15 thoughts on “Bark and Lunge: Saving My Dog from Training Mistakes

  1. Hey, Kari,

    Congratulations! I’ll buy a copy from you if you’ll make more money on it that way.

    All the best,


    • I do make slightly more that way, but buying from Amazon helps my sales ranking, so I encourage readers to buy wherever is most convenient to them.

  2. Congratulations! I haven’t quite finished it yet, but I left reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads because I don’t need to finish it to know that I am enjoying it, and learning a lot as well. I am planning a blog post about it as well once I do finish, and have shared and recommended on my social media.
    Good luck….I hope it does well for you!!

  3. Congratulations on publishing your book! I know how much perseverance that takes! Hope it does well! The marketing part can seem daunting, but I just try to remind myself to think of it as connecting with folks, rather than “selling me & my books” and that seems to help. Best of luck!

  4. Congratulations on the book! What a wonderful accomplishment. I can hardly get 500 word posts out, a book is a great achievement.

  5. Hi, Kari, I’ve reviewed Bark and Lunge on Amazon with a good bit of critique. However, I’d like you to know that my life was similarly impacted by a gorgeous female GSD from police dog lines. I had Liesel for 11 years and though devastated just weeks after my own mother’s death, letting her cross the rainbow bridge with advanced CDM was the best I could do for her in the end and yes, somewhat a relief after the injuries (from pulling) and alterations to our lives, work and routine during the commitment to her. I wish you all the best in your remarkable endeavors and great success with your pack.

    • Thank you so much. I really appreciate your honesty in your review. Another reader agreed with you that Isis wasn’t really saved from our mistakes. Pinning down a subtitle was tough. In the end I went with “saving” because we did have a lot of successes after we understood all the ways we went wrong. Unfortunately, we found new mistakes to make. While it is a painful story to read when you already know better, I hope the book will be helpful to people who are still trying to figure out how to cope with a reactive dog.

  6. I hope you will write a sequel for all readers to show effective coping and training skills for this all too common problem – one that results in more dogs’ being put down than any other.. As is, the memoir shows other owners they are not alone. We would be very interested to know how Leonides is doing and any successes achieved as a result of your “dogged” determination to find and implement solutions. Toward the end of “Bark and Lunge”, I believe you were on track. All the best in your life and work.

    • A sequel could definitely happen! Leo is doing well. He’s a very sweet dog, although not as smart as Isis. He’s also quite leash-reactive, which I’ve written about a bit on this blog. I suspect that we caused/contributed to his barrier frustration by repeatedly parading him past Isis on leash while she barked at him. Right now, I’m working on desensitizing/counter-conditioning him to bicycles, which are particularly hard to avoid in our neighborhood. Thank you for your comments.

      • I look forward to the possibility of a sequel! Best of luck with that Leo. Having had male and female GSDs, it seems that the males are not as sharp, but they are more biddable and eager to please. The exposure and counter-conditioning sound great. Positive socialization experiences (not necessarily involving food, but high praise, may help) The boys really want to please. The girls – strongest drive is protection, I believe.

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