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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793805678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793805679
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Wondering how your dog is ever going to live with an infant? Thinking you might even have to give up your dog? You don't have to!

The arrival of a new baby will bring about big changes for all members of your household--including the family dog. In fact, even tiny adjustments to your dog's environment and routine can stress him, altering his perception of his relationship with you and ultimately leading to undesirable behaviors.

And Baby Makes Four offers a multitude of tips and techniques to help you train your dog before your baby's birth, allowing him to adjust to the impending arrival at a comfortable pace and helping to make the transition seamless when the baby does come home.

And Baby Makes Four also features:
* Trimester-by-trimester guidelines for training your dog to be baby-friendly
* Solutions to common canine problem behaviors that affect parents-to-be
* Positive, reward-based training methods
* Colorful, instructive illustrations

Now that you're expecting, it's time to seize the moment! You'll find that the more you prepare your dog for baby's arrival in advance, the better they will bond and the better you will be able to enjoy your new role as parent of two bundles of joy.

About the Author

Penny Scott-Fox is an accomplished speaker and one of the nation's most respected dog behavioral specialists. She works for the Pasadena Humane Society in Pasadena, California, and is a Fellow of the Pet Behavior Institute of Durham, England. Her successful techniques have been covered by media outlets around the world, including the Discovery Channel, CNN, Fox, French television, Japanese radio, the Los Angeles Times, and People magazine of Australia.

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Customer Reviews

Like saying dogs shouldn't sleep in your bed anymore?
Andrea Fecteau
Like another poster I found the suggestions very basic, and not worth it for a dog who is already obiedent (for the most part).
Happy Again
This book is very easy to read and follow along with the train of thought.
S. Loter

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Scuba Girl on December 11, 2007
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We have two large dogs that live in the house and we're expecting our first child in a few months. I was a little concerned about how to help our dogs adjust to the new arrival. I bought this book with high hopes. It is not bad, but the suggestions are very basic and I didn't agree with all of the suggestions. The author says you should not let your dogs sleep in the bedroom with you and, if they are accustomed to sleeping there now, you should move them out before the baby arrives. It seems like this would just further upset a dog who has been used to sleeping nearby all its life. Our dogs sleep in their crates in our room at night and I see no need to change that arrangement once the baby arrives. The book also includes a large section on basic obedience commands. This is useful if you have never done obedience training, but we've taken our dogs through advanced obedience training and this part was completely unnecessary. I really wanted more tips on how to handle the inevitable baby-dog dilemmas (dogs taking baby's food, dogs licking baby's face, etc.) but I didn't really find the tips I was looking for.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Happy Again on April 8, 2010
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A simple google search turns up the same information for the most part. Like another poster I found the suggestions very basic, and not worth it for a dog who is already obiedent (for the most part). And the moving the dog out of the bedroom completely seems extreme - I get the no sleeping on the bed, but out of the room seems excessive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sara P on March 17, 2013
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This book contains very basic information about preparing a dog for a new baby and unfortunately I was highly disappointed. Some of the information seems so simple it appears to have been obtained from Google.

The book also gives strange advice at times too - like; 'jumble and mix up your dog's routine right before the baby arrives'. This seems odd as the dog is going to be stressed enough when the baby arrives and any dog owner knows that consistency of routine helps dogs deal with stress. So this seemed odd. It also suggests, in one of the case studies, to 'yell loudly' at the dog to get it off the bed.......I could yell at my dog, Molly all day and she wouldn't budge - and it would wake my baby!

I bought this book as well as a few others to help prepare my 'fur child', Molly and I found "Tell Your Dog You're Pregnant: An essential guide for dog owners who are expecting a baby" by Dr Lewis Kirkham to contain much more information and step-by-step ways to prepare my dog. It also came with baby and toy noises to help Molly get used to the sounds, which this book does not. It was written by a veterinary behaviorist so perhaps that is the difference too.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 9, 2007
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Written by dog behavior specialist Penny-Scott Fox, And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog is a practical, easy-to-use guide to dog training written especially for expectant parents. The first trimester covers a health check and status reduction program; after ensuring that one's dog is healthy, one must acclimate the dog to accepting a lower rank in the family and not getting its own way - not sleeping in the human bedroom, not feeding the dog before anyone else in the house, teaching him to respond to commands always, and not just when he feels like it, etc. The second trimester involves professional training if needed, teaching the dog not to destroy or bury baby toys, desensitizing the dog to baby sounds, and modifying problem behavior, particularly aggression, jumping up, or fear of strangers. The third trimester involves acclimating the dog to baby smells, leash training, and jumbling the dog's routine so that it doesn't expect or demand to be fed/walked/etc. on a precisely specific schedule (a schedule that the coming of a new baby will be likely to sporadically mix up). Written in plain terms, with professional techniques spelled out in easy-to-follow steps, And Baby Makes Four is a "must-have" for any dog owners who plan on becoming parents.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Burcham on March 16, 2008
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As a small animal veterinarian who has a passionate interest in companion animal behavior, I didn't want to assume that I already knew everything I needed to know about preparing my dogs for the arrival of my first baby, but after reading this book, I guess I feel like I'm doing everything the way I should. The information is practical, common-sense, and easy to apply. Also very important!! I think the author covers all the main points well. Might be nice if it included a CD of baby sounds, but I already bought one from Dogwise:
<a href="[...]"> Sounds Good CD - Babies</A> by Terry Ryan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter on June 18, 2012
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This is a not a bad book, but I guess any responsible dog owner can guess most of the contents. There are some good tips though. Our dogs have had plenty of obedience training and behave well around the baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel A. Flavin on September 21, 2011
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This book is short and sweet, provides cute pictures and stories, and most importantly, provides basic, easy to understand activities you can do with your dog to prepare him or her for your new baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PeiPei on April 13, 2011
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I was concerned about the reaction of the dog to my baby. Ofcourse, the baby would win in a contest between the dog and the child but I didn't want to have to give up my dog of 5 years; one that had helped me through my fair share of ups and downs over the years. I wanted out threesome family to become a foursome and as the name suggests, this book actually did make life a little easier!

There were some invaluable tips in this book that actually helped me to introduce my dog to my new baby, as our dog behaved rather well with our new addition. I had heard so many scare stories on the internet about dogs rejecting new babies and worse so the first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant was to buy this book. And boy, am I glad that I did! The only drawback that I did find about this book was that alot of the tips and hints that it came up with were fairly common sense and basic in nature but as an expectant mother - any little bit helps!
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