Now what?! That’s what many of us ask when looking into the face of a newly adopted dog. This eBook 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.
Many buyers have purchased multiple copies and donated them to their local
shelter or rescue group. We say “Woof Woof” to that!
Click here to read stories from the rescue dogs pictured in Love Has No Age Limit.
Everyone involved in the production of this book, from authors to printers, agreed to donate a significant amount of their costs or fees, allowing cash-strapped organizations to distribute the book to every family adopting a dog. We would especially like to thank Julie Mueller and Jennifer Weitzman of Jam Graphics, and Diane Erickson and Alan Scheidegger of Suttle-Straus for their generous care and concern for homeless dogs everywhere.
Who Should Buy
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 owner’s. Let this book help you guide your clients through the “honeymoon” period and into a long and happy life with their new best friend.
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.
“I can’t say enough good things about this book. I want to buy 500 copies and give them to local shelters as required reading for anyone considering adopting an adult dog.”
-Adrienne Hovey, Managing Editor, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog
“If you are considering adopting a dog from a shelter then Love Has No Age Limit will
be your perfect companion. Packed with great information, this book will make the
transition period from shelter to home a lot easier for you and your dog. For shelters,
Love Has No Age Limit will give adopters a unique support system, thereby increasing
the rate of successful adoptions by helping to keep dogs in their new homes.”
-Victoria Stilwell, Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog
”They say, you can’t judge a book by its cover but as soon as I saw the dear old dog on
the cover of Patricia McConnell and Karen London’s Love Has No Age Limit, I just knew
I would love the book. And I do. Yet another outrageous success by Patricia and Karen.
I have always been a champion of adopting adult dogs and this book is most certainly
a valuable resource for anyone welcoming an adult dog into their home.
Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Let Patricia and Karen show you how.”
-Dr. Ian Dunbar, DVM, founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
“Love has No Age Limit is the book shelter dogs have been praying for. This book takes the worry out of adopting adolescent and adult dogs–who comprise most of the dogs who end up at shelters. This wonderful new book is like having two of America’s top dog trainers right beside you from the moment you take your new dog home. With calm, friendly, specific language, Patricia McConnell and Karen London give you the guidance you need to give an adopted dog the forever home he or she deserves, and to turn a homeless animal into
loving and beloved member of your family.”
Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and Birdology
“If you’ve decided to adopt a furry homeless stranger, this book is your perfect resource. You’ll provide love for your new dog, while Drs. McConnell and London will provide practical, accurate advice so you can avoid common mistakes and spark a life-long friendship.”
-Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB, Bright Spot Dog Training
“At last, a practical, concise guide for welcoming home your adopted dog. This book and your new four-legged family member–the perfect match!”
-Meg Boscov, CPDT-KA, Co-founder of Mutt Match, Philadelphia, PA
“Giving an animal a second chance at a forever home is truly a special thing. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone considering adopting a dog into their family.”
-Pam McCloud Smith, Executive Director
Dane County Humane Society, Madison, WI
”At last animal shelters and rescues have a reasonably priced and well written book to send home with adopters. Love Has No Age Limit is easy to read and covers everything the new owner of an adult dog should know before and after they bring their new family member home to ensure a successful transition. HAWS will be encouraging all of our dog adopters to obtain and read a copy of this book.”
Khris Erickson, CPDT-KA
Human Educator at HAWS, Waukesha, WI
Publisher: McConnell Publishing Limited
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Author: Patricia McConnell PhD and Karen London PhD
Publish date: June 2011
Number of pages: 96