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And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog Hardcover – August 1, 2007
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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.
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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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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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do not like this book, the author is full of bull-pucky! This would never have worked with our group of dogs, we treat them like family and this author treats them like dogs. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. Ray
Kinda basic. It is really just a lot of what you regularly do to train dogs.Published 22 months ago by Brandy Olmstead Brooks
I thought there would be some good tips in this book but it was all common sense. I don't reccommend if you even have the slightest cue about your dog and small children.Published on May 5, 2014 by KIM TURNER
I was expecting this to be very helpful since the author is also a Beagle owner. But I found this book to be disappointing and poorly written. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Andrea Fecteau
This book has some really good advice and tips on how to expose your dog to a new baby. I'm not due until the falls so hopefully my dogs will be trained properly for when the baby... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Laura
We were very pleased with this book. Using it to prepare our lab for baby and appreciate the book's easy-to-understand methods and tips.Published on April 21, 2013 by Jennifer Crisp
I gave this as a gift to a neighbor who was wondering what to do about their dog with a new baby arriving in a few months. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by L. Blake Borate
good information, but could have been a bit more detailed on the actual introduction to baby. Well worth the price for a short read and an excellent keepsake for baby.Published on December 31, 2012 by Christine
Follow these steps and your pooch will love your baby and vice versa. Just remember to start BEFORE your baby comes home.Published on December 25, 2012 by Kimmy