UPDATE: January 10-11, 2012 ONLY, you can get a FREE Kindle download of Colleen Pelar’s excellent book, Kids and Dogs – A Professional’s Guide to Helping Families. This is a great book with lots of photos and information about dog body language and how dogs might perceive different kinds of interactions with children. What a generous offer to make this free for Train Your Dog Month!
Wow, there are lots of great, FREE training resources available in January as part of Train Your Dog Month, established by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
Looking over the list of pre-recorded webinars, I see several that would be immediately applicable for expectant parents and families with dog(s) and young children. You can watch the webinars at your convenience anytime in January for no charge. Check out the whole list at trainyourdogmonth.com, but pay particular attention to the following (descriptions taken directly from the listing):
Dog Safety: What to Teach Your Kids – Joan Orr
This webinar will teach parents what they need to teach their kids about begin safe around dogs. This will focus on being a dog detective and learning to read dog body language to get clues about what a dog might be thinking. We will talk about the key body language signs that let us know whether the dog is happy or is not in the mood to interact with children. We will talk about how to Be a Tree and stand still if a dog is threatening or bothering a child, and how to meet a dog safely.
Setting Dog and Baby Up for Success – Jen Shryock, CDBC
Dog and baby dynamics under one roof can be a challenge for parents. Join us to discuss some ways to help increase safety and decrease stress while you manage your dog and baby. Practical tips from a certified dog behavior consultant and Mother of four 2 legged and 4 legged kids.
And what about this next one for help with loose leash walking? Wouldn’t it be GREAT to walk your dog with the stroller and actually enjoy it?? You’ll learn techniques that are simple and effective and easy to do at home to build the foundation that makes it easier to “talk it on the road” for real life walks. I love the opportunity to practice following and attentive walking while you’re already walking the halls with your baby. Your dog may as well be learning something, too!
Loose Leash Walking – Gail Fisher
Want to take your dog for a pleasurable walk—but it turns out not to be a pleasure? Tired of having your arm yanked out? Many dog owners complain that their dog pulls, and wonder why. After all, the poor dog is choking—and he’s choking himself! You’d think the dog would learn not to do that! This webinar will delve into the reasons dogs pull on leash, how your dog views the leash, and what your dog thinks of your roll at the other end of the leash. You’ll learn simple strategies to teach your dog not to pull. Once you understand your dog’s perspective, and how to create a cooperative connection, you’ll soon be walking in partnership with your dog.
Check out, too, these live Facebook chats where you can ask questions and hear directly from the presenters. You’ll have to join in at the appointed time (notice that the posted times are EASTERN times so adjust accordingly!). See the whole list here for other topics that may be of interest to you.
Things to Teach Your Children to be Safe around Dogs
January 12, 6pm eastern (join the Chat here)
Safety around Dogs for Babies and Toddlers
January 12, 7pm eastern (join the Chat here)
TACT – Touch Associated Clicker Training
Emma Parsons and Julie Robitaille
January 16, 1:00 p.m. (join the Chat here)
I just ordered a video about TACT because I think it will be very helpful for families where the dog has body sensitivity issues or just to help a dog be more familiar and comfortable with different ways of being touched. There’s a big difference between building a dog’s familiarity and coping skills (good) and just randomly messing with his body in hopes he’ll “get used to it.” (bad)
Common Dog Behavior Problems (Barking, Digging and More)
January 27, 4 pm Eastern (join the Chat here)