer see, hear, or walk well. In all other ways, the dog is often perfect. The dog is more than likely housebroken, probably gets along with neighborhood dogs, and might even have passed obedience class. Yet the dog is being traded for a puppy, like one might trade an old car for a new model. While Grimm does offer practical advice in situations like these, he spends just as much time on a soapbox.Each chapter of Don’t Dump the Dog starts with a letter from a pet owner, which voices a complaint and ends with the request for a date of when the owner can return his/her dog to Grimm’s rescue. After each letter is a response from Grimm, generally never sent, which are mostly funny but occasionally are bitchy in their sarcasm. The remainder of each chapter tells the story of the dog in question, maybe something about the owner, and offers some advice. While the usefulness of each chapter varies, overall this is a must-have guide. From dealing with a noisy dog to one that bites, Grimm covers a wide variety of situations that many owners face at one time or another, and offers humor along with sound advice.

  • Hobbes
    2019-03-26 08:52

    Dog Dump Shaming. Many excuses for returning an adopted rescue dog are ludicrous and astounding... it truly beggars belief.At the end of this book Randy gets on his Soapbox:"The excuses you’ve read in this book are real; the names have been changed to protect the guilty.Often I am asked, “How do you handle the sadness of rescue and returned dogs?” I usually say, “With vodka and Xanax,” which is my way of staying sane and avoiding suckerpunching the next person who walks in the shelter and says, “I can’t keep my dog because ...”"Quite!Very informative with healthy dollops of Randy's sarcastic humour, making a sad subject an enjoyable read. I was mentally throwing high-fives every few pages. Randy Grim offers great advice, and it's about training the owner to see the needs of beloved rescue companions before they consider dumping them. I'm a NON-DUMPING adopter of course!ContentsIntroductionCHAPTER ONE - A.D.D. DogsCHAPTER TWO - The Escape ArtistsCHAPTER THREE - Dogs Who “Play” When You’re AwayCHAPTER FOUR - Shuuut Up!CHAPTER FIVE - The Turd EatersCHAPTER SIX - Cujo in the Dog ParkCHAPTER SEVEN - Dogs Who You-Know-What in the HouseCHAPTER EIGHT - Dogs Who Lick Baby SnotCHAPTER NINE - Bullies with an AttitudeCHAPTER TEN - Cowardly LionsCHAPTER ELEVEN - Allergy SeasonCHAPTER TWELVE - Scaredy CatsCHAPTER THIRTEEN - I Love Old DogsCHAPTER FOURTEEN - To Crate or Not to CrateCHAPTER FIFTEEN - Affordable StraysAfterword: Randy on a Soapbox

  • Kathy
    2019-03-26 06:47

    I really liked this book. Basically, he outlines all of the reasons why people return dogs to shelters and then talks about the root causes of the issues AND how to solve them (instead of giving up). I think it is very realistic. He talks about how much time, patience, care, (and sleep!) acclimating a dog can take and even more for a dog who has experienced abuse, neglect etc. It is practical information delivered with humor.I really wish everyone could hear this. I hear of people all of the time who are frustrated with their dogs for doing the things that just make them normal dogs. The puppy is eating your shoes? Yup, it's frustrating but that is their job (or at least normal behavior) and a part of having a puppy! Try to keep your good shoes out of reach, get some toys they can destroy and work with them on learning that eating shoes is not okay. Dogs don't come to us understanding our worlds and expectations. People who get a dog with visions of Lassie running in the field need to get real. A dog requires care, attention, time, money, and lots of love. They need our help in understanding the "rules" and getting their needs met as well. They will repay you 1000 times. You just need to know what you're getting in to!

  • Michelle
    2019-03-29 10:44

    Appropriate for: age 13+You will like this book if you like: Dogs, humorous situations, dog behavior helpI LAUGHED so hard every chapter!!!! All of his stories were very funny and illustrated a point. Good advise for common dog behavior problemsIn some chapters he could've given more advise. There are a few times (a cat dies, puppies die in birth) that he doesn't express an ounce of sympathy or mention how sad both these things are. His personality is very gritty so you need to be able to take to with a grain of saltApparently he's famous but I'd never heard of him before this book :P

  • Lori
    2019-04-19 08:11

    I read this book on my kindle. this is a "how to"type book on dog care. this one is a bit different. Randy Grim offers a sense of humor with taking issue with dog problems. each chapter starts off with a letter from the dog owner of why they want to give their dog back to a shelter. Randy gives advice on each problem. Chapters include, house training, shy frightened dogs, aggressive dogs, dogs who eat dog doo}|{yes there is a chapter involving this issue} destructive dogs. and many other dog problems. I like that this book encourages those people to try and keep their dog and learn how to deal with the issues and problems dogs may have. a quick read, that offers some pretty good advice.

