Kari Sherman and Carey Laubenberg’s True Tales from the Dog Park

I received this book courtesy of Miss Sherman and Ms. Laubenberg for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Max and Luther spend a lot of time at the dog park, or at a dog beach. Their owners wish to share some of their favorite stories as well as some tips for dog park/beach etiquette.

Story Telling: this book is mostly composed of anecdotes and tips.

Likes: The tips, for the most part, do provide basic understanding of dog ownership.

Dislikes: I saw some worrisome items in this book. The foremost was Luther’s ‘Splatter, Smother, and Cover’ trick. This is a sign of dominance. The fact that it hurts him notwithstanding, he is saying “I’m top dog.” Knocking people over, jumping on tables, even mouthing on the back of another dog, all of these are signs of dominance assertion. And just because you’re at a dog park, that doesn’t mean you can check your manners at the gate (I’m looking at you Max).

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was Luna’s attempt to help a yellow lab she thought she knew.

Conclusion: I don’t think I’ll be going to a dog park any time soon. Maybe you’ll like this book. At least you’ll learn how not to act.

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