Prior to my Vizlsa, Romeo, all of our dogs have been adult dogs adopted through breed rescue groups. I’m a big believer in helping homeless dogs find their forever homes, and helping dogs remain in their homes so they don’t end up homeless. But more than that, I am a big believer in helping dogs and their families to live happily together, not just get by.
I had known for a long time that I wanted to write a book pertaining to dogs. When I realized that the majority of dogs being relinquished to shelters and rescue groups were adolescent dogs, but there were few books specifically addressing this stage of development, I knew what book I needed to write.
I could have used hundreds of case studies from the dogs with whom I have worked. But I wanted my book to be a “case study” of one particular dog. I find that my clients – especially those with adolescent dogs – gain value from hearing the things I go through with my own adolescent dog. They like knowing it’s not “just them” or something they are doing wrong. While we certainly all make mistakes, hopefully we learn from those mistakes, and move on. We make changes as we go. And knowing that I go through many of the same issues with my own dog gives them hope that these issues can and will be resolved.
Knowing what I wanted to do with my book, I did a lot of research and decided to bring home a Vizlsa puppy from a reputable breeder. I do not support puppy mills, but I do support breeders who place the health and well-being of their breed as their top priority. By bringing home a puppy and raising it through adolescence, I could make notes along the way and use my experiences throughout my book.
The result is Juvenile Delinquent Dogs: The Complete Guide to Saving Your Sanity and Successfully Living With Your Adolescent Dog. I could not possibly put all the info in my book that I wanted to! But I did find another way to get even more info to you than I could fit in a book. Once you have the book, make sure you go to the website (listed in the book) and sign up for the additional content, including videos on teaching “heel”, “off” and “out” along with lots of other content to supplement the book.
Happy reading and happy training!