Frequently Asked Questions
Does Smile! promote a particular style of training? 

   No. Smile's smile-based approach to canine 
   behavior will complement any training style!

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Does Smile! promote a particular trainer or training celebrity? 

  No.

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Is Smile! a for-profit endeavor? 

   No. It is mission-driven. Smile's goal is to help dog
   owners dealing with common canine issues, so
   dogs don't get left at shelters.


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Does Smile! utilize positive reinforcement? 

   Most definitely!

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What underlies the basis of Smile!s approach? 

   An awareness of body language, energy, state of mind, 
   movement and associations, coupled with good timing
   and thoughtful use of routines and canine mentoring.


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Why was Smile! written? 

   Smile! was written at the request of veterinarians,
   veterinary staff, shelter personnel, dog rescuers and
   trainers (all Learning "DOG" Conference attendees), to
   give dog-owners an easy-to-understand glimpse into
   what motivates their dogs, so they can better obtain
   the behavior they want.


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Does Smile! include lesson plans? 

   Not really... Smile!s approach is one that you can use
   moment-by-moment, and that is what makes it both
   simple and powerful.


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Is Smile! a self-help book?

   Since Smile! combines canine and human psychology
   in a very practical manner, it would be fair to call it
   "self-help and happiness for dog-lovers."


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Is the author available for private or group trainings? 

   Dr. Swanson is retired from both the practice of  
   veterinary medicine and public training. She
   occasionally helps local shelters, rescues and libraries
   with events.


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I'm a bookseller. How do I order quantities of Smile?

   Booksellers will soon be able to order Smile! through
   Ingram. That said, when booksellers order direct from
   Safe Harbor Farm K9, SHF will match Ingram's pricing
   and donate their proceeds to K9 rescue projects. Call
   Jan at 252 422-0943 for information.


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I'm not a bookseller, but I'd like to order multiple copies.

   Excellent! Everyone is entitled to a "buy-5-get-1-free"
   discount. Reduced shipping rates are also possible for
   orders over 6 books. See our ordering page for details.


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Who is Lynne Swanson, DVM?

   Dr. Lynne is the person most responsible for the
   routines and policies that make Safe Harbor Farm K9
   Rescue & Rehabilitation Center (in coastal North
   Carolina) a notably peaceful, supportive and fun place to
   be a dog in transition. With a background that includes
   work as a veterinarian (Cornell University, 1986),
   veterinary technician, trainer, shelter worker and long-
   time rescuer, she has spent most of her fifty-plus years
   living and working with groups of twenty to forty dogs at
   a time.

   Dr. Lynne helped to create the Learning "DOG" project
   in 2013, and she is proud to be part of an educational
   effort that recognizes the many things that we can learn
   from our canine companions, when we are open to the
   possibilites. 


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