Desperate Dogs is a unique book that tackles one of the most important issues facing our nation’s shelters: How can we fairly deal with the complex behaviors of dogs at the greatest risk and save more lives? Putting aside the issue of what’s right and wrong in human terms and focusing instead on what dogs need to succeed and return to loving homes. Desperate Dogs sheds light on understanding dogs with behavioral problems including fear, aggression, and dominance, and then offers effective, proven solutions, training methods, and advice; these issues, often misunderstood, cost dogs their lives. The hands-on lessons in this book delve into the often misunderstood process of evaluating and isolating a dog’s key issues and offers solutions, training advice, and exercises that can be applied effectively in a shelter environment.
Desperate Dogs sheds light on understanding dogs with behavioral problems including fear, aggression, and dominance, and then offers effective, proven solutions, training methods, and advice; these issues, often misunderstood, cost dogs their lives. The hands-on lessons in this book delve into the often misunderstood process of evaluating and isolating a dog’s key issues and offers solutions, training advice, and exercises that can be applied effectively in a shelter environment.
There has never been a book like Desperate Dogs; it is a shelter dog behavioral bible and should be on the desk of every shelter manager, trainer, and anyone dealing with the difficult and often challenging behaviors of shelter dogs. Shelter dogs have very different issues than family pets have, and these issues must be dealt with in different ways than conventional training in order to give these dogs a chance of making it out of the front door of the shelter. This is not a book for pet owners; it was written solely for the shelter environment and shelter dogs to help save lives.
Thousands of dogs are killed in shelters throughout the U.S. every year because information is not available on how to work with them or how to understand them. Desperate Dogs has the answers to any issue shelter dogs face—over 250 pages of training, concepts, information, and examples.
Get your very own copy of Desperate Dogs, Determined Measures today. It’s a valuable tool for anyone working in shelters, rescues and humane organizations.
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Many dogs are abandoned to animal shelters because of behavioral problems. Testing confirms the problem but does little to fix it. All too often the dog loses again.
Robert Cabral’s unique book is like a breath of fresh air in offering practical shelter solutions to identify underlying problems such as fear or aggressive behaviors. He offers practical advice on how to properly evaluate and correct them especially in a stressful kennel environment. It is a “must read” guide for animal welfare workers on how to give these often misunderstood dogs a viable chance for a forever loving home.
In my 50 years of animal welfare work , I have never read a more useful “ bible” for all of us who want to give more dogs a second chance.
Humane Society of St Lucie County
In any shelter environment, there are always dogs who could and would make terrific pets if only shelter staff had a way to modify their behavior. Robert Cabral offers his years of experience in an easy to understand format for successful methods of dealing with “Desperate Dogs.” For many of these desperate dogs, the shelter is their last hope and having alternate positive training methods is a gift to shelter staff who are committed to adoption placement options.
Young Williams Animal Center
Every shelter manager, behaviorist and trainer worth their salt should have ‘Desperate Dogs; Determined Measures’ on their desk as a reference and a reminder that no dog is without hope!
Yavapai Humane Society
New to municipal sheltering, I was elated and relieved to read Robert Cabral’s book, Desperate Dogs, Determined Measures. Unlike much of the conventional training literature I have read, this piece truly touches on the challenges of open shelters and offers simple and sound recommendations that I believe will save more lives. The vast majority of shelter dogs are viable if we let them be. Each dog is unique and our approach in saving them must be as well.
Animal Care Manager City of Sacramento
I am currently a volunteer trainer for high risk dogs at Spokanimal C.A.R.E. animal shelter in Spokane, WA and I want to thank you for taking the time to write “Desperate Dogs”. This book needed to be written and I can only hope that shelters across the U.S. will make this required reading for ALL employees and volunteers. You have brought to forefront the most important message…that we are doing what we do to save lives. I hope by using your principals and guidelines I can continue saving lives one dog at a time.
Again, thank you so much.
Julie Hipp, Volunteer
A-list trainer, Spokanimal C.A.R.E.
Desperate Dogs Determined Measures lays down specific techniques that I believe will get even some of our most difficult dogs adopted more easily. Your expertise in dog behavior and training was helpful throughout the book and has something for everyone….. It will be very easy to pull information out of your book and in-service the staff on some basic techniques that will be very easy to integrate…. By implementing your concepts, I feel that shelters can really make a difference and save more lives.
Dawn Johnson, MS, RD
Humane Society of Genesee County
I like how it’s not just another “dog training book” it’s geared toward the dogs who are in need of our help the most. It’s clear and concise.
Dan Olsen, CAWA
Animal Services/Code Compliance Manager
Town of Truckee
I haven’t actually read the book yet, and for good reason.
When my Animal Care Manager saw it on my desk she snatched it up to read for herself. It is in the process of getting passed around by staff who are all very excited about the ideas.
Rather than take it back and read it myself, I have just encouraged the staff to read it and present the ideas they are most excited about for implementation.
That process is moving along. Thank you for all your work with shelters and for animals.
Brad Shear, CAWA
Mohawk Hudson Humane Society