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Bark and Lunge is the winner of three 2015 national book awards:
Winner of a Gold Medal and a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite.
Bark and Lunge also was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest.
Prospective puppy/dog owners can save themselves a lot of heartbreak by reading Bark and Lunge, which tells the story of what can go wrong when a puppy is not properly socialized and when unsuspecting owners are bullied into using aversive training techniques. Please read this book so you don’t make the same mistakes with your puppy. – Dr. Ian Dunbar, founder of Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Bark and Lunge is not an easy journey from point A to point B with loose ends neatly tied up. It is something much better: a truthful, sometimes painful, always hopeful account of life with a dog who has anxiety and reactivity issues. Kari and Rob’s love for their German shepherd Isis shines through every page of this moving saga. Their journey through various training techniques and treatments is a testament to their relentless dedication to help Isis to live a normal life. Many dog owners will relate to their story, and even those who can’t will empathize and find it a fascinating read. – Nicole Wilde, author of Hit by a Flying Wolf: True Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Real Life with Dogs and Wolves
How do you make sure the dog you love never bites anyone (again)?
These days, dog owners receive as much unsolicited and conflicting advice as parents do. Bark and Lunge tells what happens when one couple blindly follows the wrong advice.
My boyfriend Rob and I brought Isis home when she was seven weeks old, doting on her and taking her to the best trainers we could find. As a scholastic achiever myself, I envisioned that together Isis and I would be star pupils in puppy obedience school. Isis had other plans. She reminded me of those kids who misbehave in school because they’re too clever for their lesson plans. While I tried to be a stern disciplinarian, Rob enjoyed being a littermate, considering Isis an ideal jiu-jitsu partner.
Isis’s behavior escalates from frustrating to dangerous when she bites someone. Rob and I learn that some of the old-fashioned training methods we used may have contributed to her aggressive behavior. Eventually, we’re shown a better way to calm an anxious dog. Bark and Lunge taps into the universal pressure we feel to help our children (and dog-children) live their best lives, the disappointment we feel when they fail, the joy when they tackle a difficult challenge successfully, and the devastation of losing them too young.
About the Author
Kari Neumeyer has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School and has worked for news outlets in Washington state and the Czech Republic. She grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. Now she lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her beau, Rob, and their dog family.