208: Dogs With Challenging Histories

It’s no secret that dogs in shelters often come from bad situations, but some are particularly terrible, such as hoarding situations or puppy mills. It’s tempting to think that with enough love and care, we can fix everything these dogs have been through, but unfortunately, that isn’t always true. Julie Fudge Smith and Tina Spring take a look at what’s involved when dealing with dogs with especially traumatic pasts.


65: Warning Signs in Puppies: Recognizing Behavioral Problems
81: The Problems with Designer Dogs
86: What To Look For In A Shelter And A Shelter Dog With Sue Sternberg.
165: Trigger Stacking and What It Means For Your Dog.

This is not the dog I wanted…
Sometimes it is the dog, not the owner.

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how toa five part series

Choosing the right dog can be an overwhelming decision. How do you find a reputable breeder? A good shelter or rescue? And once you decide that, how do I know which dog to pick? Or what trainer is right for me.  This booklet will help to guide you through this momentous decision.