Back in April we had the pleasure of introducing you to the Mom’s Choice Award winning book:JJ The American Street Dog And How He Came To Live At Our House by Diane Rose-Solomon.
Today we are excited and honored, to present to you Diane’s second book of the FIVE book “JJ” series:
JJ Goes To Puppy Class is a beautifully illustrated story that helps pet loving families teach their children about patience, consistency, kindness, responsibility and unconditional love, just some of the important values parents and educators endeavor to impart in school age children.
In the first book, JJ The American Street Dog, we enjoyed watching six-year-old Maya and her family, learn about animal rescue as a result of adopting a dog found on the street. In JJ Goes to Puppy Class Maya and her family enroll JJ in positive obedience training so he can learn what is expected of him inside and outside of the home. The training methods described in the book encourage Maya to be gentle and comforting towards JJ in his new environment. A perfect way to set an example for a five to nine-year-old reader. JJ exhibits all the typical puppy behavior: accidents in the house, pulling on the leash, unwanted chewing, etc. and trainer Lyssa teaches Maya and her family how to work with JJ on each behavior in a humane and patient manner.
Children will love the illustrations by Lisette Rotman, as well as the mischievous JJ! Particularly beneficial to children and their parents, is how while teaching JJ to correct some unwanted behavior, Maya’s mother creates analogies between JJ’s behavior and things that Maya learned as a child such as:
explaining that JJ has to learn the correct place to go to the bathroom, just as Maya had to be potty-trained.
JJ has to learn not to run into the street just like Maya had to learn to hold her mother’s hand before crossing the street when she was younger.
A favorite of mine that is addressed in JJ Goes to Puppy Class is teaching children that you do not run up to and immediately pet a strange dog. Trainer Lyssa says: Only pet dogs whose owners tell you it’s ok. You should approach the dog in a calm way that says “let’s be friends,” making sure not to look him in the eye. That can be scary for a dog.” Now THAT is a lesson that many adults should learn as well!
In JJ Goes To Puppy Class there are also some tips to get people through the first few months of puppy hood such as:
- Try to be home as much as possible
- Crate train
- Keep shoes, socks, toys, food that you do NOT want the puppy to gain access to, stored safely
- And many more!
JJ Goes To Puppy Class would be a marvelous tool for parents to help teach children the importance of training a puppy (and/or adult dog), for a library reading group and for elementary school teachers. We give this a HUGE FOUR PAWS UP!!! I wish I had this book when we first got Dakota when he was eight months old. While not a tiny puppy when he joined our family, the training tips provided in this highly educational book would have been a huge benefit to my husband and I. While it is a book geared towards children, adults can learn from it as well!
From Diane Rose-Solomon:Behavioral issues are one of the main reasons dogs are returned to shelters or breeders. Most of those dogs could be easily trained with patience…. remember, the puppy stage doesn’t last forever. It can be frustrating but it is also a very sweet time. This book is not a substitute for professional dog training. My intention is to introduce young children to the idea of patience during basic puppy training. While we use the term puppy class throughout the book, we also encourage obedience training for adult dogs.
About the author: Diane Rose-Solomon, a Certified Humane Education Specialist, rescued the real JJ 19 years ago. Ms.Rose-Solomon lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and two rescued dogs. Gonzo and Ninja. Visit her website
About the illustrator: Lisette Rotman is a graphic designer and artist living in New Jersey. She freelances for local start-ups and non-profit organizations. She loves her family’s rescued kitties and plans to sell her artwork to raise money and awareness for animal groups. Visit her website
About Trainer Lyssa: She is a REAL person and a highly qualified obedience trainer in San Diego, CA. Lyssa only uses positive dog training methods grounded in the scientific principles of animal behavioral learning which taps into the dogs’ natural motivations (food, play, praise, etc.). Visit her website.
Hard Cover $16.99: 32 illustrated pages: Trim: 8.5 x 8.5
A percentage of book sale proceeds benefit animal rescue organizations.
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Diane Rose-Solomon has kindly offered to give TWO LUCKY WINNERS FROM THE U.S. (we apologize to our International readers), a signed copy of JJ Goes To Puppy Class! Entering is easy! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter below! GOOD LUCK!!!
In full disclosure: we received no compensation for this review/give-away. We received a copy of JJ Goes To Puppy Class in exchange for our honest review.