Don’t Dump the Dog by Randy Grims

If you recently adopted a dog from a shelter, “Don’t Dump the Dog” is a must-have e-book. Though it isn’t a dog training book, the author provides insight and tips about common psychological or behavioral problems rescue dogs – or all dogs for that matter – face.

The author, Randy Grim, is the founder of Stray Rescue, a St. Louis, Missouri rescue that focuses on saving feral and abandoned dogs. In his book, Grim uses actual letters he’s received from people wanting to return a dog they adopted from him for specific reasons. He uses these letters to bring up behaviors that many rescue dogs face, such as excessive barking, destructive chewing, dominant behavior and more. Then, he provides insight and solutions to help with these behaviors.

I found the most helpful aspect of “Don’t Dump the Dog” is the way the book is set-up. Each chapter focuses on a different behavioral problem. For example, each chapter starts with a letter or phone call transcription Grim received from an adopter. Then, he provides stories of dogs he’s helped overcome these issues followed by tips or tricks you can use with your own dog.

One chapter, for example, features a letter Grim received about a dog-aggressive dog. He addresses the letter in a hypothetical response, then proceeds to tell why some dogs are aggressive, the different types of aggression, and how to work with dogs who have aggression issues.

There are also “Quick Fix” chapters, where Grim provides fast fixes to small problems. For example, on “Quick Fix” chapter is: “Dumping Excuse: ‘The dog gets in the garbage’. Quick Fix: ‘Uh…try putting the garbage can in a place where he can’t get to it.’”

Grim is not a dog trainer, but he uses his experience working with feral and abandoned dogs for nearly 30 years to provide tactful advice for new rescue dog parents. Not only does he offer great advice, Grim has a self-deprecating humor that makes the book a breeze to read. I enjoyed his dry sense of humor and the fact that he didn’t sugar coat his annoyance with the people who “dumped” the dog.

For me, I enjoyed the fact Grim is not an actual trainer. Some dog training books can sound like a textbook. Grims book, on the other hand, is funny, easy to read, and informational. Even though he isn’t a formal trainer, Grims has enough experience to provide solid training and behavior advice.

Grims’ passion for abandoned and feral dogs shines through his writing. You can feel how angry he gets when drafting his “hypothetical response” to the person who sent him the letter. As someone involved in the dog rescue world, I can relate to how Grims feels!

If you are looking to adopt a dog or have recently adopted one, I would absolutely pick up this book – if not for Grims humor alone. The tricks and tips are great for new and seasoned adoptive dog parents!

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Last update was on: September 10, 2019 5:46 am

8.5 Total Score
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If you are looking to adopt a dog or have recently adopted one, I would absolutely pick up this book – if not for Grims humor alone. The tricks and tips are great for new and seasoned adoptive dog parents!

PROS
  • informative, easy to read, humorous, insightful, great advice.
CONS
  • sometimes the stories can go on for too long and he isn’t an actual dog trainer so if you are looking for a legitimate dog training book, this one isn’t for you.
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David Sidman is a certified professional K-9 trainer with a specialization in training military and Police working dogs. Sidman qualified as an I.D.F explosive detection dog handler and was certified in Police K-9 Training by the Eastern States Working dog Association (ESWDA)

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