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Your Dog & Your Baby Table Of Contents Foreword by John Fisher FIRST EDITION DEDICATION 8 INTRODUCTION BY S. A. KENT 9 1. HANDLING 13 HANDLING BASIC PRINCIPLES 15 HANDLING ACTION PLAN 15 2. EXERCISE 17 EXERCISE ACTION PLAN 19 3. FOOD 21 FOOD ACTION PLAN 21 TABLE MANNERS 22 4. TOYS 25 TOYS ACTION PLAN 25 5. SLEEPING PLACES 29 GENERAL PRINCIPLES 31 SLEEPING PLACES ACTION PLAN 31 SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS 33 6. JEALOUSY & ATTENTION 35 ATTENTION ACTION PLAN 36 Before The Birth 36 After The Birth: The First Meeting 38 The First Few Weeks 39 JEALOUSY ACTION PLAN 40 DOGS WHO "DON'T LIKE CHILDREN" 43 7. HYGIENE 47 GENERAL POINTS ON HYGIENE 47 HYGIENE ACTION PLAN 48 8. PHYSICAL SAFETY 51 ACCIDENTAL BITING 51 GENERAL SAFETY ACTION PLAN 52 NON ACCIDENTAL BITING 53 DOMINANCE AGGRESSION - ACTION PLAN 55 GENERAL SAFETY 57 GENERAL SAFETY - ACTION PLAN 57 9. TRAINING YOUR BABY 59 TRAINING YOUR BABY ACTION PLAN 60 10. DECISIONS 62 OPTIONS 63 FINDING A NEW HOME 64 Rescue Shelters 64 Breed Rescue Organisations 65 Finding A New Home Yourself 65 PUTTING THE DOG TO SLEEP 66 APPENDIX 1 - EXERCISES 67 TRAINING YOUR DOG 67 Basic Principles 67 1. Walking Nicely On The Lead 68 Walking Nicely On The Lead - Action Plan 68 Walking On The Lead For Steam Train Pullers 70 Walking Nicely Everywhere 71 Walking Nicely With A Pram 71 "Go to Bed!" 72 Crate Training 73 Crate Training Action Plan 74 Greeting Behaviour 75 Greeting - General Points 76 Greeting Visitors 76 Greeting Family 78 Greeting Family - Action Plan 79 TRICKS & GAMES 80 "Shake Hands!" 81 Jumping 81 "Snifferdog" 82 Scent Discrimination 82 Retrieving 83 Balloons 84 Frisbees 84 Learning Games 84 APPENDIX 2 - IS MY DOG SAFE? 85 THE SAFETY CHECK LIST 85 Chapter 1 - Handling 85 Chapter 2 - Exercise 85 Chapter 3 - Food 86 Chapter 4 - Toys 86 Chapter 5 - Sleeping Places 86 Chapter 6 - Jealousy & Attention 87 Chapter 7 - Hygiene 87 Chapter 8 - Safety 87 APPENDIX 3 - HOME BIRTH 89 APPENDIX 4 - HOW YOU CAN HAVE A REALLY GOOD DOG 91 INTRODUCTION 91 How do we do that? 92 It's A Dog's Life ... 92 Being So Nice It Hurts 93 How Old Is Your Dog? 94 Tricks Of The Trade 95 SOCIAL INTERACTION 96 Greetings 96 Visitors 96 Stroking and Hugging 97 Jealousy 98 Attention Seeking 99 "Battle" Situations 99 IT'S DINNER TIME! 101 Table Manners 101 Treats 102 Bones 102 TOYS AND PLAYING 103 Dog Toys 103 Strength Tests 104 Playtime 104 New Games 104 Going Mad 104 SLEEPING PLACES 105 A Place Of My Very Own ... 105 Guarding The Basket 106 Sharing Comfy Baskets 106 Bed Time Arrangements 106 GOING WALKIES 108 Ah, The Excitement Of The Hunt ... 108 The Get Back Instruction 109 The Walk On Instruction 109 Dogs In Cars 110 HOMES & GARDENS 111 Good Garden Behaviour 111 EXERCISE 112 Pulling On The Lead 112 Coming When Called 112 HOW YOU CAN HAVE A REALLY GOOD DOG - CONCLUSION 115 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 117
S.A. Kent is a companion animal behaviour specialist, trainers trainer and has not only 25 years of experience with dogs, but has also brought up her own children with a houseful of rescued dogs, many of which suffered from a variety of social and behaviour problems. She is an acclaimed international author, speaker and lecturer on holistic companion training and sensible behaviour.
"An excellent book - friendly, reassuring and crammed full of solid advice. Who better to write this book than someone who is not just an outstanding trainer herself, but has personal experience of the ups and downs of having dogs and babies in the home together? I recommend it highly to every mother to be, of course, but also to all dog trainers and advisors, because you'll be asked those very questions and come into those very situations that Silvia tells us about in such clear and explicit terms." Max Eversfield, President, Greenlights DTC "Your Dog & Your Baby is essential reading for all Mums-to-be and new Mums. It prepares the dog owning family for the arrival of the new baby, teaches how to avoid problems when baby does arrive and how to have a happy baby/dog relationship from day one. It teaches how to solve the problems before they happen by preparing your dog for the birth of your baby. I am a dog behaviour counsellor and I recommend this book very strongly to all pregnant women with a dog in the family - and to fellow professionals, too!" Rowna Wyatt, President, BOA "In my experience of hospital paediatrics I come across terrible injuries caused by family dogs which should have been avoided. Silvia Kent's book is the ideal guidance and preparation for the parent and dog owner and will most certainly prevent many problems when bringing up dogs and children together." Dr Katya Villa, Paediatrician "In this priceless book, Silvia Kent combines her deep knowledge of dogs with her knowledge of being a mother. Never before has there been such a need for the information contained within these pages. These are the answers to the questions and concerns mothers and mothers to be want to know about." John Fisher, Founder, The Association For Pet Behaviour Counsellors "A superb book, written with compassion and enthusiasm that will stop dogs being put down and re-homed unnecessarily on the one hand, and on the other hand will save many a child from the terrible trauma of being bitten by a family pet. An absolute must-have for every instructor, dog trainer, club library." Roy Hunter, President, Anglo American Dog Training "Your Dog & Your Baby is a well written guide and all aspiring parents who are dog owners are well advised to read it and take note of the sensible advice. I recommend it highly." Lena Bernhem-Parter, Community & Maternity Nurse "This book should have been written long ago - all too many children these days have to grow up without ever experiencing the joy a dog can bring. Your Dog & Your Baby puts the record straight and parent's mind at ease." Michele Boys BIPDT, Founder, Canine Crusaders "Delightfully illustrated, this is an excellent book for all dog owning parents." New Hope International Magazine