BABIES, KIDS AND DOGS by Melissa Fallon & Vickie Davenport


Publishers Hubble & Hattie have constantly set a high standard with their vast and informative range of pet related books, and  BABIES, KIDS AND DOGS is no exception.

Fri 02 Dec 2016

By Judy

BABIES, KIDS AND DOGS by Melissa Fallon & Vickie Davenport

BABIES, KIDS AND DOGS by Melissa Fallon & Vickie Davenport

Publishers Hubble & Hattie have constantly set a high standard with their vast and informative range of pet related books, and  BABIES, KIDS AND DOGS is no exception.

As we know most children love dogs, and children who grow up around dogs can benefit in many ways, including developing good social skills, confidence, empathy and responsibility. Of course our four-legged friends also need exercise, so children growing up around dogs can expect to be fitter and happier and healthier than children brought up without dogs.

Of course at the back of every responsible parent’s mind is the safety aspect of owning a dog with a baby or toddler. Fortunately dog attacks on children are very rare, but when they do happen they quite rightly make national headline news. So what can you expect to learn from BABIES, KIDS AND DOGS?

The book begins with advice on assessing your dog for potentially aggressive behaviour and explains in detail what causes dogs to bite. Surprisingly, dog behaviour that may seem perfectly natural and normal such as yawning and blinking could in fact be a subtle sign your dog is stressed or feels threatened, which in turn could lead to an aggressive reaction.

There’s valuable advice on how to deal with the arrival of a new baby as a dog owner, a subject that is often overlooked. The arrival of a new baby can be a stressful time for your dog too, which will also see a change to his or her daily routine. The book explains how to introduce a new baby to the family dog, with a series of practical training tips and exercises that will help prepare your dog for the new arrival.

Our authors then turn their attention to dogs and toddlers. The toddler stage can be a difficult time for dog owners, as it’s a period where inquisitive and boisterous behaviour can be unsettling to even the most confident of dogs. The section includes toddler-friendly illustrations that explain what behaviours should be avoided such as teasing, pulling on a dog’s fur or tail and disturbing a dog while sleeping or feeding. The illustrations clearly show the different types of body language displayed by dogs when they feel threatened or anxious.

The book moves onto the relationship between older children and dogs, with some lovely ideas on making treats and fun games from everyday household materials, which should keep your child and dog stimulated for hours and of course help form a strong bond between them.

As a lifelong dog owner, I was surprised just how much I learned from this book. In fact, BABIES, KIDS AND DOGS is more than a book, it’s more of a training manual packed with tasks, exercises, tips, training techniques and very sound advice. The book contains illustrations and pictures throughout its 96 pages. It’s certainly a very hands on book that will appeal to all dog owners considering starting a family or those who already have small children.