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

No. (The recommendations in this book 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.

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Does Smile! utilize "positive reinforcement"? Yes!

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What underlies the basis of Smile!s approach? 

Decades of living with, and learning from, large groups of dogs, twenty-four/seven.

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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 take moment-to-moment, and that is what makes it both simple and powerful.

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What is Smile! about?

Smile! discusses the benefits of well-thought-out routines; calm, confident energy, and a good working knowledge of certain concepts, including association, body language and movement. Since it 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 Smile!s 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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Can Smile! be purchased in bulk?

Everyone is entitled to a "buy-5-get-1-free" discount.

Retailers, veterinary clinics and shelters should call 252 422-0943 for wholesale information.

Retailers will soon be able to order Smile! through Ingram.

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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, as an alternative to what she feels is growing negativity and silly in-fighting in the field of
canine behavior, and she is proud to be part of an educational effort that recognizes, first and foremost, the many things that we humans can learn from our canine companions, when we stop to watch. 

Dobermans and Chihuahuas are her favorite breeds.

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