The Canine Commandments 2nd Edition guides children, and the adults they live with, to interact more safely with dogs and to minimise the risk of dog bites.
The ‘commandments’ are simple to understand and relevant to all children, whether they already live with a dog or not.
This revised second edition of Kendal Shepherd’s well known book on dog behaviour includes her famous ladder of aggression and additional new features – quizzes, learning objectives and a glossary – to further engage children, and to support discussion and teaching in classroom settings.
Acclaimed artist Anna Currey has beautifully illustrated this new edition.
And if you want to involve your children in dog ownership, by guiding them through the process of taking the dog to the vet, check out Shadow’s Trip to the Vet by Claire Corridan.
Kendal Shepherd is a veterinary surgeon who has studied canine behaviour for many years. Her passion is the prevention of dog bites incidents in all ages, but particularly in children.
Table of Contents
Introduction for children
Introduction for parents, guardians and teachers
1 Being cross does not make you the boss
2 Any dog may bite if he feels in danger
3 Never hit or kick a dog
4 Do not touch a dog you don’t know
5 Do not tease or deliberately excite a dog
6 Dogs do not know the difference between right and wrong
7 Behaviours that dogs enjoy will be repeated
8 Dogs must be taught what you want them to do and they must choose to do it
9 Do not take anything away from a dog
10 When dogs are being ‘bad’, they need the most help, not the most punishment
11 Get your dog used to your life
12 Teach your dog to say ‘please’
The Ladder of Aggression
How to Help Dogs Avoid Going Up Ladders
The Human Ladder of Aggression
Further reading and resources