  • colleen forest
    2019-04-15 07:52

    Should be required reading....Excellent book. This should be required reading by every potential dog owner. Well written, interesting and hilarious. I laughed and I cried. The statistics about how many animals are put down each day tear your heart out. I wish I had a million dollars so I could donate the books to all shelters. I have a year-old dog and have some issues. I was at my wit's end regarding house training and Mr. Grim's book showed up on Bookbub at the right time. Now I have the tools to deal with that problem and some others. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

  • Elzbeth
    2019-04-23 10:01

    For anyone who has ever worked in a shelter or rescue, you understand what Randy is saying. We've all wanted to be able to say what we really feel to those who want to "return" dogs for no good reason, but Randy actually says it. He tells us about emails he's gotten while working at Stray Rescue where people wish to return their dogs for a variety of reasons, from "he licks the baby," to "she grew up." Not only does Randy condemn these people, but he also offers practical advice on how to deal with unwanted behavior.

  • Stacy Jones
    2019-04-16 10:43

    Funny, witty and clever. If you ever wanted a dog training guide that would make you take a very hard look at yourself, while making you laugh your butt off, this is IT. I recommend this book to everyone who will listen to me. Grim manages to take a very serious and sensitive topic and turn it on its ear and make it funny and heartwarming, in spite of the fact that every single dog he deals with was clearly created by the person who dumped it. Thanks for the work you do, Mr. Grim and thank you for this charming book.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-28 08:07

    Half humor, half dog training... this book is freaking great. Randy mostly discusses feral and abused dogs, but I still took away a few training tips that we'll use on our spoiled little dogs (we adopted them, but directly from the families that couldn't take care of them anymore... they were never abused or in a shelter). Although reading the book straight through felt a bit redundant, I think it was necessary in case some one was skimming for a chapter relevant to a specific problem, or didn't realize one solution could transfer over to another problem.

  • Karen
    2019-04-15 11:57

    I like how Randy Grim can use humor to combat the people who act so wrongly to dogs. I applaud his efforts to try to make the world a better place for all of the dogs he possibly can. I found the edited version of his response letter to a couple wanting to return their dog hilarious. The image of him in a quiet disconcerting "outfit" trying to find homes for 13 puppies will probably stay with me a long time!

  • LINCCReviews
    2019-04-12 14:54

    I have been following Randy Grim after reading the book "The Man Who Talks To Dogs" by Melinda Roth. This book is not only funny but educational as well. He describes the different scenarious that people use to return their dogs to animal shelters. If you're having any problems with your dog, I suggest reading this book. If you just love dogs, I suggest that you read this book. Excellent read. (LouLouBug)

  • Carol Greenwood
    2019-04-13 13:05

    I bought the book to help my new grand puppies.I have owned many dogs through the years. I have been to "puppy school" with one of our new canine friends. I have watched my children frustrated with their new pets and wanted to help in the success of their relationship. Randy's rantings are hilarious! The frustration he feels regarding people giving up on their pet is very apparent. His suggestions are very helpful and doable. I highly recommend his book.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-26 13:10

    It goes like this:Dear Mr. Dump,Let me be the first to tell you that this magical FARM all you dog people think exists, well it does not! Ok those were my words. Anyway, it's definitely not a comprehensive training book - it's more just for laughs and as a supplement to a positive reinforcement training book like "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor. It's certainly funny!

  • Rieh Medin
    2019-03-29 09:03

    I loved this book; from beginning to end it was amazing. Plus, I tried several things that he mentioned, such as vinegar for when they go "see a man about a horse" in the house, to using citrus and a spray bottle for barking. Granted, one of them pushed a fire extinguisher onto my foot, but I think overall it was a success.I'm excited to use his twenty pennies in a tin can technique.

  • Helen
    2019-04-09 07:44

    An absolutely wonderful book written with sympathy and a great deal of humour. I would never dream of dumping my dog but I feel that I have experienced most of the situations that mr and Mrs. Dump have but doggedly managed through trial and error to work my way through to a solution. A must read for every dog owner out there.

  • Mary
    2019-04-17 14:43

    I've been a Stray Rescue volunteer. I'm a great admirer of Mr. Grim. This book was funny, informative, touching. At one point i was laughing so hard my cat came in to check on me! What's up mom? oh, there's a pack of dogs wearing citrus collars to control barking and one of them let's out a woof!

  • Sandy
    2019-04-18 15:05

    Loved this book! Every rescue organization might want to include a copy with each adoption. (Wink). Laughed out loud several times. From someone with multiple rescue dogs; mine ride the short bus, too. Someone has to love them. ;). Highly recommend this to all my rescue friends. You will laugh at the remarks with things that we all want to say to some "dumpers".

  • Barbara
    2019-04-03 07:51

    This is a must read for anyone who has a dog or loves dogs. It is informative and laugh out loud funny. Randy has an excellent grasp of how dogs look at the world. I loved this book and will use the tips to deal with my dog's incessant barking. Thanks Randy for the laughs, as well as the great tips.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-14 08:11

    I loved this book. The advice about dealing with common behavior problems in adopted dogs seems good (I'm new at this) and the author seems like a neat guy. Plus it is one of the funniest books I've read in years; I had tears running down my face from laughing so hard. Too bad my library doesn't have his other books; I really want to read them.