Whole Dog Journal training article

For those of you who don’t subscribe to the PleaseDon’tBitetheBaby blog, I am cross-posting:

Once again Pat Miller CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA has written a lovely article for the Whole Dog Journal that offers families with dogs some great tips on keeping kids and dogs safe around each other.

If you subscribe to The Whole Dog Journal, you will see this month’s March 2018 edition with the article: “Kidding Around, Combining kids and dogs in your family can be magical and heartwarming, or cause a devastating tragedy…”

If you don’t subscribe to WDJ, I highly recommend you do, and not just for this article, there is so much more. At least a half a dozen times a month I recommend WDJ to new dog families and even established dog families for the journal’s ongoing commitment to information on training, behavior, health, various products from harnesses to toys, and the annual food guides are invaluable.

Thanks go to Pat Miller and The Whole Dog Journal for reminding families of the some of the ways they can make their dogs and kids safe together. And, thanks go from me for the nice nod to Please Don’t Bite the Baby, and Please Don’t Chase the Dogs.

Every family can work to make their kids and dogs safe around each other with some management, training, and time.

Pets and your Health, Puppy Training

Dr Frank Adams of SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio has a great show each month called “Pets and your Health.”

Three Golden Puppy Play Date

I was flattered to be invited to speak with them again yesterday, March 7th about puppies and all the questions that come with having a new puppy.

This a wonderful show (not just because they like me) but because Dr. Adams’s guests answer questions on a variety of pet-related topics and showcase the ever increasing data demonstrating how pets make our lives better.

If, like me, you are in your car a lot and have SiriusXM, you can listen for the re-broadcast of this episode Friday 4am to 6am, Sunday 6am to 8am on channel 110. If your not up and awake enough at these times to listen, you can always stream this episode and others on SiriusXM Doctor Radio.

Just as a shout out to SiriusXM Doctor Radio, besides Dr Adams’s shows “Pets and Your Health” and “Pulmonology,” there are plenty of other great shows to listen into, from “Health Care Connect” that answers all your insurance related questions at a time when we all have questions on this topic, to dermatology, men’s health, women’s health, nutrition, child and adult psychology and more.

Please tune in to Animal Instinct/Heritage Radio Network

Celia Kutcher of Animal Instinct/Heritage Radio Network will interview me on preventing dog bites to kids specifically, and just about everyone in general

To wrap up Dog Bite Prevention Week, today, May 23rd, Celia Kutcher of Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 6.47.09 AMAnimal Instinct/Heritage Radio Network will interview me on a topic near and dear to my heart as a dog trainer and mother – preventing dog bites to kids specifically, and just about everyone in general.

We’ll talk about my latest book, “Please Don’t Bite the Baby,” how to prevent dog bites, why dogs bite, if there are any things to look for when bringing a dog into a home with kids, and much more!

Hope you can listen in here 6:00 pm to 6:35pm 5.23.16. And if not, no worries – Animal Instinct is available anytime on the Heritage Radio Network website or iTunes!

Guess what VID (Very Important Dog) I met last week.

Lisa met Wranger from Guiding Eyes for the Blind!

lj and Wrangler GEB cropped_edited-1I had heard about a dog from Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB) who was a regular on the Today Show. Since my mornings are usually spent cleaning up my son’s oatmeal or scrambled egg as I try to whisk him off to day care before I start work, I’ve not had a chance to view the Today Show dog. There’s not much time for celebrity dog spotting with a three year old.

However, on a recent visit to GEB I got to meet a dog named Wrangler. I was told he had just finished a busy weekend spending his Memorial Day with Today Show folks and their holiday celebrations. He looked pretty good after having a long weekend. I wish I could say the same for me.

Oh well…

Thanks Wrangler and GEB for letting me have my picture taken with a VID!

More to come on why I was there, later…

 

Bye Bye, Boo

On September 10, 2014 the final chapter in Boo’s long, courageous story came to a peaceful close surrounded by his loved ones.

On September 10, 2014 the final chapter of Boo’s story came to a close.

Lisa-and-BooIt is hard to write of something so painful as the loss of a beloved pet but the loss of Boo is not my own and that requires me to share his passing with all the people his spirit has touched. More than ten years of visiting children, seniors, adults with developmental disabilities and others makes it hard to count how many people loved him, but I know it was probably thousands.

Developmentally disabled with poor eyesight and an awkward gait, Boo was a trooper who was always game for a visit with anyone even in later years with his eyesight completely gone and arthritis making his bearing even more ungainly. Having overcome remarkable odds to be a therapy dog, Boo won the hearts of the people who knew him personally and those who read his story in A Dog Named Boo here and around the world. His fan club ranges from Russia, to South America, to Britain and back home. Boo was the clumsy black and white rescue dog who never wanted anything other than to say hello to and be loved by everyone he met (with some great butt scratches along the way) while reaching across physical limitations and political boundaries.

In both life and in death he teaches us that we are all better when we move through our days with patience, persistence and the understanding that perfect is not all it is cracked up to be—because sometimes it is in our imperfections where our greatest strengths lie.

In his work he brought joy to thousands, speech to Marc and Sister Jean, an understanding to my husband and me that we could be a family, and on the morning he left us he brought us one more gift. As our two-year-old son (who still only has only two or three reliable words and has yet to refer to anyone by name) brought all the pepperonis from his pizza-puzzle toy to Boo, who was resting on his big comfy chair, he pointed to Boo and said, “Boo” each time he tried to encourage Boo to eat the wooden pepperoni.

With this final act we knew Boo had made his mark on the little boy he had waited so long to have in his life and his job was done—he could rest without pain for the first time in a long time.