Mindful DogParenting Starts By Choosing The Right Dog – This Book Will Help You Find Your Perfect Match

new release, book, new bookAs a proud dog owner of two rescues, I am always on the lookout for books that showcase the importance of thoughtful and kind pet ownership. How to Find Your Dream Dog by Dixie Tenny is a lovely guide, doing just that – connecting you with a perfect match for both sides of the equations.

I have written before about how having a pet in your life, increases your health, but to be fair to the dog in question, the dog has to fit your lifestyle, your energy level, your habits, and your space. This book provides you with guidelines on what you should consider, and the list is longer than you might think.

However, Dixie manages to make it an easy process and guides you through every step. What I also loved is that she urges the reader to responsible and get their dog from reputable sources, and never from puppy mills. My heart breaks for these animals, and responsible pet owners should consider that the mere possibility of their dog coming from one of those horrible places, will ensure their continuation.

Thankfully, there are alternatives, which the Author points out.

I am very grateful to have received a copy of How To Find Your Dream Dog for free, as a part of the iReadBookTours tour. All opinions are mine.

But allow me to share with you today, an article by Dixie Tenny herself. Enjoy!
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4 Unusual Places to Find a Dream Dog

Dixie Tenny


4 Unusual Places to Find a Dream DogWhere would you look to find the dog of your dreams? There are  good sources for puppies and dogs (shelters, rescues, hobby breeders) and there are sources to avoid (puppy mills, pet shops, internet ads).

Here are four excellent sources you might not have considered when looking for your dream dog.

Career-change dog

What happens to dogs being trained to guide the blind or assist a person in a wheelchair when they don’t make the cut? They are charmingly labeled “career change dogs” and become available as pets.

What makes this a great option? All dogs training for assistance work are either purpose-bred for calm, steady temperaments and good health, or very carefully selected from shelters or rescues out of hundreds of candidates. Puppies are given to puppy-raisers, where they spend about a year wearing a cape and going absolutely everywhere with their temporary human partners — into elevators, restaurants, businesses, baseball stadiums, and much more, so that they learn to maintain that calm, focused quality no matter what is going on around them.

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Why do these dogs become available? The demands put on a dog whose behavior could mean life or death for its human partner are tremendous. Many dogs simply don’t -quite – have what it takes to devote their lives to that kind of service. But, due to their careful breeding or selection and the experiences they have had during their puppy-raising year, they are positioned to be outstanding pets.

How do I find one? Contact national and local service and guide dog organizations for an application.

Retired show dog

What makes this a great option? Show dogs must remain calm and focused while in the chaotic world of dog shows. They are accustomed to accepting all kinds of grooming and handling.

Why do these dogs become available? Hobby breeders do not breed to make money. They are working toward eliminating problems in their breed and producing better and healthier individuals in each generation. In order to do that, they must move some dogs along to make way for others. This is often a difficult and painful process for these people, who love all their dogs. But giving the gift of beloved house-pet status to a retired show dog is something many breeders are willing to do. These dogs are usually in the prime of their lives and have many years to offer a new home.

How do I find one? Contact national and local breed clubs for the breed you are interested in and ask if they know of breeders who might have retired dogs available.

Breed rescues

What makes this a great option? Everyone knows about shelters and rescue organizations, but did you know there are rescue groups devoted to almost all individual dog breeds? If you know that the qualities of a particular dog breed suit you perfectly, but you would also love to give a needy dog a new home, here is your chance to do both at once.

Why do these dogs become available? Every reason under the sun. Owner’s death, divorce, change of circumstances. Allergies. A purebred stray is found. Dog kills chickens. Two dogs don’t get along. And so much more.

How do I find one? Using a search engine, enter the name of the breed you are interested in, the word “rescue,” and if it matters to you, the area you are interested in looking at dogs in. For example, “Golden Retriever rescue northern California.” Most national breed clubs affiliated with the American Kennel Club (AKC) have a rescue coordinator. You can find those names on the AKC webpage.


