Book Review: Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions by Steve Dale

Have a new dog and don’t know what to do?

Have an older dog and think you can’t “teach an old dog new tricks?”

Up to your ears with doggy mischief?

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Good Dog: Practical Answers to Behavior Questions written by Steve Dale with messages by Betty White, Victoria Stilwell and Dr.Sheldon Rubin is just the ticket to help answer the questions that you have, as well as the questions that you haven’t asked yet!

This book is chock full of information with chapters such as:

Dog-On-Dog Aggression

Pet-On-People Aggression

Housetraining 101

To Crate or Not to Crate?

Excessive Barking (a personal favorite!)

and many more.

From Facebook:

“Steve Dale is a syndicated columnist; TV, radio and podcast host; pet advocate and certified animal behavior consultant. Pet owners across the United States seek out his expert advice and commentary on everything from controversial pet legislation to calming an anxious calico.

Dale writes two weekly syndicated columns for Tribune Media Services (TMS). He’s also a contributing editor at USA Weekend, a columnist for Cat Fancy and, and a ChicagoNow blogger. Recently, Dale published his first series of eBooks, including “Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions” and “Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions,” for the ePublishing division of TMS.

Dale also hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, “Steve Dale’s Pet World” and “The Pet Minute,” together these shows air on more than 100 radio stations, and a weekly WGN radio podcast. He’s appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show;” “National Geographic Explorer;” “Pets: Part of the Family,” and several Animal Planet television programs.”

From the Foreword by Victoria Stilwell, Dog Trainer,  Author and Host of “It’s Me or the Dog” on TV’s Animal Planet

“Steve and I are both advocates for the use of modern, science-based, positive reinforcement dog-training methods, as opposed to outdated dominance/punitive methods. Usually these are based on the misguided belief that positive training signifies weakness in the owner, and that dogs won’t respect such supposed non-leaders. This, of course is nonsense.”

This book is a treasure trove of information written in a question and answer format,  offering multiple, practical solutions to common problems that all of us who own dogs either are experiencing or have experienced at one time or another.

It is Steve’s hope that “people read and learn, and sometimes are entertained by, these questions and answers. If one dog is saved from the shelter as a result of the advice offered in these pages, I’ve done my job.”

One of my favorite parts of this book happens to be in the back section where Steve has listed many “Additional Resources” which range from books to a vast assortment of websites which are invaluable to dog/pet owners everywhere.

I was not compensated for this review. I received a copy of Good Dog to read/review.

This book is dedicated to Steve’s dog Lucy, a miniature Australian Shepherd who passed away in 2011. For over 10 years she regularly visited an animal-assisted therapy program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In memory of Lucy, Steve created a memorial fund to support animal assisted therapy efforts and the American Humane Association Award for Therapy Dog. You can read more about Lucy and give to her cause, here

ISBN 978-1-930645-00-4

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14 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I’m a GOOD girl all the time and I don’t think my mom needs this book at all, teehee….

    Oops! Hope she didn’t read this. Sheeeeesh,


    • Eva, OF COURSE YOU ARE! BOL! (I have my paws crossed behind my back)

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Hey Dakota,

    Not sure my Mum should get this – it may help her to foil Mischief and that won’t do!! Tee Hee

    However, it sounds like a great book for Mum’s nephews who just got a new puppy!! 🙂 Great review 🙂

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  3. Cool! I just ordered the kindle one from Amazon after reading your blog!

    • Pepper you are BEYOND an amazing doggy!!! Thank you!!! Hope you enjoy it as much as my Mom did!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Sounds like a great book!

    • Hi Bassetmomma it is quite helpful! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. I’ll have to look for this in hard copy…thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Ellen, not sure if it is available in hard copy…it might be! Glad you liked it! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. Dear Caren and Dakota
    Thanks yous!
    Oh Boy is wes going to have to read this one! My hairy slobbery sister Cinnamon is a real handful, even for Mommy and Daddy whose had lots of dogs

    • Hi Nellie and you are welcome!

      Awww poor Cinnamon! She sounds like ME! BOL!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. Hey Dakota,

    I’m wondering if my comment from earlier went into your spam buddy? 😦

    Hope you’re having a fun day

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  8. Sounds like another good read Karen! You seem to find all the best ones!
    Hope you are feeling better:))

    • Hi Jen! It is! They found me! 🙂

      I am sitting here sneezing as we speak, shouldn’t still be up, feel awful 😦

      Thank you!!

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