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Raising Puppies & Kids Together: A Guide for Parents Paperback – September 1, 2005

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"...one of those rare books that is enjoyable and cohesive on the initial reading yet also useful for future reference." -- The Bark Magazine, Sept/Oct 2006

About the Author

PIA SILVANI, CPDT, is the Director of Training and Behavior at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ. She also conducts private consultations, specializing in aggression and anxiety-related problems and has dealt with thousands of bite bases over the past 18 years, achieving great success. She has written training manuals that are used by trainers around the United States and lectures at dog training seminars all over the world.

LYNN ECKHARDT, the mother of two young children, has been training dogs for over 17 years. She works at St. Hubert's Dog Training School in Madison, NJ.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793805686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793805686
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parents can't go wrong getting a puppy for the kid when they first look at RAISING PUPPIES AND KIDS TOGETHER, a fine manual where two top dog trainers how to socialize a puppy and teach a child pet management simultaneously. From infants through school-age kids, chapters cover the basics of how kids should interact with and play with a puppy - and how parents should monitor the interaction. From roughhousing problems to typical dog behaviors and communicating with the pet, chapters focus on dog behavior but include analysis and advise on kid interactions as well. An important owner's manual - for both puppies and kids.
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If you were thinking of adding a puppy to your household because you have kids in the house, get this book! It could save you from making a mistake about getting a puppy, possibly saving its life.

Pia and Lynn cover choosing a breed that fits your household, why you shouldn't get a puppy to teach the kids responsibility, what it's like having a puppy in the house, and how you'll have to always keep an eye on the puppy and kids whenever they are together.

Buy this book if you're a parent thinking about getting a puppy for your kids.

Buy this book if a friend has kids and is thinking of getting a puppy.

Buy this book if you *think* you might have kids in the future and want to prepare your dog(s) for their arrival.
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We bought this book because we are expecting our first child in a couple of months and wanted to know how to get our 1 yr old dog ready for the new arrival. The chapter on introducing your dog to the baby is very helpful, and they provide specific training activities to prepare your dog. I also found some of the general dog behavior explanations and advice to be very valuable, whether or not you have kids. I wish we had known about this book several months ago when our dog entered his "teenage" years.
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This book is excellent if you have children and plan on acquiring a puppy or vice versa in that it shows how to teach both parties to have respect for each other. This book would also be great if you have a puppy around your nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc.
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though I've had dogs my whole life, I was about to get my first dog as a parent of small children. this book was clear and concise. the authors spell things out multiple times and instead of just saying, "don't do that", they give you ideas of what you CAN do instead. easy read. great book.
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This book had some good and some bad. It's written by some moms with dogs. From personal experience. Some advice was frankly opposite of what other books by well-known dog trainers said (Monks of Skete, Kilcommons). The setup was just stories of bad dogs and what to do so your dog doesn't do that. It wouldn't help someone who needed to fix a problem and didn't help me with the first steps of getting kids and dogs to know each other. MUCH BETTER BOOK: Puppy Training for Kids by Colleen Pelar. That one was a step by step guide to teaching kids about how dogs think and how to best respond to them to get the behavior you want. Go elsewhere.
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This is a well written and informative book on the subject of bringing a new dog or puppy into a home with children. The information is well laid out in easy to reference chapters, and the pictures really illustrate what the "do"s and "don't"s look like. There is a helpful timetable for dog maturity so one can better understand where your puppy is in terms of emotional and physical maturity, and how that relates to kids. Whether your a patent with young children or a dog trainer/lover, there is much practical advice to absorb and use!
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This book contains a lot of good practical advice - lots of warning advice to parents and is a little long on chit chat. A good book but not earth shattering. I'd recommend it if you're new to the unique challenges of raising puppies and kids at the same time. It's a good idea to read this book BEFORE you get the puppy, but if you have the puppy already and realize you have a problem, then at least you can peruse the book and save your puppies sanity (and hopefully his long term behavior and your family's overall happiness). My reco to the writer - be more concise in your writing style - most of us with puppies and kids are short on time!
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