A Lesson For Kids About Dogs

What a terrific group of dog Super Heroes! It was so much fun teaching them about being a positive teacher and friend to their dog…with Zurie and Hannah’s help. Thank you so much to Cincinnati Sports Club for having us…and being proactive in wanting to teach kids and parents these important lessons. AND thank you to the parents, for taking time away from your Saturday to be there!

My unique My Dog’s Super Hero is a beginner dog training class for Cincinnati area kids to learn about how they can be an awesome dog friend, teacher and playmate. With demonstration dogs, I teach them (and their parents) how to interact appropriately with their dog, how dogs communicate, and how to be a positive and responsible teacher to their friend.

If you would like to learn more about having me teach my class for your organization or group, please get in touch!

Cincinnati certified dog trainer, Lisa Desatnik, taught her kids class called My Dog's Super Hero at the Cincinnati Sports Club


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Cincinnati Has Dog Super Heroes

I was so proud of my newest group of Dog Super Heroes. They were so attentive and focused on learning.

My unique My Dog’s Super Hero is a class for Cincinnati area kids to learn about how they can be an awesome dog friend, teacher and playmate. With demonstration dogs, I teach them (and their parents) how to interact appropriately with their dog, how dogs communicate, and how to be a positive and responsible teacher to their friend.

Cincinnati dog training class for kids by Cincinnati dog trainer Lisa Desatnik

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Teach Your Child – No Dog Headlocks

Parents, a reminder that dogs – like all animals – learn positive or negative associations based on past experience.

Please teach your kids that instead of giving head locks and big bear hugs that can make dogs uncomfortable, to be a dog Super Hero, they can sit next to their dog, give him a rub on his neck and give him a treat from their open palm.

I teach these lessons and more in my My Dog’s Super Hero Class, a unique one hour class for children ages 6 to 10 and a parent. It could be the most important hour you spend together to help your child have a long lasting positive friendship with your dog.

My next class is January 23 at United Pet Fund. Please click here for info & to register.

A parenting tip: teach your child that head locks and bear hugs can make your dog uncomfortable. Learn more about a Cincinnati dog training class for kids.

Gift Idea For You Young Dog Lover

Are you looking for gifts for your child who loves dogs?

Here are some considerations.

Christmas gift book ideas for kids who love dogsBooks

There are a number of wonderful books published that teach children how to be good dog teachers and friends. Here are a few of my favorites.May I Pet Your Dog, kid's book about dogs

May I Pet Your Dog by Stephanie Calmenson

Whether your child is afraid of dogs of loves them, May I Pet Your Dog is beautifully written
book leads readers step-by-step on how to properly greet a dog. Using Harry the dachshund as a gentle guide, children see a variety of situations and learn how to meet dogs in a positive, welcoming way.

Good Dog! Kids Teach Kids About Dog Behavior & Training by Evelyn PangGood dog kids book
What I love about this book is that it is written by kids for kids covering the essentials of responsible and effective dog care and t

My Dog kids bookMy Dog! A Kids Guide To Keeping A Happy And Healthy Pet by Michael J. Rosen
A primer, an owner’s manual, a field guide, and more, My Dog! is the complete book for every child who has a dog―whether it’s a brand-new puppy or adopted mutt, or a beloved pooch who’s been in the family for years.

Puppy Training for Kids: Teaching Children the Responsibilities and Joys of Puppy Care, Training, and Companionship by Colleen PelarThis book uses a combination of photos and easy to read and understand Puppy trainning kids booklanguage to share with children modern, proven, humane methods to teach their puppy or dog.

Max Talks To Me by Claire Buckwald
Alex and his dog Max are true friends—the kind that share each other’s excitement, comfort each other when they are sad, wait together when parents are away, and have fun wherever they are. Alex is learning that every good Max Talks To Me kids bookrelationship is a two-way street. By observing and listening to his dog, by sharing good times and bad, he and Max are earning each other’s love and devotion. Parents will appreciate the information about animal communication and the dog-child bond that they will find at the end of Max Talks to Me. Children will want to share Max and Alex’s adventures and friendship over and over as they read the gentle, engaging story and look at the beautiful illustrations.

