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The Rescue Dog Paperback – 15 Mar 2001

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn; New edition edition (15 Mar. 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0600603512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600603511
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gwen worked for a leading UK national animal welfare charity from 1988-2002 and pioneered the use of dog behaviour knowledge in the rehoming of unwanted animals.
She was the first person to be appointed by a national animal welfare charity as a full time Animal Behaviourist, eventually heading a team of behaviourists.
Gwen has successfully solved behaviour problems in thousands of rehomed dogs, helping to prevent dogs with behavioural problems being passed from home to home and improving the rehoming success rate.
Gwen lectures at national and international conferences, runs training courses for staff at animal charities around the world and has written many books & education leaflets. She is a Trustee for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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About the Author

Gwen Bailey is the Animal Behaviourist for the Blue Cross, Britain's largest animal welfare charity. Gwen is the author of several books about dog training including The Perfect Puppy.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DC on 10 Aug. 2009
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The book provides useful, practical advice when acquiring a rescue dog.

It begins with really good tips on choosing a dog to be compatible with your personality, family and circumstances (including very interesting tips on how to assess a dog's behaviour in kennels), through the settling in period, how to bond with your dog, and common behavioural problems.

Behavioural topics covered include aggression, housetraining, shyness, fear of strangers, jumping up, separation anxiety, excessive barking, car sickness and others.

I liked that the author is not afraid to mention and confront these problems - I believe that some less professional rescue organisations skirt around potential issues or don't even properly assess dogs beforehand, which is misleading and unfair for adopters. The author offers various steps for dealing with them, all of which are very practical and most importantly, encouraging.

It also covers basics such as environment, care and exercise and touches on why dogs behave as they do - the pack mentality - in a common-sense, humane way.

Although I could have done with this book BEFORE giving a home to a very nervous, possibly mistreated, untrained, unsocialised rescue dog (!), since getting the book my husband and I have dipped in and out of it often and found good advice. Within 5 weeks we had seen very significant improvements with our dog. For us, housetraining and getting our dog used to children and men has been a major issue, and we have found the author's advice to be spot on.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By John Hoerner on 24 April 2000
Format: Hardcover
Rehoming rescue dogs is not as simple as it seems. They have many times had a hard life and this can manifest itself in behaviour problems. Gwen understands it all. I live with five rescue dogs and can heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to enter this rewarding experience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Green on 7 Jan. 2011
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We had our first rescue dog ten years ago, and took on another in November 2010. Both are Border Collies, which can be both exciting and challenging! To go with the new dog, we bought this new book - and cannot praise it highly enough. I have read other books about rescue dogs but none, in my opinion, compare with this. Gwen Bailey writes from many years of practical experience, having dealt with, and advised on, many thousands of rescue dogs, some with spectacular problems. And her experience and knowledge has enabled her to write an excellent book giving detailed, practical advice (and encouragement) to those who have taken on - or are thinking of taking on - a rescue dog.Absolutely brilliant and most highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Szwak, S. on 2 July 2011
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The Rescue Dog

This book has been very helpful in growing our understanding of how to work with our rescued dog Riley, who is an approx' two year old staffie cross.Patience. patience, patience and much repetition is stressed so helps the reader to realise that training and socialising a rescue dog is often a long term commitment.While we have both read the book cover to cover we also dip in and out of chapters to address issues as they arise. A very helpful resource for anyone contemplating rescuing a dog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kreana on 14 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have rescued 6 dogs over the years, including 5 Springers; everyone of them had different issues. There is never a time when you 'know it all' and that became clear when I rescued a terrifed, badly treated, under nourished Springer bitch. I had to start from scratch - training, house training, separation, the list was endless. This book reminded me of my own understanding of the problems and causes, but it also gave me some invaluable tips (especially the scarf tip!)I can't praise this book enough - Sophie had been my biggest challenge, this book gave me the additional help and advice I needed to stay on track and not get disheartenedand. Rescuing dogs brings so many challenges and heartache, but I was proud of what we both achieved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on 21 Jan. 2011
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This is a really fantastic book. I had already taken on a dog when I was recommended this book but I'd advise anyone thinking about taking on a dog to read this first. There's lots of great advice about how to assess the dog before you get them home which would have been really helpful to me. However if you already have a rescue dog this is still a really great book. It deals with many different problems and situations that you might come across. The advice is easy to follow and really clear. It has really helped me to understand why my dog does things and made me a much more confident and happy owner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Stanley on 29 Sept. 2013
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Easy read. Full of good advice - essential reading for anybody thinking about rehoming a dog for the first time. I haven`t got my dog yet ....... still working on my husband!
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