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The Trouble with Dogs (2007)

by Bob Graham

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Sorry, I just can't accept that, just because The Brigadier was too strict (mean?) to be the trainer this family would choose, they think it's ok to do no training at all. Dave can sleep in a basket - let Dad have the armchair. And *do not* let Dave jump on visitors. :sigh:

ETA - reading [b:Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior|7366|Animals in Translation Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior|Temple Grandin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1408254675s/7366.jpg|10490] (and thoroughly enjoying it) clarifies some of the reasoning behind my condemnation of the family here for not training their dog. I strongly recommend you read Grandin's book, but meanwhile, do know that:

1. dogs are hard-wired to be predators, and all their wonderful social skills are higher functions layered on top of that 'instinct,' so the humans in the family need to be 'alpha.' And: 2. a dog who knows its place in the family is a content dog - one who doesn't could easily become neurotic, or at least unable to cope with any change in the structure of the 'pack' that is its family. At least Graham's characters are doing one thing that will probably minimize occurrence of major problems - they have two dogs, and so there is some influence each can have on the other's animal behavior. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
In this sequel of Let’s Get a Pup, the family begins to ponder the trouble that comes along with having dogs. Dave got into everything and never seemed to listen, but he was so adorable that they never did correct him. Finally, when Dave jumps on a guest’s lap at the dinner table and steals the cupcake right off her plate, they decide it’s time to teach him some manners so they call in a brigadier. When the brigadier arrives, he yells and lays down the rules for Dave. Afterwards, Dave seemed to have lost the pep in his step. He just didn’t quite seem the same.
The family noticed the change in Dave and didn’t seem to like it so they decided they need to tell the brigadier that Dave no longer needed lessons. When the brigadier arrived, Kate told him how she felt and said “We should always be polite to our dogs.” At that same moment, Dave jumped into the brigadier’s lap and stole the cupcake off his plate. Ironically, the brigadier agreed with Kate and decided not to yell at Dave. Then he patted Dave’s head and left.
The moral of this story teaches readers they should treat others how they want to be treated, even if it is a dog. Graham, once again, does a wonderful job illustrating this family that shares so much love for one another and their pets. ( )
  srmorgan | Mar 29, 2016 |
I love Bob Graham and I loved this book! This book is the sequel to Let's Get a Pup and takes you on the journey of a family who has just adopted a new puppy who is a bit mischievous. Through reading this story, a family learns how to accept there mischievous puppy just the way he is and comes to the realization that his flaws are what makes him, him! ( )
  RiaO | Nov 28, 2013 |
This book is a continuation of " "Let's get a Dog", says Katie". I love how it is the same family trying to sort out issues with the rambunctious puppy they adopted. Anyone that is a dog person can identify with the storyline in this book. The puppy is doing all of these things that are undesirable, so they hire a trainer to end the bad behaviors. In ending the behaviors, they also change everything they love about the puppy. That simply doesn't work for any of them and they accept the bad with the good. ( )
  AdrienneWood | Sep 29, 2013 |
This story is about the classic issue that every parent has to deal with at some point or another. The topic of getting an animal, and in this case, specifically a dog. I can kind of relate to this story because my dad was the reason we never had a dog growing up. We were a cat family all the way. This book follows the minimal struggles that a father and son have in the constant back and forth of why they should/should not get a dog. Dad had his reasons, and so does the son. However, dad is in charge. He can see all the problems that a dog may cause. Not that they wouldn't love it or take care of it, but the fact that the parents would be the ones to take care of the dog at the end of the day. A nice little story about an issue that most parents will encounter. This book may be able to help with that situation. ( )
  christian.mehalic | Apr 26, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076363316X, Hardcover)

The much-anticipated sequel to the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award winner "LET'S GET A PUP!" SAID KATE

Call in the dog trainer! Don’t-Care Dave, the high-energy destructive dynamo, is definitely out of control. But when the Brigadier turns up to teach this pup a few things, Dave is not the only one who learns something new. In a hugely satisfying sequel to the award-winning "LET'S GET A PUP!" SAID KATE, Bob Graham creates a funny, warmhearted story to remind us that when it comes to dogs -- and their humans -- it’s affection and trust, loyalty and love (and of course those silky soft ears) that really matter.

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When a dog trainer is called in to teach Dave the dog how to behave, Dave is not the only one who learns something new.

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