Review: Love Has No Age Limit by Patricia McConnell, PhD and Karen London, PhD

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Dr. Patricia McConnell Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist with over 20 years of experience consulting pet owners about serious behavioral issues. She is an instructor, teaching about animal behavior, and has written over 10 books on the subject.

Dr. Karen London Ph.D. is an Ethologist, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Pet Dog Trainer who has focused on evaluating and treating serious behavioral problems in dogs for over 12 years.

Summary

Love Has no Age Limit, Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home (2011) is a nice, lightweight read. It is intended for people that adopt an older dog, especially when there is already another dog in the household.

The book is full of advice on how to integrate an older dog into your household. It leads you from the first decision to bring home an older dog, through establishing a bond with the dog, and into behavior issues.

What I Liked

For such a thin book, it is full of good information and solid advice. I actually got this in the hopes that it would help me prepare my home for a puppy when I already have an older, grumpy dog. And it did! Many of the pieces of advice were applicable, even though many were really only meant for that older dog you don’t yet know.

One of the things that Patricia McConnell does well is include references. These do two things. They show that some research was done; this isn’t just coming out of the author’s head. They also give great places for further reading on the topics discussed.

I think my favorite part of the book is a one page insert just after the references. It is titled Finding a trainer or behavior consultant. This page talks about how to find the right trainer for you. It basically tells you how to find the person that will work for you.

Areas for Improvement

The main thing that I would like to see change is to include more photos and more anecdotes. The photos are tiny and at the top of each chapter. There is really only one anecdote in the book and that’s right at the beginning. Because of this, the book can a bit more bland to read than Patricia’s other works.

One other thing that could use improvement is the chapter on Veterinary Care. This is only two and a quarter pages long. It is by far the shortest chapter and could use some fleshing out. It almost seems like it was an afterthought since there is a lot that could be said about finding good veterinary care.

Recommendation

While I enjoyed this book, I would really only recommend it for the very specific audience it was targeted at. If you are adopting an older dog and want some sound advice on how to prepare and what to do once the dog is home, then this book is for you. Outside this audience, it really isn’t that useful as it specifically addresses problems with adopting older dogs and sticks to that subject very closely.

I did use it for help with grumpy dog and puppy but I don’t think it’s really ideal for that situation.

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