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Dog body language

Should You Share That Cute Dog and Baby Photo?

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in dog bite prevention, Dog body language, Life With Dog and Baby | 20 comments

Should You Share That Cute Dog and Baby Photo?

Given the interest in my previous post, I gathered a number of GOOD photos of dogs and kids and jotted down what it is I look for when I see dogs and babies/kids together in real life or in a photograph or other illustration.  Because, really, we live in a different world now.  Family photos are not tucked into a box or album somewhere – they are out here for all to see.    See enough dogs-and-babies-together photos and it starts to seem like a normal thing to do.  Other...

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I Think My Dog Might Bite My Kids…And I’m Glad

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in dog bite prevention, Dog body language | 10 comments

I Think My Dog Might Bite My Kids…And I’m Glad

In honor of this year’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, I’ve got a post for each day!  Dog bites are almost entirely preventable – especially bites to children.  What will YOU do this week to prevent a dog bite? Am I glad my dog “might” bite my kids?  No, what I’m saying is that I’m glad I am able to think it’s possible. That means I can choose to educate myself about dog body language and understand the situations that may prompt a dog to bite –...

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Liam J Perk Foundation So YOUR Child Will Have a Tomorrow

Posted by on Feb 12, 2011 in dog bite prevention, Dog body language | 1 comment

I started this blog last year with an early post about Liam Perk.  See it here.  Liam’s family have put together a beautiful and educational website to honor their boy’s memory while protecting other people’s children — you know, yours and mine. It’s tempting to want to think that something like this couldn’t happen to us.  Somehow, we think that good intentions are enough or we get lulled into a false sense of security when our dogs seem...

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McDuff and the Baby

Posted by on Jan 16, 2011 in Dog body language, Pregnancy, Reviews | 1 comment

McDuff and the Baby

I love this book!  Despite the way it looks, it’s really much more than children’s book.  All of the McDuff books have some good lessons for adults (thanks to the owners, Fred and Lucy, being slightly clueless), but this one in particular gets right to the heart of bringing a baby home to a dog.  I sometimes read McDuff and the Baby to my Dogs and Babies students, and I bet I could base the whole course on just the lessons in this book! McDuff is a much-loved, more than a little...

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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 | 10 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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