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As I am based in Australia I also would like someone who would be able to distribute the audiobook on ACX.com (this is not crucial though). ACX.com does not allow overseas people to use their services! 2013-07-15 23:13:51 GMT 2013-07-21 07:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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If you are an expectant parent as well as a dog owner, this book is for you. From before your baby’s birth until roughly their first birthday (when babies become more mobile), you will find helpful advice for managing your dog’s interactions with your baby. While many owners find their dog is friendly and gentle around older children or adults, it is very important to keep in mind that dogs can react quite differently to the noises and movements of a small baby.
This book is also helpful if you are likely to have a newborn or small baby as a visitor, whether you are a friend, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other relative of an expectant family; so, remember to pass on the book to any dog owner who is likely to be involved with your new baby. Or, better still, buy them their own copy!
Chapter 3 Dog bites
The hard facts
While owning a dog can be a delightful family experience with enormous benefits for the child and the parents; families and carers need to be aware of the risk of injury from dog bites.
• A common misconception is that most dog bites occur on the street from ‘stray dogs’. This is far from the case. Approximately 70 per cent of all bites occur in or around the home and are from a dog familiar to the child. This may be a dog belonging to you, a friend or a neighbour. More than half of all dog bites are related to innocuous activities such as playing with or near a dog, cuddling or feeding a dog and walking past a dog.
• Children are usually bitten on the head, face or neck, and can be left with permanent scarring – both physical and emotional. Post-traumatic stress disorder is seen in 55 per cent of children after a substantial bite. Generally, a bite from a larger dog will cause greater damage, and such bites make up the majority of dog-related emergency hospital admissions.
• Any breed of dog can bite, and every individual dog can bite, even those that appear exceptionally friendly or ‘have never bitten’. In one study, two-thirds of reported dog-bite incidents were from dogs that had ‘never previously bitten a child’.
• A child is twice as likely as an adult to be bitten by a dog.
CASE REPORT (different voice)
You’re in my seat!
I went to visit Kate, who had a three-week-old baby, Annabelle. Her dog Rastus, a nine-year-old Poodle, had developed some unpleasant habits since Annabelle had arrived on the scene.
Of course, all new mums want feeding times with a newborn to be peaceful and uninterrupted. Unfortunately, whenever Kate sat on the couch to feed Annabelle, Rastus would disturb them by trying to jump up on Kate’s lap. Annabelle would become distressed and wouldn’t feed.
Kate became frustrated with what appeared to be Rastus’s jealousy and banished Rastus to the backyard where he barked, howled and whined, just to make sure the neighbours knew how horribly he was being treated. If Kate wasn’t able to put him outside, she would lock him in the laundry where he would scratch at the door and become destructive.
After chatting with Kate and observing Rastus, it was apparent to me that he was quite anxious about the activities in the house. Prior to Annabelle’s arrival, Kate had been on maternity leave for five weeks. During this time, she and Rastus had spent most afternoons on the couch, reading or enjoying a long nap. Rastus was clearly missing the special afternoon time he had with Kate. He had no idea what he should be doing now that Annabelle had arrived. Contrary to popular belief, Rastus was not barking and howling and being destructive to spite her, rather he was anxious at being separated from Kate – he just couldn’t help it.
We got Rastus his own special mat to sit on during Annabelle’s feeding times. Kate would give him a bone or chewy treat on the mat to keep him occupied. He could then be close to Kate but also enjoy a tasty food reward at the same time. Kate would occasionally throw a tasty treat towards Rastus to encourage his new quiet behaviour.
Rastus now looks forward to these baby feeding times. In the evening, when Kate’s partner is home, we ensured she schedule some ‘Rastus time’ where he was allowed onto her lap for his own dedicated time of grooming and cuddles.
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