What makes this a great option? Their veterinarians are often the first people approached by clients who want to find new homes for their dogs. Since she is the one who has been taking care of their health, the vet is well acquainted with the basics of the personalities of these dogs, how well they have been cared for, possibly even what type of new home would be best for each one.

Why do these dogs become available? Similarly to rescue, for every possible reason. A puppy was given as a surprise gift to someone who can’t handle it. A military family is moving overseas and can’t take their pet. A client’s parent or grandparent died and left the client with a dog who doesn’t get along with their own. And so on.

How do I find one? This one is easy! Talk to your veterinarian. Let her know that you are interested in finding a new pet dog (or cat!) and give her all the useful details so that she will know when she hears about a good prospect for you.

Author Bio:

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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21 thoughts on “Mindful DogParenting Starts By Choosing The Right Dog – This Book Will Help You Find Your Perfect Match

  1. Good morning! Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review of my book, “How to Find Your Dream Dog.” Working with people and their dogs for over 30 years, I have seen so many cases where people saw “behavior problems” where I saw “poor match.” Dogs are what they are, and the selective breeding by humans that created all domestic dogs made different types of dogs just that – different. My book was written to try to help people choose the type of dog that will enhance the lives of both family and dog. Thanks for helping me share that message! 🙂

    1. thank you for giving me the opportunity to read your book and be a part of your book tour. It was a pleasure. Our dogs are an essential part of our family, (as is our rescue cat), and anything that spreads the message about mindful and caring pet parenting should be highlighted, which is the reason why I was happy to join your book tour. I hope to work with you in the future to spread that important message.

  2. This book seems amazing, I am glad people are becoming more aware about their pets. When it comes to finding a pet, I got a puppy when I was little from my grandpas friend and it was quite unexpected, but I think if you’re interesting in getting a dog for someone you should definitely check out the places you mentioned. All pets deserve love.

  3. Such a great post. A year ago we lost our pug and were absolutely devastated. I heard Dr Laura say once that if you have love to give to an animal you owe it to the world to take one in. So .. after a few months we started thinking about it again. We bought two golden retrievers (Harry + Sally) as puppies. Don’t get me wrong .. we love them .. but we’ve often questioned whether we were truly prepared for the puppy process. If we had it to over again I honestly think we’d look closer at a career change dog or show dog .. in other words one who was a little more mature. We realized there comes a point in life where taking on a puppy (or 2!) is being over optimistic. There nearing the year mark and as they get older we’re really enjoying them

    1. oh wow, really high-energy dogs, which are even worse when they are puppies – I thought I was going insane, when we first adopted our Rhodesian Ridgeback, I could not imagine having two puppies that energetic at the same time. I am glad they are settling down for you now. Ours has as well. Blessings!

  4. I agree that you must pick the type and size of dog to suit your lifestyle and the type of space you have available to give your pet. I have a small garden therefore I have two small dogs that think my garden is a playing field… Ha Ha!

  5. I agree its important to get a dog to suit your lifestyle. I have a small garden and so have two very small dogs. They both think my garden is the size of a playing field… Ha Ha

  6. i really want to have a pet dog, and posts like these make me go for one soon. this post is great for dog lovers, i will share these ideas with my dog lover friends. cheers

  7. I’ve always had dogs *until I moved out on my own* and I always found rescues and shelters to be the best options. We rescued a greyhound from a breed specific rescue, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    1. I love greyhounds. Sadly at this moment I can not take in anymore dogs, otherwise I would. Two is the limit of dogs I can have at our current residence. Blessings!

  8. Our veterinarian knows we are an animal family. We have gone to them for years. They saw me grow up with my dogs, literally, for 16 years. They saw the adoption, life, and unfortunately decline of my cat, who, at the time, was my world. We cried together. And then, a year later, my veterinarian told me about another cat to adopt. Of course, I couldn’t resist. Not a dog, but I can totally relate.

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