Be A Dog's Best Friend is written in the voice of Ema, a ten-year-old with a wealth of information about how to safely interact with dogs. Ema takes her readers on a tour of all of the dogs in her life, offering tips along the way of how to best approach new dogs, play with familiar dogs, and steer clear of dogs unkwn to her. Be A Dog's Best Friend features clear illustrations of dogs demonstrating inviting and uninviting body language, as well as demonstrations of do's and don'ts. The language used is geared toward children ages six to ten years of age. For children younger than six, adults can use the text and pictures to begin a dialogue.
Renee Payne owns Walk This Way Canine Behavior Therapy in New York City, and has been training dogs and their humans since the mid-1990's. Renee graduated from the Animal Behavior Center of New York, is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and specializes in canine behavior problems. She has been interviewed by CBS News, Fox News, CNN, The New York Times, Esquire magazine and various other media outlets as a behavior expert. Renee also contributes articles on dog training and behavior to numerous magazine and websites. Jennifer Gladysz is a trained dog handler and the owner of Mobile Mutts Dog Walking and Cat Sitting in Brooklyn, NY. She has been a dog owner most of her life and has been walking dogs since 2003. She currently has three pups of her own. Jennifer is also a mom with experience teaching kids how to behave around dogs.