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.
MY RATING: Five Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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.


I knew there were lots of things dog owners who have rescue dogs need to do, but when I listened to this book, I found I didn’t know much at all. In Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs, Sunny Weber gives dog owners a wealth of information about owning a dog. From the fears the dog faces, to gaining the trust between dog and owner. A family member of mine got a rescue dog about 8 months or so ago and there’s much of what Weber says about rescues that I can see in their little dog. Now I know a little bit better how to handle this sweet doggie. I will purchase a copy and gift it to them. 

If you have a new dog or puppy, and especially if it is a rescue or it was adopted from a shelter, this book is a must read for you. In fact I think anyone adopting a dog should have this book on hand. And even if you have a puppy, there is so much in this book that can help you tremendously. It would be for your good as well as your new puppy or dog. This is one book I highly recommend.

I had the honor of listening to this book through Audible, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Richard Riema very much as her read this story. He did a nice job with the different voices as well. I look forward to listening to more books that he does the narration on. I’m giving Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs by Sunny Weber Five stars.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Buy the Book: ~  Audible

Add to Goodreads
Check Out Sunny Weber’s Other Dog Training Book:
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:websitefacebook ~ linkedIn ~ goodreads bookbub


%d bloggers like this: