And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog

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  1. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
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    it’s ok but not worth it if you just look on the internet, April 8, 2010
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    Happy Again (West Sacramento, CA) –

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    This review is from: And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog (Hardcover)

    A simple google search turns up the same information for the most part. Like another poster I found the suggestions very basic, and not worth it for a dog who is already obiedent (for the most part). And the moving the dog out of the bedroom completely seems extreme – I get the no sleeping on the bed, but out of the room seems excessive.

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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
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    And Baby Makes Four is a “must-have” for any dog owners who plan on becoming parents., June 9, 2007
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    Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) –

    This review is from: And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog (Hardcover)

    Written by dog behavior specialist Penny-Scott Fox, And Baby Makes Four: A Trimester-by-Trimester Guide to a Baby-Friendly Dog is a practical, easy-to-use guide to dog training written especially for expectant parents. The first trimester covers a health check and status reduction program; after ensuring that one’s dog is healthy, one must acclimate the dog to accepting a lower rank in the family and not getting its own way – not sleeping in the human bedroom, not feeding the dog before anyone else in the house, teaching him to respond to commands always, and not just when he feels like it, etc. The second trimester involves professional training if needed, teaching the dog not to destroy or bury baby toys, desensitizing the dog to baby sounds, and modifying problem behavior, particularly aggression, jumping up, or fear of strangers. The third trimester involves acclimating the dog to baby smells, leash training, and jumbling the dog’s routine so that it doesn’t expect or demand to be fed/walked/etc. on a precisely specific schedule (a schedule that the coming of a new baby will be likely to sporadically mix up). Written in plain terms, with professional techniques spelled out in easy-to-follow steps, And Baby Makes Four is a “must-have” for any dog owners who plan on becoming parents.

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  3. 22 of 23 people found the following review helpful:
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    Very basic suggestions, December 11, 2007
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    Scuba Girl (Cleveland, OH USA) –

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    We have two large dogs that live in the house and we’re expecting our first child in a few months. I was a little concerned about how to help our dogs adjust to the new arrival. I bought this book with high hopes. It is not bad, but the suggestions are very basic and I didn’t agree with all of the suggestions. The author says you should not let your dogs sleep in the bedroom with you and, if they are accustomed to sleeping there now, you should move them out before the baby arrives. It seems like this would just further upset a dog who has been used to sleeping nearby all its life. Our dogs sleep in their crates in our room at night and I see no need to change that arrangement once the baby arrives. The book also includes a large section on basic obedience commands. This is useful if you have never done obedience training, but we’ve taken our dogs through advanced obedience training and this part was completely unnecessary. I really wanted more tips on how to handle the inevitable baby-dog dilemmas (dogs taking baby’s food, dogs licking baby’s face, etc.) but I didn’t really find the tips I was looking for.

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