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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Parenting with Pets Book Review: A MUST READ!

Best Mom Tips, Pet Selection Tips, Raising Children with Pets
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Parenting with Pets:
The Magic of Raising Children with Animals
by Christine Hamer & Margaret Hevel






Do you have a pet?
Are you considering adopting a pet?

Not sure which pet is best for your family?
Do you have young children?
Do
you have a challenging teen at home?
Do you have a child with a learning or physical disability?
Is your elderly parent lonely?
What to expect from pet ownership?
Do you work with children?
Do you work with a pet adoption agency or rescue shelter?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you need to read this book. When I was offered the opportunity to review this book, I was expecting another pet fluff piece. You know the kind: the free pamphlets you receive at the pet store, adoption center, in your bag of pet food.

I was thrilled to discover that this book is not only well-written and informative, but a thorough study of the benefits of pet ownership from countless perspectives. I will admit that I've had exposure to most of the thoughts and theories within this work, but never in such a comprehensive, cohesive and "from the heart" manner.

The authors, Christine Hamer and Peg Hevel, have woven a thoughtful and thought provoking study of the numerous benefits of pet ownership. They have incorporated their own experiences as well as stories they have gathered from interviews, to illustrate the enrichment, joy and, at times, pain of the strong bonds between pets and children, teens, families and the elderly.
Author of Parenting With Pets
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This work flows seamlessly and is a pleasant, easy read.




Christine Hamer, M.S., CCBC, holds a Master's Degree in Animal Behavior, numerous certifications and board positions and currently works with canines as a trainer and behaviorist.



Author of Parenting With Pets
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Margaret Hamel R.N., B.S.N., P.H.N, has worked as a Nurse Health Educator, a community/family liason and as a family counselor.

Both bring their deep love of animals and strong foundation in education to this work, pushing beyond pet basics and leaving their readers with solid perspectives and proven parenting advice.





Parenting with Pets is written honestly, with real understanding of the joys and challenges facing both families and individuals. Within you'll find the best overview of what to expect from pet ownership, as well, a thorough outline of pet specific care and needs by species to help you in selecting the best pet for you and your family.

Parenting with Pets

I received a copy of Parenting with Pets to explore for the purpose of creating this feature.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences. Non-original images sourced above.

38 comments :

debbie said...

I liked her communication and training tip that the dog will keep doing what it is doing if it gets a reward. That is true, because when a dog does something it will keep doing it to get the reward. I make my dog sit before eating. It works well.
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debbie said...

I am a email subscriber.
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debbie said...

We have a malamute that is a rescue, named Nanock. Three siamese that were rescued from the same litter, Neo,Trinity and Catkin. A gray and white tabby cat,named Patty I rescued at under 3 weeks, she is 17 years old now.
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Denise said...

Following you over from Friday Follow!

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Erin said...

Thanks so much for sharing Colby's link! I thought I was following everyone that had it up so I'm sorry I missed yours. I'm following now.

THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

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Momma Teri said...

Visiting from Friday Follow.
We now follow you publicly through google friend connect. Please visit Mom to Bed by 8 and do the same.

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Ron Cooper said...

I’m already a Friday follower, but wanted to say hi!

My latest postings are, “Simple Gesture,” “Smiles,” “Spring,” “A Feast,” “Love Lifts,” “Wake Up to Serve” and “Soul-itude.”

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Ron Cooper said...

I’m already a Friday follower, but wanted to say hi!

My latest postings are, “Simple Gesture,” “Smiles,” “Spring,” “A Feast,” “Love Lifts,” “Wake Up to Serve” and “Soul-itude.”

http://inspiredbyron.blogspot.com/

Ron Cooper said...

I'm already your Fri. follower, just wanted to say hi!

My latest postings are, “Simple Gesture,” “Smiles,” “Spring,” “A Feast,” “Love Lifts,” “Wake Up to Serve” and “Soul-itude.”

http://inspiredbyron.blogspot.com/

Denise said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow to say Hi!

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mverno said...

communicating with the dog with rewards mverno@roadrunner.com

marybelle said...

Have a clear vision of what you are trying to teach your dog.

I follow.

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Danielle said...

Limiting training sessions to 15-20 minutes, but training consistently everyday was the most helpful tip for me! And I loved the dumpster diving example in the Timing section!

Danielle said...

We follow you @thegreenconn

Danielle said...

Our house has a rowdy amstaff named Shotgun and a bearded dragon named Lexi

Danielle said...

Tweeted
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Nickolay said...

Blog follower - Nickolay

The tip I found the most useful is - Learning the proper timing is one of the keys to success with your dog.

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Nickolay said...

My nightmare is that I have a puppy and it will not stop barking ever

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Nickolay said...

subscriber

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Nickolay said...

Twitter follower

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Nickolay said...

Tweeted

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Nickolay said...

I have a Goldfish named Gill and a Yellow Lab named Lucy

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Anonymous said...

I am a follower; have a clear vision of what one is trying to teach one's dog.

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Lauren E said...

I follow you through google friend connect (Lauren E)

I like the tip "give an obedience direction only if you are prepared to follow though". My brother and dad both want my dog bark when it's convenient for them. As soon as they don't want him to bark, they yell at him. Tazz doesn't understand at all and when I tell them not to encourage his barking, they say "he's a dog, dogs bark". Ugh! It's irritating!


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Lauren E said...

I have a Bull Terrier named Tazz!

Lauren E said...

Tazz doesn't like motors. This includes the vacuum, lawnmower, snowblower, etc. When we adopted him, we started "claiming" the vacuum so that he wouldn't nip at it. We've had great success with this and we are able to vacuum right beside him without him reacting. We can even vacuum him if we want. The lawnmower and snowblower are next, but are a lot more dangerous.

Lauren E said...

bonus 1
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Lauren E said...

bonus 2
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Lauren E said...

I follow you on twitter
@laurenegier

Lauren E said...

http://twitter.com/LaurenEgier/status/15512240210

I tweeted

FDP 4 Life said...

I always recommend that you and your dog have some degree of obedience training before you begin to modify your pet’s behavior Obedience work provides the base of a common set of vocabulary with expected behavioral responses to work from.

purango said...

I follow. I like the tip that a dog will keep doing what it is doing if it gets a reward. This is a good way to reward good behavior. garrettsambo@aol.com. We have two Shih Tzus.

Julie said...

Creative repetition will establish a strong foundation

I follow via GFC

Julie said...

Potty training our kitten started out as a nightmare. She spent about 2 weeks going #2 behind our bedroom door before I decided to place a small litter box there and slowly moved it to her "sisters" litter box. worked like a charm!

Julie said...

http://twitter.com/Brebysmommie/status/15526748563

I tweeted

Julie said...

I follow you on twitter.

Julie said...

My family has 2 cats. Princess and Punkin

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