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Posts made in 2010

Does Your Baby “Love” Dogs?

Posted by on Jul 11, 2010 in dog bite prevention, Magnetized Babies | 17 comments

Does Your Baby “Love” Dogs?

            Well, I guess that depends on how you define the word, “love,” doesn’t it? Just to make sure we’re talking about the same thing, here are a couple of competing definitions: Unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of the other Strong predilection, enthusiasm or liking for anything For example, I love crab, meaning that I love the way they taste, as in definition #2.  To keep it straight, let’s channel our inner teenager and...

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Kids and Dogs News Clip

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in dog bite prevention, Other People's Dogs | 0 comments

Kids and Dogs News Clip

I did this segment on May 20, 2010.  The producers did a nice job of including lots of footage from pre-filming at a client’s home with their kids and puppy and again from my Dogs and Babies class at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital. The dog with me during the live in-studio interview is my dog, Betty.  It was a little funny to me that she is so good at her default when-in-doubt-lie-down behavior that she ended up a little hidden during the segment.  Too late, the camera person realized that...

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Posted by on May 15, 2010 in dog bite prevention | 0 comments

The third full week in May is set aside as National Dog Bite Prevention week, sponsored by the United States Postal Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association in partnership with Doggone Safe, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. So, what will YOU do this week to prevent a dog bite? A good start for any time of the year is to pay attention to body language – theirs and ours – so we can consciously choose peaceful, respectful...

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Look, Ma! My Body’s Talking to You!

Posted by on May 9, 2010 in Dog body language | 8 comments

Look, Ma!  My Body’s Talking to You!

I just read a book of poems with my five-year-old son that was primarily about bodily functions.  So, even though it’s fresh on my mind, this post is NOT about “that” kind of talking from your body! It’s about how your dog broadcasts, at every moment, where he or she might be along that continuum described in the previous post,  Do Dogs Bite Out of the Blue?.   So, unless you have a suggestion box in your home – where your dog can fill out a satisfaction survey,...

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Do Dogs Bite Out of the Blue?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2010 in dog bite prevention, Dog body language | 9 comments

Do Dogs Bite Out of the Blue?

Snaps and bites seem to surprise parents because parents consider that vast in-between area of increasing discomfort as "Fine" because the dog is not overtly growling or running away, leading to conclusions such as, "The dog was fine and then he bit the baby." Really, unless the dog clearly looks relaxed and happy, he is not "fine."

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