Book Review & Giveaway: How to Find Your Dream Dog by Dixie Tenny

Bringing 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?

Most 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.

Whether 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.

How 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.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

After reading this book I feel lucky. We did nothing to prepare for the two dogs we have but they’re part of our family and we wouldn’t trade them for anything. I will, however, use How to Find Your Dream Dog as a resource the next time we decide to get a dog.

There is a lot of good information contained in these pages. Dixie Tenny starts with a section to help you decide if you even really want a puppy, which will change your life. Or, perhaps an older dog would be more your style. Once you decide that you do want a puppy or a dog, she explains the usual traits of breeds of dogs. Of course, not every dog is the same. They each have their own personality just like people. So spending time with the dog you choose is necessary before you decide for sure that that is the one for you.

There are guidelines for starting out with a puppy that will make your life, as well as the puppy’s life, much easier in the beginning. I wish I’d had these the last time I potty trained a puppy!

If you’re thinking about getting a dog for the first time or if you’ve been a dog owner all your life, this book is for you. It contains a lot of useful advice and is a great resource.





About the Author

Dixie Tenny has been helping people and their dogs find each other and form successful partnerships since the early 1980s. She founded two rescue organizations: Purebred Dog Rescue of Saint Louis in 1984, and Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue, Inc. in 1987. Dixie 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. They traveled to clients’ homes and worked with behavior and training issues.
Dixie’s professional credentials include trainer certifications from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior, and the Association for Pet Dog Trainers. Dixie formed her own business, Human-Animal Learning Opportunities, LLC (HALO) in 2013. HALO hosts continuing education seminars for dog trainers.
Dixie has lived with a wide range of dogs over the years including mixed breeds, Australian Shepherds, Welsh and Cairn terriers, and more. 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, as well as four 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.



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2 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: How to Find Your Dream Dog by Dixie Tenny

  1. Dixie March 14, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Thanks so much for the great review of my book “How to Find Your Dream Dog!” You are so right, it’s very possible to get lucky and find the dog of your dreams by chance. But during my 30 years working with people and their pets, I saw so many dog owners frustrated beyond their tolerance by what they called “behavior problems” and what I recognized as “normal behavior for the dog you have.” In this day and age, when people are so busy, it’s more important than ever to choose a puppy or dog that naturally fits in with peoples’ lives. I hope my book will help some of your readers find their own dream dogs!


    • sleepygirl2 March 14, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      I believe it will. It’s a great resource!


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