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Win 4 copies of A Dedication to Difficult Dogs by Dennis Wormald

Win 1 of 4 copies of "A Dedication to Difficult Dogs: A Heartwarming Tale Shedding Light on Canine Mental Health" by Dr Dennis Wormald 
Are you ready to uncover the shocking reality of canine mental health in our modern world? Do you want to read the emotions of “misbehaving” dogs in a way you won’t be able to unsee?

Immerse yourself in the fictional world of Allen and Nella, two beloved puppies who find themselves misunderstood by the people around them. Their captivating story unfolds with vivid depictions of their emotions, and the factors contributing to their anxiety. As their behavioural struggles intensify, they embark on a quest for help, but their paths diverge in unexpected ways.

Each chapter of the book ends with a "Chapter Reflections" section, where some research and theory of canine behaviour is presented to shed light on the unfolding story. 

These short and accessible chapters strike the perfect balance, providing just the right amount of information without overwhelming the reader.

Allen’s barking is trained with force, providing quick results, but will he find happiness? Nella’s anxiety is managed with empathy, but will a soft-handed approach work? Join the dogs on their journey and see the devastating impact of ignorance about dog behaviour, and the power of compassion.

As a Veterinarian with a PhD in dog anxiety, author Dr Dennis Wormald brings a wealth of knowledge to this remarkable story, which is inspired by his clinical work in dog behaviour medicine. His guidance will empower you to navigate the complexities of dog behaviour with empathy and compassion.

Gain practical insights into decoding your dog's emotions, pre-empting behavioural issues, and forging an unbreakable bond of trust. Whether you're considering welcoming a new puppy, or already dealing with an anxious dog, this book is an invaluable resource.

You can learn more in his blog post "Is Mental Illness a Thing for Dogs?"

Paperback,‎ 264 pages
Publisher: ABAdog Pty Ltd, 14 May 2023

Price: $29.69 from

About the Author

Dr Dennis WormaldBVSc (hons), PhD (canine anxiety), MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour) is a Veterinarian with a PhD exploring canine anxiety, from the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

He is a member by examination of the Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Dr Wormald enjoys working as a veterinarian doing private veterinary referral behaviour consulting for dogs in Melbourne, Australia.
He is the Founder of ABAdog® - where no dog is a bad dog. For more information, visit

* Win 1 of 4 copies of A Dedication to Difficult Dogs *
(Total Prize Pool: $120.00)


1) Like our post (10/01/24) + Facebook page and/or our Instagram Account

2) Tell us "what behavioural issue(s) are you experiencing with your puppy or adult dog that you need assistance with?" via our Facebook page or Instagram page.

You can follow Dr Dennis Wormald at


1. This Competition opened on Wednesday 10th January 2024 (4:00pm, AEST) and closed on Saturday 20th January 2024 (11:59pm, AEST)
Open to Australian residents only. 
Congratulations to our winners (via Facebook): K. Denman, J. Connolly, R. Phillips, S. Purbrick-Illek.
Please allow 14 days to receive your book directly from the Publisher.
2. To Enter, Like our post (10/01/24) + Tell us "what behavioural issue(s) are you experiencing with your puppy or adult dog that you need assistance with?" via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
5. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

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