How to turn a new adolescent or adult dog into your “best dog ever!”

Thinking of adopting an adult dog? Diana Rayment from Greyhound Adoption Program Victoria recommends this book ‘Love has no age limit’ by Patricia McConnell PhD and Karen London PhD. This book tells you everything you need to know about welcoming an adolescent or adult dog into your family.

Now what?! That’s what many of us ask when looking into the face of a newly adopted dog. This book has the answers, from how to handle home-comings, what to do (and not do) the first day, week and month, why older dogs still need to be house trained the minute you bring them home, and why it can take time for some dogs to bond with you. Every puppy is a new dog, BUT not every new dog is a puppy. Bringing home a mature dog requires faith and patience, and you can count on McConnell and London to be there with you every step of the way. Included is a summary of common behavioral problems like separation anxiety, house training, chewing, resource guarding, fear-based behavior and trouble between dogs along with an extensive resource section on where to find more help if you need it.

We all know that older dogs present their own special joys and challenges; let this easy-to-read book turn your “new dog” into your “best dog ever!” By reading Love Has No Age Limit you will:

  • Learn to establish new relationships with time and patience
  • Learn what to expect at 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months
  • Know how to avoid overwhelming a new dog
  • Use positive training to get started on the right paw
  • Understand minor behavioral problems vs. serious problems

Shelters, Rescues, Foster Homes
This comprehensive yet simple book is designed to go home with every dog you place. Increase the adoptability of your rescues by preparing potential families to address all the issues that come along with adopting an adolescent or adult dog. We’ve heard from many shelters who tell us that their successful adoption rate has substantially increased after handing it out. Here are some fundraising ideas for purchasing multiple copies.

1st Time and Experienced Adoptive Parents 
Whether you’ve done this a dozen times or this is your first dog, let McConnell and London be your “pack back up” system to help you through the transition. Everyone has a worrisome moment of “What Have I Done?” and this book helps you realize you’re not alone!

Trainers & Behaviorists
Increasingly, your clients are welcoming adolescent or adult dogs into their homes. That’s a wonderful thing, but it does create a unique set of challenges. Bridge the gap between your comprehensive understanding of dog behavior and the first time dog owners. Let this book help you guide your clients through the “honeymoon” period and into a long and happy life with their new best friend.

Veterinarians/Veterinary Technicians
Many of the “new” dogs of your clients are adopted from shelters and rescues, and the standard “Puppy Package” doesn’t fit the bill. Be the clinic your clients can count on by providing specific information about easing adopted dogs into their new homes with minimum stress and behavioral problems.

Get your copy here.