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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Richardson

Paws & Pages: A Must-Read for Pet Parents of Anxious Dogs!

There is hope for anxious dogs.

Hey there, fellow pet lovers! As someone deeply passionate about all things pets, I'm always on the lookout for valuable resources to enhance our understanding and connection with our furry friends. And guess what? I've stumbled upon a gem this month that I can't wait to share with you! "The Good Dog Way" by Sean O'Shea is more than just a book—it's a heartfelt journey through the world of pet ownership, packed with wisdom, relatable anecdotes, and practical training tips. I've personally found it so enriching that I make sure all my training clients get a copy. Trust me, this one's a game-changer!

At Nibbles & Yips, we specialize in helping anxious pups find peace. Personally, I've witnessed the transformation of a dog from anxiety to serenity. Many pet parents share their struggles, hesitant to set boundaries fearing it may worsen their dog's anxiety. In recognition of Dog Anxiety Awareness Week, I'm excited to share my review of "The Good Dog Way: Love Them by Leading Them" by Sean O'Shea. Join me in supporting anxious dogs and their loving families!

Elderly Siberian Husky napping on a comfortable dog bed in the home of Amanda Richardson, owner of Nibbles & Yips a pet sitting and dog walking company in Thornton, Colorado.
Ginger, my elderly Siberian Husky rescue, who has gotten pretty good at her job... being a dog.

Book Summary

Picture of the book cover for "The Good Dog Way" by Sean O'Shea

If you're seeking a detailed training guide, "The Good Dog Way" may not be what you're after. However, if your goal is to delve deeper into the psyche of your anxious dog, to establish meaningful communication, and to grasp the profound impact your own mental state has on their behavior, then this book is a must-read. Sean O'Shea provides invaluable insights into understanding your dog's perspective, unraveling the intricacies of their behavior, and meeting their needs with empathy and clarity. So, if you're ready to embark on a journey of connection and understanding with your anxious furry friend, I highly recommend picking up a copy of "The Good Dog Way."

Review: Reframing how I think about anxious dogs.

I really like this book because it helps readers to see dogs from a different point of view. Some key takeaways that I got from this book are:

  • Become the kind of leader that you would like to follow.

  • All too often we comfort our dogs when they are lashing out in fear. This book reminds you, "what you pet is what you get."

  • Being a leader does not mean you are abusive and domineering.

  • We have to teach our dogs that it is okay to just be a dog. We, as leaders, will tackle everything else.

  • We can't help our dog's mental health until we have a handle on our own state of mind.

What truly resonates with me in "The Good Dog Way" are the numerous heartwarming anecdotes woven throughout its pages. As someone who understands the struggles of caring for an anxious dog, I know firsthand how isolating it can feel. This book, however, beautifully illustrates the transformative power of guiding our furry companions to understand their role and excel at it, while we, as their guardians, handle the daunting aspects. It's a poignant reminder that amidst the challenges, there is always hope and profound connection waiting to be discovered.

Who should read this book?

For those embarking on the journey of dog ownership, especially those caring for anxious dogs, aggressive, or reactive pups, "The Good Dog Way" is an invaluable resource. As a pet care professional specializing in assisting dogs with various needs, I've seen firsthand the positive impact of Sean O'Shea's insights. It's become a staple recommendation for my clients, particularly those enrolled in our "Basic Training" package. Furthermore, I encourage my entire team to explore its pages, fostering a deeper understanding of the profound bond between humans and our beloved canine companions.

"The Good Dog Way" by Sean O'Shea is more than just a training manual—it's a compassionate journey into the hearts and minds of our furry friends. Through relatable anecdotes, practical advice, and heartfelt wisdom, O'Shea guides us towards a deeper understanding of our canine companions and the unique bond we share. As we reflect on Mental Health Awareness Month this May, let us not only prioritize our own well-being but also extend that care to our beloved pets. By embracing O'Shea's approach of love, understanding, and leadership, we can foster not only happier, well-adjusted dogs but also a healthier, more empathetic world for all beings.


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