With information and guidance on how to develop a safe and harmonious relationship between children and dogs, this book contains step-by-step exercises to prepare dogs to be around babies and children, help manage first interactions, teach children how to behave appropriately around dogs, and encourage positive relationships.
Children and dogs both benefit mentally and physically from a harmonious relationship. Dogs help to develop empathy and social skills in children, as well as build their confidence. It is, however, important to also develop this confidence in our dogs, and prepare them to be around babies and children. Bite prevention is vital, and, therefore, we need to teach our dogs and children how to behave correctly around and with each other.
Babies, Kids and Dogs will advise how to create safe, positive and harmonious relationships between children and dogs, allowing a dog to relax in the presence of children. Included within are instructional colour photographs, tables to assist with assessing and training your dog, and step-by-step exercises. Educational Champ and Charlie illustrations help engage the interest of young children, in order to teach them about behaving appropriately when interacting with their canine friends. Throughout, the book suggests ways to promote safe interactions, and develop lifelong friendships.
FeaturesKindly and easily train your dog to behave well, and be safe around babies and children
Help your children learn how to behave appropriately around dogs
Guidance on promoting positive, safe and harmonious interactions
Step-by-step exercises to prepare your dog for living with babies and children
Educational illustrations that will interest and engage children
Specially-commissioned colour photographs assist with training
Developing an understanding of bite prevention
Developing lifelong skills around animals
By authors who are canine trainers, behaviourists – and parents!
Written with your dog’s welfare very much in mind
About the author
Melissa Fallon is a highly qualified behaviourist, who works as both a behaviour and training lecturer, and as a clinical behaviourist and trainer. Gaining her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln, UK, she has continued to develop her knowledge and skills, completing the Life Skills Training for Trainers course, and attending numerous conferences and seminars.
Melissa is also a mother of three, and has raised her children with her two beloved dogs at their home in York in the UK. She is passionate about promoting bite prevention, and raising awareness about the benefits of human-animal interactions within society.