Review of How Many Dogs!? from the Prairie Dog Daycare in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Posted on August 10, 2011 by Ayoka Bubar, CPDT-KA
Debby McMullen, CDBC
Why I chose this book
I picked this book up last October when we were in Atlanta for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference and Trade Show. I pretty much pick up everything I see on managing multiple dogs because well – that’s what I do every day. I have every other multiple dog book out there and picked this one up to see if a new point of view would add some fresh ideas for multiple dog management.
What’s it about?
This book is all about how to enjoy a multiple dog household using management and positive reinforcement techniques but much of the book could apply to managing multiple dogs in any environment from daycares to kennels to vet clinics.
◾Really easy to read text. This is one of those books that bot experienced trainers and novice dog owners can appreciate.
◾Real easy to read as a reference or to sit down and read it cover to cover
◾Chapter headings and index make it easy to look up specific issues.
◾Great references and resources section which includes not only a list of books and websites but a list of calming remedies, management tools and enrichment tools.
◾A great chapter on training that explains learning theory in plain language.
◾The author shares real life scenarios which illustrate how several different families homes manage their dogs and work with various issues.
◾The layout bugs me. This book is text dense with some photos. And maybe it’s just me, but I find the dense text paired with sans-serif type-face makes for a book that is a tad difficult to read.
I would recommend this book to:
◾Anyone currently living with multiple dogs (your own or fosters)
◾Anyone contemplating adding another dog to their home.
◾Anyone working with multiple dogs (daycare attendants, shelter workers, dog walkers, pet sitters)