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There's A Baby in the House: Preparing your Dog for the Arrival of your Child Paperback – September 21, 2001


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Consistently provides practical, gentle methods for molding dog behavior. -- Jeffrey Bryan, DVM

Simply great! A must for all expecting dog owners. Full of useful information to help ease a big transition. -- Dean Beyerink, DVM

There's a Baby in the House is well written and edited, with excellent photographs and illustrations. -- Dog World Magazine, October 2002

There's excellent advice in this guide...the author does not mince words...this book will become a much loved workbook. -- Fit Pregnancy Magazine, Oct/Nov 2002

Written with style and humor by one who truly understands dogs and the relationship they have with their families. -- Joyce Weidman, DVM

About the Author

Michael Wombacher has been involved with dogs for over twenty years in a variety of capacities and at this writing he has performed well over ten-thousand in home behavioral consultations covering the entire spectrum of dog behavior from the mundane to the bizarre. He is an author and lecturer and has also taught classes, trained other trainers, helped run kennels as well as his own small-scale boarding and training operation.

Mike has been certified as an expert in dog behavior by the California Superior Court and does occasional work evaluating dogs in legal matters. He has also been featured on local and regional news programs and has trained dogs for high profile celebrities in the entertainment and financial worlds such as Robin Williams, Sharon Stone, Barry Levinson, Charles Schwab and Michael Tilson Thomas.

His training approach focuses on channeling a dog’s natural drives and instincts into behaviors acceptable in the human pack primarily through the principles of positive reinforcement and operant conditioning as well as through methods that appeal to the dog’s canine sensibilities.

His training methods are so effective and his style so clear that Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony and one of the great classical musicians of our time, commented that "Michael Wombacher is a maestro of dog trainers. His clarity of thinking, sense of humor and skills in communicating make dog training fun for both pet and pet lover."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: M. Wombacher (September 21, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0971303304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971303300
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2005
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The behavior you tolerate from your dog before your baby is born may become intolerable after your baby is born. Does your dog sleep on your bed? Bark at passerbys? Run through the house? Beg for food? Pull on the leash? Refuse to come at the park when he finds something more interesting than you? Each of these behaviors take on a whole new dimension when you have a baby in the house.

Imagine cuddling in bed with your sleeping baby only to have your dog jump on the bed and start rolling around. Imagine spending an hour getting your baby to fall asleep only to have him awoken by your dog barking at your neighbor's cat walking down the sidewalk. Imagine your dog barreling through the house while your little one is toddling about. Imagine walking down the street with your baby in your arms or in a stroller and having your dog pull you all over the place. This is not a pretty place to be. You love your dog. But you will love your baby more. If you don't have a baby yet, it is hard to imagine loving anyone more than you love your dog. But, it happens. And, you will grow to resent your dog when he/she interferes with the quality of your baby's life. I know because I have three dogs and a ten month old baby.

Wombacher's book has restored sanity in our lives and taught us how ALL of us (my husband and me, our baby, and our dogs) could co-exist in a way that works for everyone. In particular, if you follow his Doggie Twelve-Step Program you will effectively teach your dog that you are in control, not him/her. You will be able to keep your dog quiet while your baby is sleeping. You will be able to take your baby AND your dog for a walk. You will be able to have your dog in the same room as your baby without worrying about your dog running your baby over.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bargain Savvy Mom on December 19, 2006
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I wish someone could have told me the info I really wanted begins on page 95! I have a very obedient and well trained Doberman but I KNOW the temptation baby toys are going to pose to him! I wanted a book that would tell me how to get him to "understand" what are his toys and what are not and to learn to be careful around the baby.

The fist 94 pages of the book went over what I would consider basic training that any in-house family dog would need to know. It was boring for me to read and my dog already does all of it and more. (We have even taught him the difficult, intangible command of "other". This is not in very many books because there are only a handful of dog breeds that could comprehend such a vague idea but I don't know how we would live without it! Commands like "other side", "other paw" and "other bone" are SO helpful!)

It wasn't until page 95 that I felt my $11 had been well spent. First, the author tells you to get rid of all dog toys that look like baby toys, such as plush toys, etc. Then he says to use a teensy drop of Listerine on some BABY toys and place them in a pile with dog toys and not allow your dog to touch any of the baby toys. This is very clever - the mint scent would easily designate what is the baby's and my dog would very clearly understand this. (He was recently crushed when a toy plush monkey arrived as a gift for the baby and it got put in the nursery closet instead of being given to him. I have known that when the baby is born and the monkey comes out, there is a Doberman death sentance waiting for that little chimp! The Listerine trick will work perfectly, I'm going to put a dab on the tag and add monkey to the pile of toys he's not allowed to touch!)

Next I was worried about the dog sniffing at the baby too hard and for too long.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2003
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My wife and I bought this book when she was six months pregnant and I must say that of all the preparatory books we bought for her pregnancy, this was one of the most helpful.
It very directly addressed every issue we faced with our own dog and simply and directly helped us to resolve them.
I was inspired to write this review as a response to the one that preceded it where the reviewer suggests that the exercises contained in this book could lead to methods that are harsh. Clearly the reviewer has not read the book himself, for nothing could have been further from the truth. None of the methods suggested in this book are by any stretch of the imagination harsh and by no means did they create fear. In fact, since working with what was outlined in this book we now have the best relationship we've ever had with our dog - one based on mutual trust and respect. It is clear that the author of this book has had extensive experience and a deep understanding of the psychology of dogs as everything he suggested worked beautifully and most importantly, humanely. And the proof of the pudding was that when our baby arrived the transition was, as the last chapter in the book suggests, seamless. We are all one big happy family in large part thanks to this book.
If you're having concerns about how your dog will receive your child this book is a must!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2003
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I hate to say it, but I wished I'd written this book. I'm a trainer in Los Angeles and this book summarizes in a clear way not only what an owner needs to do in order to prepare their dog for a baby, but what they need to do to build a positive and mutually rewarding relationship with their child.
Of course, though I wished I'd written this book, now there's clearly no need to do it since there's little if anything left to add to this title.
I highly recommend it to you and will recommend it to my training clients.
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