Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Book Review Tour and Giveaway: Beyond Flight or Fight by Sunny Weber


Book Details:

​Book Title:  Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs by Sunny Weber
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  186 pages
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press 
Release date:  September 2016
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated G.
Book Description:

Is your dog afraid of noises, objects, or you? Whether you have taken a fearful dog into your home, or you work professionally to save lives, Beyond Flight or Fight is an indispensable tool. Discover how to help dogs that have been neglected, abused, or are genetically timid.

Fearful, timid, and/or reactive dogs are the most commonly rejected and euthanized dog personality type. Shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries often do not have the financial resources, time, or qualified staff to help these dogs adapt to life with humans. By providing a concise, easy-to-understand guide for anyone who has chosen a fearful dog to adopt, foster, or rehabilitate for other potential owners, Beyond Flight or Fight will help many people save many innocent, confused, and overwhelmed dogs’ lives.

Unique points covered include:
  • How fear works: primary vs. secondary responses.
  • Why rescue programs may not work
  • Safe places, escape, and helping dogs think
  • Flooding, aggression, learned helplessness: what happens/fixing it
  • Importance of: a familiar handler, time, and leadership
  • Specialized training techniques
  • Developing dog self-confidence
  • How to use: voice, hands, body, correction cues, and dog psychology
  • Why some dogs do not respond
  • Maintenance, proofing, accepting optimal levels Learn to teach “special needs” pets how to fit into the human world.
Conquer brain-flooding stress hormones and help your dog move from knee-jerk, Amygdala-based fear responses to reasoned, calm, rational evaluation based in the prefrontal cortex of the dog mind. Fearful dogs can be saved and have quality lives free of anxiety.
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Book Details:

​Book Title:  City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette by Sunny Weber
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  110 pages
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press 
Release date:  September 2018
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated G.

Book Description:

Think you need just a leash & a dog? So you think dog walking is a no-brainer, right?

Just snap on the old leash and head out the door, until. . .
• Your dog pulls you off your feet or jerks your arm out of its socket
• An off-leash dog races straight at you and your dog, in attack or play
• A speeding bicyclist barely misses hitting you
• Your dog jumps on a passer-by while you are distracted
• A panting, passing runner causes your dog to go ballistic from the aggressive, fast invasion of her space
• You encounter a coyote or snake

City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette will cover all scenarios you and your dog can expect in urban and suburban environments. You will learn simple commands to help you understand each other, find the best fit of equipment, be aware of local hazards, and appreciate basic manners so you and your pup are welcome wherever you go. Sunny Weber will help you enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend—safely!

Meet the Author:

Sunny Weber has over 30 years in animal welfare advocacy. She has experience in rescue, fostering, medical care, service and therapy dog evaluation and training, shelter and sanctuary work and specializes in the rehabilitation of fearful animals. Sunny has rehabilitated then re-homed hundreds of dogs, cats and horses.

connect with the author: website facebook ~ linkedIn ~ goodreads bookbub

Guest Post:

An Author with Many Hats

I have five businesses:

1) I board special needs dogs and cats in my home—elderly, orthopedic, fearful. Anyone who does not “fit” into the typical boarding situation. My upstairs bedrooms are cat rooms, my downstairs is remodeled to accommodate dogs.

2) I do in-home consultations for “problem” pet behavior with their human families—the goal being to keep each pet in the home they already have and avoid their rejection and relinquishment to overcrowded shelters.

3) My writing business—I write for websites, blogs, pet magazines, and editorials/letters-to-the-editor regarding pet concerns, humane education, and animal welfare legislation in our state.

4) For forty-eight years I have been a master hairstylist. I used to travel internationally as a Guest Artist (onstage instructor) for major manufacturers and I’ve owned my own businesses for most of that time. The styling business has financed all my other passions. I continue to work part-time because I still love it and I learn so much from my clients—who are now long-term friends!

5) I am the president of the nonprofit, Colorado Animal Protectors ( We are just finishing our first operational year. We plan to be the “hub” of the wheel of Colorado animal welfare by networking with other rescues, shelters, sanctuaries, and individuals that need financial help with special projects that align with our mission: to protect, educate about, and advocate for, all our state’s animals.


My Review: 

As a dog owner myself and often dog sit for his female litter mate, Bella. She is the sweetest and most lovable dog with her owners and my family. However, she is quite nervous, anxious and shows some signs of aggression toward others. I was excited to get my hands on Sunny Weber’s Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs. The author gives some good pointers that Bella’s parents and my family could use to help her and allow her to show everyone else how special she truly is. The book is quite helpful in putting into words for me to understand and the best way to deal with her fear and anxiety. I am looking forward to using the author’s advice on what could possibly bring out Bella’s trust in others, as well as, understanding why she feels the way she does. I will most definitely be passing on my copy to her parents to see if we all can come up with a better plan for her.

I am giving Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs a very well deserved five plus stars. Readers who are having some issues with their canines would greatly benefit from reading this book. I will definitely be looking out for more books like this one from Sunny Weber in the future. 

I received a paperback copy of Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.


  1. Thanks for highlighting my books! Let's join together to save more dog lives by educating the people who care for them!

  2. This book is needed in public libraries as in the last few years I’ve had the request when working the circulation desk for such a book.