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About the Author

Colleen Pelar, CPDT, has been raising kids and training dogs since 1991. Colleen received her CPDT certification as a pet dog trainer from the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers in September of 2001, one of the first 136 trainers in the world to attain this title, and is the training manager of All About Dogs, Inc., one of the largest dog training facilities in Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dream Dog Productions; 1 edition (August 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933562668
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally-- A really good book on how to live with kids and dogs. Most dog trainers don't have a lot of good things to say about kids (although I overhead one saying that she thought they tasted a lot like chicken!), but Colleen has written a book for parents by a parent who is also an excellent dog trainer. Colleen tells it like it is, from someone who knows. Her child-friendly, family-friendly and dog-friendly approach is realistic, safe, and right on the mark. I cannot say enough good things about Ms. Pelar or this book. Please read it and get a copy for your favorite family!

As the director of training for the 4th largest shelter in the country, I see every day that the consequences of people not having this information is that dogs end up in shelters. I applaud Ms. Pelar for writing it and helping keep dogs in their homes through education.

Becky Schultz, Certified Pet Dog Trainer

Director of Animal Training and Behavior Programs

Animal Humane Society

Minneapolis, MN
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Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind is a no-nonsense advice guide for parents that emphasizes realistic and practical solutions to common parent/pet-owner problems. Dog training facility manager Colleen Pelar covers when not to get a dog (children under 5 are not old enough to interact with a pet responsibly and require supervision around animals; children in general cannot be burdened with the requirement to care for the pet or see it taken away - if the parent doesn't have the resources to follow up on a child's dog care then the family should not get a dog!), how to select an animal with suitable family temperament, how to prevent dog bites, and issues specific to children of various age groups from infant to teenager, and how to help one's children say goodbye to a beloved family pet when it passes on. Black-and-white photographs illustrate this no-nonsense, plain terms guide to dog care and managing a family with kids and dogs. A "must-have" for any parent considering a canine addition to the family.
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No parent contemplating bringing a dog into the family ought to proceed without reading this compact little book. As a dog trainer and a mom, Colleen Pelar understands the situation from both perspectives. Her aim is two-fold: to prevent children from getting bitten or otherwise injured by dogs and to ensure that dogs are brought into families that are prepared to provide loving and safe homes for them--with an emphasis on the former. As Pelar points out at the beginning of LIVING WITH KIDS AND DOGS, half of all U.S. children under 14 have been bitten by a dog. It doesn't help that many parents see bringing a dog into the family as simply a right of passage for their children. Oftentimes they aren't really taking into account all of the work, responsibility and expense of caring for a dog not to mention the complex behaviors of dogs and of children towards each another.

Pelar's book is very accessible. Her writing is breezy yet informative. The text itself runs to only about 150 pages, and yet the list of topics she covers is rather exhaustive; from deciding whether or not a dog is the right pet for one's family, to helping kids learn how to interact with a dog, to managing a host of dog behavioral issues, to dealing with the death of the family dog, Pelar dispenses trustworthy and helpful advice. She provides a short summary at the end of each chapter called "Words for the Weary" for those parents too tired to read the entire chapter. (This serves better as a memory jogger than as a true summary; the reader should really take time to peruse the chapters.
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This book is a must read for anyone with young kids and a dog. Buy it if you are contemplating getting a puppy or already have a dog.
Without being overly dramatic, the author plainly makes her case for managing all interactions between your kids and dogs for safety's and convenience's sake.
The book contains very practical tips on how to teach your kids proper dog interaction etiquette and raising your dog to minimize unwanted behaviors
toward your kids. If every dog owner followed these tips we would have a world full of better socialized and mannered dogs and hopefully, we would have
fewer dogs put in shelters because their owners "just didn't trust"them with their kids.
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If you're having a kid and/or getting a dog and have a kid, this book should come with it. Great advice and an easy, fast read. So many issues could be stopped if people just picked this up and used their brains when it comes to kids and dogs. Definitely worth it
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We already had our two pups and were looking for a bit more info about dogs interactions with infants but the main points of the book are 1) supervise interactions always 2) advocate for your pet as well as your baby 3) recognize the signals the dog is telling you. It also gives some general guidelines for risky pet behavior and dog/kid situations.

I think it's a great resource to have at home and read through often.
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