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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Direct Book Service; 1 edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933562064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933562063
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is both fantastic and unique. Every dog trainer, groomer, dog walker, shelter worker and general dog aficionado who would like to help parents improve the life of a dog living with children should read this book. It's filled with first-hand experience and stories that illustrate the points in memorable way. <P>As both a parent and a person who counsels dog owners, Colleen Pelar is able to take us into the mind of the parent so that we understand the misconceptions that they have that drive them to make the dangerous mistakes they make with regarding how their child and dog interact. More importantly she offers many useful tips and suggestions as to how anyone can help educate parents about the relationship between their kids and pets. --Dr. Sophia Yin, author of Low-Stress Handling, Restraint, and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats and How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves

Reading Kids and Dogs is like drinking cool, clean water in the middle of a hot, barren dessert! This clear and helpful book fills a gaping hole in the dog literature--how professionals in the field can help people trying to raise kids and dogs at the same time. I give it all paws up and a body wag from the shoulders back. --Patricia B. McConnell, PhD, CAAB, author of The Other End of the Leash, For the Love of a Dog, and Tales of Two Species

As a dog training and behavior professional without human children, I plead guilty to many of the inappropriate assumptions and unrealistic expectations that trainer/author Colleen Pelar describes in her latest work. This book is an invaluable resource for dog aficionados, professional or not, who seek to make relationships between families and their canine companions more successful. --Pat Miller, author of The Power of Positive Dog Training and training editor for The Whole Dog Journal

About the Author

Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC, has been raising kids and training dogs since 1991. Colleen is the author of the award-winning Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind and co-owner of All About Dogs, LLC, one of the largest dog-training facilities in Virginia.

More About the Author

Author Colleen Pelar, CPDT, is a professional dog trainer who lives the reality. In addition to being co-owner of one of the largest dog-training facilities in Virginia, she's a mom busy with her three sons. Colleen is passionate about helping kids develop good relationships with dogs and preventing dog bites to children.

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This book is very clear, and loaded with good information.
Bonnie L. Hess
I particularly liked the scripts toward the end of the book for introducing to children proper dog greeting and handling etiquette.
Erica K. Curtis
I would definitely recommend this book to all dog trainers for their library.
Caryl Wolff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Wence on November 29, 2011
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This is a terrific book for both dog professionals and dog owners! It's very insightful and has great calming signal illustrations, as well as helpful tips for parents. It's definitely one of the best guides available for helping parents deal with dog/children interactions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Brauchli on November 3, 2009
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This book does an outstanding job explaining the psyche of both kids and dogs and how they can relate successfully and unsuccessfully. I would highly recommend it to anyone who shares a home with both kids and dogs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erica K. Curtis on September 24, 2009
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I am a professional dog trainer and was looking for a good book to give to parents of kids who are wanting to get a dog for the family. I wanted a book that would help the parents get the kids ready for a dog in the home, so that the kids know how to interact appropriately with the puppy/dog when it comes home. This book is also a fantastic resource for parents of children where friends and family have dogs that the children may come into contact with when visiting. It illustrates clearly two essential points: Children and dogs should never be left unattended together, and it also stresses that this doesn't just mean an adult in the room, but an adult who is paying attention to both the children and the dog and supervising any interaction between the two.
I particularly liked the scripts toward the end of the book for introducing to children proper dog greeting and handling etiquette. The pictures and graphics are clear and easy to understand.
Overall, this is just a fantastic book for anyone with dogs, children, or both in their lives. I'm going to put it on my list of recommended reading for my clients with children.
Erica Curtis, owner/trainer
Arnicadia Farms Dog Training
Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Serving the North Coast of Oregon and Southwest Washington
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caryl Wolff on November 5, 2009
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This book is a terrific book to help trainers relate to families with children. The photos are easily readable as is the text. I was so impressed that I ordered several of the Dream Dog products for my training with all clients, not just those families with children. I would definitely recommend this book to all dog trainers for their library.

Caryl Wolff, BA, CPDT, NADOI, CDBC
Miss Doggie Manners
Los Angeles, Ca
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By super dooper dog training on August 7, 2010
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I refer to this book frequently to see various approaches to solutions for dog and puppy training issues. I recommend it to any dog/puppy training professional for his/her professional library. Applicable for dogs of any age, really, not just puppies.

I love Collen Pellar's first book, Living with Kids and Dogs without Losing your mind! Best book ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VIN on May 28, 2013
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Great Author and Book for anyone's Toolbox ! After reading this book you will have confidence and tools to help with kids and dog relationships.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivonne E. Acevedo on October 29, 2009
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I bought this book to expand my knowledge to help families with kids and dogs. As a Professional Dog Trainer and Dogs&Storks representative, Colleen offer years of experience and an arsenal of helpful tips that I can use with families and minimize the surrendering of dogs at shelters. Outstanding job Colleen! Thanks much!
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