You’re ready to add a pup to the family but have no idea where to start.

How do you know if a dog is a good fit for your family? What breed will best fit your lifestyle? Where should you get your dog from?

So many questions. And so many different opinions and answers. It’s easier to just choose the first cute dog that you – or your kids – connect with.

But, too often, that leads to destroyed couches, poop-strewn rugs, and dogs returned to a shelter to hopefully find the family that is the right fit.

We know you don’t want to go through that stress. And we know you certainly don’t want to take your dog to a shelter, especially after you grow attached to him or her.

That can all be avoided. With the right knowledge in hand – and a little bit of patience – you can find the DREAM dog for you, your family, and your lifestyle … the first time.


Dream Dog Central was created with the intention of providing prospective dog owners with ALL the information they need to bring the perfect pup into their family.

As a beautiful side effect, this will reduce the amount of dogs in shelters by connecting more dogs with the right families.

Every family has unique needs. And so does every dog. Choosing a dog is not something to rush into. But, without a clear path to find your DREAM dog, you don’t see a reason to wait.

At Dream Dog Central, we’re giving you your reason to wait. We’re giving you something to fill that time with. We’re giving you the blueprint you’ve been looking for to choose the perfect dog for you and your family.

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About The Founder: Dixie Tenny

Dixie Tenny has been helping people and their dogs find each other and form successful partnerships since the early 1980s. She founded Purebred Dog Rescue of Saint Louis in 1984, and co-founded Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue, Inc. in 1987.

That organization received an award from the Seattle Humane Society, due to the fact that SPDR’s help in placing the shelter’s purebreds allowed many more mixed breeds to be placed successfully as well. Dixie received the Seattle Kennel Club’s “Honor Our Own” award in 2001 for her work with SPDR.

In 2003, she and another trainer founded Dogs Unleashed, LLC, through which she worked with a wide range of behavior and training issues. During this period, Dixie also served for several years as a Judge for the Dog Writers’ Association of America annual awards.

In 2010, Dixie became a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. Dixie formed her own business, Human-Animal Learning Opportunities, LLC, (HALO) in 2013. HALO hosts seminars for dog trainers and has featured respected animal researchers and trainers Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Steve White.

Currently, Dixie lives with a Beauceron, a Papillon, and four cats in St. Louis, Missouri. When not doing things related to animals, she reads widely, enjoys the company of her three grown children, follows English Premiere League soccer, and travels the world.