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Monday, March 20, 2017

How to Find Your Dream Dog by Dixie Tenny Book Tour and Giveaway

Book Description:

a new dog into the household should be one of life’s happiest events.
The process always starts with excitement and high expectations. Too
often, though, it ends in disappointment. The new puppy wakes everyone
three times a night, gnaws on furniture, piddles everywhere, knocks the
children down. The new adolescent dog is too wild. The new adult dog
growls at your neighbors. And where did all this dog hair come from?

people spend hours researching a new mattress, days researching a new
car, and weeks researching a new home or job. Yet for a new dog, a
companion for the next 10-15 years, the most they do is visit the
nearest shelter or pet shop and buy whatever looks cute and appealing.
It’s no wonder they end up disappointed.

you are looking for a purebred puppy or a charming mixed-breed, the
type of dog you bring into your home matters. A quiet owner will
struggle to keep up with a high-energy labrador mix, for instance, while
an active outdoor family will be impatient with a snoozy bulldog. And
finding the right kind of dog means becoming the right kind of owner—a
task that takes some forethought and planning.

To Find Your Dream Dog is here to fix the disconnect of dog ownership.
It walks you step-by-step through the process of choosing the right type
of dog for you—not only exploring the canine qualities that can
determine your perfect puppy, adolescent, or adult dog, but also
assessing your lifestyle to make sure you’re a good match for the dog,
too. The book also looks at good (and bad) sources for finding healthy
and sound pet dogs, gives guidelines for evaluating individual puppies,
and warns of some red flags to watch out for during your dog search.
With this guidebook in hand, you can be confident that the next puppy or
dog you bring home will be the right companion and friend for you for
the rest of its days.

Dixie Tenny is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy
of Animal Training and Behavior. During her 30+ years spent working
with people and their pets, she has seen again and again how mismatches
between dog and owner can create “behavior problems” that never would
have happened if the right dog had been matched to the right owner in
the first place. She wrote this book to help puppy buyers and dog
adopters start out on the best possible foot with their new pet dogs,
and stay on that path for years to come.

Buy the Book:  Amazon  ~  Add on Goodreads

Author's Bio:

Tenny has been helping people and their dogs find each other and form
successful partnerships since the early 1980s. She founded Purebred Dog
Rescue of Saint Louis in 1984, which as far as she knows was the
country’s first organization that combined the efforts of people who
worked in rescue for many breeds under the umbrella of one organization.
After moving to Seattle, Washington, she co-founded Seattle Purebred
Dog Rescue, Inc. (SPDR) in 1987. She was involved in running this
organization for the better part of thirteen years. SPDR was featured in
the American Kennel Club Gazette, where Dixie was referred to as the
“Matriarch” of purebred rescue. SPDR, still operating successfully as of
this writing, utilizes hundreds of wonderful volunteers to work with
several thousands of dogs each year, with great success due to their
rigorous evaluation and placement policies and their use of specialized
breed representatives. The organization received an award from the
Humane Society in Bellevue, Washington, due to the fact that SPDR’s help
in placing the shelter’s purebreds allowed many more mixed breeds to be
placed successfully as well. Dixie also received the Seattle Kennel
Club’s “Honor Our Own” award in 2001 for her work with SPDR. Twice,
Dixie has been the recipient of the Gaines Good Sportsmanship medal.

in St. Louis in 2001, Dixie turned her attention to behavior and
training. She was the Director of Training for the Greater St. Louis
Training Club, Inc., for five years, creating classes and overseeing the
work of 40 head and assistant trainers. In 2003 she and another
experienced trainer created Dogs Unleashed, LLC. Dixie and her partner
traveled to clients’ homes and worked with a wide range of behavior and
training issues for four years. During this time Dixie attended many
continuing education conferences featuring trainers such as Dr. Ian
Dunbar, Kathy Sdao, Karen Pryor, and Suzanne Clothier. As Director of
Training for GSLTC, Inc., Dixie arranged and hosted seminars in St.
Louis featuring Dr. Patricia McConnell, Sue Ailsby, Dr. Roger Abrantes,
Nicole Wilde, and Leslie Nelson of Tails-U-Win. During this period,
Dixie also served for several years as a Judge for the Dog Writers’
Association of America annual awards.

2010, Dixie took the six-month course offered by the Karen Pryor
Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and qualified to become a
Certified Training Partner for that organization. Dixie formed her own
business, Human-Animal Learning Opportunities, LLC (HALO) in 2013. HALO
hosted continuing education seminars for dog trainers, featuring Dr.
Jesús Rosales-Ruiz (three times), Mary Hunter (twice), Celeste Walsen of
Courthouse Dogs, and Steve White. Dixie is also a Professional level
member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Certified
Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, a founding member of
Saint Louis Pet Experts, and a Silver member of SPARCS (Society for the
Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science). Dixie’s own continuing
education has included attending the annual conference put on by the
Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA), which
features some of Dixie’s most respected animal trainers/researchers,
including Kay Laurence, Ken Ramirez, Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Steve
White, Alexandra Kurland, and others. Dixie took Kay Laurence’s
challenging two-year online course, the Intelligent Dog Trainer Course
(IDTC) in 2012-2013, and is proud to have received Certification with
Recommendation on her Unit 1 work. This book and those that she hopes
will follow came out of her Master Trainer project for the Kay Laurence

has lived with many dogs over the years, several mixed breeds as well
as Australian, German, and English Shepherds, Welsh, Cairn, and Airedale
terriers, a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Golden Retriever, and an Irish
Wolfhound. Other pets have included cats, birds, reptiles, hedgehogs, a
beloved opossum, and more. Dixie has shown some of her dogs in
conformation and obedience trials, created and taught Tricks classes,
and dabbled in agility, K9 nose work, earthdog, and rally obedience.
While in Seattle, Dixie raised a labrador puppy for Canine Companions
for Independence, Inc. (CCI). Currently Dixie lives with a Beauceron and
an elderly Papillon, and a Somali, a Chantilly, and two Abyssinian
cats. When not doing things related to animals, she reads widely, enjoys
the company of her three grown children, follows baseball and English
Premier League football, and travels the world.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Facebook

Giveaway:​ Prizes: ​ Win one of 5 Dream Dog prize packages! Each package includes a copy of How to Find Your Dream Dog, a $15 Amazon Gift Card and Outward Hound Slow Feeder Dog Bowl) Open to USA & Canada Ends April 8

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  1. Great book.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my book, "How to Find Your Dream Dog." I really hope that your readers who are thinking about adding a puppy or dog to their families will pick it up and find it helpful.

  3. This is such a good idea for a book. I agree, people don't stop to consider the temperament or characteristics of a breed before picking a dog.

  4. Sounds like a great read. I also like the cover.

  5. I would love to read this book and also get one for mom.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com