Buddy Unchained by Daisy BixBuddy Unchained kids book
Buddy Unchained is the 2007 winner of the Humane Society of the US KIND Award, Best Children’s Picture Book of the Year and the ASPCA HENRY BERGH AWARD, best Children’s Picture Book in the Companion Animal category. It is a very moving story of a once abandoned dog and how his being adopted into a loving home has changed his life. It reminds children of the importance of being kind to animals.

Gift certificate to My Dog’s Super Hero

Christmas gift idea for Cincinnati kids who love dogsStrengthening the bond between children and their dog, and preventing dog bites, are my goals for this unique kids Class. Children ages 6 to 10 (and their parents) will learn how to play and interact appropriately with their furry friend, how to be a safe and fun dog playmate, and how their dog tells them when it is happy or wants to be left alone. I have seen time and again dogs back away from, look away from or other body language around children. This class can teach you and your child how to prevent that. It is perhaps one of the most important hours you can spend to help your kids and dog succeed.

The My Dog’s Super Hero Class will be held Saturday, January 23, at 9:30 am at the nonprofit United Pet Fund Blue Ash location  (11336 Tamarco Dr; 45242). Please click here for cost, more information and registration.

Other Ideas

A dog stuffed animal

A donation to an animal rescue organization with a visit to the organization and maybe even volunteer outing thereSanta Paws 2: The Santa Pups

A framed photo of your child’s favorite pet

Santa Paws 2: The Santa pups, the movie in DVD

NOTE: For some behind-the-scenes information on Santa Paws, please click here.




Meet Some Cincinnati Dog Super Heroes

What an awesome group of dog Super Heroes! It was such great fun teaching them at my May class and I am so proud of them for their focus and eagerness to learn. Thanks to the parents for taking time out of your day to bring your kids – and learning too! And of course, thank you to my demo dog Baxter and his owner, Karen Spradlin, and my friends at The Dog Studio for welcoming all of us!

Cincinnati My Dog's Super Hero kids class by dog trainer Lisa Desatnik


Lisa Desatnik Offers Free Bite Prevention Programs For Kids

bite prevention programs by Cincinnati dog trainer Lisa DesatnikEach year millions of visits to emergency rooms are due to dog bites, and often times children are the most likely to get bitten…frequently by their own or a neighbor’s dog. But bites do not happen out of the blue and they can be prevented.

I hope to help set kids and their pets up for success and prevent bites through a series of free educational programs this fall called ‘My Dog’s Super Hero.’

During the programs, I teach kids ages 6 to 10, in a fun and engaging way, what it means to be their dog’s super hero. Included in my presentation will be the basics on the do’s and don’ts of playing appropriately with their dog, how to show responsibility and respect to their dog, and how dogs tell us when they are happy or when they want to be left alone.

Parents are encouraged to stay during the presentation; however, dogs should be left at home (with the exception of the Blue Ash Paws in the Park event).

All programs are free to attend.

Tuesday, September 24
7:00 p.m.
Madeira branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Saturday, October 5
1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
City of Blue Ash Summit Park
(part of the Paws in the Park event)

Tuesday, November 12
7:00 p.m.
Blue Ash branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Saturday, November 16
10:30 am
Mariemont branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Wednesday, December 4
4:00 pm
Wyoming branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Me and My Dog’s Best Friend

For the second year, I am excited to be partnering with Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature! to present a fun two-hour program for kids ages 6 to 9.  I’ll be working with the children to teach them about pet responsibility and care, how to teach their dog, how dogs communicate, and how to approach a dog they do not know (and more). Plus, Cincinnati Parks is offering crafts and a fun outdoor activity. It will be held at Ault Park on Saturday morning, January 11 from 10 am to NOON. Cost is $8 per child and advance registration is required by calling 513-321-6070.

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