Book Review: Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind

March 12th, 2008 by Dee

Living with Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind
By Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC

A lovely book, very easy to read and very straight forward. A great resource for parents to help kids and dogs develop a strong bond and to co-exist in a healthy safe environment. A guide on how to select the perfect dog with the right temperament for the family, how to deal with issues with children throughout various age groups, Identify behavior problems, and learn to recognize signals from your dog and what they mean. A must have for any family.

Living with Kids and Dogs… Without Losing Your Mind

A Rainy Day Activity
Rainy Day Come. Give each child a small cup of dog treats. Tell one child to go “hide” in the kitchen. At first the child won’t really hide, she’ll just stand in the center of the kitchen and call the dog. While dog is trotting toward the kitchen, send another child to the dining room.
After the first child has had the dog sit to get a treat, the child in the dining room can call the dog . . . and while the dog is coming to the second child, the first child will head to the living room. When it’s her turn to call again, she’ll call and the dog will head for the kitchen only to find that she’s not there! While the dog looks for the first child, the second chooses a new spot.
As your dog gets better at this game, the kids can make it more challenging by standing behind doors or sitting in unusual places. The game is over when the kids are out of treats; then everyone can head to the kitchen for a cookie break.
Remember to use lots of treats to make these games as much fun for the dog as for the kids. The idea is to offer the children simple training opportunities in fun, easy-to-implement ways.
Don’t allow anyone to push or pull the dog to get him to do something. If the dog seems confused or resistant, look for ways to make the challenges easier. Watch for any signs of frustration—on either the kids’ or dog’s part—and step in right away to help.
Soon your kids will be hoping it rains more often.

Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC

Colleen Pelar, CPDT, has been raising kids and training dogs since 1991. Colleen received her CPDT certification as a pet dog trainer from the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers in September of 2001, one of the first 136 trainers in the world to attain this title, and is the training manager of All About Dogs, Inc., one of the largest dog training facilities in Virginia.

Also check out this article on playing hide and seek with dogs.

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