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"Unfailingly logical in its presentation of ideas, with clear explanations and step-by-step training instructions..." -- The Bark Magazine Sep/Oct 2006

From the Publisher

Happy Kids, Happy Dogs includes dozens of instructional photographs, a quiz, advice for each stage of your child's development, and a comprehensive resources section for kids and adults alike. You'll find the latest advice on how to prepare your dog for your baby's arrival, what to do if your child is afraid of dogs, how to choose the best dog for your family, and games to cultivate a positive relationship between your child and dog.

Happy Kids, Happy Dogs is recommended by pediatricians, midwives, veterinarians and dog behaviorists nationwide, by the Trauma Program at University of North Carolina Hospitals and by the award winning The Bark magazine.

"Happy Kids, Happy Dogs is a must-read for expectant parents who own dogs. Shumannfang gives practical and sound advice to help parents keep both children and canines safe and happy. As a mother and a dog-owner, I wish I had read her book before I started my family. I certainly plan to put her strategies to use in my own home."

---Katy Bartlett, M.D., Pediatrician

"Shumannfang's years of training experience, behavioral education and incredible 'doggy intuition' are evidenced in this must read for expectant dog owning families. Happy Kids, Happy Dogs is a well written guide that every expectant dog owning family should read and reread!"

---Susanne Hughes, DVM, Veterinarian

"Dr. Spock finally has some canine company. Happy Kids, Happy Dogs goes beyond the `supervise, supervise, supervise' mantra and provides specific training suggestions so families can cultivate healthy child-dog relationships. This user-friendly book fills a void in the dog training literature. Bravo!"

---Janice Lynn Triptow, J.D., CPDT, CDBC Founder of Dog Behavior Solutions, Inc., Chicago, IL

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (February 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411672127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411672123
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Barbara Shumannfang, PhD, CPDT shares dog training tips and ways people can learn from dogs at www.VeryFetching.com. Her new book, Puppy Savvy: The Pocket Guide to Raising Your Dog Without Going Bonkers, allows readers to customize their training according to whether their puppy is Bold or Bashful, and according to how much time they have. She is also the author of Happy Kids, Happy Dogs: Building a Friendship Right from the Start, which is based on prenatal presentations she gave at Duke and UNC hospitals, and which was honored with a Nomination for Best Training and Behavior Book by the Dog Writers' Association of America. Barbara is a Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) evaluator and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Her current teachers include a bossy, extremely adorable terrier mix and a border collie who makes a sound like a vuvuzela. Visit Barbara's blog for free training videos at VeryFetching.com and follow her on www.facebook.com/barbara.shumannfang and Twitter.

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As a veterinarian, I frequently get questions from clients about how to integrate a dog with a new baby. Now I finally have a wonderful resource for clients who are either expecting or have children. This book provides excellent information on how to make your dog a safe and positive member of the family. Shumannfang's training suggestions are easy to follow and extremely intuitive. This is an absolute must read!

Alison Klaitman, DVM
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I wish I had had this book to give to new pet owners during the years that I headed up our regional Golden Retriever Rescue Program. The author's sound advice and helpful tips on how to have a happy home with both children and dogs are practical and easy-to-absorb. The book is illustrated well with abundant, clear, step by step photos that show just what to do with your baby and your dog. This is a fun and fast read, and I appreciate the positive and often humorous tone of Shumannfang's writing. She also addresses warning signs of when a dog might exhibit problems, how to acclimate a new pet in a household with children, and how to teach children to be a dog's best friend. The book is very practical and contains a lot of great ideas including tips for preventing jealousy ,how to stop your dog from begging at the high chair, and finally some tips on how to teach your dog self-control and to come when called in a way that even busy parents can pull off. Rescue services will be less in demand, if pet owners who become new parents, read this book and follow its advice.
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As a dog behavior consultant and trainer I frequently work with parents seeking to prepare their dogs for the new arrival or who are already parents and experiencing difficulties with the family dog. This book provides excellent support with easy to follow, practical, step-by-step exercises, useful photos depicting dog behavior cues, a realistic portrayal of the parent-dog-child relationship and wonderful resources. It encompasses dog-child interaction from infancy to teen. I am delighted to have Happy Kids, Happy Dogs to recommend to my clients. A must for parents to be or anyone who shares their lives with children and dogs.
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I've been teaching dog and baby classes at our humane society and local hospitals for seven years, and despite my own plans to write a similar book, I was thrilled to read this book. It's all there: great step-by-step training plans, informative photos and descriptions of body language and lots of information about how to "train" your child to be safe and to be a good friend to dogs. I recommend it as my first choice for expectant parents and parents of small children.
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Very good book, more geared toward introducing your dog to a new child rather than vice versa (which is what I was looking for) though it was a worthwhile purchase as it had lots of things to teach your child about dogs so that was helpful.
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