Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Product Recommendation - Dog and Baby Connection

We are pleased to tell you about this new product from Jennifer Shryock of Family Paws. The Dog and Baby Connection is a presentation that is designed for presentation by dog professionals to parents of babies and toddlers who have a dog in the family.

The Dog and Baby Connection program delivers essential information for dog owners who also have a baby or toddler in the home. Program creator Jennifer Shryock has once again produced something that gives gentle but firm advice to parents to empower them to create an environment that fosters harmony between dog and baby. The program addresses the needs of both dog and baby and deals with the the changes that occur as the baby grows to an active toddler. Jennifer shows parents how to include the dog in family activities while respecting the dog's needs and keeping the baby safe. She recommends specific training approaches to ensure that the dog is never a threat to the baby and to ensure that the dog likes being in the presence of the baby and does not develop any fear or animosity toward the baby. The DABC program teaches parents to be proactive, to evaluate the environment in the home and recognize potential growl or grumble zones and to supervise actively. Any parent following the advice given in this program can be assured that they are doing the best for both their dog and baby. I highly recommend the Dog and Baby Connection to any parent with a baby or toddler in the house. It is an essential follow-up to Jennifer Shyock's highly acclaimed Dogs and Storks program, for expectant parents.

Click here for more information and to watch a preview

Also new from Dogs & Storks: Parent education classes online:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Test Your Dog Knowledge with Our Quiz

Think you know a lot about dogs? Take our quiz and find out....

If the writing is too small here, you can see a larger version by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Do you love this quiz? Download it for free and post at your website, or have it available on your own computer off-line

Body language quiz - file for website (unzip, copy both files to your website and create a link to the htm file)

Body Language quiz - file for local computer

Friday, May 6, 2011

Is your dog singing "take me out to the ball game?"

Springtime means baseball, softball and so many other sporting events where kids and families gather. There is alot to consider when deciding if your dog should join you at these events. Listen to my podcast as I discuss some of important factors and how to manage the situation for success.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Elderly Patients Respond to Be a Tree Materials

Thanks to Lesley deKlerk of Paws for People Therapy Dogs in South Africa for letting us know about a unique use for the Be a Tree program materials.

We visit (with our therapy dogs) an old age home that has a frail care unit and an Alzheimer’s / dementia unit.

I am so thrilled with what we achieved today with these patients, and half the program we ran today used the photos and material from the Be a Tree program.

Some of the patients who had not talked for a while, explained, albeit very slowly, what they saw from the photos, and some were even able to differentiate the difference between the photo and our own dogs that were present. We used the eyes, legs and fist photos to get the patients to focus on looking and watching the dogs, then relating what they might be feeling if they made a fist and the leg photo to lift and show their feet. We also asked them to tell us things that the dogs have that we as humans do not have – such as a tail. These folks are all in bed or in wheelchairs, and I am over the moon at the response we got from these folks who normally are in a world of their own and are pretty much non responsive.

Click here to find out more about Paws for People

What a wonderful way to use the Be a Tree materials! As many of you know, we don't take dogs into Be a Tree programs for children because it is stressful for the dogs among other reasons. Click here for details about why we don't take dogs in the classroom when we are doing bite prevention education. This therapy dog visit to the old age home is a completely different situation. The dogs are interacting one on one as they are trained to do and are not exposed to a large group of noisy and exuberant children. The dog is not a distraction from the main purpose here, which is to encourage discussion and interaction and not to teach about safety.