Chapter 3 – Colic, Earaches, and Dogs—Oh My . . . Pinball was the most put out by the new baby. He had been the baby before Indy arrived and at eighteen months, Pinball was in a critical behavioral/fear period. Wherever I was, Pinball wanted to be there, too, which often left him lying on the […]
Growling is a warning dogs give. It allows us as parents to manage the situation so our dogs and kids can live safely together. Here are some tips.
Baby gizmos include the following and more: Those lovely automatic swings that play music and might even have a mobile dangling above it. This can be scary to your dog, or a great toy. Portable car seats that will be carried right at many dog’s eye level often have interesting smells in them that can draw […]
It’s National Bite Prevention Week and that makes me reflect on why I wrote Please Don’t Bite the Baby, and Please Don’t Chase the Dogs. I wrote Please Don’t Bite the Baby in the hopes that if every parent with kids and dogs read it, we would see a reduction in the annual 4.5 million […]
In Please Don’t Bite the Baby, I write about the importance of training basic commands. In some ways dog training is like cooking. There are standard staple ingredients that go into complicated recipes and meals, and in dog training, we have standard commands that allow us to manage our dogs. By using placement skills that essentially mean: […]
If anyone asks me what the dog, baby, and grandparent relationship is like, the answer is, “complicated.” For example: Let’s say a dog lives with grandparents who babysit for their new granddaughter, but, the dog is not sure about the new interloper, and the grandparents don’t know what to do when their dog barks at the baby. […]
I believe we need to remark and reinforce the behaviors that we like whether in training, or in life, like Pinball’s and Indy’s progress together. In Please Don’t Bite the Baby, I talk about Pinball being sensitive and affectionate, but also being the real accident waiting to happen given his willingness to bite when guarding a resource. Regardless of Pinball’s […]
An excerpt from Please Don’t Bite the Baby, and Please Don’t Chase the Dogs, ” page 31. The reality is that with 250 million scent receptors, your dog has already smelled that baby on anyone who has handled him or her in the hospital, and potentially has already become familiar with the baby’s scent through […]